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Motivation & Inspiration


Our motivational and inspirational speakers share incredible personal stories of success, failure, persistence, hard work, and the events that changed their lives in their thrilling keynote speeches.

Our extensive list of motivational speakers - from sports figures to business leaders - will make your event a resounding success with their inspirational, powerful messages.

Motivation & Inspiration

Award-Winning Actor 'Arrested Development' & 'The Hangover'

A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. He has appeared in The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested...

Emmy Award-Winning Actress & Activist

Best known for her Emmy-winning starring role in Ugly Betty, America Ferrera - an artist ambassador for Save the Children - is also an activist committed to issues surrounding education & children.

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate

A hometown basketball legend, Chris Herren realized his dream of playing for the Celtics only to lose it all to addiction. He shares his story in Basketball Junkie & the ESPN documentary Unguarded...

Branding Visionary & Founder of FUBU

Credited with creating the urban apparel market, corporate speaker Daymond John is the founder of FUBU and the branding guru on ABC's Shark Tank.

Spinal Cord Injury-Recovering Athlete & Motivator

A world-renowned athlete and adventurer, speaker Grant Korgan continues to climb and ski around the globe after having suffered a spinal cord injury.

Inspirational Football Coach

The memorable coach behind the hit film 'Remember the Titans,' Boone transformed a racially divided football team into a united group of state champions. He delivers a message of respect and teamwork.

Author of 'The Butler: A Witness to History'

Acclaimed Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood is the author of The Butler: A Witness to History and associate producer of the major motion picture The Butler.

Best-Selling Author

One of America's literary sensations, Meltzer is the author of four best-selling legal thrillers: The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, Dead Even, The Millionaires, and The Zero Game...

US Boxing Champion & Olympian

Marlen Esparza made history as the first US female boxer to medal in the first-ever women's boxing games at the Olympics.

Author & Media Contributor

After ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was wounded in Iraq, he and his wife, speaker Lee Woodruff, penned the best-selling In an Instant to help others cope with crisis.

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in Los Angeles County.

Oprah Winfrey's "All-Time Favorite Guest"

Speaker Tererai Trent endured a life of poverty in Zimbabwe before changing it all by obtaining her doctorate. She works to improve education in her home village.

Fortune 50 Executive, Author of A Chance in the World & Voice of Change for Youth

Author of A Chance in the World, Stephen Pemberton is the Divisional VP and Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens and is an expert at diversifying workforces. He is a leading keynote speaker on matters of...

Best-Selling Author & Youth Advocate

A youth advocate and decorated war veteran, Wes Moore is the author of the acclaimed The Other Wes Moore. He imparts the importance of personal and social responsibility in shaping one's future.

Boston Marathon Survivor and National Hero

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and National Hero, Jeff shares his story in a presentation that will uplift and inspire.

Professor, Motivator & Consultant

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jonathan Kaufman’s disability has been a profound part of his personal, academic, and professional lives. Today, Professor Kaufman is seen as one of the most innovative thinkers in the...

Founder of RAND LAW, L.L.C. & Represented the Trayvon Martin’s Family

Known for her representation of the Trayvon Martin family, JasmineRand excels in the civil rights arena. In addition to her dynamic legal practice, Rand is currently scheduled to provide guest lectures in more than a...

CEO, Commissioned Poet & Author, Millennial Advocate

Azure Antoinette has written poems for Maria Shriver and the American Cancer Society, speaking on universal human issues. Using performance poetry to explore the effects of...

Olympic/Paralympic Games Medalist & American Bladerunner

Ever since Blake Leeper was a child, he has been determined to be a star athlete. Although Leeper was born a bilateral below-the-knee amputee, he was raised to believe the only disability in life is a bad attitude....

Expert on Happiness & Success

Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the connection between happiness and success whose research has made the cover of Harvard Business Review. He continues to conduct original psychology research on...

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