Local Keynote Speakers in Austin, Texas

Planning a special event, corporate meeting, or annual summit in Austin? No matter the occasion, there’s sure to be an Austin-based speaker that’ll “wow” your audience. Trust us, we represent a bunch of them! Not to mention, booking a keynote speaker local to the area of your event can save you a lot of time (and money!) on the logistics. Check out our extensive roster of speakers in Austin, Texas below and click on individual speaker pages for more information on each speaker.

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NASA Astronaut, Navy SEAL, CEO and President of the National Medal of Honor Museum

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
A decorated veteran of the sea, air, land, and outer space, Captain Chris Cassidy is among the leaders of an exclusive and distinguished group of accomplished military astronauts who have made an impact on and beyond this world. Recognized for his leadership and achievements as a United States Navy SEAL and a NASA astronaut, CAPT Cassidy’s various military deployments and spaceflight missions provided the catalysts for an action-packed career where he made the most of every opportunity presented to him, even in challenging and high-stakes environments.

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.

Entrepreneurial Disruptor, Co-founder and former CEO of StockX

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
A business trailblazer and industry disruptor, Josh Luber combined his passion for entrepreneurship and sneakers to co-found StockX, the world’s first “Stock Market of Things,” with partners Dan Gilbert (co-founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers), Greg Schwartz, and Chris Kaufman in 2015. As CEO, Luber led StockX’s rise from idea to billion-dollar company and cemented its status as the leading marketplace for sneakers, apparel, and collectibles in under three years.

Medal of Honor Recipient & New York Times Best-Selling Author

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

Assistant Professor, History & African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas-Austin

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*
Ashley D. Farmer is a well-known historian as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. As a contributor to The Washington Post, The Independent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Books, she is well-versed in making historical issues and concepts accessible to the general public.

Former Counselor to President George W. Bush and Current EVP of Corporate Affairs for Walmart

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
Dan Bartlett, the former counselor and key advisor to President George W. Bush, was responsible for strategic communications, policy formulation, and the implementation of the administration’s agenda. His experience serving in the highest levels of state and federal government and helping lead two successful presidential campaigns gives him a unique perspective in shaping public opinion and reputation management. Currently the executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart, Bartlett addresses politics, strategic communications, and life in the West Wing.

Former Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea

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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: Please Inquire
Vincent K. Brooks is a retired four-star general who was in command of all US Forces in Korea, where he concurrently commanded United Nations Command as well as the Republic of Korea. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he led the 4,000 cadets as the cadet brigade commander or “First Captain.” A history-maker, Brooks is the first African American to have been chosen for this paramount position. He is also the eighth African American in history to attain the military’s top rank—four-star general in the United States Army. Widely respected as a speaker and leader of cohesive, innovative organizations, within and beyond the military, his areas of expertise are: leadership in complex organizations, crisis leadership, and building cohesive trust-based teams, national security, policy, strategy, international relations, military operations, combating terrorism and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as diversity and inclusion.

Author and Customer Loyalty Expert

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $20,001 - $35,000*
Jackie Huba has been researching the effects of word of mouth on customer loyalty since 2001. Forbes calls Jackie Huba's work in this field "the word of mouth gospel."

37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and decorated veteran, General Robert B. Neller is a proven transformational leader and change agent. General Neller successfully led the United States Marine Corps through one of its most dynamic periods in its storied history including integrating women into previously restricted ground combat units, addressing and developing policy for transgender service members, infantry squad changes, implementing social media guidelines and more, all while engaged in multiple threats of combat, the whole time elevating the uncompromising high standards that the Marine Corps is known for across the globe. “A warrior, leader, and statesman,” General Neller has over 44 years of experience leading and managing global organizations worldwide, bringing a forward-thinking approach and unique voice to his brand of leadership. His uncompromising dedication to building and leading teams of virtue and character, his straight-forward, no-nonsense style partnered with his extensive experience in combat and in Washington D.C. will motivate, teach, inspire, and empower audiences. General Neller is unwavering in his commitment to the ethos “Effort Matter, Character Counts.”
Find the Perfect Speaker for Your Austin, Texas Stage

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