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Motivational Speakers

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
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Pro Endurance Athlete, 4x World Record Holder, and First Person to Cross...

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Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete who has achieved four world records. He grew up exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. His success swimming in Oregon led him to Yale University. After years as a professional triathlete, he returned to his first love - the mountains. In 2016 Colin conquered the speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits, a global mountaineering challenge to climb the tallest mountain on every continent including Mt. Everest and ski to the North and South Poles. In 2018 Colin shattered the speed record for the 50 High Points Challenge when he summited the highest point in each of the 50 states in just 21 days. On December 26, 2018 he became the first person to cross the landmass of Antarctica solo, unaided by kites or resupplies. He accomplished the feat in 54 days, covering more than 930 miles along the way, including more than 77 miles in the final 32-hour window where he went without sleep. Throughout the nearly two-month journey, O’Brady never took a full day off.
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AdventureInnovationCreativityEntrepreneurshipHealth, Happiness, & WellnessInspiration & MotivationMarketingPeak PerformanceRelationship BuildingSocial Media & Social NetworkingTeamworkGrowthOvercoming AdversityDecision MakingAthletes & CommentatorsTED Speakers

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

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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 for an unbelievable motivational business speaker. 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
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Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan...

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Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014, and sits on the boards of several community organizations. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book, “Expect to Win.” Carla joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 after completing an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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EntrepreneurshipInspiration & MotivationLeadershipOvercoming AdversityBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsTED SpeakersAfrican American SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers
Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Astrophysicist, Educator, Humanitarian, and TED Fellow

Astrophysicist, Space Science Education Lead for NASA, & Inspirational...

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Dr. Hakeem Olyuseyi has three degrees, 8 U.S. patents, four E.U. patents and has hosted shows on the Science Channel and on Discovery. But more impressive is his life story. Olyuseyi grew up in the roughest neighborhoods of America, learned to survive on the street, and still taught himself Einstein’s theory of relativity from an old set of encyclopedias. At every turn he was presented with a compelling option to quit and yet he persevered. Today, he is a NASA astrophysicist, a global educator, and the author of a highly-anticipated upcoming memoir The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time where he recounts his journey from the streets to the stars. Dr. Olyuseyi is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities.
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Diversity & InclusionFuture TrendsInspiration & MotivationTechnologyOvercoming AdversityDisruptionTED SpeakersAfrican American SpeakersAuthors
Sekou Andrews, Creator of "Poetic Voice" and Inspirational Speaker
Creator of "Poetic Voice" & Inspirational Speaker
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A school teacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may now find Sekou keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable. For over 15 years, Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”
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InnovationCustomer ExperienceCorporate Social Responsibility Inspiration & MotivationDisruptionCorporate CultureSomething DifferentEntertainment ActsTED Speakers
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
Jaster-Lisa
Army Ranger, Leadership and Peak Performance Expert
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Lisa Jaster is one of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program, which is one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world, and she was the first female Army Reserve officer to become a Ranger. Lisa continues to demonstrate that barriers are meant to be broken and exemplifies how perseverance and hard work are absolutely essential to achieving your goals. Filled with humorous stories and moving anecdotes, her talks leave audiences inspired to push past adversity no matter the cost and better their lives.
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Inspiration & MotivationLeadershipPeak PerformanceRelationship BuildingOvercoming AdversityDecision MakingRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsMilitary LeadersFemale Speakers

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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If you are looking for a specific speaker not listed above, we still encourage you to contact our team as we specialize in placing hard-to-find and in-demand keynote speakers from all around the world, which may not be listed on our website.

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