World-Class Speakers

Nextup Speaker Management works with a roster of world-class speakers. These are thought-leaders, experienced executives and bestselling authors that inspire audiences. Our business keynote speakers all share one great trait...they create life-changing moments for your attendees. They provide new perspectives and increase the chance for your success in the future.

Check out our speakers below.


Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Corporate Strategist, Keynote Speaker

What Does The Future Need And Expect From You?

  • Founder/CEO, Play Big Inc.
  • Transformation Strategist, Kungfu AI
  • Ranked as One of the “World’s Top Female Futurists” and Top 7 “Women of Influence on the Future of Leadership”
  • Advisor, Retail Tomorrow  +  Future Frontiers  +  Center for Partnership Systems
  • Founder, TEDxAustin  +  TEDxYouth@Austin
  • Founder/Producer,  Career Fair For The Future  +  Femme Futurists Society

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Technology  |  Strategy  |  Branding  |  Future of Work  |  Agility  |  Consumers  |  Leadership  |  AI  |  Talent  |  Cryto-Currencies 

Robert Safian

Founder of The Flux Group
Former Editor-in-Chief for Fast CompanyTimeFortuneMoney

Highlighting the Future of Business

  • Founder of The Flux Group
  • Former Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company
  • Former Managing Editor of Money, Fortune, Time
  • 2-time winner, “Magazine of the Year” Award
  • Awarded “Editor of the Year” and “Innovator of the Year”
  • New Book due early 2021

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Leadership  |  Technology  |  Strategy  |  Disruption  |  Workforce  |  Competition  |  Agility  |  Talent  |  Artificial Intelligence



Joel Cohen

Emmy-Winning Writer & Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons

How Sustained Creativity is Making History

  • Co-Producer and Writer, The Simpsons
  • Earned an MBA at York University
  • Former Ad Executive/Manager, Turner Broadcasting
  • Awards: 2 Emmys and 3 Writer's Guild Award
  • Author, How to Lose a Marathon: A Starter's Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Team Work  |  Creativity  |  Culture  |  Sustained Success  |  Humor

Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D.

Former Executive Heading Nike's and Cigna's Leadership Development

Resilience Leadership

  • Author of the highly anticipated book Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People
  • Former Head of Nike’s Global Executive Leadership Development Strategy
  • Former Head of Cigna’s Leadership Development & Executive Programs
  • Doctorate degree, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Neuropsychology Fellow with the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Areas of Expertise

resilience  |  leadership  |  innovation  |  peak performance  |  growth  |  talent  |  authentic leadership  |  workplace motivation  |  well-being  |  change  |  communication  |   women in leadership  | mindsets



Vivek Wadhwa

Technology & Innovation Author, Academic and Futurist

Technology’s Great Communicator

Areas of Expertise

Technology  |  Strategy  |  Healthcare  |  Finance  |  Robotics  |  Talent  |  Manufacturing  |  Global Markets  |  Innovation  |  Disruption  |  Mobile  |  Quantum Computing  |  Block Chain  |  Future of Work

Shauna "Doc" Springer, Ph.D.

Leading Authority on Trauma to Employees and Military Soldiers

Post Disruptive Growth

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Change  |  Strategy  |  Disruption  |  Workforce  |  Change  |  Agility  |  Talent  |  Resilience  |  Mental Health  |  Trauma



Jamie Mustard

Author, The ICONIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out

Standing Out in the Zoom Economy

  • Author of The ICONIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out
  • O.W.L (Outstanding Work in Literature) Award-Winner
  • Economics Degree from the London School of Economics
  • Graduate of Georgetown University’s Engalitcheff Institute
  • Former Vice-President of Strategy for Power PR

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Communication  |  Marketing  |  Sales  |  Work Culture  |  Customers  |  Branding  |  Inspiration

Dane Rauschenberg

Ran 52 Marathons in 52 Consecutive Weeks
Author, Ignore the Impossible

Embracing the Challenges

  • Raced 52 certified marathons in 52 consecutive weekends
  • Ran 2 Boston Marathons on Same Day in Seven Hours
  • Author, Ignore the Impossibleand several other popular books.
  • Featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • World Record for Fastest Marathon on a Cruise Ship
  • World or National Championship Qualifier in Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon, and Snowshoe Racing

Areas of Expertise

Peak Performance  |  Leadership  |  Execution  |  Strategy  |  Resiliency  |  Motivation  |  Competition  |  Agility  |  Talent  |  Inspiration  |  Achieving Goals



Deborah Perry Piscione

Author, Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

Authority on Changing Mindsets

  • Author three bestselling innovation books, Secrets of Silicon ValleyThe Risk Factor, and The People Equation
  • Former Senior Aide to The White House & US Congress
  • Principal and Co-founder of Oceana
  • Founded four companies, including Alley to the Valley® and Freshwear
  • Awards include: Silicon Valley Women Business Owner of the Year Award, Gracie Allen Award, The White House Project Award, Editorial Excellence Best of the Web Award

Areas of Expertise

Changing Mindsets | Silicon Valley | Innovation  |  Culture  |  Talent  |  Leadership  |  Risk  |  Collaboration  |  Entrepreneurship  |  Future of Work  |  Women

Joey Harrington

Former NFL Quarterback, Broadcaster and Foundation Executive

How Imperfection Creates Better People and Better Organizations

  • NFL Quarterback, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons
  • Heisman Trophy Finalist for #2 ranked University of Oregon Football
  • TEDx Speaker
  • Sports Broadcaster, Fox, FX, OSN
  • Founder, Harrington Family Foundation
  • Accomplished Jazz Musician (appeared w/ Jason Mraz, Blues Traveler, and Third Eye Blind)

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Inspiration  |  Teamwork  |  Peak Performance  |  Effectiveness  |  Authenticity  |  Risk-taking



Tarun Wadhwa

Carnegie Mellon Academic, Author and Strategic Disruptor

The Era of Disruption and Reinvention

  • One of the Highest Rated Instructors at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Visiting Fellow at Emory University’s Department of Political Science
  • Founder of Day One Insights
  • Contributor, Forbes and The Huffington Post
  • Author of the upcoming, Identified: The Digital Transformation of Who We Are
  • Co-Founder and COO of AIC Chile

Areas of Expertise

Technology  |  Strategy  |  Healthcare  |  Finance  |  Robotics  |  Talent  |  Manufacturing  |  Global Markets  |  Innovation  |  Disruption  |  Mobile  |  Quantum Computing  |  Block Chain  |  Media

The Honorable Michelle Lee

Executive at Amazon and Former Google Executive
Former Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office
Former Computer Scientist at MIT's AI Lab and HP's Research Labs

Defining the Future of Innovation and Technology

  • Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2015-2017)
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
  • Vice President, Machine Learning Solutions Lab at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Former Google Executive
  • Computer Scientist, MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Computer Scientist, Hewlett-Packard’s Research Laboratories

Areas of Expertise

Innovation | Technology | Competition | The Future | Growth | Entrepreneurship | Startups