Motivational Speakers on Resilience and Inspiration

Following the huge success of  Option B, WSB exclusive Adam Grant’s new book co-written with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, resilience is becoming a big topic among motivational speakers. While many motivational speakers have frequently discussed inspiration and overcoming obstacles, the idea of remaining resilient in the journey to meet those challenges is gaining traction.

Resilience can be a small daily practice, as WSB speaker Bonnie St. John outlines in her book Micro-Resilience. Or it can be drawing on the strength to overcome grief or sudden tragedy, which has affected many of the motivational speakers we highlight below.

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Featured Motivational Speakers:

Adam Grant

Professor, The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and Author, Give and Take and Originals

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Named one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and one of the Fortune’s 40 under 40, Adam Grant is a leading expert on promoting collaboration, innovation, and resilience.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John

Paralympic Ski Medalist, Fortune 500 Business Consultant, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Official and Best-Selling Author

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Hailed as “one of the five most inspiring women in America” by NBC Nightly News, Bonnie St. John challenges audiences to question their own limitations and shows them how to re-energize their lives to achieve peak performance.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Mallory Weggemann

Mallory Weggemann

2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist

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Mallory shares her incredible story of her amazing abilities by winning gold and setting a Paralympic Record in the 50m freestyle. It has been deemed one of the most memorable moments of the London Games, and it inspired many across the world.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Anthony Robles

Anthony Robles

2011 NCAA Wrestling Champion, Recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, ESPN ESPY Awards and Author, Unstoppable

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Born with one leg, 2011 NCAA Champion Anthony Robles became an unstoppable force in college wrestling who now shares his strategy for success—a limitless belief in self and the motivation to do things other people wouldn’t have thought possible.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Sal Giunta

Sal Giunta

First Living Medal of Honor Recipient Since the Vietnam War and Author, Living with Honor

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Saving his squad from the Taliban during a deadly ambush in Afghanistan, Sal Giunta shares—with unassuming humility—his courageous story and the importance of teamwork, selflessness and leadership.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Liz Murray

Liz Murray

Inspirational Speaker and Best-Selling Author, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

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Formerly homeless, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Founder of The Huffington Post, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global

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At the forefront of one of the world’s most successful news site and a key figure in the current communications revolution, Arianna Huffington discusses the new media, politics, the economy and lessons she has learned on the road to success.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Barbara Pierce Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush

Humanitarian and Co-founder and President, Global Health Corps

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Deeply committed to improving the lives of those in need, Barbara Pierce Bush inspires us to confront the myriad of health equity challenges that millions face around the world.


Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Bob and Lee Woodruff

Bob and Lee Woodruff

A Journey of Inspiration and Best-Selling Co-Authors, In An Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing

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When journalist Bob Woodruff was severely injured in Iraq, he and wife Lee Woodruff discovered how quickly life can change, and that families can survive and grow stronger together.

Motivational Speakers - Inspirational Speakers Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Buchanan

Humanitarian Aid Worker; New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author, Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue By SEAL Team Six

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Jessica Buchanan shares with audiences her experience in learning first-hand that the human spirit is impenetrable. No matter what obstacles or challenges lie in our path if we dig deep to find the strength and fortitude, there is help for any situation no matter how impossible the odds.

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Joe Theismann

World Champion Quarterback, Broadcaster and Entrepreneur

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Losing his successful football career at 35 to a serious injury, Joe Theismann learned firsthand how to think, analyze and reinvent in the face of adversity and change.

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John Register

Paralympic Silver Medalist and two-time TEDx Speaker

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Shows audiences the secrets to courageously step to championship performance by walking in the new “normal.” 

Neal Petersen

Award-winning Author, Adventurer, and Global Investor

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While sharing his riveting life story, and philosophy, Neal’s personal messages and unique delivery open the mind, with new hope and a determination to break down the barriers, real or perceived, that now exist and to take adversity head on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work you can achieve your goals.

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