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Mark French

Mark French

President & CEO

Mark  French is president and CEO of Leading Authorities, one of the nation’s most prominent strategic event firms and lecture agencies. French founded Leading Authorities in December 1990 following more than a decade of achievement with two major national associations.

French serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB), the Associate Alliance of the American Society of Association Executives, and a special IASB-National Speakers Association (NSA) task force.  He has participated as a speaker at numerous industry events and is considered a key leader in the speaking industry. His commentary on the speaking industry has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC News, and NBC News, to name a few.  French is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the City Club of Washington, and Meeting Professionals International.