As the largest business speakers bureau and one of the leading speakers bureaus in the world, BigSpeak is in the unique position to have the inside scoop on the most popular keynote speakers and motivational speakers. With so many talented motivational speakers available, it is impossible to pare down. We dug into the data to find the Top Keynote Speakers of 2021. These keynote speakers provide audiences with exceptional presentations, and they receive rave reviews from clients and participants alike.
Browse the Top Guest & Trending Motivational Speakers thus far in 2021 to find the right speaker for your next event:
Top Creativity Keynote Speaker, Former Lead Storyteller and Animator at Pixar Studios
Matthew Luhn is a top innovation keynote speaker and former lead animator and storyteller at Pixar Studios. Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Matthew works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.
Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Bestselling Author of Molly’s Game (which was adapted for Oscar nominated film)
Molly Bloom is a top inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. Her memoir was adapted into an award-winning film by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as Ellen, Vice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women.
Personal Development Keynote Speaker, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Atomic Habits, Habits Expert
James Clear is a personal development keynote speaker and the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Atomic Habits. His thought leadership regularly appears in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Medium, and Time, and he is a regular guest for CBS This Morning. His entertaining talks teach audiences about small habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement.
Top Business Speaker, Respected Investor, Author, Venture Capitalist, and Star of ABC’s Shark Tank Reality Show
Kevin O’Leary is a top entrepreneur speaker, author, venture capitalist, and guest judge on Shark Tank. Within his various television roles, his opinionated nature has won over millions, and he continues to impress with his audiences with professional tips and personal anecdotes.
Top Business and Motivational Speaker, founder and CEO of FUBU Clothing, Shark Tank Reality TV Judge, and Bestselling Author
Daymond John is a top business and motivational keynote speaker, founder of FUBU clothing, Shark Tank judge, and the bestselling author of The Power of Broke. As a dynamic business speaker with over twenty years of hands-on proven business experience, Daymond shares the strategies that continue to bring him financial success.
Cybersecurity Keynote Speaker, National Security Strategist at VMWare Carbon Black, Bestselling Author, Former FBI, and Inspiration for the Film Breach
Eric O’Neill is a top cybersecurity keynote 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.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Thought Leader, Leadership, Performance and Change Expert
Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry is a top emotional intelligence keynote speaker, leadership thought leader, peak performance expert, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Performing Under Pressure. His work with leaders from Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Marines, Olympic athletes, NBA, and NFL teams has provided him with considerable opportunities to test his science-based tools in environments of high pressure.
Top Leadership and Teamwork Motivational Speaker, Full-time Firefighter, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, and Bestselling Author
Robyn Benincasa is a top leadership and teamwork keynote speaker, author, and Adventure Racing World Champion. One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers in the world, she regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Boeing, and more.
Culture, Diversity, Marketing and Branding Keynote Speaker, Former CMO at Beats by Dre, and Former VP Marketing at Apple, Voted Top 100 Black Thought Leaders by BlackList100
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.
Chief Evangelist at Canva, Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, Former Chief Evangelist at Apple
Guy Kawasaki is a top innovation keynote speaker, social media expert, chief evangelist of Canva, and a bestselling author. His entertaining, informative talks use insights from his time in the tech industry to show audiences how to create innovative services and products using tactical and practical techniques.
Entrepreneur Speaker, Netflix Cofounder, National Bestselling Author, Executive Mentor and Angel Investor
Marc Randolph is a top entrepreneur and innovation keynote speaker, Netflix co-founder, angel investor, and an Amazon #1 bestselling author of That Will Never Work. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, works extensively with young entrepreneurial programs, sits on the board of the environmental advocacy group 1% for the Planet, and chairs the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Board of Trustees.
Innovative Technology Speaker, CEO and Founder of Emotiv, One of the Most Influential Women in Technology
Tan Le is a top innovation and business keynote speaker, technology entrepreneur, author, and founder and CEO of EMOTIV. She has won numerous awards, including Young Australian of the Year in 1998, Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30, Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company in 2010, and Forbes 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011.
Top Inspirational and Emotional Intelligence Speaker, Winner of Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award, Most Viewed TED Talk of 2017: 100 Days of Rejection
Jia Jiang is a top resilience 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.
Strategic Consultant, Amazon Best-Selling Author, Speaker, LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Influencer on Lifelong Learning & The Future of Work
Heather McGowan is a top innovation keynote speaker, author, and strategic consultant. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. McGowan’s clients range from start-ups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, including AMP Financial, Autodesk, Biogen, Citi, Accor Hotels, AARP, The World Bank, and BD Medical.
Creativity Speaker, Former Head of Innovation for Disney
Duncan Wardle is a top innovation keynote speaker. As the former Vice President of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, Wardle spent his 25-year career at Disney developing some of their most innovative ideas and strategies. Wardle’s newest venture, id8, has allowed him to share his creative consultant services with companies like Ford, Coca-Cola, NBA, and Apple.
Top Change and Transformation Speaker, Creator and World’s Leading Expert of Change Enthusiasm®, Founder & CEO of Change Enthusiasm® Global
Cassandra Worthy is a top innovation keynote speaker and Founder & CEO of Change Enthusiasm® Global, a well-respected Growth Enablement firm serving it’s client base through keynote speaking, training, and consulting. She is a former Fortune 100 Innovation Leader, highly dynamic speaker & presenter, chemical engineer, but above all else the world’s leading expert on Change Enthusiasm®.
DE&I Thought Leader, Cultural Contagion Expert, Award-winning Advertiser & Brand Strategist, Head of Planning at Wieden+Kennedy New York, and 2020 AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement Inductee
Marcus Collins is a top marketing virtual keynote speaker, award-winning advertiser, Head of Planning at Wieden+Kennedy New York, former Head of Digital Strategy for Beyoncé, and a Marketing Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Over the last decade, Marcus has helped “blue-chip” brands (like McDonald’s, Google, AB-InBev, and Peloton) bridge the academic-practitioner gap to create contagious marketing ideas that excite people to take action.
Customer Loyalty Expert, Legendary Former Director of Communications at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Author of ‘Make Some Noise’
Ken Schmidt is a top customer loyalty speaker, 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.
Strategy, Foresight and Innovation Expert; President and Founder of Figure 8 Thinking, Author, and Creativity Guru
Dr. Natalie Nixon is a top change management keynote speaker, consultant, and a strategy, foresight, and innovation expert. As president and founder of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC., she advises leaders on unique approaches for process transformation and leveraging creativity as an innovation resource to more rapidly achieve priority business goals.
Chairman & CEO Magic Johnson Enterprises, NBA Hall of Fame All-Star, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Magic Johnson is a top business keynote speaker, former NBA great, and Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson made history in 2012 when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club, and eSports franchise Team Liquid.
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