Motivational + Inspirational Speakers

These motivational author speakers not only deliver uplifting messages of hope and survival but also provide practical ways to initiate positive change.

Jane Fonda

Award-winning actress, bestselling author of My Life So Far, and fitness expert

Travis Mills

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant and Recalibrated Warrior

Bryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and "Dear Sugar" columnist

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Will Allen

Founder of Growing Power, MacArthur 'Genius' Award winner, and author of The Good Food Revolution

Sam Bracken

Inspirational speaker and guide to initiating positive life changes

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Psychotherapist, brain-based learning consultant, and co-author of bestseller The Whole-Brain Child

Peter Buffett

Emmy Award-winning musician, author, and philanthropist

Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Lynne Cox

Modern-day adventurer, long-distance swimmer, and bestselling author of Swimming to Antarctica

Dave Evans

Co-founder of Electronic Arts and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Chris Guillebeau

New York Times-bestselling author of The $100 Startup and host of the podcast Side Hustle School

James Hatch

Retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development group, author of Touching the Dragon, and founder of Spike’s K9 Fund

Doc Hendley

Founder and president of Wine to Water, CNN Hero, and author of Wine to Water

Dr. Shimi Kang, M.D.

Child and youth psychiatrist, human motivation expert, and author of the #1 bestsellers The Dolphin Way and The Self Motivated Kid

Robin Koval

CEO of Truth Initiative —creators of the award-winning truth® youth tobacco prevention program—and bestselling author (Power of Nice, Grit to Great), social change marketing and advertising expert

Jean Kwok

Award-winning author of Girl in Translation

Sherry Lansing

First woman to lead a major motion picture studio, former President of 20th Century Fox, and former Chairman of Paramount Pictures

Ariel Levy

Author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir The Rules Do Not Apply

Steve Lopez

Author of The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

Carine McCandless

Author of New York Times bestseller The Wild Truth and consultant and contributor to Jon Krakauer's book and Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film Into the Wild

Jerry McGill

Writer, artist, activist and inspirational speaker

Greg McKeown

Author of the New York Times bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, CEO of THIS Inc., and Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum

Tara Mohr

Founder of the acclaimed global Playing Big leadership program and expert on women's leadership and well-being

Suze Orman

America’s most recognized expert on personal finance

Priya Parker

Facilitator, strategic advisor, and author of The Art of Gathering

Mark Sundeen

Award-winning author of The Man Who Quit Money and The Unsettlers

Victoria Sweet

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, prize-winning historian, and author of God's Hotel

Linda Kaplan Thaler

Advertising Hall of Fame luminary, Chairman of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, and bestselling author of Power of Nice and Grit to Great

Dr. Vint Virga

Distinguished veterinary practitioner and animal behaviorist, and author of The Soul of All Living Creatures

John Wood

Founder and board co-chairman of Room to Read and author of Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy