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How does one muster the courage to persevere in the face of sheer adversity? Speakers.com overcoming adversity keynote speakers demonstrate the determination, self-confidence and the drive to win in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Our engaging and inspirational speakers share their stories of dedication, motivation and sacrifice and instill a true winning spirit in their audience.


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Jim Abbott

Famed One-Handed Major League Pitcher and Gold Medal Olympian

Famed One-Handed Major League Pitcher and Gold Medal Olympian Famed Major League Baseball player Jim Abbott overcame the birth defect of having only one hand to become an amazing professional pitcher and ball player. Through stories, anecdotes, jokes, some self …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
California, United States


Cathrine Ann

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker & Author

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker & Author Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Cathrine has achieved a level of success few would have expected: She divides her time between two businesses; she heads Consumer Connection Inc. and as such, has …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Unknown, Canada


Patty Arvielo

Inspirational Latino Entrepreneur and President & Founder of New American Funding

Inspirational Hispanic Entrepreneur and President of New American Funding Patty Arvielo started her career in the financial industry at 16 years old with a hard work ethic, boundless curiosity, and a thirst to succeed. Thirty-nine years later, she is the …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
California, United States


Dr. Lonise P. Bias

Social Services Advocate, Community Activist and Inspirational Speaker

Social Services Advocate, Community Activist and Inspirational Speaker Dr. Lonise Bias has moved from grief to empowerment, passing on over thirty years of wisdom inspiring, encouraging and empowering her audiences.  She has become a internationally known motivational speaker, trainer, certified …

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$5,000 to $10,000
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Travels From
Maryland, United States


Ryan Blair

Self-Made Multimillionaire and Serial Entrepreneur-Breaking All the Business Rules

Self-Made Multimillionaire and Serial Entrepreneur Ryan Blair is a serial entrepreneur, establishing his first company, 24-7 Tech when he was only twenty-one years old. Since then, he has created and actively invested in multiple start-ups and has become a self-made …

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$20,001 to $50,000
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Travels From
California, United States


Rocky Bleier

Vietnam Vet and Four-Time NFL Super Bowl Champion

Vietnam Vet and Four-Time NFL Super Bowl Champion Rocky Bleier’s story – a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, …

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$5,000 to $10,000
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Travels From
Pennsylvania, United States


Dana Bowman

Retired Army Special Forces Sergeant First Class, Double Amputee and Sought-After Inspirational Speaker

Retired Army Special Forces Sergeant First Class, Double Amputee and Sought-After Inspirational Speaker Dana Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. He is a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. …

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$5,000 to $10,000
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Travels From
Texas, United States


David Breashears

Accomplished Mountaineer, Adventurer, Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Director, Cinematographer and Best-selling Author

 Accomplished Filmaker, Mountaineer, Adventurer, Best-Selling Author and Professional Speaker David Breashears is an American mountaineer and is best known for documenting his adventures on film. In 1985, he became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice. …

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$20,001 to $50,000
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Travels From
Massachusetts, United States


Rhonda Britten

Life Coach on NBC's "Starting Over" and Founder of the Fearless Living Institute

Life Coach on NBC’s “Starting Over” and Founder of the Fearless Living Institute Whether that’s a fear of rejection or loss; fear of failure or success; fear of abandonment or pain, Rhonda has created a method for anyone anywhere to …

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$5,000 to $10,000
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Travels From
Colorado, United States


Erin Brockovich

Environmental Activist, Best-Selling Author, TV Producer & Iconic Consumer Advocate

Environmental Activist, Best-Selling Author, TV Producer & Iconic Consumer Advocate Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough and stubborn. Erin is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with …

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$20,001 to $50,000
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Travels From
New York, United States


Les Brown

Diversity Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Motivational Speaker

Diversity Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Motivational Speaker As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community …

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Travels From
Illinois, United States


Reggie Brown

Motivational Speaker, Comedian, and Emcee Known for His Obama Impressions

Reggie Brown as President Barack Obama “Comedian in Chief” While he always felt a greater calling, no one could have ever predicted that Reggie Brown would one day become the President of the United States…Well…Sort of…. Reggie Brown is the …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Illinois, United States


Bobbi Brown

Makeup Artist, Author, Entrepreneur & Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Beauty Evolution

Makeup Artist, Author, Entrepreneur & Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Beauty Evolution Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry titan, world renowned makeup artist, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and serial entrepreneur. As a professional makeup artist, Bobbi created 10 simple …

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Travels From
New York, United States


Captain Larry Brudnicki

U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Inspiration for the Motion Picture The Perfect Storm

U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Inspiration for the Motion Picture The Perfect Storm Captain Larry Brudnicki led two dramatic rescue missions during the worst weather in 100 years, dubbed “The Perfect Storm.” This harrowing story of real people battling for …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
New Hampshire, United States


Scott Burrows

Top-Rated Inspirational and Motivational Speaker, Change Management Expert, and Bestselling Author

Top-Rated Inspirational and Motivational Speaker, Change Management Expert, and Bestselling Author Scott’s story is a hero’s journey. By the age of 19, he played college football at Florida State University for legendary coach Bobby Bowden and was a top-ranked kick-boxing …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Florida, United States


Jimmy Cabrera

Speaker, Educator and Author on Motivation, Change, Diversity, and Leadership

Speaker, Educator and Author on Motivation, Change, Diversity, and Leadership Jimmy Cabrera is a dynamic and energetic speaker, riveting his audience’s attention through the very last sentence. Every presentation he gives is Jimmy’s unique blend of motivation and education. His …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Texas, United States


Danny Cahill

Winner of NBC's Season Eight's The Biggest Loser and The Biggest Loser Ever

Winner of NBC’s Season Eight’s The Biggest Loser and The Biggest Loser Ever Danny Cahill always struggled with his weight. As a sophomore in high school he devised a plan, stuck with it, and worked hard to lose 75 pounds …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Oklahoma, United States


Dan Clark

Best-Selling Author & Expert on Leadership and Business Development

Best-Selling Author & Expert on Leadership and Business Development As a modern day Napoleon Hill, DAN CLARK has interviewed, studied and worked with the most powerful and successful business leaders, political and military leaders, and world champion athletes of our …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Utah, United States


Nadia Comaneci

Legendary Olympic Gymnast

Legendary Olympic Gymnast At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, a 14-year-old Romanian dynamo captured the hearts and minds of the world with her daring and perfection. We came to know her simply as “Nadia.” First Olympics By the time …

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Travels From
Oklahoma, United States


Tim Daggett

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast, Motivational Speaker, and NBC Olympic Gymnastics Commentator

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast, Motivational Speaker, and NBC Olympic Gymnastics Commentator Tim Daggett is one of the most “in demand” professional speakers in the country.  Beyond his Perfect 10 and Olympic Gold, Tim’s story of inner strength, motivation and learning …

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$5,000 to $10,000
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Travels From
Massachusetts, United States


Jim Davidson

Resilience Expert, Author, Adventure Speaker, and Expedition Leader

Resilience Expert, Author, Adventure Speaker, and Expedition Leader Jim Davidson is a resilience expert and professional speaker who provides presentations about personal resilience, resilient teamwork and resilient leadership. He speaks to top-quality organizations like Marriott, National Geographic, US Army, Nokia, …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Colorado, United States


Rorke Denver

U.S. Navy SEAL, Author and Star of 2012 Feature Film Act of Valor

U.S. Navy SEAL, Author and Star of 2012 Feature Film Act of Valor Lieutenant Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America …

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$20,001 to $50,000
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Travels From
Colorado, United States


Jon Dorenbos

Motivational & Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Magician, America's Got Talent Finalist, and Former NFL Player

Motivational & Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Magician, America’s Got Talent Finalist, and Former NFL Player Jon Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, Jon competed on …

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$50,000 or greater
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Travels From
California, United States


Jill Eikenberry

Actress, Producer, and Cancer Survivor

Actress, Producer, and Cancer Survivor Award-winning actress Jill Eikenberry is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series L.A. Law. In addition to appearing in numerous television movies and feature films, Eikenberry has earned …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
California, United States


Janet Evans

Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Recognized as One of the Best Female Distance Swimmers in History

Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Recognized as One of the Best Female Distance Swimmers in History Janet Evans is widely considered to the be the greatest female distance swimmer of all time.  Despite her small size and unorthodox windmill stroke, …

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
California, United States


Troy Evans

Motivational Speaker and Ex-Bank Robber, Author of "From Desperation to Dedication: An Ex-Con's Lessons on Turning Failure into Success:"

Former Bank Robber, Author of From Desperation to Dedication: An Ex-Con’s Lessons on Turning Failure into Success On November 12, 1992, Troy Evans was sentenced to 13 years in Federal Prison. He was convicted of five armed bank robberies, in three …

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$5,000 to $10,000
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Travels From
Arizona, United States


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