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Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau represents the university and college 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 speakers who reflect the values or your school. Providing entertaining, inspirational, and educational 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...

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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
GOP Strategist, Political Contributor to CNN and Telemundo, and Co-Host of...
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Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN, CNN en Español, Telemundo, and co-host of ABC's The View. Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro is frequently called upon for her spot-on commentary. She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed.
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Diversity & InclusionPoliticsMediaPolitical AnalystsFemale Speakers

World-Class Blind Adventurer

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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.
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AdventureInnovationInspiration & MotivationLeadershipPeak PerformanceTeamworkOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsAuthors

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
Legendary NBA Player
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Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007 and since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention.
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Inspiration & MotivationAthletes & CommentatorsAfrican American Speakers

Former White House Press Secretary, Fox News Host, Political Commentator, &...

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Dana Perino was the White House’s first female Republican press secretary and one of the most widely-respected members of President George W. Bush’s senior cabinet. She is currently a popular political commentator and a co-host—and the breakout star—of Fox’s The Five, a ratings phenomenon and the top show in the timeslot. She is also the host of Fox's The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino. Her commentary is also regularly found in major publications. Perino analyzes politics, the upcoming election, and current events in the same energetic style that has made her so popular on TV. Small in stature but big on personality, she consistently gets rave reviews.
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PoliticsModeratorMediaPolitical AnalystsAuthorsFemale Speakers
Award Winning Journalist; Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN
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CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, joined the network in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper debuted in March 2013. The program seeks to examine and advance stories that demonstrate Tapper's own curiosities and interests with headlines from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, and sports to popular culture.
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PoliticsModeratorMediaPolitical Analysts
Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Military Historian
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Rick Atkinson is a best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award winner, and Washington Post journalist. He is the author of the Liberation Trilogy, a history of Europe in World War II, as well as the highly-anticipated 2019 Revolution Trilogy. He is also the author of The Long Gray Line, Crusade, and In the Company of Soldiers. With incredible depth of knowledge and recall for facts and figures, Atkinson shares vivid stories about what military history (both the good and the bad) teaches us about leadership from the generals that shaped history.
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Host of Meet the Press & NBC News Political Director

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Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and the host of Meet the Press, is one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns at all levels. With what the Washingtonian calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” his up-to-the-minute analysis and nonpartisan commentary has made him a sought-after voice in American political coverage. Previously the network’s chief White House correspondent and host of The Daily Rundown, he has the unique ability to deliver an all-consuming passion for politics with razor-sharp analysis as he looks at politics, campaigns, and elections.

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PoliticsModeratorMediaPolitical Analysts


Inspire Audiences Of All Ages With College Campus Speakers


Finding commencement speakers for a college audience can be a challenge. You want someone who meets your event’s requirements and budget, but also interests students and alumni and encourages them to come and hear the story your speaker has to tell.

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 or to book one of these talented speakers for your next event or meeting, contact our team today. 

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