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Arts & Humanities


APB's arts and humanities speakers combine grace and zest in their unique keynote speeches, covering genres such as dance, music, and theater.

These distinguished speakers add their own creative and innovative flair to each presentation and invite you to explore a diverse array of cultural, artistic, and educational perspectives. Whether you are looking for a famous face or an acclaimed talent who will put a unique spin on the traditional lecture, APB has a speaker on the arts and humanities who will make your event a success.

Arts & Humanities

CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight / Best-Selling Author

Keith Ferrazzi is the world’s foremost expert in professional relationship development. He has transformed the lives and careers of clients and readers worldwide, bringing 20 years of research and experience to the...

Award-Winning Entertainer

Speaker Ben Vereen's credits include Broadway's "Wicked," Roots, and Law and Order. He addresses such topics as black history and overcoming adversity.

Award-Winning Music Historian

Curator of American music at the Smithsonian and founder of Jazz Appreciation Month in the United States, Hasse is an expert on 20th century American music. A gifted pianist, brilliant author, and editor of several...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

The author of such bestsellers as March, Year of Wonders and Nine Parts of Desire, Geraldine Brooks crafts fascinating, meticulously researched fiction and non-fiction.

Rapper & Actor, Law & Order: SVU

Hip-hop pioneer currently starring on Law and Order: SVU, Ice-T has risen up from the harsh realities of growing up disadvantaged to become a successful entertainer and entrepreneur. Serving as a sobering,...

Legendary Folk Singer & Activist

Following her son's suicide, iconic singer Judy Collins survived her grief through her passion for words and music. Today, she shares her moving experience with all audiences.

Singer, Songwriter & "Real Housewife"

Singer, songwriter and reality star Kandi Burruss penned TLC's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child's "Bug a Boo" hits. Also a "real housewife" of Atlanta, her latest album is titled Kandi Koated.

A Performance

Music from China captivates audiences with performances of China's rich musical traditions. Embark on a vivid musical journey as Music From China guides your imagination to the lands and the people of the Far East...

Nobel Laureate & Former President of the Soviet Union

One of the 20th century's most pivotal leaders, Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary leadership and the democratic reforms that ended the Cold War. As a keynote speaker he...

Nobel Laureate & Global Leader

The former President of Poland, speaker Lech Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending Poland's Communist leadership.

Mental Health Advocate

After battling depression for years, Kathy Cronkite now fights the stigma attached to mental illness by educating people about depression and on how to get help.

President of Ireland (1990-1997) & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation

The first female president of Ireland and former UN Commissioner for Human Rights, speaker Mary Robinson is a global humanitarian and renowned world leader.

Renowned Paranormal Researcher, Author & Adventurer

Jeff Belanger is an author, adventurer and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today. He’s written books for both adults and children, he’s a talk show host, television producer, lecturer and the founder...

Broadcast Journalist Turned Caregiver

A broadcast journalist for over 20 years, Mary Ellen Geist's decision to leave her news anchor job in New York to become a caregiver for her father was the subject of her...

Leading Public Health Executive & Physician

The president of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc., Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, is credited for modernizing the FDA when he was appointed acting commissioner in 2005.

Lung Transplant Survivor & Author of Sick Girl Speaks

Tiffany Christensen was born with cystic fibrosis & has received two life-saving double lung transplants. She is the author of Sick Girl Speaks & We Are the Change.

CBS Correspondent & Author

Petersen is an award-winning TV journalist who has covered wars, tsunamis, the unspeakable deaths in Rwanda, and so much more, but faced his greatest challenge when his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Cardiologist & Author

Board certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine, Dr. Mimi Guarneri is the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

Co-Founder, National Family Caregivers Association

Suzanne Mintz is an honored social entrepreneur. In 1993 she co-founded the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and over the years built it into the nation's premier organization in support of family...

Work-Life Balance Expert

Renee Trudeau helps professionals and entrepreneurs create passion-filled careers and come into greater work-life alignment through integrating who they are with what they do.

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