Barbara Corcoran

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Founder of The Corcoran Group & Shark and Executive Producer on ABC’s "Shark Tank"

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Barbara Corcoran Speaker Biography

Founder of The Corcoran Group & Shark and Executive Producer on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, SHARK TANK, Barbara Corcoran has ponied up her own money and invested in more than a dozen businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success. Whether you want to book a woman speaker or business speaker, Barbara is one of the best options for your next speaking engagement.


Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. Barbara Corcoran is not only one of the best women speakers available, but also a talented innovator and entrepreneur. She managed to turn a $1,000 dollar loan into a five-billion-dollar real estate business which she sold for 66 million in 2001. Barbara is the well-known real estate contributor for NBC’s TODAY Show where she comments weekly on trends in the real estate market. In addition, she is also a bestselling author. Barbara brings her front-line experience and infectious energy to every group she meets and addresses.

Best-Selling Author

Her newest book, SHARK TALES, takes you behind the scenes of the women speakers life and business and her ‘seen on TV’ venture capitalism. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others). She is also the author of If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails, an entertaining business book that has become a national best-seller, as well as Nextville, Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life.

Keynote Speaker

As a premier shark tank business speaker, Barbara Corocoran brings her front-line experience and infectious energy to every audience she addresses. Motivational, inspirational, and sometimes outrageous, Barbara Corcoran’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach to success. During her presentation, you’ll get her very best advice for starting, growing, and expanding businesses, investing in businesses, and converting ideas and “dreams” into fortunes.

Barbara Corcoran Speaking Topics


With straight D’s in high school and college plus 20 jobs by the time she turned 23, Barbara’s beginnings may have seemed lackluster but it was her next job that would catapult her to meteoric success. She borrowed $1,000, quit her job as a waitress and started a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years, Barbara built a $5 billion real estate business, The Corcoran Group.


Can you build a business through a crisis and still come out on top? Barbara survived three recessions while growing The Corcoran Group and knows the ins and outs of weathering the storm. Her expert tips will help your business adapt to change quickly and emerge even stronger on the other side


Barbara has mastered the art of bouncing back from failure, and she knows there’s always an upside if you stay in the game. Resilience is key when coming out of tough times. Barbara will motivate the audience and share her tricks for making the most of a comeback.


Take a deep dive behind the scenes of Shark Tank and get your most riveting questions answered. Do the Sharks invest their own money? What are the traits of successful entrepreneurs? What makes a business flop? What is Kevin really like? Barbara spills all the secrets of the tank in this candid and captivating presentation and reveals never before scene photos of what it’s really like in the entrepreneurial waters.


Turn the tables on Barbara in this suped-up Q&A session. Barbara puts herself in the hot seat by answering your questions on entrepreneurship, building a successful business, what it’s like to be on Shark Tank and more. Your very own company executive is invited to lead this engrossing discussion.


Highly motivating and sensationally entertaining, Barbara shares her strategies to get your team pumped up and moving forward with new ideas and fresh solutions. Barbara’s unique and practical lessons help salespeople, managers and business owners lead their enterprises to the next level.

Barbara Corcoran Books

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
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Nextville: Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life
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Barbara Corcoran Videos

Barbara Corcoran Speaker Testimonials

“Barbara excites and inspires with her success stories. She is personable and energetic and our attendees thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear from her and meet her!”

- Dalls HR and The HRSouthwest Conference | Diane McClendon, Executive Director

“With her wit, wisdom and wild sense of humor, Barbara wowed the professional women at our 2014 NAPW National Networking Conference! An absolute major force in the business world, she is a bold, courageous, and brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent. Her business counsel left our conference attendees in awe and completely inspired. I am proud and honored to call Barbara my friend and colleague.”

- National Association of Professional Women & Professional Diversity Network | Star Jones, President

“Barbara brings a priceless level of charm, humor, and intelligence. She has the ability to inspire and connect deeply with her audience. Everyone left the session with great excitement to put Barbara’s takeaways into practice”

- Co-Communications, Inc. | Stacey Cohen, President & CEO

“Barbara was, of course, FABULOUS! She really set the bar high for our speaker series and we have no idea how we’re going to “top” her next year!”

- First Commerce Credit Union | Kimberly Howes, Brand Manager

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Recent Books

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
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Nextville: Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life
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