College & University Speakers

Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau represents the university and college campus speakers who resonate with audiences. Whether your event is an alumni event or for current students, we have the campus speakers and motivational speakers for college students who will draw a crowd. From experts on current affairs and politics to business topics like leadership and innovation, LAI offers leadership speakers for college students who reflect the values or your school. Providing entertaining, inspirational, and educational campus speakers, we help create the best live campus, commencement, or graduation events.

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Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, Best-Selling Author, & Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group

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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.

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

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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, and CEO of Exos, the world leader in elite performance training that helps people reach higher and achieve more.

Record-Breaking Explorer & Repeat TED Speaker

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  • Local: Under $10,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Europe: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”

World-Class Blind Adventurer

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  • Local: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • US East: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • US West: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
  • Asia: $75,001 and up*
Erik Weihenmayer is a world-class adventurer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, and one of only 150 mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits. His latest and most demanding adventure is kayaking the 277 miles of the Grand Canyon. One of the most exciting and well-known athletes in the world, he never let his lack of vision interfere with his quality of life. Weihenmayer’s feats have earned him incredible press coverage and dozens of awards. He is also the author of two books and addresses leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity, motivation, and inspiration.

Sales Mindset Advisors, USC Adjunct Professors of Entrepreneurship, Authors, & Founding Partners of Agency18

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Colin Coggins and Garrett Brown are on a mission to change the way not only salespeople, but also the world, think and feel about sales. They are the creators of “The Unsold Mindset,” a unique philosophy for growing sales and revenue that focuses on authenticity, emotional intelligence, personal development, and building positive, contagious cultures far beyond just the sales teams for success.

Political Analyst, Social Scientist, and Academic Leader

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  • Local: Under $10,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Asia: $10,001 - $20,000*

Passionate about making social science relatable to real-time political events, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is an analyst, academic, and social scientist with expertise in campaigns and elections, immigration, Latinos, women, racial and ethnic minority politics, and political psychology. A contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo, she is currently the Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas and serves as their chief diversify officer – working with University leadership to cultivate and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has previously provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision, NPR and has appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Applying high-quality social science research to on-the-ground political realities, she provides a unique, outside-the-Beltway view to today’s real-world issues. Using her nuanced understanding of key electorates – including women, Latino, and youth demographics – she thoughtfully unpacks the factors shaping the political landscape and expertly analyzes the state of the nation’s politics & elections.

Adventurer & First Woman to Kayak the Amazon River

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*

An adventurer, record-setter, and boundary-breaker, Darcy Gaechter is best known as the first woman - and member of the first team - to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea. The journey required her crew to paddle over 4,000 miles across the widest part of South America, a voyage that took 148 days to complete. She is also the author of The Kayaker’s Guide to Ecuador and Amazon Woman, an adventure memoir detailing her Amazon River expedition and the life challenges she faced to get there – the rights of which have been purchased to turn her story into a movie. Gaechter inspires audiences with her personal journey of overcoming obstacles and making the impossible possible – sharing useful tactics to take on even the most daunting of challenges and demonstrating how a strong belief in yourself and in your goal are key ingredients to any success.

Fmr. Head of Communications at SpaceX, Communications Executive at Facebook, & Google Executive

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*

Dex Hunter-Torricke has managed communications for leaders and organizations working at the heart of global change. From 2012 to 2016, he led the executive communications team at Facebook and served as speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg. Prior to Facebook, he was Google's first executive speechwriter, supporting Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and other senior Google leaders. Before coming to Silicon Valley, he was a speechwriter and spokesperson for the United Nations. He also led SpaceX's communications team, reporting directly to Elon Musk. He is currently head of communication for the Oversight Board, the independent body that will be making decisions on Facebook and Instagram's most challenging content issues. Dex is passionate about technology, public policy, and storytelling, and in his talks, he helps leaders and organizations craft their messages.

First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, & Fighter Squadron Commander

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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
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A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. She achieved that goal – and then some. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.

Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan Stanley

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  • Local: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
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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.

Legendary Mental Conditioning Coach to top athletes and CEOs

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
Trevor Moawad is a renowned mental conditioning expert and strategic advisor to some of the world’s most elite performers. Having partnered with Seattle Seahawks quarterback and long-time client Russell Wilson to form Limitless Minds, whose mission is to both optimize performance and enrich culture within some of the world’s top organizations and elite performers, Trevor is the author of the book "It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life." In 2017, Trevor was named the “Sports World’s Best Brain Trainer” by Sports Illustrated for his work with many of the sport's worlds most effective teams and players.

First African-American Chess Grandmaster, Analyst, Commentator and Emcee

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  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
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Maurice Ashley made history in 1999 when he became the first African-American chess grandmaster. He is a three-time national championship coach, author of Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens, ESPN commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker. Maurice is well known for providing dynamic live tournament coverage of world-class chess competitions and matches.

Inspire Audiences Of All Ages With College Campus Speakers

Finding commencement speakers for a college audience can be a challenge. You speakers for college students who meet your event’s requirements and budget, but also interest students and alumni and encourage them to come and hear the story your speaker has to tell. From speakers on leadership and motivation to life balance and a successful mindset, we have the perfect virtual keynote speaker for you.

Our college campus speakers engage students by showcasing of their amazing careers, which include working as a senior executive at Google, leading a team of US Navy SEALs, serving as a journalist or correspondent for a leading news network, and more. These roles have provided them unique experiences that capture the attention of students and alumni. Our campus speakers are also proficient at adapting to their audiences.

At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, we’re like our leadership speakers for college students: We adapt to your needs instead of supplying a one-size-fits-all solution. Our team of industry veterans—who have more than 20 years of experience—recommend speakers that meet more than your budget. They also fit your college’s environment, student demographic, and event goals.

Discover how our college campus speakers will leave your students talking long after your event by browsing their profiles, which have helpful information like their speaking topics. 

For more information about our expansive roster of elite keynote speakers for college students or to book one of these talented speakers for your next event or meeting, contact our team today. 

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