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Energize your audience with motivational stories that inspire peak performance. Our renowned motivational speakers are leaders in sports, business, the military, and more, and they share standing-ovation-worthy stories about pushing past limits, overcoming adversity, and thriving in challenging environments. Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau represents the motivational speaker or the inspirational speaker who is the right mix of entertaining and educational for your group. The insights and stories from these motivational speakers are so engaging that they stay with audiences long after the keynote is over.

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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
Ben Saunders, World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Record-Breaking Explorer & Repeat TED Speaker

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Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”
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AdventureInnovationInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceTeamworkOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsTED Speakers

CEO of Flywheel Sports & Fmr. President of Nike, Gatorade, & Equinox

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Executive, activist, and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother, and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Sarah's career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic brands. She is the former CEO of Flywheel Sports, former President of Gatorade, former Director at Nike, and an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands. She is the founder of Extreme Living, a consultancy focused on bringing the best out of individuals and organizations.
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BrandingChange ManagementCreativityEntrepreneurshipGenerations & DemographicsHealth, Happiness, & WellnessInspiration & MotivationLeadershipMarketingPeak PerformanceRetailSalesTeamworkDisruptionTurnaroundCorporate CultureRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOsAuthorsFemale 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
Kristin-Beck

Former Navy SEAL & Civil Rights Activist

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Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck is known to be the first female Navy SEAL. She distinguished herself in 20 years of exceptionally meritorious service with Special Operations Forces in the SEAL teams. Now a civil rights activist, she gives speeches and lectures at various events around the country.
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Diversity & InclusionCorporate Social Responsibility Inspiration & MotivationLeadershipTeamworkOvercoming AdversityMilitary LeadersFemale Speakers
Shon Hopwood

Associate Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Criminal...

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Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is an expert on federal courts, criminal procedure (including federal sentencing), and prisoners’ rights. Shon’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners. Shon’s incredible story of second chances and success after failure has been featured in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, and most recently, on 60 Minutes. He is the author of the memoir Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Cases and Finding Redemption, and an advocate for criminal justice reform.
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Inspiration & MotivationLaw & Legal AffairsOvercoming AdversityTurnaround

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

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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

Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Professor of Ophthalmology...

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Dr. Geoff Tabin is a medical visionary, humanitarian, accomplished mountain climber, professor of ophthalmology and global medicine at Stanford University, and co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world.
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InnovationHealthcareInspiration & MotivationDisruptionRisk-Takers

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

Make A Difference With Motivational Speakers


As one of the largest motivational speaking agencies, we represent the best motivational speakers ever—and we’re not just saying that. They offer inspiring, one-of-a-kind experiences that captivate audiences around the globe. Their unique experiences—and natural knack for speaking in front of crowds—allow them to deliver moving stories. 

With our expansive roster of motivational keynote speakers, we’ll find a speaker that fits your event like a glove. Looking for a motivational speaker who’s an Olympic medalist to talk about the limits they pushed past to stand on the podium? Check. How about a motivational celebrity speaker to discuss the adversity they overcame in the industry? Or an adventurer who’s been to the farthest reaches of the globe? Check and check.

No matter the motivational speaker topics you’re interested in, Leading Authorities can help.

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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