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

Leading Expert on Creating the Future

  • Founder & CEO, Play Big Inc.
  • Former Leading Marketing Executive
  • Ranked as One of the “World’s Top Female Futurists” and Top 7 “Women of Influence on the Future of Leadership”
  • Curator of TEDxAustin and TEDxYouth@Austin
  • Producer of Gigaom Change leadership summit.

Areas of Expertise

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

Robert Safian

Founder of The Flux Group
Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor 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”

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

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



Jeff Leitner is a wonderfully inspirational speaker

Jeff Leitner

Social Innovation Pioneer & High-Stakes Strategist

Harnessing the Power of The Unwritten Rules

  • Architect of the Unwritten Rules
  • Designer of the first doctorate in social innovation
  • Founder of Unwritten Labs
  • Founder of Insight Labs, the first philanthropic think tank
  • Fellow at New America, a think tank for American renewal
  • Author of See Think Solve: A Simple Way to Tackle Tough Problems

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Innovation  |  Organizational Change  |  Strategy  |  Disruption  |  Culture  |  Problem-Solving  |  Team Dynamics  |  Transformation  |  Social Impact

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



Jamie Mustard

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

The Art and Science of How to STAND OUT + TAKE HOLD

  • Author of the highly anticipated book The ICONOIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out  (October 2019)
  • Economics Degree from the London School of Economics
  • Graduate of Georgetown University’s Engalitcheff Institute
  • Former Vice-President of Strategy for Power PR
  • TEDx Portland Speaker
  • Host of RadioActive

Areas of Expertise

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

The Honorable Michelle Lee

Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office
Former Google Executive
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
  • Founded Google's Patents Strategy
  • Computer Scientist, MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Computer Scientist, Hewlett-Packard’s Research Laboratories
  • Co-founder, Chief IP Counsels (ChIPs)
  • Former Law Partner, Fenwick & West

Areas of Expertise

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



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 Vorto Consulting
  • 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

Dr. Lance Secretan

Bestselling Leadership Authority and
Award-winning Keynote Speaker

Unlimited Leadership

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Talent  |  Effectiveness  | Corporate Culture  | Entrepreneurship  |  Competition  |  Inspiration  |  Loyalty



Tarun Wadhwa

Carnegie Mellon Academic, Author and Strategic Disruptor

The Era of Disruptors and Reinventionists

  • Founder of Day One Insights
  • One of the Highest Rated Instructors at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Contributor, Forbes and The Huffington Post
  • Author, 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

Jeanne Bliss

Leadership Authority and
Chief Customer Officer Pioneer

The Case for Leadership Bravery

  • CCO of Lands’ End, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, and Allstate
  • Author of four international bestsellers, including the iconic Chief Customer Officer
  • Cofounded the Customer Experience Professionals Association (PXPA)
  • Created the podcast show The Chief Customer Officer Human Duct Tape Show
  • Over 2,000 speeches to date.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Strategy  |  Loyalty  |  Growth  |  Teams  |  Execution  |  Customer Experience |  Competition