Top Keynote Speakers 2023
Despite COVID-19 being a huge roadblock in the lives of many, live speakers continue to spread their messages of hope and use their experiences to shape the changing world. The speakers listed below have taken it upon themselves to reach out to their audiences and deliver empowering speeches, deeming them the top keynote speakers of our era.
Simon Sinek is an internationally celebrated keynote speaker who delivers powerful speeches on the topic of leadership. In 2021 he has been focusing on discussing how to lead during a crisis, a relevant topic, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The British-American author and inspirational speaker has written five books, including best-seller Start With Why and Find Your Why. His Ted Talks are yet another way he has continued to spread his message of mental health, leadership, and discovering the “why” in your life through his own experiences.
Erik Qualman is not only a unique motivational speaker but also a #1 bestselling author of “The Focus Project”. With keynote performances in over 55 countries, Eric Qualman has reached more than 35 million people with powerful messages relating to digital leadership, digital transformation, innovation, and focus. As a keynote speaker, he utilizes pioneering video–storytelling techniques to convey his ideas and was voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. He is the owner of Equalman Studios, his own animation studio, so his virtual performances are industry-leading, allowing him to work alongside major companies such as Disney.
Erica Dhawan is a widely recognized author, speaker, and advisor. Her speeches focus on the power of the digital age and its effects on modern teamwork. Her ability to engage her audiences through humor, anecdotes, and research strategies to build teamwork in this day and age is what has put her at the top in her field. Erica is the author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language and has been named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”.
Dr. Brown is one of the most renowned speakers in America. Her TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top 5 most viewed TED talks ever, with over 30 million views. She focuses on human connection and considers herself both researcher and storyteller, as seen through the personal stories in her keynote performances. She continues to supply her audience with virtual offerings in the form of virtual commencement speeches, webinars, and more. She has even launched her own podcast titled Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead and her 2019 Netflix special, The Call to Courage, continues to inspire many.
Margaret Cho’s ability to speak in a candid fashion with an emphasis on her views about gay rights, sexuality, bullying, politics, and family dynamics makes her one of the top LGBT+ speakers. Cho is an outstandingly accomplished actor, performer, and author in addition to being a stellar stand-up speaker. The five-time Grammy-nominated speaker works tirelessly to spread the message of kindness, especially through her charitable work and speeches.