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Looking for an incredible out-of-the-box keynote speaker but not exactly sure what you're interested in? These amazing speakers offer a presentation that goes beyond traditional business topics. From artists to adventurers these speakers can offer audiences a little "something different."

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CNN Anchor & Host of "The Wonder List with Bill Weir"

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
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Bill Weir joined CNN in November 2013 as anchor and reporter after a decade of distinctive broadcast journalism at ABC News. In early 2015, he debuted "The Wonder List with Bill Weir," a primetime CNN Original Series shot by acclaimed filmmaker, Philip Bloom. As host and executive producer, Weir travels all over the world in search of unique people, places, cultures and creatures on the brink of seismic change. After helping to launch the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" in 2004, Weir became co-anchor of "Nightline" in 2010 while his reporting was featured on "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and his own Yahoo! News digital series, "This Could Be Big."

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AdventureHealth, Happiness, & WellnessInspiration & MotivationMediaSomething Different
Synthesizer of Art and Business
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  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
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As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur, Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. His list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize; Erik has even been featured as a TED presenter. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.
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CreativityInspiration & MotivationSomething DifferentEntertainment ActsTED SpeakersAuthors

Editorial Cartoonist for The Economist & The Baltimore Sun

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
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Kevin Kallaugher (Kal) is the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Economist and The Baltimore Sun. His diverse portfolio includes more than 8,000 cartoons, 140 covers, and six books. In lively, illustrated presentations, Kal draws on stage while touching on themes like the uniqueness of our political system and the role of cartoons in free speech. He shares insights on current events, politics, and the economy and offers audiences a unique surprise to take home after his talks. He has lectured at TED, Harvard, Pixar, and Google among others. Offering an exciting twist for meetings and events, his presentations are always funny, interactive, and memorable.

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Political SatireComediansSomething DifferentEntertainment Acts

Creator of The Music Paradigm and Former Director of the Stamford Symphony...

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Roger Nierenberg has led presentations with more than eighty different orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Oceana. His program, The Music Paradigm, uses a symphony orchestra as a metaphor for any dynamic organization, particularly during a time of challenge or change. Participants are seated among musicians of a professional symphony orchestra while the conductor leads them through a series of exercises that powerfully demonstrate critical truths about the functioning of organizations.

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CreativityLeadershipSomething Different
Eric-Alexander

Renowned Mountaineer and Adventurer

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Eric Alexander is a renowned adventurer, skier, and mountaineer. He achieves his goals while helping others achieve their own. He defied the odds and scaled Mount Everest guiding his blind friend Erik Weihenmayer to its lofty summit. The pair was also a part of the first-ever blind ski descents from two of the seven summits. He has successfully climbed the highest point on six of the seven continents and led expeditions throughout Europe, North America, South America, and the Himalayas. He shares incredible stories from his adventures while discussing overcoming obstacles and goal-setting.

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AdventureInspiration & MotivationSomething Different
World's Most Famous Hacker
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Kevin is the world's most famous hacker. Once one of the FBI's Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. Kevin and The Global Ghost Team™ now maintain a 100 percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering.
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Future TrendsTechnologyAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataCEOsSomething Different

Singer/Songwriter, Five For Fighting

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John Ondrasik, better known by his stage name Five for Fighting, is a platinum-selling, Grammy nominated American singer-songwriter who has released six major albums and sold more than 2.5 million records and whose hits include “100 Years,” “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “Chances,” “The Riddle,” “Freedom Never Cries,” and “What If.” Ondrasik offers audiences an intimate evening of storytelling, humor, and great music. He offers insights on the creative process and innovation while sharing stories and playing his most famous songs.

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CreativitySomething DifferentEntertainment Acts
Football Long Snapper, Philadelphia Eagles, and Magician
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As an entertainer for over twenty years, Jon is known as the NFL's “Magic Man" and is respectfully referred to as the "Entertainer's Entertainer." He also has performed personally for Jason Stathum, Nicholas Cage, Garth Brooks, Magic Johnson, the entire New England Patriots football team, Joe Montana and Dan Marino.
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Inspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityAthletes & CommentatorsSomething DifferentEntertainment Acts
Wine Consultant; Youngest Ever Master Sommelier
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Author and wine connoisseur, Alpana Singh specializes in wine education and training, purchasing, and bar program development for the Chicago based restaurant group. She is currently Director of Wine and Spirits for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a large Chicago-based chain of restaurants.
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Celebrity ChefSomething DifferentFemale Speakers


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From songwriters and cartoonists to orchestra conductors and magicians, our out-of-the-box speakers deliver a memorable and unique experience your audience won’t forget anytime soon. Perennial favorites in our "Something Different” talent pool include our celebrity chef speakers, who count among their numbers the youngest master sommelier.

With their unmatched experience in the kitchen and vineyard, our leading culinary speakers can give restaurateurs, hobby chefs, and other food lovers a unique perspective when it comes to preparing meals, pairing wines, and creating a thoughtful presentation for each plate.

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