Diverse Voices on Today's Trending Topics

Top row: Jonathan Mayes, Tarika Barrett, Cassi Chandler. Bottom Row: Lisa Sun, Reggie Files-Aime, Dex Hunter-Torricke

The Leading Authorities team can connect you to diverse voices who help organisations instill a sense of purpose in their teams and inspire change, innovation, and high performance. The storeys our keynote speakers share capture the essence of what it means to be a part of our global community. They are individuals who've shattered stereotypes and empowered those around them to do the same by overcoming personal and professional obstacles to make a difference in the world. From TED Speakers to CEOs, you are sure to find a keynote speaker who resonates with your audience members and their own experiences.

We can't wait to share our speakers with you. Browse our library of hundreds of speeches by topic, theme, or speaker and search for the speeches that inspire you to act.


Leadership Topic Header: Chief Carmen Best, Ginny Clarke, Nikkia Reveillac


  • Chief Carmen BestFormer Chief of Police in Seattle, WA. Best shares her experience leading the force through these challenging and often polarising times, as well as her proven strategies for effective, values-based leadership, including fostering an engaging environment of community, collaboration, trust, and diverse perspectives.
  • Ginny Clarke, Former Director, Executive Recruiting at Google and Holistic Leadership Strategist. Bringing a holistic perspective from inside some of the world’s leading organisations, Clarke shares her sought-after insights and wisdom on the ways conscious, effective leaders can get the best out of their people and, in turn, create high-performing teams for the future.
  • Nikkia Reveillac, Business Insights & Strategy Leader, Organisation Designer & Builder, and Director, Consumer Insights at Netflix. Reveillac speaks passionately about what it really means to be an egoless leader, while highlighting the importance of psychological safety, empathy, and an open-growth mindset when it comes to leading high-performing teams and realising your organization’s full potential.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Topic Header: Tarika Barrett, Cassi Chandler, Jonathan Mayes


  • Tarika Barrett, CEO, Girls Who Code. Barrett speaks to the importance of leading diversity and equity in the workplace, along with actionable steps to create an environment that is more inclusive and supportive of women and minorities.
  • Cassi Chandler, FBI’s First African American Female Special Agent Assistant Director. Drawing from her own personal storey and experiences as a DEI champion, Chandler shares the positive impact of diversity on organisations and defines the tools essential to building a diverse and inclusive workplace culture while positioning your team members for success. 
  • Jonathan MayesDEI Expert, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Albertsons Companies. Mayes is refreshingly candid as he shares areas where organisations are falling short in meeting the needs of their underrepresented team members, while challenging leaders to recognise their unconscious biases, become allies to diverse groups, and be forces for positive change when it comes to hiring and developing talent with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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Innovation Topic Header: Dex Hunter-Torricke, Nichol Bradford, Jessica O. Matthews


  • Dex Hunter-Torricke, Head of Communications, Oversight Board for Meta. On stage, Hunter-Torricke expertly combines his experience working for some of the world’s most-innovative and technology-driven brands with his passion for social innovation to help companies shift towards a 21st century business methodology. 
  • Nichol Bradford, Futurist and Transformative Tech Pioneer, Founder, & Executive. Working at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, behaviour, technology, and science, Bradford’s mission is to empower human transformation and wellbeing by catalysing new visions, opportunities, and tech-enabled tools for all.
  • Jessica O. Matthews, Innovator and CEO, Uncharted. Matthews is an award-winning entrepreneur, inventor, and social scientist with more than 10 years of demonstrated thought leadership in the future of the built environment, climate resiliency, and improving equitable access to infrastructure resources.

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Economy and Finance

Economy and Finance Topic Header: Trevor Williams, Elliott Harris, Dana M. Peterson, Meghan O'Sullivan


  • Trevor Williams, Former Chief Economist at Llyod Bank & Rotating Chair of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee. With over 30 years of experience as an economist after earning his PhD, Williams unpacks the impact of interest rates, monetary policy and quantitative easing and translates them into useful intelligence businesses can use to inform strategy. He brings clarity and relevance to an often complex and abstract field.  
  • Elliott Harris, Global Economics Expert, Former United Nations Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development. As a top economic leader in the world, Harris draws audiences in with a compelling outlook on national and global economies, the factors that are influencing the economic future, and the impact on business and society. 
  • Dana M. Peterson, Chief Economist, The Conference Board. Peterson’s research and insights expand across topic areas that directly impact financial market implications, helping groups make sense of the economic environment and the risks, challenges, and opportunities it presents to organisations and society.
  • Meghan O'Sullivan, Geopolitical Authority & Presidential Advisor, Harvard Professor & Administrator. Dr. O’Sullivan shares an engrossing overview of hot-button geopolitical issues and draws from her exceptional experiences in government, business, and diplomacy to shed crucial insights into foreign policy, national security, energy markets, and other areas of interest. 

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Business Strategy

Business Strategy Topic Header: Jessie Hayes-Stalling, James D. White, Reggie Fils-Aime


  • Jessie Hayes-Stalling, Beauty Industry Leader, Founder & CEO of Skinphorea Facial Bar, and Creator of RevitalizeU Skincare Line. Hayes-Stallings offers audiences expert insights on delivering a winning pitch and creating a lasting impression with the people who can help take their businesses to the next level.  
  • James D. White, Transformational Leader and Former Chairperson, President, & CEO of Jamba Juice. White provides thought-provoking insights that stimulate audiences to consider what steps need to be taken to best position their organisations into the next decade and beyond.
  • Reggie Fils-Aime, Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc. An award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie Fils-Aimé is a proven expert on transforming companies, re-vitalising brands, and reshaping industries to solve daunting challenges and achieve "the impossible." 

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Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity Topic Header: Joan Higgingbotham, Preet Chandi, Hakeem Oluseyi, Erik Weihenmayer


  • Joan Higginbotham, Retired NASA Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Electrical Engineer, & Third African American Woman in Space. An inspiring storey of the power of seizing opportunities, a strong work ethic, and never giving up, Higginbotham shares how she became the third-ever African American female in space.
  • Preet Chandi, Polar Adventurer, First Woman of Colour to Complete a Solo Expedition to the South Pole. Draws from her thrilling 700-mile, 40-day journey to empower audiences to push past boundaries and redefine normal
  • Hakeem Oluseyi, Astrophysicist, Former Space Science Education Lead for NASA, and Inspirational Speaker. Shares his powerful storey of overcoming class and race barriers to become a leading astrophysicist, educator, and advocate.
  • Erik WeihenmayerWorld-Class Blind Adventurer. Erik describes the key components for shattering barriers and pioneering possibilities, which start with a “reach into the darkness” and a powerful vision to guide us through the storm.

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    Mental Health, Happiness, & Wellness

    Mental Health, Happiness, & Wellness Topic Header: Lisa Sun, Helena Boschi, Neil Parischa
    • Lisa SunFounder & CEO, GRAVITAS, Former Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. Open, honest, and funny, Lisa Sun shares the techniques she and her many clients have used to recognise, strengthen, and use their unique gifts to shut out doubt and fear and become more confident and successful. 
    • Helena Boschi, World Renowned Applied Neuroscience Psychologist. Dr. Boschi's research centres around emotional and rational neural networks and how to improve our cognitive abilities to get the best out of our own and others' brainpower in the workplace.
    • Neil Parischa, Leadership and Happiness Expert. Using his unique blend of counter-intuitive research and sidesplitting storeys, Neil illuminates a clear path forward into workplaces where people show up inspired, do great work, and leave with full minds and full hearts.

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