In 2016, Tim Urban, author and creator of the wildly popular blog, Wait But Why, looked at American society and knew something was off. Political tribalism was on the rise, anger was overflowing on social media and productive discussions seemed impossible. Why was everything such a mess? Why was everyone acting like babies? When did things get so tribal? Why do humans do this stuff?
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Named a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy, Vaclav Smil is an acclaimed author, scholar and thought leader who has quickly become one of APB's most requested speakers of 2023. Having spent his career exploring new ground in the fields of energy, environment, food production, technical innovation, risk assessment and public policy, he is a larger-than-life figure in scientific discussions around our society’s response to climate change—especially the potential of energy transitions.
Experts in their fields, these voices lead the charge in supporting environmental protection.
In Promises of Gold, a groundbreaking new collection of poems from award-winning spoken word artist José Olivarez, every kind of love is explored―self, brotherly, romantic, familial, cultural. Grappling with the contradictions of the American Dream with unflinching humanity, he lays bare the ways in which “love is complicated by forces larger than our hearts.”
Many of our speakers attribute their opportunities, successes and passion for change to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Founded during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement in 1965, APB is honored to have worked with Dr. King during his lifetime, as well as many other civil rights leaders that who shared his vision. Devoted to spreading positive messages about love and equality, our speakers have fought tirelessly to realize the vision of justice, equality and freedom for our country. During Black History Month, they all provide perspective on how far we have come and how far we have left to go:
Tara Schuster thought she was on stable ground. For years, she’d worked like hell to repair the emotional wounds inflicted during what she refers to as her “mess-wreck disaster” of a childhood. She’d brought radical healing rituals and self-love into her life. On most days, she was a happy, stable adult. She even wrote a book about it! But then she lost her job, the one on which she had staked her entire identity. Cue a panic-attack-doom-spiral that brought her harshest childhood traumas to the surface. Isolated at home during a global pandemic, she felt piercing loneliness and a lack of purpose like she had never known.
APB speaker Harry Markopolos, the former securities industry executive who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme, is featured in the new Netflix documentary about the infamous financial scammer. MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street premiered Jan. 4. Markopolos appears in episodes three and four, as well as summarizes the financial fraud case at the end of the series. Madoff is already a top-rated documentary on the streaming platform.
Many of our speakers attribute their opportunities, successes and passion for change to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Founded during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement in 1965, APB is honored to have worked with Dr. King during his lifetime, as well as many other civil rights leaders who shared his vision. Devoted to spreading positive messages about love and equality, our speakers continue to honor Dr. King's legacy. Read their reflections below.
When it comes to planning an important event that will leave a lasting impression, we know how difficult finding the right speaker can be. In this new catalog, we have hand-selected some of our most requested voices for corporations, associations, government agencies, business forums and more. Delivering powerful presentations on a variety of topics, these compelling speakers challenge the status quo and help organizations continue to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.