BigSpeak’s Top 20 Most Booked Speakers of 2021

We’re more than a week through 2021, and despite everything, audiences around the world are still hungry for the insights and stories offered by keynote speakers. Many of our expert speakers still share their knowledge frequently, having pivoted to virtual formats; distance is not always an obstacle when it comes to the offerings of the thought leaders and experts listed below.

Robyn Benincasa

Firefighter, world-champion adventure racer and leadership speaker Robyn Benincasa is our most booked speaker of all time. She won two World Adventure Races and holds three Guinness World Records for long-distance kayaking. Her book on teamwork and leadership, How Winning Works, is a New York Times bestseller.

Matthew Luhn

Accomplished storyteller, former Pixar animator and top innovation speaker Matthew Luhn honed his craft in Hollywood and has over 25 years of experience creating stories and characters fro projects such as  Toy Story, Finding Nemo, UP and Ratatouille. His story talks are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills, or learn the persuasion of great storytelling, which can bridge the gap between business and heart.

Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom is a top inspirational virtual keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. Her memoir was adapted into an award-winning film by Aaron Sorkin. Beginning her career as a world-class skier, what was meant to be a sabbatical in Los Angeles lead her into life as an entrepreneur running one of the world’s highest-stake poker games.

James Clear

Personal development speaker and author of the New York Times‘ bestseller Atomic Habits James Clear teaches audiences about small habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. Atomic Habits has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, enjoyed 12 straight months on the New York Times bestseller list, spent 33 weeks on the Wall Street Journal bestselling list, and topped Amazon’s Most Sold List for 31 weeks.

Kevin O’Leary

Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful is a top speaker, respected investor, author and venture capitalist. He impresses his audience his audiences with professional tips and personal anecdotes that provide insights into business, finance, and financial literacy. In addition to his role on Shark Tank, O’Leary is the co-host of BNN’s SqueezePlay, the host of BNN’s O’Leary Live, and a ‘Dragon’ on Dragons’ Den.

Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin is a top emotional intelligence virtual keynote speaker and a thought leader on the subjects of leadership and peak performance. Bill spends time working with senior leaders and their teams at Fortune 500 companies helping them overcome the barriers that often hold them back from reaching their full potential. Bill’s experience in technology and sales gives him real-world experience in the types of challenges that organizations face today.

Risha Grant

Top diversity and inclusion speaker Risha Grant is the founder of & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, and the author of That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures. She has been featured in ForbesThe Financial Times, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio and WURD Radio among other podcasts, local and national media.

Mitch Lowe

Mitch Lowe is a top business and entertainment virtual keynote speaker, former COO of Redbox, and founding executive of Netflix. He was one of the early pioneers in the movie rental industry, opening video rental stores in the early 1980’s and joining Marc Randolph at Netflix in the late 90’s. where he remained for five years.

Ken Schmidt

Ken Schmidt is one of the most in-demand keynote speakers and communications consultants in America, author, and former Director of Communications at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Ken shares stories and insights on the road to building a fanatically vocal customer base, creating a passionately loyal corporate culture, and developing leaders who inspire and motivate.

Jia Jiang

Jia Jiang is a top resilience virtual keynote speaker with the most viewed TED Talk of 2017 and the bestselling author of Rejection Proof. In 2019, Toastmasters International awarded Jiang the Golden Gavel, which is given annually to honor the best keynote speaker in the industry. In his book, website, and talks, Jiang provides inspiration and knowledge for people and organizations to become fearless through rejection training.

Tan Le

Tan Le is an acclaimed innovation speaker, technology entrepreneur, author, and founder and CEO of EMOTIV. She has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009, was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013, and currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information & Entertainment of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on the Future of Neurotechnologies & Brain Science of the World Economic Forum.

Marc Randolph

Netflix co-founder, angel investor, and an Amazon #1 bestselling author of That Will Never Work, Marc Randolph is a top entrepreneur and innovation speaker. He speaks frequently at industry events and works extensively with young entrepreneurial programs as a mentor, putting to use his 40 years of experience in Silicon Valley.

JP Pawliw-Fry

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is an emotional intelligence  keynote speaker, leadership thought leader, peak performance expert, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Performing Under Pressure. As a provocative and highly captivating speaker, JP brings engaging stories and a lot of fun to every keynote, challenging groups to think differently about human behavior, leadership, and managing pressure.

Omar Johnson

Omar Johnson is a top marketing and branding keynote speaker, entrepreneur, former CMO at Beats by Dre, and former VP Marketing at Apple. Adweek named Johnson a “Brand Genius” in 2013, and Business Insider named him one of the “Most Innovative CMO’s” in 2016. This year, he was named to the inaugural blacklist100, celebrating black thought leaders creating positive change.

James Lawrence

James Lawrence is a motivational speaker, endurance world record holder, triathlete, and subject of the documentary The Iron Cowboy: The Story of the 50.50.50. Known to the world as The Iron Cowboy for wearing a cowboy hat during Ironman races, Lawrence rose to fame for setting multiple endurance records. In 2015, James completed the greatest feat of human endurance: 50 full distance triathlons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days (50.50.50).

Natalie Nixon

A top change management speaker, consultant, and  strategy, foresight, and innovation expert Natalie Nixon is the president and founder of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC., which advises leaders on unique approaches for process transformation and leveraging creativity as an innovation resource to more rapidly achieve priority business goals.

Eric O’Neill

Eric O’Neill is a top cybersecurity speaker, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, bestselling author of Gray Day, and the inspiration for the film Breach. Eric is also the founder of The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm, and a National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security.

Vernice Armour

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is a top inspirational speaker, America’s first African-American female combat pilot, and the author of Zero to Breakthrough. FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page, and screen and moves people to action.

Thomas Kolditz

Thomas Kolditz is a  leadership speaker and expert, retired Brigadier General, author, and the Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. Kolditz has served 34 years in the military and is the author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, and has appeared as an expert on more than a dozen national and international news agencies

Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton is an organizational change virtual keynote speaker, Stanford Professor, and the New York Times bestselling author of  No Asshole Rule. Sutton’s research focuses on organizational change, leadership, innovation, and workplace dynamics.


To bring one of 2021’s Top Booked Speakers to your next conference or event, contact BigSpeak at (805) 965-1400 or We look forward to hearing from you!