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Local Keynote Speakers In Washington, DC

Looking for a keynote speaker for your event in or around Washington, DC? You don't have to go far to find a high-caliber keynote speaker in the DC area. From professors and CEOs to military leaders and media personalities, Washington, DC is home to some of the world’s most innovative minds and inspirational figures, far beyond the political arena. After all, the DC metropolitan region is home to over 50 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, the third-highest number of bioscience companies in the world, numerous high-profile media outlets like Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post, POLITICO, and National Public Radio (NPR), top financial institutions, such as Capital One and Freddie Mac, as well as major corporations such as Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., Northrop Grumman, and Marriott.

Leading Authorities speakers bureau represents Washington, DC's top motivational keynote speakers, political keynote speakers, leadership keynote speakers, business keynote speakers, and many more. 

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Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Astrophysicist, Educator, Humanitarian, and TED Fellow

Astrophysicist, Space Science Education Lead for NASA, and Inspirational Speaker

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Dr. Hakeem Olyuseyi, author of a highly-anticipated upcoming memoir, The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time, is an internationally-recognized astrophysicist, science TV personality, and global education advocate who has had a long, distinguished career in academia and scientific research. Currently, he is stationed at NASA Headquarters, where he serves as an Astrophysicist and Space Science Education Lead for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. A former TED fellow, Dr. Oluseyi holds three degrees, eight US patents, four EU patents, and co-hosts several shows on Science Channel and Discovery International, including Outrageous Acts of Science, How the Universe Works, Space's Deepest Secrets, Strange Evidence, You Have Been Warned, and Strip the Cosmos. Dr. Oluseyi’s success is even more impressive given his incredible personal background and story. Motivating audiences globally with his message of persevering past naysayers, self-doubt, and seemingly immovable obstacles, he is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities.

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Diversity & InclusionFuture TrendsInspiration & MotivationTechnologyOvercoming AdversityDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataTED SpeakersAfrican American SpeakersAuthors
Ken Schmidt, Business and Communication Strategist

Former Director of Communications at Harley-Davidson & Author

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Ken Schmidt is the legendary former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. He played an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history, and his vision helped transform Harley into one of the world’s most dominant brands. He is widely known as a provocative and engaging thought leader. Funny and energetic, he shares stories of how to compete with weapons stronger than price, build a fanatically vocal customer base, create a passionately loyal corporate culture, and develop leaders who inspire and motivate.

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BrandingCustomer ExperienceLeadershipMarketingRetailSalesBusiness StrategyGrowthConsumer BehaviorDecision MakingTurnaroundCorporate CultureBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsAuthors

Former Director of National Intelligence

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Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, is one of the finest intelligence minds of the 21st century. In the midst of shifting national security policies and varying threats to American interests at home and abroad, James Clapper illuminates a broad array of intelligence-related issues. Clapper brings 50 plus years of military and intelligence experience to discussions regarding the unprecedented breadth of challenges facing the US today—including transnational threats like terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber attacks, as well as the domestic threats posed by nation states like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. He is currently a national security analyst for CNN and author of the new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.

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ChinaCyber SecurityNational SecurityLeadershipMiddle EastGeopoliticsDecision MakingCrisis ManagementFintechMilitary LeadersAuthors

Election Handicapper

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Charlie Cook is a political analyst and commentator, the publisher of the Cook Political Report, and a columnist for the National Journal. For more than two decades he has been a trusted and accurate voice on all things political. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal, Cook’s expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of American politics has been featured on myriad news outlets. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way.
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PoliticsMediaPolitical AnalystsPollsters & Public Opinion Experts

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
NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent
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Kelly O’Donnell is the Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News. A veteran of presidential politics, her work on the 2008 presidential election earned her an Emmy and a National Headliner Award. Her other work has won myriad others, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2004, she was inducted into the Ohio Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. O’Donnell has covered events ranging from the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war to the Olympic Games and the British royal family. She addresses politics, current events, the presidency, women’s issues, and the media.
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PoliticsModeratorEmcee & Master of CeremoniesMediaPolitical AnalystsFemale 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
Donna Brazile, Renowned Political Strategist and Commentator & Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Renowned...

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Political strategist Donna Brazile is the former interim chair of the DNC, as well as the former vice chair for civic engagement and voter participation at the DNC, an adjunct professor, best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and television commentator. She was also the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign. Her southern charm, big personality, and hilarious anecdotes make her an instant audience favorite. Oprah’s O magazine chose her as one of its “20 remarkable visionaries” and Washingtonian named her one of its “100 most powerful women.” Brazile is known for her ability to analyze the political climate and attract supporters, and she addresses this and the political mood of the country.
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Diversity & InclusionPoliticsMediaPolitical AnalystsAfrican American SpeakersFemale SpeakersDuos
Co-Founder and CEO of Axios; Co-Founder and Former CEO of POLITICO
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Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on American politics. He is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Axios, a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country's most influential readers and across social platforms.
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PoliticsRisk-TakersModeratorMediaPolitical Analysts

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