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Leading Authorities 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, Author of...
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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 CultureMilitary LeadersTED Speakers
Founder & CEO of Not Impossible Labs and Author of Not Impossible: The Art...
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Mick Ebeling is an American film, television and commercial executive producer as well as an author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was named as on one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014, won the SXSW Innovation Award twice in a row (2014 and 2015), and was awarded the 2014 Muhammed Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. He is the CEO of Not Impossible, an organization that develops creative technology solutions to address real-world problems.
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InnovationCorporate Social Responsibility HealthcareInspiration & MotivationTechnologyOvercoming AdversityDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataCEOs
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 Leaders
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
Republican Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo
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Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. 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 frequently appears in the media, sought after by Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few. 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
Medal of Honor Recipient & New York Times Best-Selling Author
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Sergeant Dakota Meyer is a Marine Corps veteran and the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest honor. He is the first living marine to have received the medal since 1973 and is also one of the youngest. Through five successive missions, he helped save the lives of 13 American and 23 Afghan troops. President Barack Obama awarded Meyer the medal on September 15, 2011. Meyer was also inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon. He addresses motivation, courage, leadership, believing in yourself, doing what is right, and what happened that day in Afghanistan.
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Inspiration & MotivationLeadershipTeamworkOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersMilitary Leaders
Co-Host of CBS This Morning
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Whether interviewing presidents, first ladies, heads of state or members of Congress, Norah O’Donnell has earned a reputation as a keen interviewer of today’s newsmakers. In her presentations, she takes the audience behind today’s headlines for an in-depth look at the issues, the players and the politics at work. One of America’s most prominent journalists, O’Donnell is the recipient of the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage and Washingtonian Magazine has named her one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women.
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PoliticsModeratorEmcee & Master of CeremoniesMediaPolitical AnalystsFemale Speakers
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
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 & Commentators

Inspire Audiences of All Ages With College Campus Speakers


Finding 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 an executive at Google, leading a team of U.S. Navy SEALs, serving as a correspondent for 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. Or, contact us for more details.

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