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Leading Authorities represents amazing speakers who have spoken on the official TED stage. These top speakers represent the TED slogan "ideas worth spreading" with their fantastic keynotes. TED Speakers are a great option if you're looking for a veteran speaker, comfortable in front of large, high profile audience; here are some of our top recommendations.

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Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, Author of...
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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 CultureMilitary LeadersTED 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
Gretchen Carlson,  Broadcast News Anchor and Journalist
Acclaimed Broadcast News Anchor and Journalist, Best-Selling Author,...
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Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors, a best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for women in the workplace. Named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2017, Carlson most recently hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years. Prior to that, co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show “Fox and Friends” for more than seven years.
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Inspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityPoliticsCorporate CultureModeratorMediaTED SpeakersFemale Speakers
Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation
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Peter Diamandis, the chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation and the author of best-selling Abundance, is a dynamic inspirational speaker who shows his audience how to drive and incentivize breakthrough thinking in order to achieve clear, measurable results. He is considered a key figure in the development of the personal spaceflight industry, as the first private-sector manned spaceflight was a result of an X PRIZE competition. He has also founded many other leading, commercial space-flight organizations and won myriad awards for his incredible work.
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InnovationCorporate Social Responsibility TechnologyGrowthDisruptionRobotics & DronesCEOsTED Speakers
Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Repeat TED Speaker
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Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
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InnovationEntrepreneurshipHealthcareTechnologyDisruptionRobotics & DronesTED Speakers
Deep-Sea Explorer and Discoverer of the Titanic and Life at the Bottom of...
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Bob Ballard shares amazing stories with incredible enthusiasm and energy about the treasures of the ocean and how new discoveries could solve the world’s toughest problems. The man who discovered the Titanic, the Bismarck, and life at the bottom of the sea is an enthralling presenter who inspires curiosity and adventure through science and education. He weaves in his own discoveries to illustrate his points and uses incredible pictures to bring his adventures to life.
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AdventureCorporate Social Responsibility Inspiration & MotivationTechnologyTED Speakers
Innovation and Leadership Expert, Thinkers50 Award Winner
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Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership thinker based in Silicon Valley. Drawing on his Indian upbringing, he was the first (with his co-authors) to capture the phenomenon of jugaad—a Hindi word for improvised solutions born out of ingenuity in resource constrained settings. His first book, a global bestseller of the same name, Jugaad Innovation, shows how companies and entrepreneurs can unleash and harness the grassroots ingenuity of employees, customers, and partners to co-create simple but effective solutions that deliver greater value at a lower cost.
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InnovationTED SpeakersBusiness Authors/Strategists
2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist & 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and...
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Amy Purdy had a typical childhood until losing her legs at 19 as a result of Meningitis, which has led to an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments. Amy is the top ranked adaptive snowboarder in the US, a three-time World Cup Para-Snowboard winner, the 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, and the 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist. She is the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), a non-profit organization which helps disabled youth, young adults, and wounded veterans get involved with action sports, and the author of the New York Times best-selling book, On My Own Two Feet. Amy has evolved into a powerful inspirational and motivational speaker who has been seen by millions of people and invited to share her story to audiences around the world.
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Corporate Social Responsibility Inspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceOvercoming AdversityAthletes & CommentatorsTED SpeakersFemale Speakers
Former Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble (Global Brand Innovation...
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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 TrendsHealth, Happiness, & WellnessLeadershipMarketingRetailSocial Media & Social NetworkingDisruptionConsumer BehaviorBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsTED Speakers

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