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 communicator, Strogatz finds math in places where you’d least expect it & uses it to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small

Michael Mann

Recognized as one of our planet’s heroes & part of the IPCC team that won the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Mann is an award-winning climate scientist and expert on climate change.

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

Quammen’s science journalism creates a fascinating blend of exploration and storytelling.  A National Book Award Finalist; he explains complicated science concepts to his audiences.  Author of Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

Jessica Valenti

Valenti is one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world. Bestselling author and co-founder of award-winning blog, Feministing.com, she speaks on feminism, politics and defying gender norms. A leading voice in the #MeToo 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?”

Derrick Pitts

NASA’s first Astrobiology Ambassador & Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at the Franklin Institute.  His motto: Eat, breathe, do science. Sleep later.