Inspirational Speakers for Colleges, Universities, & More!

Posted by Ari Frangias


The following inspirational speakers have all persevered in the face of adversity and continue to motivate audiences with their stories of triumph and determination. From Award-Winning Rocket Scientists to Global Humanitarians, the following speakers are experts in their respective fields. Their unique mixes of expert knowledge and deeply personal stories make these inspirational speakers the perfect presenters for Colleges, Universities, and other educational groups!


Allison Massari Inspirational Speakers

Allison Massari

TED Speaker, Burn Survivor, Executive Coach – Specializing in Resilience, Adversity, Self-Leadership


The Fire Within:Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-changing”, “riveting”, “extraordinary”, “bold”, and “deeply moving”, Allison Massari’s message of courage, kindness, and resilience resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Listed as one of the Top 10 Best Speakers for “motivation” and “personal development” in the United States by Meetings & Conventions Magazine, Allison has been featured on ABC, NBC and FOX networks.


Her diverse client list includes: GE Healthcare IT, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, LPL Financial, PEI (Petroleum Equipment Institute), MDRT – Million Dollar Round Table, Eli Lilly and Co., Allscripts, Fresenius, HIMSS/CHIME, Teva Pharmaceutical, Siemens Medical, CVS Health, Beryl Institute, The Mosaic Company, American Family Insurance Group. Read More…


Topics: Campus & University, Healthcare Experts, Inspirational Speakers

Ben Nemtin Inspirational SpeakersBen Nemtin

Member of MTV’s Hit Show, The Buried Life


Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and the star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Lifemovement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured by major media outlets including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Inc., ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC News. Oprah called Ben’s life work “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed keynote speaker, Nemtin has presented his ‘5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible’ to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Amazon, Microsoft, and more.


In a pit of depression, Ben and his three best friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. Read more…


Topics: Innovation & Creativity, Campus & University, Inspirational Speakers

Chris BashinelliChris Bashinelli

Cross-Cultural Explorer/Nat Geo TV Host


Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade long acting career including an appearance on the HBO hit television show, The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion – using media to build bridges between cultures. In his early 20’s, he became the youngest Moderator for the United Nations and made his first documentary about his travels to Tanzania. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti, as Host of ‘Bridge the Gap,’ a television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.


He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and Sumo Wrestled with the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet. Read More…


Topics: Diversity & Inclusion, Inspirational Speakers, Overcoming Adversity

Coach Ken CarterCoach Ken Carter

Coach, Author, Educator and Inspiration for the Film “Coach Carter”


When famed high school basketball coach Ken Carter literally locked his undefeated, state play-off bound team out of the gym and forced them to hit the books and stop counting on athletic potential as the only ticket out of a tough, inner city life, he sent a powerful message. The film “Coach Carter”, based on the lock-out and starring Samuel L. Jackson as the Coach, is just one more testimony to the strength of his convictions. At the podium, Coach Carter scores with hard-hitting advice about accountability, integrity, teamwork and leadership to succeed both on and off the basketball court.


A successful businessman when he accepted the head basketball coach position at Richmond High School (Richmond, CA) in 1997, Carter had a monumental task at hand. The students were failing academically at an alarming rate, and the athletic programs were in a pathetic state. Read More…


Topics: Accountability, Youth Issues, Education

Kevin HinesKevin Hines

Author of Cracked, Not Broken


Kevin Hines is a global speaker, best-selling author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.


In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker by the National Council of Behavioral Health. He has also been recognized by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs, and he has received a Three Star Marine General’s Medal Award in addition to his numerous accolades. Read More…


Topics: Education, Graduation & Commencement, Health & Wellness

Mallory Brown Inspirational Speakers

Mallory Brown

Impact Storyteller, Global Humanitarian, Empathy/Walk A Mile Keynote Speaker


Mallory Brown is an impact storyteller. She travels the world to tell real-life stories of human connection. Her goal is to connect audiences to incredible causes and provide a direct means to help. At the age of 33, Mallory has explored over 50 countries and pioneered a new, engaging form of philanthropy. Her story inspires others to live a passionate, generous, and global life. In eight years of storytelling, Mallory has helped thousands of generous donors directly reach people in need.


She speaks to audiences across the globe about the power of empathy and how one individual can truly make a difference in the world. Her efforts have been featured by the Today Show, The New York Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, the Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Read More…


Topics: Campus & University, Inspirational Speakers, Motivational

Olympia LePointOlympia LePoint

NASA Rocket-Scientist and STEM Education Advocate


Hailed as “The New Einstein” by fans across around the world, Olympia LePoint is best known for her role as TED speaker, an award-winning rocket scientist, and celebrity author who is empowering audiences in becoming powerful leaders by unleashing the true power from within their human brains. As the on-air live celebrity host of the talk show Answers Unleashed in Los Angeles, Olympia LePoint is a seasoned speaker who shares her powerful story in the TED Talk “Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear.”


The book is an educational text designed to empower audiences to overcome fear plus reprogram the brain and was featured on NBC News, CBS News, PBS shows and on the CW TV networks. Her second book Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brain’s Power is a self-help book designed to help people overcome painful memories and mentally rise to success. Read more…


Topics: Education, Business Entrepreneurship, S.T.E.M.

Rebecca WalkerRebecca Walker

Feminist Visionary & Best-selling Author


Rebecca Walker contributes to the global conversation about identity, power, and the evolution of the human family through books, lectures, blogs, social networks, popular magazines, literary and academic journals, radio programs, and film and television appearances and content development. Time Magazinenamed her one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love


Her writing has appeared in Glamour, The Washington Post, Bookforum, BOMB, Newsweek, Vibe, Real Simple, Modern Bride, Essence, and Interview, among many other magazines and literary collections., and she has appeared on Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, Oprah, Fresh Air, BET, and dozens of blogs, sites, and other media. Read More…


Topics: Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTQ+, Inspirational Speakers

Vernice FlyGirl ArmourVernice “FlyGirl” Armour

First African-American Female Combat Pilot


Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results.


Commanding corporate, STEM-centric and female executive and entrepreneur audiences across the globe, FlyGirl’s most requested keynotes, Zero to Breakthrough,TM One Mission, One Goal, One TeamTM and Get Gutsy. Live Gutsy!,TM deliver messages that resonate: “You have permission to Engage;” “Take off from where you are;” and “We win or lose together.” Read More…


Topics: Campus & University, Motivational, Women in Leadership

Yoruba Richen Inspirational SpeakersYoruba Richen

Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker


Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker dedicated to creating compelling, engaging films that explore vital social and cultural issues. Her work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, New York Magazine’s website, The Cut, The Atlantic, Frontline and the Shazaam App. She won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day. Yoruba’s last feature film, The New Black, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and went on to win Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest and Frameline LGBT Film Festival.


The film also won best documentary at the Urbanworld film festival and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. The New Black opened theatrically at New York’s Film Forum and aired on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2014. Read More…


Topics: Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTQ+

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Posted by Ari Frangias

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