Business speakers are a game changer for companies looking to motivate their teams, navigate digital transformation, and achieve both short and long term business goals. Inspirational keynote speakers for corporate events use their knowledge, experience, and knack for storytelling to offer valuable insights and energize audiences like yours.
When it comes to professional speakers, AAE is proud to work with the best of the best. Here, we’re bringing you to the top 20 business speakers for corporate events. Whatever your industry or event format, this list of thought leaders is a great place to start.
You probably know him from the hit show “Shark Tank,” but there’s more to Daymond John that makes him one of the top business speakers in the industry. Starting from nothing, John built a retail empire and now provides marketing strategy consulting to the top brands in the world, authors bestselling books, and much more. John is truly a legend in the business world.
Josh Linkner, the Creative Troublemaker, has sold his five tech companies for over $200 million. He’s an internationally recognized innovation expert and author of four books. As co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā Venture Partners and Chairman of Platypus Labs, he’s helped over 100 startups launch and scale. He’s also a father of four, jazz guitarist, and pizza lover.
They don’t call Natalie Nixon the “creativity whisperer for the C-Suite” for nothing. As a creativity strategist, Nixon advises leaders on achieving transformative business results by applying wonder and rigor. Her clients have included the likes of Microsoft, Salesforce, Comcast, VaynerMedia and Bloomberg.
As a combat veteran, former cop, and sister to three brothers, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour has been tested her whole life. Her resume is an impressive list of “firsts,” including America’s first Black female combat pilot. Now, she’s blazing trails in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author, helping businesses get gutsy and accomplish goals.
For decades, Libby Gill has guided clients to lead their teams through change, challenge, and chaos. She provides the future-focused vision and positive engagement companies need to compete in today’s continuously changing world. An award-winning author, Gill has also been featured on CBS, CNN, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets.
Israel Greene is focused on helping leaders foster a diverse landscape, create equitable opportunities, and promote inclusion so they can become the organization they have always imagined. Greene is also a Certified Diversity Executive Candidate, leadership trainer and coach, and not to mention one of the leading business speakers in his field.
Vince Molinaro travels the world helping organizations build vibrant leadership cultures with truly accountable leaders. He is the founder and CEO of Leadership Contract Inc., New York Times bestselling author, and strategic leadership advisor and speaker. Dr. Molinaro lives and breathes leadership accountability.
Gene Kim has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He founded and was CTO of Tripwire Inc. — an enterprise security software company — for 13 years. Kim’s books — including “The Unicorn Project,” “The DevOps Handbook,” and others — have sold over 1 million copies, a testament to the value of his expertise in the intersection of technology and business.
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a visionary entrepreneur, investor, and consumer tech advisor. She thrives at the leading edge of digital, with recent successes in the on-demand economy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. She’s advised scores of new and developing businesses, served on the boards of public and private companies, and personally invested in 20 startups.
Jenn Lim’s mission is simple: teach businesses how to create workplaces—led with happiness and humanity—that generate more profit, sustain people at every level of the organization, and share how we can make a greater impact by being true to our authentic selves. As a bestselling author and CEO of Delivering Happiness, she is — quite literally — delivering on that mission.
René Carayol is one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with Fortune 500’s and FTSE 100’s. He speaks with the authority and confidence of an expert who has seen and experienced it all before. Carayol draws much from his own unique experiences as managing director at IPC Magazines and on boards including Pepsi, ITG and the Inland Revenue.
Haydn Shaw has worked with more than 1,000 businesses, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations. Shaw is a leading expert on the multiple generations, leadership, change, and turning around negative work environments and employees. His presentations make an impact because he does his homework, designing each one for your unique needs.
Vince Poscente is a motivational keynote speaker and author on the topic of peak performances, overcoming adversity, and sustaining resiliency in a competitive landscape. Prior to this he was the VP of marketing at International Investment Properties following an award winning sales career. Poscente helps audiences clarify and commit to a vision, execute a winning strategy, control peak performance with specific routines.
Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. She is also the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.
Sally Hogshead knows branding, so much so that she created her own method to identify how each person is able to captivate their listeners. The Fascination Advantage® is the first communication assessment that measures how others perceive you. All of this is based on her decade of research with dozens of Fortune 500 teams, hundreds of small businesses, and over a thousand C-level executives.
Five-time #1 Bestselling Author and Keynote Speaker Erik Qualman has spoken in over 55 countries and has reached over 50 million people. His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by NBCUniversal to NASA, not to mention that more than 500 universities educate students on his ground-breaking methods.
Crystal Kadakia is a keynote speaker and best selling author known for transforming the toughest workplace changes into exciting possibilities for our digital world. Her past clients include General Mills, Southern Company, Wells Fargo, among others. Kadakia has a knack for leveling up strategies in areas such as career development, learning culture, inclusion, leadership development, and employee engagement.
Greg McKeown is the author of the bestselling book, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and the founder of McKeown, Inc, a company with a mission to teach Essentialism to millions of people around the world, providing businesses with a mental model that helps them make better decisions.
Eric Boles is a noted global expert in talent development, change management, and cultural transformation. He is a thought leader in business strategies and provides in-depth coaching and consulting to help organizational leaders maximize their human assets and increase productivity and peak performance. He’s worked with a wide range of clients, including State Farm, US Air Force, Boeing, IBM, and many others.
Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a speaker, bestselling author, consultant, board certified corporate coach, CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co., and founder and executive director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, Vice President of Nike Inc. and a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies.
As you think about how to drive growth, motivate your team, inspire change, and reach business goals, these top business speakers can bring that extra spark you’ve been looking for. When you’re ready to get started planning your next event, AAE Speakers is here to help.