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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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Sekou Andrews, Creator of "Poetic Voice" and Inspirational Speaker
Creator of "Poetic Voice" & Inspirational Speaker
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  • Local: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
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A schoolteacher 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.”
Topics & Types
InnovationCustomer ExperienceCorporate Social Responsibility Inspiration & MotivationDisruptionCorporate CultureSomething DifferentEntertainment ActsTED Speakers
Lior Zoref, Researcher, Advisor, TED Speaker, Author, & Former Vice President at Microsoft

Researcher, Advisor, TED Speaker, and Author

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Dr. Lior Zoref is a researcher, advisor, TED speaker, and author of the best-selling book, Mindsharing – the art of crowd sourcing everything about the power of collective intelligence. His book was translated to many languages and was listed by Inc. magazine as one of the best books for entrepreneurs along with books by Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Tony Hsieh. Dr. Zoref has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most innovative organizations, including Google, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University, The White House, Nike, Microsoft, and LinkedIn.
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InnovationCreativityEntrepreneurshipHuman ResourcesRelationship BuildingBusiness StrategyDecision MakingSomething DifferentTED SpeakersAuthors
Editorial Cartoonist for The Economist & The Baltimore Sun
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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
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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

Restauranteur & Master Sommelier

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  • Local: Under $10,000*
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Born and raised in Monterey, California, it was only natural that Alpana Singh would develop a deep-rooted interest in wine. At 26, she passed the final level of the Master Sommelier exam—a feat achieved by only 274 people in the world. She's the first Indian woman and the youngest female ever to do so. She went on to serve as a Sommelier for highly-acclaimed restaurants in Chicago before opening three of her own. In lively, fun, and informative talks, Alpana shares her inspiring story of rising from the daughter of Fijian immigrants to becoming a successful entrepreneur and TV personality all while navigating a male-dominated profession. She give audiences a glimpse into the life as a Sommelier as she teaches them how to taste wines “blind,” purchase bottles like a professional, and pair with meals for any occasion.
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EntrepreneurshipInspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityCelebrity ChefSomething DifferentAuthorsFemale Speakers
Editorial Cartoonist for The Economist & The Baltimore Sun
Fees
  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
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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.
Topics & Types
Political SatireComediansSomething DifferentEntertainment Acts
Dustin Garis

Former Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble

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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
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Hailed as "Chief Troublemaker" by some of the world's largest corporations, Dustin Garis is a master of blending innovation and marketing together. His disruptive ideas have been put into play with companies all across the globe, including P&G, Coca-Cola, and many others. With his unique background and larger-than-life personality, Garis helps businesses across industries to deliver new and exciting products and services to consumers.
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InnovationBrandingChange ManagementCreativityCustomer ExperienceFuture TrendsGenerations & DemographicsHealth, Happiness, & WellnessLeadershipMarketingRetailSocial Media & Social NetworkingDisruptionConsumer BehaviorBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsTED Speakers
Johnny-Cupcakes

Founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
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How do you turn a t-shirt brand that’s sold from the trunk of a rusty car into a global, multi-million dollar business? Johnny Cupcakes transformed Johnny Cupcakes into one of the world’s fastest growing independent businesses. BusinessWeek named him America’s No. #1 Young Entrepreneur, and he has been profiled by The New York Times, NPR, MTV, Forbes, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and INC magazine. By focusing on the customer experience (he wants buying a t-shirt to feel like your birthday), he created such a unique brand that consumers would—and do—line up around the block for his shirts.  Johnny helps other create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation. He also helps companies attract millennials and more.

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InnovationBrandingCustomer ExperienceEntrepreneurshipGenerations & DemographicsLeadershipMarketingRetailSocial Media & Social NetworkingOvercoming AdversityConsumer BehaviorCorporate CultureCEOsSomething DifferentTED Speakers
Synthesizer of Art and Business
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  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • US West: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Europe: $75,001 and up*
  • Asia: $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

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

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  • Local: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US East: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • US West: $10,001 - $20,000*
  • Europe: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • Asia: $35,001 - $55,000*
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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


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Up Something Different With Celebrity Chef Speakers & More


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.

At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, we understand you need a presentation that “wows.” That’s why we tailor our recommendations to your event and think about more than your budget when browsing our list of celebrity chef speakers and out-of-the-box talent. It’s also why we take care of logistics for you, plus add in all those awesome extras, like book signings, into your event package.

Discover what our celebrity chef speakers and other unique talent can cook up for your next event by clicking on the speaker's names featured in the list above to check out their speaker profile pages and browse through their experience and expertise, speaking topics, and see them in action by watching their speaker videos.

Contact our team today if you want to learn more about the speakers who bring something different to event stages or if you have any questions we can help you address about the speaker booking process.

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If you are looking for a specific speaker not listed above, please 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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