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10 Speakers That Are Trending Now

Each month we keep careful track of the Speakers and Topics Clients are asking about.

Covering a vast range of topics, these speakers have been booked by organizations across North America.

Here are the most requested speakers in July2022:

Dr. George Friedman | Speaker and Author on the Future of Geopolitics

Geopolitical speaker George Friedman The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Dr. George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster, international affairs strategist and best-selling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs.

Prior to founding Geopolitical Futures, Friedman guided the intellectual vision of Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996.

In 2019, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Gallup organization – to help make sense of the geopolitical forces shaping U.S. and global economic and political policy.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/dr-george-friedman/

Polly LaBarre | Co-founder, Management Lab; Founding Writer, Fast Company

Polly Labarre, change & business speaker, at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Polly LaBarre is a bestselling author, speaker, and thinker who has worked for over 20 years to make every kind of organization fundamentally more resilient, innovative and inspiring—and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. She is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and collective progress.

Polly’s work is driven by three core questions: 1) How do we unleash and organize human potential in ever more powerful ways? 2) How do we cultivate the audacity of imagination required to tackle our most intractable problems? 3) And, how do organizations and individuals change how they change to become endlessly adaptable?

To make genuine progress on those questions, Polly works with leading organizations, creates curriculum, develops methodology, and platforms for unleashing creativity, expanding collaboration, and accelerating change.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/polly-labarre/

Jacob L. Shapiro | Distinguished Geopolitical Analyst and Speaker on International Affairs

Geopolitical Keynote Speaker Jacob L. Shapiro at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Jacob Shapiro is Partner and Director of Geopolitical Analysis at Cognitive Investments. Jacob oversees geopolitical analysis at CI, working with the CI research team to integrate geopolitics into CI’s investment strategies. He also authors the “Global Situation Report,” a weekly intelligence brief on the world’s most important developments.

Jacob hosts CI’s podcast series, “Cognitive Dissidents,” which features interviews with a diverse array of foreign policy, technology, and global business experts. Jacob is a prolific writer and frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events, known for challenging consensus views whilst retaining a healthy sense of irony.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/jacob-l-shapiro/

Vernice FlyGirl Armour | America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot, Former Marine & Cop, Author and Consultant to Business

Inspiring leadership keynote speaker Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Combat tests you. Being a beat cop tests you. Life tests you. Three brothers and being the only girl…tests you. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour has been tested her whole life. A gutsy trailblazer, her resume is an impressive collection of “firsts” including America’s first Black woman combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. She was also a diversity liaison officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. After her military service, FlyGirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. As a speaker, FlyGirl unleashes hard-hitting advice and amazing anecdotes from her adventures on the battlefield and in business. She helps individuals and organizations Get Gutsy and build a sustainable inner force and conviction, that results in accomplishing significant goals.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/vernice-armour/

Clint Pulver | The Ultimate Experience to Engage, Retain, and Inspire Your People

Leadership Clint Pulver The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. He’s also fun, dynamic, entertaining – and the no-stress speaker clients love to work with.

A professional drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015.

Clint was featured in Business Q Magazine as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” as a premiere Corporate Keynote Speaker. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in feature films with actors such as Jack Black (School of Rock) and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).

Known as the Leading Authority on Employee Retention, Clint helps organizations retain, engage – and inspire their team members from the front desk to the board rooms and everyone in between. He expertly helps audiences navigate generational complexities, communication challenges, leadership mis-steps, and culture cues.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/clint-pulver/

Mike Abrashoff | Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author of It’s Your Ship

Mike Abrashoff, Leadership Speaker at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Mike Abrashoff has a personal tagline: “You can tell people what to do but you can’t order excellence.”  When Mike was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy — using the same crew. The story of that stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters — and culture is everything. Mike’s written three books — his first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over 1 million copies. His Leadership Roadmap offers clear, battle-tested, and actionable steps. Mike shows people at every level of the organization how to engage and take incremental steps toward change that can make a dramatic difference at work. Mike is clear, “I didn’t turn the ship around — my crew did that. What I did was to create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported. When you do that, anything is possible.”

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/mike-abrashoff/

Diana Kander | Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker on Innovation

Diana Kander Innovation & Leadership Keynote Speaker at The Sweeney Agency

Diana Kander revolutionizes the way businesses look at innovation and curiosity. A New York Times best-selling author, innovation consultant and keynote speaker, she asks some big questions. What kind of culture needs to exist in an organization to ensure innovative ideas and practices? How has Snoop Dogg continued to innovate decade after decade to stay relevant to the next generation? What causes name brands to lose relevance with their customers and go out of business? Can organizational decline be prevented?

Diana has spent her career challenging assumptions and asking thought-provoking questions. A serial entrepreneur who entered the United States as a refugee at the age of 8, she has launched and sold millions of dollars worth of products and services. She outlined her biggest lessons learned for launching new products in her first book, All In Startup, which has been used by over 100 universities in their innovation courses and countless large organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs. A former MBA professor at Mizzou, she has served as an entrepreneur in residence at H&R Block, Commerce Bank and several government agencies.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/diana-kander/

Bernard Baumohl | Chief Global Economist of the Economic Outlook Group, Speaker and Writer on International Economy and Geopolitics

Finance & Economics Keynote Speaker at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Bernard Baumohl is Chief Global Economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. His ability to correctly predict the economy’s path was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, which ranked Mr. Baumohl the most accurate economic forecaster for 2019.

Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in international affairs and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank – with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/bernard-baumohl/

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo | Keynote Speaker on Positive Psychology, Acclaimed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is often referred to as America’s most trusted celebrity psychologist. With a Ph.D in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Physical therapy, she has often been considered NBA star Shaquille O’Neals “Head Coach for Happiness,” and has helped celebrities and high performing executives, entrepreneurs and athletes crush their inner critic and access untapped reserves of potential. 

Dr. E has long been focused on helping anyone suffering from conditional self-worth or perfectionism to turn up their self-confidence and gain essential skills to flourish in work, relationships and life. With the advent of COVID, Dr. E has taken her practice one step further by developing a new, research-driven system called the Red Zone, which encourages individuals to follow a new way of thinking when they or are experiencing stress. Her unique tactics include ways to better formulate resilience and how to communicate much more productively when in the right frame of mind.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/dr-elizabeth-lombardo/

Daniel Burrus | Futurist Expert and Speaker on Business Strategy, Technology, Innovations & Their Impact

Futurist Daniel Burrus Talks about Agile Leadership - The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovationThe New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker.

Burrus has delivered over 2,800 keynote speeches worldwide, and is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. His client list includes companies such as Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, Honda and IBM.

He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight, as well as the international best-seller Technotrends. His latest book, The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage (2017), is an Amazon #1 Hot New Release for Business.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/daniel-burrus/

Mike Evans | Thought Leader & Speaker on Organizational Accountability and Personal Leadership

Peak Performance Keynote Speaker Mike Evans at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Mike Evans has developed a unique perspective from 20+ years of working alongside a star studded list of world-renowned thought leaders. He served in senior leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. In addition, he is a  leading authority on Unleashing Personal and Organizational Accountability, clients rely upon Mike’s solutions to: Accelerate Change, Shape Their Optimal Culture, Flawlessly Execute Key Strategies, Ignite Leadership Capacity at all Levels, and Amplify Employee Engagement.

Mike works with organizations around the globe and in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and the US Government. Clients include: Intel, Capital One, Apple, BNY Mellon, Pfizer, The United States Navy, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Cigna Corporation, PharMerica, Oracle, Astra Zeneca, Baxter International Inc., Shell Oil, Cargill, American Airlines, DuPont USA, and NASA.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/mike-evans/

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