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Local Keynote Speakers In California

Searching for a keynote speaker for your next event in or around California? California is a popular destination for sales kick-offs, corporate meetings, annual summits, conventions, and a bevvy of other special events, and speakers from the area are likely to have greater flexibility in their schedule and be available at a more affordable, local rate. You don't have to go far to find a high-caliber keynote speaker in or around California. From best-selling authors and CEOs to financial experts and media personalities, California is home to some of the world’s most innovative minds and inspirational figures. 

Leading Authorities speakers bureau represents many of the top speakers in or around the West Coast who cover topics ranging from disruption and innovation to business and corporate culture and from inspiration and motivation to comedy and entertainment.

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Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology...

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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
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Michael (Mike) Steep is the executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities and the former senior vice president of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox. He draws on first-hand experience and anecdotes from time spent with the biggest names in Silicon Valley to instruct audiences on how to get ahead of disruptive innovation. Viewing new technology as opportunity, Mike highlights the importance of allowing innovation to trump company culture and legacies—and not the other way around.
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InnovationChange ManagementChinaFuture TrendsBusiness StrategyTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintechBusiness Leaders From Major Brands

1st Man to Attempt Jump off Mt Everest in a Wing Suit

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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: $35,001 - $55,000*
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Joby Ogwyn is a world-renowned adventurer, high-altitude mountain climber, BASE jumper, and wing-suit explorer. He holds several world records and was the youngest American to first summit Mount Everest and then the “Seven Summits.” He shares jaw-dropping stories, videos, and photos of his adventures while igniting a passion to live and perform at the highest levels. His speeches are an inspiring and often hair-raising look inside his many feats, and he helps audiences embrace the principles that made them successful, including having a clear vision and committing fully to it.
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AdventureInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersAthletes & Commentators
Jacobstein-Neil

Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity...

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Neil Jacobstein is the chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, an organization whose founders hail from Google and the X PRIZE Foundation and has a goal “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” Jacobstein shares one of the most thoughtful and up-to-date looks at the future of technology and how it will impact a variety of industries. He explores innovation, disruption, and artificial intelligence as he offers audience a glimpse into the future and its real-world applications.
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InnovationFuture TrendsRetailTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintech
Former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator and CEO of Black Swan Group
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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $55,001 - $75,000*
  • Asia: $75,001 and up*
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Christopher Voss is the author of “Never Split The Difference – Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It” and the CEO of The Black Swan Group. The Black Swan Group is a business negotiation coaching/advisory firm that gives individuals and businesses competitive advantages in business negotiations using hostage negotiation strategies. Chris was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator from 2003-2007. Voss has worked on over 150 kidnapping worldwide from the Middle East to Haiti.
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NegotiationRelationship BuildingSalesCrisis Management

Columnist, New York Times

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
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Farhad Manjoo is a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice and a technology columnist for The New York Times. Tapped to write the Times’ “State of the Art” column after the departure of Yahoo Tech founder David Pogue, Manjoo reviews the latest devices and innovations in addition to a wide variety of tech-related topics including the emergence of new media, Silicon Valley and start-up culture, and the ways in which politics, society, and business are being shaped by the rapid emergence of new technologies.
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InnovationFuture TrendsSocial Media & Social NetworkingTechnology

Mom, Wife, Boxing Champion, Elite Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, TV...

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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*
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Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & nutrition expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were "knockouts") and zero losses. Laila is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.
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Diversity & InclusionEntrepreneurshipHealth, Happiness, & WellnessInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceGrowthAthletes & CommentatorsMediaAfrican American SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers
Nick Bilton

Special Correspondent at Vanity Fair, Acclaimed Author, & Former Lead...

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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
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Nick Bilton, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and former Lead Technology Writer for the New York Times, is a journalist, designer, UI specialist, technologist, author, hardware hacker, and researcher. Bilton has worked in many industries within the context of design, research and development, and technology. He is also the author of Hatching Twitter and I Live in the Future: & Here’s How It Works, which explores the effects of new technology on our brains. With highly visual presentations, he addresses innovation, the future of media, technology, and society and how technology affects our work and minds.
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InnovationFuture TrendsSocial Media & Social NetworkingTechnologyAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataFintechModeratorMediaAuthors

Founder & CEO of Not Impossible Labs and Author of Not Impossible: The Art...

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  • Local: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
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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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InnovationCreativityCorporate Social Responsibility HealthcareInspiration & MotivationTechnologyOvercoming AdversityDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesRisk-TakersCEOsTED SpeakersAuthors
Tom Fishburne, Founder of Marketoonist and Author of Your Ad Ignored Here

Founder of Marketoonist and Author of Your Ad Ignored Here

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
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Tom Fishburne is the founder of Marketoonist, a marketing agency focused on the unique medium of cartoons. Since 2010, they’ve developed marketing campaigns for businesses such as Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Dell, and Kronos. Sitting at the intersection of entertainment and hard-hitting marketing insight, Tom delivers branded content for some of the world’s biggest players and creates campaigns and animations that often go viral. In speeches, he uses cartoons and case studies to tell visual stories about marketing and innovation, blending humor and insight to deliver important takeaways and new ways of thinking about marketing and business to engaged audiences worldwide.

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BrandingMarketingSomething Different


FINDING THE IDEAL SPEAKER FOR YOUR CALIFORNIA EVENT 

Whether you are interested in booking a well-known legendary NBA Basketball Player who translates the lessons he learned on the court to help businesses and entrepreneurs hoping to make a lasting impact on their communities, the former cultural strategist at Zappos.com who worked at Zappos.com before, during, and after the Amazon.com acquisition and helped the company grow from 1,200 to 1,700 people, resulting in 50% growth, a world-renowned health, diet, and nutrition expert who has served as a physician consultant to President Bill Clinton since 1993 among other big names, the former CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area who is known for insights on topics such as leadership, philanthropy, and the importance of integrity, or even the world-record-holding mountain climber and legendary wing-suit pilot who holds the world record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest and became the youngest person in the world to climb the "Seven Summits" at age 26—our team of experts will work with you from start to finish to help you find the ideal keynote speaker and make sure all your needs are fully met throughout the process. We'll do research for you, talk with you about trending topics and hot industry trends, provide you with a tailored list of speaker recommendations to fit your specific  event and company, hunt down hard-to-find talent, quote speaking fees, and handle any travel details and logistics so you can focus on the big picture.

Explore our extensive roster of keynote speakers in or around California above and click on any of the individual speaker's photos to see their speaker profile pages to learn more about their expertise and speaking topics, and to watch video footage from recent speaking engagements.

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