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Business experts who can offer insights on developing effective leaders, navigating a changing business environment, initiating growth in a down economy, creating buzz around a brand, and/or leveraging human capital are always in high demand.

Leading Authorities speakers bureau represents business gurus, leaders, and New York Times best-selling authors with the skills and experience to bring change and innovation to your business. Here is a short list of some of our top business authors.

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Marketing Professor and Best-Selling Author of Contagious

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Have you ever wondered why more salespeople buy BMWs than other cars? Or why a name’s popularity grows after a hurricane of that name hits? Jonah Berger has the answers. A marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the New York Times best-selling author of the books "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" and "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior," Berger has spent the last decade studying how social influence works, why certain ideas and products catch on, and what we can do to make ourselves more influential. He shares with audiences the keys to harnessing this “influence” to forge great partnerships, sell slow-moving products, and be more intentional with business strategies. His work is regularly published in top-tier journals, he consults for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like Harvard Business Review often cover his work.
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InnovationBrandingMarketingRelationship BuildingRetailSalesSocial Media & Social NetworkingGrowthDisruptionConsumer BehaviorDecision MakingCorporate CultureAuthors

Legendary Business Leader, Fmr. CEO of Flywheel Sports, & Fmr. President of...

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Executive, activist, and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother, and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Sarah's career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic brands. She is the former CEO of Flywheel Sports, former President of Gatorade, former Director at Nike, and an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands. She is the founder of Extreme Living, a consultancy focused on bringing the best out of individuals and organizations.

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BrandingChange ManagementCreativityEntrepreneurshipGenerations & DemographicsHealth, Happiness, & WellnessInspiration & MotivationLeadershipMarketingPeak PerformanceRetailSalesTeamworkDisruptionTurnaroundCorporate CultureRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOsAuthorsFemale Speakers
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Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan...

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Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014, and sits on the boards of several community organizations. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book, “Expect to Win.” Carla joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 after completing an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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EntrepreneurshipInspiration & MotivationLeadershipOvercoming AdversityBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsTED SpeakersAfrican American SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers

Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, Best-Selling...

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General Stanley McChrystal is a four-star general, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the most sensitive counter-terrorism units. He is widely praised for revolutionizing warfare by fusing intelligence and operations and is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein and the location and killing al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called McChrystal “one of America’s greatest warriors.” McChrystal addresses leadership, teambuilding, and geopolitics.
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Change ManagementNational SecurityLeadershipMiddle EastTeamworkGeopoliticsDecision MakingCrisis ManagementCorporate CultureModeratorMilitary LeadersTED SpeakersAuthors
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Former Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President of Chick-fil-A

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Steve Robinson served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Chick-fil-A, the nation’s most profitable food chain, from 1981 to 2015. Responsible for overseeing all of the brand’s traditional marketing support, advertising, brand development innovation, menu innovation, and hospitality strategies, he was integrally involved in the company’s incredible growth trajectory. Robinson helped take the chicken chain from 184 stores and $100 million in annual revenue when he assumed his position, to more than 2,100 stores and $6.8 billion in annual sales upon his retirement. He is credited with identifying and rolling out the company’s “Eat Mor Chikin” branding and campaign, which is now recognized worldwide. He is also the author of the new book, Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A: How Faith, Cows, and Chicken Built an Iconic Brand, due out in Spring 2019. He offers insights on building brand loyalty, creating a unique brand culture that stands out in a crowded global marketplace, and why success and culture are often so tightly linked.
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BrandingCustomer ExperienceLeadershipMarketingConsumer BehaviorCorporate CultureBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsAuthors

Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, & New...

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Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader and operator with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six). He has held combat leadership roles in more than 400 missions, but with most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill served his remarkable career in the shadows. Through incredible stories drawn from lessons learned during some of the country’s most headline-stealing conflicts, he shows audiences how to approach strategic planning when mission failure is not an option.
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Inspiration & MotivationLeadershipPeak PerformanceTeamworkDecision MakingRisk-TakersMilitary LeadersAuthors
Andrew McCabe
Former Acting and Deputy Director of the FBI
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The former Acting and Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe led a historic career as an American intelligence official. Named Acting Director of the FBI in May 2017, McCabe spent a total of 22 years at the FBI in various, increasingly-prominent roles. The New York Times said that McCabe “stood out [at the FBI] for his intellect and the range of high-profile cases he has been at the center of,” and The LA Times called him “a methodical investigator who assiduously worked to earn the trust of victims and, particularly, informants and witnesses.” Known for his incredible rise through the counter-terrorism and national security ranks to ultimately reach the top of the Bureau, McCabe worked such high-profile cases as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The author of the highly-anticipated 2019 book "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," he is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, and discusses complex, critical issues including national security and cyber security with precision and clarity.
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Cyber SecurityNational SecurityLeadershipGeopoliticsCrisis ManagementAuthors
Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Editor of The Washington Post, & Speaker

Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Editor of The Washington Post

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Renowned journalist, author, and political commentator who keeps his finger on the pulse of modern American politics, speaking to every audience about current events and what the future holds. Widely known as the journalistic icon who broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal. Bob Woodward is a reporter-historian with an aggressive but fair and non-partisan reputation for digging deep to uncover Washington’s secrets. He gives audiences unvarnished look at Washington politics and leaders.
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GeopoliticsPoliticsHistoryMediaPolitical AnalystsAuthors
Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Astrophysicist, Educator, Humanitarian, and TED Fellow

Astrophysicist, Space Science Education Lead for NASA, & Inspirational...

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Dr. Hakeem Olyuseyi has three degrees, 8 U.S. patents, four E.U. patents and has hosted shows on the Science Channel and on Discovery. But more impressive is his life story. Olyuseyi grew up in the roughest neighborhoods of America, learned to survive on the street, and still taught himself Einstein’s theory of relativity from an old set of encyclopedias. At every turn he was presented with a compelling option to quit and yet he persevered. Today, he is a NASA astrophysicist, a global educator, and the author of a highly-anticipated upcoming memoir The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time where he recounts his journey from the streets to the stars. Dr. Olyuseyi is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities.
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Diversity & InclusionInspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityTED SpeakersAfrican American SpeakersAuthors

Engage Your Audience With Author Speakers

The depth of knowledge our best selling business authors bring to a speaking event is incredible. Before they wrote their first book, these speakers were C-suite executives in multiple industries including product design, technology, and retail that saw them revive industries with fresh ideas and innovative techniques. Now many are New York Times bestselling authors who can also claim books at the top of Amazon's best sellers book lists as well.

Want to give your audience a memorable experience? One that keeps them engaged and leaves them inspired? You’ve come to the right place. Leading Authorities speakers bureau is home to some of the best business authors out there, and they’re ready to share their knowledge with your audience.

From beginning to end, our team of industry veterans will help you find a speaker that fits your event. Whether you're looking for leadership authors or top business writers, we take a collaborative and consultative approach in order to find speakers that match your event budget, theme, and target audience. Before creating your customized list of business book authors, we think about how you want your audience to feel, and the lasting impression you want your event to have. You can count on our team to take care of the logistics, plus bundle any extras like book signing and books for your audience members.

Explore our list of speaker authors above, and please contact our team for questions or to request more speaker information including speaking fees and availability.

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If you are looking for a specific speaker not listed above, we still encourage you to contact our team as we specialize in placing hard-to-find and in-demand keynote speakers from all around the world, which may not be listed on our website.

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