Top 10 Speakers of 2019
A good speaker can make an impact on an individual, on an audience, on a global scale. Content, voices and styles may vary, but the inspirational nature of each presentation is the same. They introduce something influential. An idea to change an attitude. An organization to change lives. A product to change the world.

2019 was a year of working with incredible and impactful speakers. Read ahead for GDA Speakers' Top Ten of 2019.  
Former CFO of Enron & 
Rules vs Principles Speaker

Despite the current environment of more stringent regulations, we continue to witness "Enron-esque" failures of corporate governance. As Enron's former CFO, Andy Fastow shares observations on how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breeds opportunity for problematic decisions. Andy will cite examples of such transactions and the rationalizations made by executives to justify their decisions. Andy offers up key questions that one should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules but uphold the principles behind them.

Founder & President of Win-Win Entertainment

Jeff blends his perfected art of entertainment with friendly audience interaction and insane amounts of energy. After 10 years as a Headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, Jeff shifted his focus in 2020 to the national expansion of his nonprofit, Win-Win Entertainment, a non-profit that creates opportunities for professional entertainers, athletes and celebrities to share their time and talent with children in need. Jeff creates an unforgettable entertainment experience whether he is performing, leading a workshop or serving as the Master of Ceremonies. He provides an Entertainer X-Factor to any event with credibility, experience, humor, juggling and the perfect customization to fit your client, venue and audience.

Founder of The HERO Effect®

Kevin helps people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high performing people from everybody else. His keynote expands the audience's vision, develops their potential and grows results. Kevin draws from being the father of an autistic child, where he has had the opportunity to know firsthand how principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing everyday life challenges.

Novartis Professor of Leadership & Management at the Harvard Business School

Amy sheds light on why extreme teaming is so critically important in today's organizations and why it is so challenging. Every opinion, regardless of position within an organization, is important to truly be assured of an environment of psychological safety. Today's leaders must motivate people to do their very best work by inspiring them, coaching them, providing feedback and forming excellence to be a rewarding experience.

New York Times  Best-Selling Author & Inspiration for the movie,  Alive

Nando is a real-life legend created by his perseverance to survive when in 1972 the airplane that was carrying Nando and his fellow Uruguayan rugby teammates crashed in the Andes.  Nando shares his remarkable 10-week journey in sub-zero temperatures with flawless storytelling execution. Sharing powerful insights and universal lessons for us all, his story encompasses every aspect of what it means to be a leader. Experiencing his own second chance with his family and friends, Nando will strike an emotional chord with any audience.

Basketball Legend & Successful Entrepreneur

Magic is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate that provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Magic parlayed the skills and tenacity he acquired on the court into a winning formula for his successful business ventures. Magic inspires audiences with the story of his stunning ascent, his philosophy for success and his vision for a bright and promising future.

Memory Expert

Solidifying himself as one of the top memory experts in the world, Ron has been wowing audiences worldwide for years. He incorporates impressive feats into his presentations such as being able to call out hundreds of attendee's names that he memorized prior to the event, and he'll memorize on-the-spot a 50 digit number as an audience collaborative effort and recite it back forwards and backwards. But the biggest takeaway for audience members is that Ron shares five secrets to memorize people's names and faces that can be used immediately in networking and relationship building.

As a tribute to the fallen, Ron has memorized the names of more than 2,300 American service members killed in Afghanistan. He travels the USA writing the names on a 52-foot long wall from memory. It took 10 months to memorize the 7,000+ words.

Co-Founder of The Malala Fund & 
Founder of NOW Ventures

Shiza Shahid has been a tireless advocate and activist for girls' education and gender equality since she was 14 years old and living in her native Pakistan. Shiza is best known as a co-founder of the nonprofit Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. In 2017, Shahid co-founded NOW Ventures, a funding platform dedicated to investing in early-stage companies focused on turning social challenges into entrepreneurial opportunities. In late 2019, Shiza launched a cookware line, Our Place, with a team of food lovers that are largely first and second generation female immigrants.


Shiza Shahid is presented in partnership with Creative Artists Agency.

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Leslie has been a regular speaker for years on the subjects of female leadership and ending family violence. Her 2012 TEDTalk about domestic violence and her 2014 TEDTalk exploring the ethics of global surrogacy have been viewed by more than six million people worldwide. Inspired by her 2019 released book, Naked Truth, Leslie added to her repertoire with a new topic on how to nurture self-acceptance and independence in a long-term relationship.

New York Times Best-Selling Author & 
Positive Psychology Expert

A New York Times bestselling author, Shawn is the world's leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. Having spent more than 12 years at Harvard University, two years as the Head Teaching Fellow in Positive Psychology, Shawn bridges the gap between happiness psychology research and what it means for the workforce and individuals alike.

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