Overcoming Adversity Speakers

We all face adversity in life—but what matters is how you overcome it. WSB connects event planners with inspiring speakers who have amazing stories of triumph that will keep your attendees on the edge of their seats. Head coaches, military veterans, psychologists, and astronauts are available to share real-world stories of overcoming adversity. Available for in-person or virtual events and meetings.

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Adam Grant

Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Bestselling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast

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George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

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William McRaven

Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (2011-2014) and of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (2008-2011); Chancellor of the University of Texas System (2015-2018); Best-selling Author

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Liz Murray

Inspirational Speaker and Best-Selling Author

Under $25,000
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Kat Cole

Advisor, Investor, COO and President, Athletic Greens

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Mike Krzyzewski

Head Men's Basketball Coach, Duke University (1980 – 2022)

Over $70,000
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José Andrés

Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian

Over $70,000
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Dan Rooney

Motivational Speaker, Fighter Pilot, Patriotic Philanthropist, PGA Professional, Golf Course Developer, and Author, A Patriot's Calling: Living Life Between Fear and Faith and Fly Into the Wind, How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness On Your Ascent to Greatness

$40K - $70K
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Liz Cheney

Former US Representative (2017-2023)

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Tony Dungy

Former Head Coach, 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, Football Television Analyst

Over $70,000
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Jill Ellis

All-Time Winningest Coach in U.S. Soccer History; Legendary Head Coach, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and President, National Women’s Soccer League San Diego

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Kevin Carroll

Best-Selling Author, Expert on Creativity and Innovation, Agent for Social Change

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James Stavridis

16th Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Partner and Vice Chair, Global Affairs of The Carlyle Group; New York Times Bestselling Author

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Kyle Carpenter

Medal of Honor Recipient and Author

Under $25,000
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Theresa May

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016-2019)

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Terry Bradshaw

Co-host and Analyst, FOX NFL Sunday and NFL Legend

$40K - $70K
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Bonnie St. John

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

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James Mattis

U.S. Secretary of Defense (2017-2018)

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Bear Grylls

Host of Man vs. Wild, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and YOU vs Wild; Adventurer; Author; Philanthropist

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Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, The Washington Post and Political Analyst, MSNBC

Under $25,000
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Richard Montañez

Former Vice President, Multicultural Sales and Community Activation for PepsiCo North America, Author, Philanthropist, Creator of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos brand

$25K - $40K
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Ben Bernanke

Chair, The Federal Reserve System (2006-2014)

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Lou Holtz

Legendary Football Coach and Analyst, ESPN (2004-2015)

$40K - $70K

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