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, which is to create life-changing moments for audiences.  They provide new perspectives and increase the chance for your success in the future.

We are active members of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB), a nonprofit organization founded in 1986, which “provides leadership to the bureau industry through education, resources, and partnerships with organizations that support the meetings and events industry.”

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 – 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



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

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



Deborah Perry Piscione

Authority on Changing Mindsets and Author, Secrets of Silicon Valley

Authority on Changing Mindsets

  • Author three bestselling innovation books, Secrets of Silicon ValleyThe Risk Factor, and The People Equation
  • Principal and Co-founder of Vorto Consulting
  • Founded four companies, including Alley to the Valley® and Freshwear
  • Staffer, The White House & US Congress
  • 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

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



Jamie Mustard - Speaker

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 (November, 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

Michelle Lee Speaker

The Honorable Michelle Lee

Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office;  Former Google Executive

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



Dr. Lance Secretan

Bestselling Leadership Authority and Award-winning Keynote Speaker

Leadership Pioneer

  • Founder of The Secretan Center
  • Author of 22 bestselling leadership books, including his newest, The Bellwether Effect
  • Former CEO of Manpower
  • Ranked Top 6  “Global Leadership Coach”
  • Ranked #1 in the world by Leadership Excellence

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



Rebecca Costa

Leading Authority on Leadership and “Fast Adaptation”

Leaders Who Are Fastest to Adapt, Win!

  • Author of two international bestsellers on leadership, The Watchman’s Rattle and On the Verge
  • Founder/CEO of one of the largest technology marketing  firms in Silicon Valley
  • Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award Winner
  • Columnist of The Fix, for Newsmax.
  • Featured in The New York TimesUSA TodayThe Washington PostThe Guardian, and many others.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Decision-making  |  Technology  |  Predictive Analytics  |  Complexity  |  Innovation  |  Agility  |  Big Data  |  Quantum Computing  |  AI  |  Neuroscience  |  Robotics