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Top 25 Speakers for 2017


After over 27,000 votes were cast during the course of 2016, here are your Top25 SPEAKING.com thought leaders for 2017.

Congratulations to all these incredibly talented honorees!

To see who is currently in the running for 2018, please click here.

Kevin AbdulrahmanBetter known as “the man inspiring millions,” international author, speaker, coach, and mind nutritionist Kevin Abdulrahman is the new voice of motivation around the world. Hailing from the Middle East, but raised in New Zealand, he brings an eclectic mix of cultural knowledge that he’s leveraged to relate to people across five continents in the past 10 years. His target audience ranges from teenagers to athletes, executives, managers, CEOs, sales…

Dr. Mark DeVolderKnown as “The Change Specialist,” Dr. Mark DeVolder has guided some of the most high-stake transitions of recent history, preparing Colombian business leaders for the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement, aiding in the wrap up of the NASA space shuttle program, and coaching multiple companies through mergers and acquisitions. While studies show that approximately only 30% of change initiatives reach their stated goals, DeVolder has a 95% success rate as a…

Roberto Carlos (RöC)One of Latin America’s most influential leaders in innovation, Roberto Carlos (RöC) is the creator of Factor WOW, a methodology that is revolutionizing the way organizations do business. Twice voted one of Mexico’s most promising entrepreneurs, RöC has helped hundreds of companies stand out by creating unforgettable customer experiences. His clients include Nissan México, Cemex, Bioderma, Gruma, Banorte, Afirme, CFE, Sigma Alimentos, Coca-Cola, and many more. RöC is the founder…

Kevin HarringtonKnown as the original Shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank Kevin Harrington is an internationally acclaimed speaker, coach, celebrity entrepreneur and one of the most successful business experts of our time. He has launched over 500 products and businesses, generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic celebrities such as: Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, Billy Mays, the Hilton Family, the Jenner Family and the Kardashian…

Vicki HessVicki Hess, RN, is your go-to resource for improving employee engagement in healthcare. Whether you work in a hospital, health system or your members or customers work in healthcare, Vicki brings a unique view and powerful tools to transform engagement, one employee at a time. She has more than three decades of experience in business and health care that she brings to her keynotes on workforce and leadership development. Vicki…

Duncan MacPhersonProfessional branding and client acquisition expert, Duncan MacPherson has been coaching financial professionals for over 20 years. His company Pareto Systems is at the forefront of improving productivity and practice management in financial advisors. As CEO of Pareto Systems, Duncan travels extensively throughout North America and around the world, conveying dynamic and fact-rich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the knowledge-for-profit sector. Along with his team of…

Lisa BodellLisa Bodell is a globally recognized futurist and innovation expert. She sparks new and creative thinking at every turn. She is the CEO of futurethink, a firm that trains businesses in how to become world-class innovators. She is an award-winning author and has helped ignite innovation at the NYSE, Pfizer, Google and Lockheed Martin, to name a few. A leader on simplifying innovation and change management, Bodell is often called…

Allison MassariAfter surviving two horrific car accidents, artist and entrepreneur Allison Massari braved an excruciating recovery that forever changed the way she viewed life and happiness. She has since then become one of North America’s leading speakers in “personal development” and “motivation,” teaching hundreds of audiences the self-disciplinary techniques she implemented to manage change, find inner peace, and come alive again. In 1998 Allison’s car was hit at 60 MPH damaging…

Jim Cathcart One of the most recognized motivational and sales speakers in the world, Jim Cathcart was named one of the “Top Sales Influencers” by Top Sales World Magazine. He has been inducted both into the Speaker Hall of Fame (USA) and the Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame in London. His TEDx speech is one of their most viewed videos of the year, ranking in the top 1% (over one million views). As the author of 18 books including Relationship Selling™ and The Acorn Principle he is known worldwide.

Teresa AllenTeresa Allen’s approach to communicating with your customers and increasing sales is summed up in the name of her book and her most popular keynote Common Sense Service! An internationally recognized customer service and customer engagement expert, Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed presentations across the U.S. and abroad for over two decades. Audiences rave about Teresa’s down-to-earth, fun and highly interactive presentation style combined with her cutting edge information…

Robert RichmanRobert Richman is a culture architect and the founder of Zappos Insights, the Zappos Family company that helps business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs discover how a workplace can help people grow, inspire amazing service and drive revenue. Zappos.com currently helps over 1,000 people every month. Robert began his career developing digital marketing strategies for brands like Tony Robbins, Sony, Billboard and best-selling business authors. He co-founded Affinity Lab, a collaborative…

Brene BrownThe essential question Brené asks is how can we embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections, which are the keys to engendering feelings of authenticity and worthiness. She wants to lead her listeners and readers to a place where they realize that they deserve to be loved, to belong and be happy. The award of numerous teaching honors, including her own college’s Outstanding Faculty Award, has acknowledged Brené’s work. PBS, NPR and…

Muhammad YunusProfessor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his revolutionary work in establishing the Grameen Movement; this movement, based on micro-finance for the rural poor, combines capitalism and social responsibility and has transformed the lives of millions across the world. In his home country, Bangladesh, he has had an unparalleled influence on rural development and politics. His ideas on village government (Gram Sarkar) were officially adopted…

Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, a nightly newscast that goes beyond the headlines—keeping politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations. The show airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN. Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. Most recently, he has extensively covered the conflicts in Syria…

Daymond JohnMarketing and branding expert Daymond John drew his inspiration and his first successes from the hip-hop scene in his native community of Hollis, Queens, New York. Starting out simply making hats for himself and his friends, he has become a fashion icon, branding expert and one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in North America. Realizing that his community’s lifestyle was not well represented in the marketplace, Daymond started FUBU…

Lisa LingThroughout her career, Lisa Ling has reported from some of the most dangerous locations from the world in an attempt to bring attention, aid, and change to those who need it the most. A former television co-host on ABC’s The View as well as OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, she currently hosts the investigative documentary series This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. Ling’s desire to become a journalist…

Joseph StiglitzWinner of the Nobel Prize in economics, Joseph E. Stiglitz is one of the world’s most noted economists and a thought leader on globalization and international business. In addition to his individual Nobel Prize, he was lead author of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the current president of the International Economic Association and has been named by TIME…

Ram CharanWorld-renowned consultant, author and speaker Ram Charan has made an extraordinary life journey, from working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India to an engineering degree then a job in Australian mines followed by an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School, from where he graduated with high distinction. He was then a member of faculty at Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before becoming…

Jack ShawJack Shaw has been a Technology Futurist for over 30 years – which is about 15 years longer than anyone, including Jack, realized such a profession existed! But helping others understand the strategic implications of emerging technologies has only continued to increase in importance in the days since the first PC’s. At the start of 2014, Jack was voted by over 12,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees from around…

Simon MainwaringSimon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand and leadership consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers businesses and associations to lead, shape culture, and better our world. Simon shows companies and associations how to define, frame and share the story of their good work in ways that build their brand reputation, customer community, employee engagement and social impact. We First training includes keynote…

Suze OrmanFrom health care plans to retirement funds, Suze Orman shows you the smartest ways to move your money. Ranked among the best female motivational speakers in the world by Business Week, Orman has shared her advice with millions via speaking engagements, her top-selling books, and the award-winning Suze Orman Show which aired on CNBC for thirteen years. Orman was a frequent face on The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributing editor…

George DomAs a former naval officer and flight leader, George Dom knows how to bring the best out of people. During a decorated 26-year military career, he has had the honor and privilege of serving as commander of the air wing on the USS John F. Kennedy and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, overseeing 2,500 personnel and 70 tactical aircraft. Additionally, he has been the commanding officer and flight leader of the…

Jon GordonSales expert, author, and motivational speaker, Jon Gordon helps groups shake out the negative and get on “the Energy Bus” to results. He is the author of the recently released The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to deal with Negativity at Work and The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy, the international bestseller that has captured the hearts of readers world-wide. His…

Nick VujicicFew speakers have a better claim to be regarded as inspirational than Nicholas Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, he has overcome his disability in the most astonishing ways, setting a true example of inspiring success to any who have ever doubted their ability to achieve their goals. During his childhood in Melbourne, Australia, Nick had to cope with feelings of loneliness and depression as he questioned just what purpose…

Ian GoldinA world expert in economics, finance and global affairs as well as innovation and social issues, Ian Goldin is currently Director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, as well as being a Professorial Fellow at Oxford’s Balliol College. Prior to his current position at Oxford, Goldin was a vice president at the World Bank. He was a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee with responsibility for relationships with…

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