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Here’s the truth about New Year’s resolutions:
Most of them fail. A 2019 study found that roughly 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February. If we could flip that statistic on its head, it could change lives.
We know the folks focused on doing that flipping. These expert speakers in fields like mental health, fitness and nutrition, happiness and positive psychology, heart health, body positivity, employee wellness, and remote work dedicate their careers to guiding audiences like yours toward meaningful self-improvement.
Finding a healthy work-life balance is key to effective work, longevity, and preventing burnout. There are many approaches and techniques to finding more balance in all areas of life, and discovering the approach that works best for you and your group can yield meaningful results.
Popular keynote speakers on workplace and employee wellness are well-versed and ready to get your group on track for the new year, offering actionable steps and tips to find greater work-life balance, setting a strong foundation for happier employees all around.
Author of “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” & “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including “Juliet’s School of Possibilities,” “Off the Clock,” “I Know How She Does It,” “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast,” and “168 Hours.” Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and co-host of the podcast Best of Both Worlds.
#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement & Teamwork Expert
One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than one million working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.
With the transition for many to remote work over the past couple of years, there has been an increased need for insights around this topic. From adopting technological best practices to combatting Zoom fatigue to promoting an optimal workspace in the home, these remote work advocates and leaders are trusted to provide actionable steps to bring more balance into your life.
Remote Work & Employee Experience Advocate
Kaleem is a husband, father, remote work advocate, people operations professional, and speaker. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Blend Me, Inc, a remote employee experience consultancy. With nearly 20 years of strategic operations and event planning experience, he helps leadership implement people operations solutions that increase productivity and engagement for both internal and external stakeholders. He is passionate about work-life integration and maximizing The Remote Employee Experience (TREE).
Head of Remote at GitLab, Author of “Living the Remote Dream” & Remote Work Advocate
As GitLab’s Head of Remote, Darren Murph leads at the intersection of people, culture, operations, inclusivity, marketing, employer branding, and communication. Murph has spent his career shaping remote teams and charting remote transformations. He advises and invests in global startups and serves as a remote work transformation consultant. GitLab is the world’s largest all-remote company, with over 1,300 team members in over 60 countries with no company-owned offices. Murph hopes to leave a legacy of change, empowering more people and companies to work remotely in locales that fulfill their soul.
Health & Wellness
Healthy body, healthy mind. There’s no surprise that many are investing in a more consistent health practice and routine in the new year. Give your audience the inspiration they need by booking a health and wellness speaker to bring practical takeaways for holistic self-care.
Known for their wellness expertise, these popular fitness and nutrition speakers have all the tips and tricks to educate your audience on how to develop a healthier lifestyle and wellness practice.
Peloton Instructor & Makeup Artist; Founder of SPEAK Instagram Live Series
A Texas native of Nigerian descent, Tunde Oyeneyin knew her life would be forever changed when she joined the leading interactive fitness platform, Peloton. Using her voice as a force to bridge the divide between all humans everywhere, Tunde has long known her mission is to “create great change” in our world. Today, her success and recognition have surpassed her wildest dreams. Each day, she sets out to inspire, uplift, connect, motivate and stand for good — both on and off the bike.
Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, Founder of TROVE and venture partner in Acre Venture Partners
Sam Kass is the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration. He is the founder of TROVE, a strategy firm focusing on improving health and sustainability of food and a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. He is the author of “Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World.”
With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, finding actionable ways to improve cardiac health is vital. These heart health speakers are medical experts, fitness advocates, and heart attack survivors, who are determined to empower audiences to take control of their heart health.
Undefeated Four-Time World Champion Boxer & Lifestyle Expert; Heart Disease Awareness Advocate
Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & wellness advocate, TV host, home chef, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two. The youngest daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a two-time hall of famer and four-time undefeated boxing world champion. Ali is extremely proud of the work she has done on behalf of the American Heart Association. This partnership supports Ali’s belief in being heart healthy and assists in the facilitation of much needed awareness about heart disease and strokes in communities most affected by these illnesses.
Heart Attack Survivor, National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association
Eliz Greene is the author of four books including “Stress-Proof Your Heart” and a Top 50 Health and Wellness Blog. She was seven-months pregnant with twins when she suffered a massive heart attack. Not only did she survive a ten-minute cardiac arrest, the cesarean delivery of her daughters, and open-heart surgery, all on the same day, she also gained a new perspective and passion for life. She built a successful business as a heart health speaker, journalist, and author. Her facilitated mastermind sessions leverage her business and entrepreneurial insights and high-level moderation skills.
Help to end the stigma around mental health by bringing in a qualified mental health speaker to connect with your audience through personal stories, medical expertise and tips, and encouraging advocacy and openness. These experienced professionals educate audiences across the world on how to properly maintain their mental health.
Award-Winning Behavioral Science Expert & Clinician; Author of “RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress”
Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science clinician, researcher, educator, speaker, comedian, and from Boston, Massachusetts. As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty-in-Residence at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations.
Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller
Kevin Hines is an award-winning brain/mental health and suicide prevention activist, entrepreneur, multiple award-winning filmmaker. He’s also a best-selling author, international educator and speaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. Through his tireless advocacy and policy efforts of over fifteen years, Hines has been a leading champion for constructing a suicide prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge and was instrumental in success of the approved funding on June 2014.
Personal Development and Happiness
Striving for self-improvement and development is a common theme around this time of year. Encourage your audience to find ways to develop a strong sense of self with guidance from some of the top speakers specializing in happiness and positive psychology.
Browse some of the top keynote speakers on mindfulness to help give perspective and techniques to your audience to motivate self-understanding and grounding in the present moment.
Harvard Professor, Researcher, Positive Psychology Expert, Author of “The Happiness Advantage” & “Big Potential”
Shawn Achor is the bestselling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and “Big Potential.” He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.
CEO & Chief Happiness Officer at Delivering Happiness
Jenn Lim is the CEO of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (the late CEO of Zappos) co-founded to create happier company cultures for a more profitable and sustainable approach to business. In her new book “Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact,” Lim draws on her decades of experience in culture and strategy to translate it into a practical “how-to” framework for more sustainable workplaces and modern organization design. She guides all of us – no matter our title or role – on how to live more meaningful lives through the work we do every day.
Self-Image and Body Positivity
Self-esteem and a sense of self-worth are key components to your overall happiness. Feeling comfortable in your own skin can have incredible impacts on your sense of self and confidence.
When welcoming in the new year, consider some of the top self-image and body positivity speakers who are trained and vetted to encourage your audience to embrace themselves and all their differences fully.
Yoga Teacher, Body Positive Advocate & Writer
Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.
Creator of the Fat Girl Dancing YouTube Series, Star of “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” & Fat Acceptance Movement Activist
Whitney Way Thore is an American television personality best known for her appearances on TLC’s “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.” As a fat acceptance movement activist, Thore has also achieved national recognition for her online campaign for positive body image, “No ((Body Shame)).” Following the success of her “fat girl” dance videos on YouTube, Thore launched the #NoBodyShameCampaign, a movement that works to fight the devastating effects of body shame and promotes self-love and acceptance. The campaign encourages people to rise above the negativity that society imposes on anyone who is “different,” and to live their lives to the fullest no matter what the scale says.
Give the people what they want:
Millions have already etched out their New Year’s resolutions, including your target audience. Event-goers will be focused on themes like work-life balance, health and wellness, and personal development. They’re hopeful that this will be their year, and they’re ready to come to your events to hear from these experts who can help them follow through on their New Year’s resolutions and reach their goals.