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TED Talk Speakers

Leading Authorities speakers bureau represents amazing speakers who have spoken on the official TED conference 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 audiences with a presentation that is guaranteed to spark innovation and provoke action. Here are some of our top recommendations for TED Talk speakers.

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Dr. Kate Darling, Robot Ethics Expert & Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab

Social Robotics Expert & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

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A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research specialist at the MIT Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property, she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Dr. Darling’s work has been featured in international media, and she has authored multiple academic publications and contributed to industry publications from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.
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InnovationTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintechTED SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers

Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, Best-Selling...

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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 CultureModeratorMilitary LeadersTED SpeakersAuthors
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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Diversity & InclusionInspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityPoliticsCorporate CultureModeratorMediaTED SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers
Ramez-Naam

Former Microsoft Executive and Energy Co-Chair at Singularity University

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Ramez Naam is a former Microsoft executive, entrepreneur, inventor, and the Energy Co-Chair at Singularity University. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams working on artificial intelligence, big data, and internet search. His software has touched the lives of more than a billion people. He holds more than 20 patents—including several as co-inventor with Bill Gates. Dynamic and personable, Naam speaks around the world, captivating audiences as he illustrates “what disruption looks like” and shares the eight strategies incumbents should draw on to keep the pace of change.
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EnergyInnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesTED SpeakersAuthors

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
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

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

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


Spread Ideas With A TED Talk Speaker


No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, our TED Talk speakers bring the charisma, experience, insight, energy, and engagement you want in a keynote speaker. Our extensive and ever-evolving bench of talented TED Talk speakers—which includes the discoverer of the Titanic’s wreckage—are also easily recognizable for the vast majority of audiences across the country and around the world and get excited about seeing on stage.

Who else makes up our roster of TED speakers? Best-selling authors, C-suite executives from big name-draw companies and well-know organizations, world record-breaking explorers and athletes, exceptional military leaders and commanders, every day people with incredible and unreal true stories, inspirational individuals who've made impossible possible, and the list goes on and on. These speakers are all excellent choices to consider if you are looking for someone to educate, enlighten, engage, energize, inspire, motivate, or move your high-profile audience.

If you are overwhelmed by our vast selection of top-notch talent at Leading Authorities speakers bureau, don’t worry. Our team of industry veterans will do all the heavy lifting when it comes to sourcing and securing the perfect keynote speaker for your specific event or meeting based on your topic, theme, and audience, etc. We’ll work with you from start to finish to ensure success. We will begin by learning everything there is to know about your event—from the event budget and target audience to the mood and goal of the meeting—and then we will compile a customized list of speaker recommendations based on your specific event criteria, requirements, and needs for you to share with your organization's committee, board, or senior leadership team to help make the speaker decision making process a quicker, easier, and more seamless step to navigate in the overall keynote event planning process.

Explore all of our TED Talk speakers in the list above and click on the links above to browse through each of these incredible speaker's profile pages and learn more about their experience, expertise, and speaking topics.

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