Thought-Provoking Keynotes

Inspirational speakers for commencement or keynote programs – with messages that will stay with your audience

Mike Duncan

American political history podcaster and author.  His award winning series, “The History of Rome,” remains a legendary landmark in the history of podcasting.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Your personal astrophysicist and host of the Emmy Award winning, COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey and StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Dr. Tyson’s passion for science communication changes the way we think about the universe.

Charles Johnson

National Book Award winner for Middle Passage, Dr. Charles Johnson writes captivating novels that address issues of being African-American in today’s U.S. society.

Lilly Ledbetter

The inspiration behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  A bestselling author and activist, Ledbetter fights for pay equity and ignites change.

Sandra Steingraber

An international anti-fracking activist & biologist who fights for environmental rights as a basic human right.

Shola Lynch

Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and film curator of documentaries: Free Angela & All Political Prisoners and Chisolm ’72-Unbought and Unbossed

Steven Strogatz

An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Strogatz finds math in places where you’d least expect it – making it accessible and fascinating to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small.

Michael Mann

An award-winning climate scientist and expert on climate change. His work has played a crucial role in shaping public discourse and climate change policy. He is part of the IPCC team that won the Nobel Peace Prize and has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

Raffi

Known to millions as a children’s entertainer, Raffi believes that the key to building a humane and sustainable world lies in how we treat our children, a philosophy he calls Child Honouring.

David Quammen

Internationally acclaimed science writer and National Book Award Finalist. Author of Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus. Three-time winner of the National Magazine Award (the Ellie) and author of more than 15 books.

Jessica Valenti

Called “one of the most successful and visible feminists of her generation” by the Washington Post and one of the “Top 100 Inspiring Women in the World,” Valenti is a NYT Best-selling author, columnist and leading voice in the pro-choice movement.

Charles C. Mann

Offering valuable insights into the most significant events, from the European discovery of the Americas to the rise of the digital age, Charles Mann transforms our views of history. His book, The Wizard And The Prophet, asks the question “Can Earth support 10 billion people?”