Our Speakers

 

Dear Executives and Meeting Professionals,

When you look through our cadre of professional keynote speakers, storytellers, motivators, authors, world travelers, visionaries, business experts, survivors and healers, you will find some of the most authentic, personable, and powerful speakers available today. They are excited to exceed your expectations with their presentations. These are not individuals who are famous just for being famous. Each and every one of them brings years of valuable life lessons, professional experience, recognition and a genuine talent for connecting with their audiences and inspiring them to new levels of thought, emotions and action.

Following are short notes on each of our featured keynote speakers, who are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the link at the end of any speaker’s information and read more about them on their One Sheet.  You will see bullet points about each speaker, a short bio and then you can click to read more and see a more in-depth bio and additional pictures, etc. Contact Forte Speakers for speaker fees as they may vary depending on whether a presentation is in their state, or if distance travel is required. Some speakers also offer a slightly lower rate for school districts and government audiences. Sometimes the fee varies based on time of year, location of presentation, size of audience, and whether or not your organization is for profit or not-for-profit. Some speakers spend certain months a year in other locations, which may also affect their fees.

Our speakers work with Forte to make sure that we can negotiate their fees if your budget is tight, so definitely ask. Also, speakers pay Forte as their agent for our services and support, you don’t.

Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor

Founder of GoodThink.Inc. Winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard. One of the most popular TEDtalks presenters with over 6 million views. Expert on HAPPINESS, and the connection between happiness and success.More

Rodney Allgood

Rodney Allgood

It is Rodney’s belief that we were are creators of our own reality and, like an artist the paintbrush in our hand, he suggests that we take off the blindfold and paint the masterpiece that is our life with vision, clarity and focus. As a fellow speaker once expressed “Mr. Allgood is just that when he speaks….ALL GOOD!”More

Darrell “Coach D” Andrews

Darrell “Coach D” Andrews

Author of “5 Garbage Bags and a Dream” in the book Chicken Soup For The African-American Soul. Has presented to over 1,800 school districts, corporations, associations, and college events over a 17 years. Earned Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from NSA. Highly motivational for education and corporate audiences.
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Peter Apo

Peter Apo

•Expert on Hawaiian culture and history. Community leader and former legislator. Accomplished singer and song-writer and recipient of prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano music award. Peter Apo is a sitting Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (peterapo.com) and President of a cultural tourism consulting firm. He has had a distinguished career in public service. More

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey

Designated by Speakers Magazine as one of the “Top 25 HOT Speakers”. Former leader of the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World. A leadership catalyst who equips emerging leaders with tips, tools and techniques; author of seven books, including “Release Your Brilliance”…More

Nasha Barnes

Nasha Barnes

Award winning community-wide mentor, author, speaker, counselor, business woman, and leadership trainer. Founder of “Women Aim Higher” and “Girls Aim Higher”. Focuses on elevating the vision of women, communities, and businesses. Recipient of a N.O.W. awardMore

Keola Beamer

Keola Beamer

One of Hawai’i’s premier songwriters, singers and musicians. Storyteller; composer and Master of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Has helped to drive the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. Winner of Hawai’i’s prestigious Hoku Award. Grammy nominee. Recipient of Hawai’i’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts.More

Andy Beal

Andy Beal

Reputation Management Expert. Author, Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation. Worlds most respected on-line reputation management consultant. Constantly keeping up-to-date with search engine news and online marketing developments. Has appeared on ABC News, CNBC and NPR (National Public Radio) and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and many other publications.More

T. Bubba Bechtol

T. Bubba Bechtol

Comedian, Author, Newspaper Columnist, and Founder of The Bubba’s of America Organization; 148 Guest Appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN; Over 500 National Television and Radio Syndicated Appearances.
Bechtol became one of the few stand-up comics in the nation to receive a major recording contract when he was signed to MCA Nashville. More

John Bendon

John Bendon

John Bendon is proud to be at the forefront of the green building movement in Hawaii. As the previous Vice Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, Hawaii Chapter, Bendon works to promote ecological stewardship and leadership across the building industry, as well as to bring more educational opportunities to Hawaii.More

Chuck Blakeman

Chuck Blakeman

Successful entrepreneur Internationally acclaimed speaker Weekly Inc. Magazine contributor Best-selling author World-renowned business advisor who has built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents Travels from Colorado Keynote Fee: Contact Forte Speakers   Chuck Blakeman started and built ten businesses in 25 years in the U.S. and internationally, and now uses his experience to adviseMore

David Boulton

David Boulton

President of Learning Stewards and Director of the Children of the Code Project, David Boulton is a learning-activist, technologist, public speaker, documentary producer, author, and a featured blogger for the National Association of School Superintendents. His websites have won the Teacher Information Network Gold Award and the Innovative Teaching Concepts Award of Excellence.More

Marjorie Brody

Marjorie Brody

Member, Women’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. One of Pennsylvania’s “50 Best Women in Business”;. Go To “sage” for organizations and leaders wanting significant improvement. National Speakers’ Association (NSA) designated Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Received NSA’s Council of Peers Award for Excellence. More

Scott Burrows

Scott Burrows

Best-selling author of Vision, Mindset, Grit; Black Belt Champion; survived a devastating car crash and suffered a serious spinal cord injury that left a diagnosis of quadriplegia and the complete reinvention of his life – proved the doctors wrong; star athlete and fierce competitor; helps audience members root out the causes of those anxieties and learn from each other how to Think Outside the Moment to fight such fears for a more productive, enriching life.More

Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

TEDX speaker and Mozilla Fellow; Google Education Certified; Innovator; 21-year teaching career; Google Academy award winner; a powerful voice in the areas of creative expression and knowledge sharing; that unusual blend of educator, artist and techie who is able to make others comfortable with integrating the latest tech innovations into their classrooms through art and music; always brings energy and vibrancy into any room she enters.More

Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson

If you are looking for a fun speaker to bring awareness and insight to your attendees who inspires accountability and action, Colette Carlson is the real deal. Clients include Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, New York Life, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble and the United States Government. Colette serves as Leadership Faculty for Executive Women International and writes a monthly column, “Tactfully Speaking,” published in Business Management Daily. Colette’s work has been featured in Success, Working Mother and Personal Development Magazine, as well as the motivational movies, Pass It On and Riches: 7 Secrets of Wealth You Were Never Told.More

Pam Chambers

Pam Chambers

Presentation guru; Communication expert. Named one of Hawaii’s 10 Most Admired Women by Honolulu Magazine. Author of “Speak for Yourself”, “Life is a Presentation” and “Public Speaking Made Easy.” Speaking Coach for presentations at all levels. Presentations include “How Women Throw Their Power Away, and How They Can Reclaim It”, “What Is Your Body Language Saying?”More

Makana Risser Chai

Makana Risser Chai

Author of Be Fit in No Time! Transform Your Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit with Mindful Multitasking; speaker, trainer, lawyer, massage therapist, yoga teacher, and certified wellness consultant whose programs on well-being, work-life balance, change, and stress management combine head, heart and humor.More

Annabel Chotzen

Annabel Chotzen

Holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University; Adjunct Professor at UH, Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific University in Business Communications; Award winning public speaker; Annabel’s strong, yet gentle spirit is irresistible. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her smile is radiant. She inspires people to believe in themselves.More

Dan Clark

Dan Clark

Since 1982 Dan Clark has spoken to more than 4 million people in 4,500 audiences, in 50 countries. Master Storyteller. Author of 20 books. Was a cover story in Millionaire Magazine. Inducted into National Speakers Hall of Fame. Named one of the Top Ten Speakers of the World by Achievers North America and Achievers Europe. University Professor. CEO of an International High Performance Consulting Firm.More

Captain Gerald Coffee

Captain Gerald Coffee

POW survivor. Recipient of numerous distinguished medals. Author of Beyond Survival. Named One of America’s Top Keynote Speakers. National Speaker’s Association Hall of Fame. For the past 20 years Jerry Coffee has been considered one of the nation’s top speakers, addressing thousands each year across a broad spectrum of corporate America and to international groups as well.More

Doug Conant

Doug Conant

Non-Executive Chairman of Avon Products. Chairman of Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute at Northwestern University. Former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. Former President of Nabisco Food Company. Co-Author of “TouchPoints. Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments”. More

Kathy Yogi Collins

Kathy Yogi Collins

Writer for the Maui News and Maui No Ka Oi Magazine. Humorist; Storyteller. Actress; Producer of the play” Death Comedy Jam”. Recipient of Comedy Album of the Year. Known for her roller coaster Hawaiian narratives. Collins first CD release, was recorded live at the first of several sold-out one-woman shows at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and won the 2005 Hawai‘i Music Award for Comedy Album of the Year.More

Sean Covey

Sean Covey

Author, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. New York Times bestselling author.Rated Best Speaker at the Global Education Summit. FranklinCovey’s Education Practice Leader. New York Times bestselling author and has written several books, including The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which has been translated into 20 languages and sold over 4 million copies worldwide.More

Dr. Tony C. Daloisio

Dr. Tony C. Daloisio

Co-author Change the Way You Change! and the Employee Engagement Mindset
Executive educator, C-Suite coach, strategy and organizational alignment consultant.
Subject matter expert: Changing the way we change, helping employees to own their own engagement, and teaching leaders to lead. Led McKinsey consulting teams focused on change management and the effective implementation of strategic imperatives with many Fortune 100 firms in the world. CEO of The Charter Oak Consulting Group, a firm he started over 20 years ago that was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing 500 Firms.More

Todd Davis

Todd Davis

Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, FranklinCovey; Responsible for FranklinCovey’s global talent development in over 40 offices reaching 160 countries.; Author, Get Better -15 Proven Practices to Build Relationships at Work; Advisory Board Member, HR.Com, Institute of Human Resources; For over 25 years, Davis has delivered numerous keynote addresses and speeches at leading business, industry, and association conferences. Personable, funny, dynamic keynote speaker.More

Ivory Dorsey

Ivory Dorsey

Highly popular proponent of “Change: To Adapt Is To Survive”.Much sought after Executive Coach and business consultant. Speaks on “Navigating the Winds of Change” and modern day “Customer Service & Customer Choice”. Spent 10 years in Sales and Management with Xerox Corporation. Talk Show Host and Author. More

Holly Duckworth

Holly Duckworth

Trailblazing speaker and executive coach on mindlessness to mindful leadership and living;
Author of the award-winning book: Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association for Success;
Faculty member of the American Society of Association Executives and US Chamber of Commerce IOM program; International business columnist; er column Leadership & Spirituality for Science of Mind Magazine is read by more than 200,000 people around the world.More

Alyssa Dver

Alyssa Dver

“Fun, inspiring, real and practical” are the words most commonly noted on her audience’s feedback forms. Dver is an American Confidence Institute co-founder and Chief Confidence Officer, and responsible for leading the overall ACI team and strategy. She is also the leader for ACI’s Presentation Practice and delivers most of the client keynote presentations.More

Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin

Internationally recognized speaker, author and social visionary. For more than three decades, he has defined the cutting edge in consciousness research, in the ecology movement and in future studies. Pioneered the “Voluntary Simplicity” movement with his now classic first book of the same name.More

Marsha Egan

Marsha Egan

Named one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business. CEO of “The Egan Group, Inc,” a Nantucket, MA, and Reading, PA based success skills coaching firm. Energizes business leaders and their organizations to use their productivity to lead their lives and business success to the fullest.More

Aaron Estabrook

Aaron Estabrook

Expert on digital marketing. Consults on customer relationship management. Trains companies on how to use social media to increase sales. Expert on how to leverage social media to improve merchandising and ticket sales. More

Chenoa Farnsworth

Chenoa Farnsworth

Managing Director of Blue Startups; co-founder of Hawaii Angels investment network; producer of East Meets West Hawaii Conference; has been helping startup entrepreneurs grow their companies for the past 15 yearsMore

Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman

Great “Fake” expert and hilarious comedian; Corporate “Put-on Comedian” and highly rated keynote speaker; Unsurpassed customization for his clients; Master storyteller; Morale Fixer-Upper, Hilarous EmceeMore

Chuck Gallagher

Chuck Gallagher

Author of nationally acclaimed SECOND CHANCES: Transforming Adversity into Opportunity; recognized expert on business ethics; rebuilt his life back again from a poor ethical choice that landed him in prison; expert in the value of ethical choices and empowered consequences that follow; master communicator on Ethics, Integrity and the Power of Choices in Life and Business; expert communicator on the phases of “The Unethical Continuum.More

Dottie Gandy

Dottie Gandy

National Board Member, Women’s Mentoring Network; Founder of The Up to Something Group in Dallas, TX; Co-founder of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO); Inducted into the NAWBO Hall of Fame; Author of 30 Days to a Happy Employee: How a Simple Program of Acknowledgment Can Build Trust and Loyalty at Work.; Co-authors of Choose! The Role That Choice Plays in Shaping Women’s Lives (More

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland

Recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and The Pittsburgh Business Times; presenting to over 250,000 people a year; named Advantage Media Group’s Author of the Year; built a multi-million-dollar company from the ground up on the same philosophy he expounds to his audiences; closed the Million Dollar Round Table event from the Main Platform and received a standing ovation; been SHRM’s #1 rated speaker for five consecutive years Been inducted into NSA’s prestigious SPEAKER HALL OF FAME.More

David Glickman

David Glickman

Certified Speaking Professional recently inducted into the NSA Speakers Hall of Fame; creator of Funny is the New Serious; has presented over 2000 programs to standing ovations and rave reviews; humorist; master of motivation; when he transitioned from “show business” to “business shows” he was able to take his highly-developed skills as a Master of Ceremonies to the corporate stage; expert in “finding the funny” in the wide array of companies and associations to whom he has spoken.More

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

Author, two New York Times best-selling books; Businessman, educator and corporate consultant on Identity Leadership.Founder of a nonprofit organization with over 500 professional athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in underserved youth. Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. More

Louie Gravance

Louie Gravance

With a 12 year tenure at The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida, Louie Gravance knows the benefits of having a happy workforce, and how it can influence customer service. Most recently worked with Bank of America, navigating what he calls a “culture shift”, which Money magazine credits with “making the banking experience more pleasurable with changes that have improved customer satisfaction”. More

Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez

Four-time Olympian, business author and international, award-winning keynote speaker. He is a living example of what is possible when you dream big, believe in yourself and take massive action to achieve the extraordinary. Expert on creating desired results…fast. More

Amanda Gore

Amanda Gore

Amanda Gore uses the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence. Helps business leaders achieve the results they need by getting people engaged in, enthusiastic about and aligned with conference and corporate goals and vision. Shares proven strategies for creating joyful workplaces.More

Bonnie Gross

Bonnie Gross

Speech Language Pathologist; Radio and television commentator; Award winning speech coach; Expert in how to improve your voice for greater impact; Master of how to find the perfect pitch for speakingMore

Jenny Grothe

Jenny Grothe

•From fat to fit – Jenny’s story and her journey to a superfit bodybuilder is inspirational! Health and nutrition counselor. Author of how to cook healthily from a former junk food junkie. As a Brand Ambassador with FitFluential, Jenny has represented some of the biggest names in the fitness and health industries. Jenny is also a contributing author to many popular fitness magazines – including Muscle & Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Iron Man, GORGO, and Haute Health to name a few.

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Mark Gungor

Mark Gungor

◦Internationally recognized marriage expert; ◦Creator of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage; ◦#1 marriage program in use by the U.S. Army; humorous keynote who makes addressing marital challenges less confrontational and easier.
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Bruce Hale

Bruce Hale

Author of over 35 books for young readers; has performed extensively on stage and television; won the Little d Award for humorous juvenile literature; won a Fulbright Grant to teach storytelling and study folklore in Thailand; The Malted Falcon was nominated for an Edgar Award; and Murder, My Tweet won the Little d Award for humorous juvenile literature. His newest series are School for S.P.I.E.S. and The Monstertown Mysteries. Bruce is a popular speaker and storyteller, both with adults and children.More

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Expert in early childhood and special education; Former school, district and state elementary level Teacher of the Year; Director of professional development for NEISD, TX
Trainer of Trainers, coaches and mentors in early childhood education; Specializes in professional development and instructional coaching for early childhood, primary and elementary schools nationally.More

Devon Harris

Devon Harris

Exploits on the first Jamaican bobsled team inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings; Competed in and was captain of the 1992 & 1998 Olympic teams; Founder of the Keep on Pushing Foundation; Making a difference for kids all over the world; Expert on TeamworkMore

Donna Hartley

Donna Hartley

Survivor of three near-death experiences: a commercial airplane crash, Stage III Melanoma cancer and open heart surgery; Inspirational author and keynote speaker; Has been featured in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books; Dynamic speaker on overcoming fear and stressMore

Vicki Hitzges

Vicki Hitzges

Started her career communicating with the public in the front office for the Dallas Cowboys. Fifteen years later, she hosted their weekly TV show, “Special Edition.” Worked as a television news anchor and talk show host in Dallas, Texas where she had the privilege of meeting U.S. Presidents, business moguls, movie stars, fashion designers, authors and athletes. More

Alice Inoue

Alice Inoue

Expert on HAPPINESS and LIFE; Author of five nationally award-winning books, and an award winning columnist; Master on feng shui for success in the workplace. Award-winning columnist in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sunday Newspaper where she offers weekly feng shui and life guidance advice in her column titled “Go Ask Alice.” More

Karen Jacobsen

Karen Jacobsen

When Karen Jacobsen walks on stage, there is no question she is in the driver’s seat. She speaks to groups who want to inspire the best in their people, and create a road map for their future. Jacobsen’s speaking voice may be familiar to you, and she just might be giving you directions in your car all day every day. She’s that voice that guides you when you are lost and reassures you when you are wondering if you are headed in the right direction.More

Michael Jacobus

Michael Jacobus

Nationally recognized youth-development professional specializing in outdoor education and summer camp programming.; Member of the National Standards Commission for the American Camp Association; Recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Sustainability Education from the Boy Scouts of America; Expert on setting up and managing summer camp programs for kids; Expert on creating a positive and productive camp environment for staff and kids; Offers brilliant “survival tips” for camp leaders.More

Ray Jefferson

Ray Jefferson

Former U.S. Army Ranger and Green Beret, U.S. Presidential Honor Guard, and Special Forces; Has held numerous government positions including the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Veteran’s Employment and Training under President Obama; Former White House Fellow and Fulbright Fellow in Singapore. Ray is a proven, tri-sector leader committed to helping and inspiring others as well as developing global leaders and healthy, high-achievement organizations.More

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

Popular education keynote with district and school administrators as well as classroom teachers; Author of From School Administrator to School Leader: 15 Keys to Maximizing Your Leadership Potential; Former teacher, curriculum director, and administratorMore

Coach Jim Johnson

Coach Jim Johnson

Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public-speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that got Hollywood calling.More

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones

A captivating speaker, unparalleled at showing people how to bring their creative vision into reality. He is one of America’s top professional photographers, known as a creative genius in his field. Jones leads an inspired life, celebrating ‘what is right with the world.’ Embracing this attitude has allowed him to soar to great heights in both his business and personal life. More

Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com. Chairman of Kayak.com and CIO of Sabre, Inc. Has a proven track record of leading companies whose innovations have changed an industry.Through his consulting practice, as a board member, a venture capitalist and a speaker. Has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he’s developed to keep up with this rapidly changing world.More

Kealoha

Kealoha

The first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i. As an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller, he has performed throughout the world — from the White House to the Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He is the first poet in Hawai`i’s history to perform at a governor’s inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program. More

RB Kelly

RB Kelly

• Master of effective communications• Master of effective communications; Expert on the power of body language and facial expressions; Trainer and coach on science-based body communications; Everything she teaches is science-based and backed by research.; Everything RB teaches is applicable, and her clients can begin using these skills immediately.; RB’s clients always have fun learning and practicing these new skills! RB is also a personal trainer and coach in effective communications with the body and facial expressions.More

Buzzy Kerbox

Buzzy Kerbox

World Cup Surfing champion in the US and Australia; former Top Ralph Lauren “Polo” Model; breakthrough water sport leader who set a world record for paddling across the English Channel; water sport stuntman; Buzzy was also among the first to get involved with the growth of windsurfing and riding waves on windsurfers and was among the top 16 surfers from 1977 to 1983. In 1978 he claimed the coveted World Cup of Surfing title in Hawaii and also won the Coke Surf About in Australia.More

Robert Kinslow

Robert Kinslow

Expert on Geophysics. Rob Kinslow was raised as a farmer, educated as an aerospace engineer, trained as a public speaker and shaped by a lifetime dedicated to advancing the practice of sustainability and conservation. He has spoken to diverse audiences around the planet on subjects such as meditation, sustainability, climate change, geothermal energy. As a facilitator he brings a high, wide and deep perspective on humanity’s potential to group conversations. He has a Master’s degree with distinction in Sustainable Development Leadership from Hawaii Pacific University. Combining a friendly approach, a professional curiosity, and oblique humor, audiences say, shift happens.”More

Dr. Eric Landers

Dr. Eric Landers

Expert and consultant in

Positive Behavior Interventions Support; Bullying Prevention and Intervention; Classroom and Behavior Management; Founder/Director of the Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions; Creator of My-Behavior-Resource.com, a free online behavior resource for schools and MyBaseSystem.com, a comprehensive RTI data management systemMore

Martha Lanier

Martha Lanier

For most of her life Martha Lanier was shy and lived with self-limiting barriers. All of this changed when her daughter, Lauren, took her skydiving to celebrate her 50th birthday. Her safe landing resulted in a new confidence that changed her way of thinking. At 60, Martha was told what no woman ever wants to hear …“You have breast cancer.”
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Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee

Author of True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness and Spiritual Fulfillment  Expert Teacher and Speaker on Classical Yoga and Meditation, featured in numerous national media  Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Alliance RYT-500 Travels from Honolulu, HI Speaking and Demonstration Fee: Contact Forte Speakers Jennie Lee is an author, teacher and speaker specializingMore

John Parks Le Tellier

John Parks Le Tellier

Highly in-demand education speaker; author, Quantum Learning and Instructional Leadership in Practice (Corwin Press); lead developer and presenter of popular Quantum Learning for Teachers professional development programs for over 10 years; former school principal; curriculum developer on brain-research and learning as well as classroom management and teaching effectiveness; popular staff-development presenter and consultant.More

Stephen Lundin

Stephen Lundin

Writer, entrepreneur and filmmaker with a rich history as a graduate level business school professor and dean. After finishing a film shoot on Whidby Island, a colleague and fellow filmmaker, John Christensen, decided to see the sights of downtown Seattle. So it was as a tourist that he encountered the most wholehearted and energetic workplace he had ever experienced: The World Famous Pike Place Fish Market. From this experience came the popular book, FISH! More

Kendall Lyman

Kendall Lyman

Subject matter expert: Changing the way we change, helping employees to own their own engagement, and teaching leaders to lead. Co-author Change the Way You Change! And the Employee Engagement Mindset
Executive educator, C-Suite coach, strategy and organizational alignment consultant. Has held executive line management responsibilities, including the Practice Leader of the Organizational Change Consulting Group at FranklinCovey. Co-author of the management series The Business Strategy Audit, the white paper series A Case for Change Management, the book The Employee Engagement Mindset.More

Annette Lynch

Annette Lynch

Olympian who overcame adversity to achieve her dream, motivational speaker, Author of Success Beyond Sport, NLP Practitioner and Trainer. Entertains with a quick wit, making learning fun and engaging. Motivator for realizing your dreams.More

Rui Ma

Rui Ma

Venture Partner at 500 Startups in China; Expert in private equity, mergers and acquisitions; Frequent writer for Forbes.com, TheNextWeb, TechinAsia and Comdesk; Worked for nearly a decade in private equity and mergers & acquisitions roles at the Raine Group, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in both Silicon Valley and China.More

Carleen MacKay

Carleen MacKay

Subject-matter expert, emergent U.S. workplace and workforce. Author or co-author of 12 books on the subject of the new multi-generational workplace/workforce. National keynoter, blogger, product and service developer for organizational clients. Talent management coach for career coaches/counselors & leaders in all sectors of U.S. economy Travels from Oahu, Hawaii Keynote Fee: Contact Forte Speakers  More

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Expert at the forefront of web technologies for educators. Featured TedX presenter. Writer for Education Week, EduFuturist, Ecology of Education. Author of The Passion-Driven Classroom and Classroom Habitudes.
Angela’s intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of literacy as change make her a highly sought-after keynote speaker. More

Mailani Makainai and Kau’i Dalire

Mailani Makainai and Kau’i Dalire

Performers in Hawaiian music and dance. Mailani is an award-winning composer, musician and singer as well as prolific storyteller, tying in lessons from her Hawaiian ancestry and culture to life today. Kau’i is an award-winning, recognized master of Hawaiian Hula and revered teacher of Hula. More

Elaine Masters

Elaine Masters

World Traveler, Author, Teacher; Conference and Workshop Leader in America, Asia, South America, and Africa; Listed in Who’s Who: America, The West, Women, Teachers; Author of numerous award-winning children’s books; Inducted into VIP Woman of the Year Circle, National Association for Professional Women 2015-2016More

Pamela McCauley

Pamela McCauley

Engineer, Educator, Leader & Entrepreneur; 2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program;Tenured Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, UCF Florida, leading the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team; Expert in STEM Leadership for WomenMore

Oliver McGee

Oliver McGee

Former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of transportation for technology policy in Clinton Administration; expert commentator and strategist on science, social, technological, educational and political news; multiple award winner and on-air guest expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, CNN and numerous other news programsMore

Gary McGuey

Gary McGuey

Former Director, Teens Division, FranklinCovey; Creator, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens curriculum; Author, The Inspirational Teacher; Passionate about developing the leadership potential in students and adults alike; Has made it his mission to help unleash the talent within every individual and school.More

Michael Mehaffy

Michael Mehaffy

Executive director of a catalytic NGO that facilitates research and practice in the challenges of modern settlement and the resources of traditional patterns. Contributor to the SmartCode, pioneering of new urban code now being adopted in a number of US towns and cities. Led or consulted on award-winning sustainability and transit-oriented development projects in the US and internationally. Led three different projects in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. Works internationally with governments, NGOs and businesses to align the ingredients of successful mixed-use, transit-oriented and sustainable neighborhood projects. His award-winning work has included key management roles on industry-leading landmarks of sustainable urban development. He has served as a member of the Correspondence Committee for the development of the new urban sustainability rating system, LEED-ND, and has consulted on a number of noted projects to establish LEED-ND certification.More

John Morgan

John Morgan

President and chief executive officer, Kualoa Ranch, Descendent of Dr. Garrett Judd, recipient of the Kualoa Nature Reserve and Ranch from King Kamehameha III, Sixth generation of large business founders in the islands. Mountain climber; Innovative rancher and food producer (grain fed cattle and first oysters in the islands); Authentic Paniolo cowboy; Oahu’s non-smoking “Marlboro Man. Host to many big screen movies that are filmed on his ranch. More

Marie Miyashiro

Marie Miyashiro

Author, The Empathy Factor – Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team and Business Success; Over 30 years with corporate, university, nonprofit and government agency clients; Certified in Planning – International Association for Public Participation;
Accredited Counselor – Public Relations Society of America; Mentor – Masters in Organization Development program; A Master Facilitator, Marie designs and delivers uncommonly transformative and enjoyable conversations and trainings.More

Ted Murcray

Ted Murcray

A lifetime of serving underprivileged children Former teacher and school principal; current Associate Dean of College of Education Extensive knowledge of educational leadership and administration to the H.E.R.O. Board Travels from California Contact Forte Speakers for keynote fee  Dr. Ted Murcray has dedicated his life to serving children from underprivileged backgrounds across the country. He hasMore

Rohan Murphy

Rohan Murphy

Winning wrestler and power lifter who lost both legs at birth; dynamic motivational speaker for students; sharing a gripping life story of overcoming adversity; speaks at school assemblies, boys and girls clubs and other organizations that support youthMore

Sinhue Noriega

Sinhue Noriega

Educator who has traveled the world and taught in many cultures; Researcher of the inside workings of the education system; Author of highly acclaimed If It’s Broken, Don’t Fix It; Expert in Classroom Management and Teacher Effectiveness; Knowledge Expert on Brain Research and How Students’ LearnMore

Richie Norton

Richie Norton

Bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid as well as the #1 Amazon download “Resumés Are Dead and What to Do about It.” He is an international speaker and consultant for the corporate growth and personal development industries, a social entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of Global Consulting Circle. Norton has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and other national publications both in print and online. More

Alan November

Alan November

“One of the Nation’s Fifteen Most Influential Thinkers of the Decade” – Technology and Learning Magazine. Co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology. One of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators. International leader in education technology. Popular presenter at education leadership conferences. More

Bucky O’Neill

Bucky O’Neill

Expert in curriculum development for programs in team building, leadership, communications, learning skills, and more; Dynamic, energetic, motivational and fun presenter and workshop facilitator; Has taught and inspired many thousands of students all over the US and in many other countries over the past 15 years though Quantum Learning, Super Camps and his own company; master implementation of psychological disciplines and accelerated learning with expertise in ancestral rituals; Brings experiences from working with students in many cultures around the world to the classroom; Expert in transforming venues to accommodate clients’ needs, and training teams to serve with direction and expertise.More

Mark Papadas

Mark Papadas

Author, coach and founder of I AM 4 Kids™, an innovative children’s empowerment program that is revolutionizing elementary education. After years of training and coaching adults, he’s delivering those same self-empowerment tools to children. Blessed to work in the self-development field for over 20 years, working with and for such leaders as Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, and Anthony Robbins.More

Vince Papale

Vince Papale

Former Philadelphia Eagle and NFL football star. The PRIDE of Philadelphia.; The subject of blockbuster Disney movie Invincible; Author, top motivational speaker, and example of perseverance to every young person; Health and Wellness expert; Storyteller; Received numerous awards around the country for his charitable contributions and efforts including the coveted Vince Lombardi Award for Courage for overcoming his bout with colon cancer; Voted by his teammates Captain of the Special Teams and most recently was selected by the fans as the best Special Teamer in the Eagles 75-year historyMore

Kathleen Passanisi

Kathleen Passanisi

Humorist. National Speakers Association Hall of Fame Inductee. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). Author and a contributing author to Humor Me–America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.More

Dr. David Plourd

Dr. David Plourd

Nearly thirty years of daring, amazing, up-close, and first-hand encounters with sea life and wildlife; Author, researcher and teacher; Dr. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scripps Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego; Passionate about preserving our oceans and wildlife; Voted best presenter at conferences he speaks at over and over againMore

Jeremy Poincenot

Jeremy Poincenot

Dynamic presenter who was legally blind at the age of 19; World Blind Golf Champion at 20; Philanthropist for Life; Dynamic Story-teller on Turning Adversity into Triumph; Outstanding Motivator; Teachers How to Respond to Life’s Challenges in Positive WaysMore

Marceta Reilly

Marceta Reilly

34 year veteran of education – Retired teacher, principal and school superintendent; Founding member, Coaching for Results; Author, leadership coach and dynamic speaker; sought-after coach to school and school district leaders and aspiring leaders; animated, wonderful speaker who draws the audience in and brings valuable insights and new ideas to life.More

Steve Riley

Steve Riley

International trainer and respected former lead facilitator of the Disney Approach Seminars, Walt Disney World; Selected as Top Trainer for many years for Disney’s renown orientation program: Traditions; Former head of training at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort and Hapuna Beach Prince Resort; Director of Training at a major international resort in the middle eastMore

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo

NSA Speaker Hall of Fame bestowed on fewer than 200 speakers worldwide; best-selling author of Get Your Shift Together; referred to as ‘Best Speaker We’ve Ever Had’ by hundreds of meeting planners. one of Steve’s greatest achievements was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a comedian, being chosen as a Showtime comedy All-Star and sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, Ellen Degeneres and many more giants of comedy. His popular PBS special brought him into millions of homes. As one client said, “Never has my group learned so much and laughed so hard in one sitting! Thanks for the ride!”More

Dan St. Romain

Dan St. Romain

Popular education keynote, St. Romain generates thoughts, ideas, questions and solutions to one of the most challenging problems in schools today – poor student behavior. His work as a behavior unit teacher, Educational Diagnostician, and Director of a Learning Resource Center has afforded him experience at all levels, in both general and special education settings. Expert on research on the brain and how student learn and are motivated. More

Henk Rogers

Henk Rogers

Creator of Tetris, one of the worlds’ first and top selling computer games with over 125 million copies sold. Visionary. Philanthropist. Founder of Blue Planet Foundation, a Hawai’i-based nonprofit organization committed to clearing the path for clean energy…More

Naomi Rose

Naomi Rose

Domestic and international expert on issues of capture/captivity of marine mammals for public entertainment.; Awarded “Scientist of the Year” PhinFest Film Festival, Dana Point, CA; Testified before the US Congress four times—twice on captive marine mammals.
Prolific writer of 80+ publicationsMore

Dr. Adam Sáenz

Dr. Adam Sáenz

Author, The Power of a Teacher. Psychologist and Therapist. Advocate for maximizing teacher impact in the classroom. Sáenz is not your ordinary school psychologists. His personal story inspires educators, reminding them that what they do matters. Sáenz is living proof that educators shape the future, and his story is the exact remedy for the educator who sits in the campus parking lot each morning wondering why they continue to step foot into the classroom.More

Graham Salisbury

Graham Salisbury

Recognized author of numerous children’s books based in Hawaii including the Calvin Coconut books; Wrote four World War II Novels including Under the Blood Red Sun (now a full length motion picture filmed in Hawaii) and six middle reader novels including Night of the Howling Dogs and Eyes of the Emperor; Winner of Pen/Norma Klein Award; Former writer for the Honolulu Star Advertiser; Popular speaker at schools, with student groups and with teachers. More

Eric Saperston

Eric Saperston

Featured guest on The Today Show, PBS Headline News and CNN, as well as interviewed and published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Spin Magazine, Fast Company Magazine and National Geographic. Saperston’s first feature film “The Journey”, was based on a trip he took around the country cold calling the nation’s most successful CEOs, entertainment icons, authors, artists and global leaders. Founder of the Live in Wonder! Foundation.More

Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough

Do you need a lively, fun person who can make sense of tech and social media, dive deep into topics with expert audiences, use plenty of examples for your specific industry AND keep everyone laughing and interested in the process? If so, you’ve found the right speaker to hire.More

Manuel Scott

Manuel Scott

Original Freedom Writer; his story featured in the 2007 movie, Freedom Writers; one of the most ‘in demand’ keynote speakers today; speaks to educators and student groups all over the world about how youth can overcome any challenges and succeed More

Dr. Jenifer Severson

Dr. Jenifer Severson

Former “Educator of the Year” , teacher and school administrator; Master Train the Trainer in classroom management, teaching effectiveness and brain research and learning; International consultant and trainer; Committed to serving teachers who are in the “trenches” so that they can develop exemplary teaching skills, build on their strengths, and increase their capacity for growth. Expert in classroom management, student learning, and brain research and learning. More

Rob Shallenberger

Rob Shallenberger

Former F16 Fighter Pilot; United States Air Force representative selected to handle the movement of Air Force One; Handled the delicate coordination between local officials, the United States Secret Service, Embassies, White House Staff, and Foreign Governments; Bestselling author; Globally recognized leadership expert and speaker; Highly successful business ownerMore

Steve Shallenberger

Steve Shallenberger

More than 40 years as a highly successful business owner; Helped build the Covey Leadership Center with Dr. Stephen Covey into a dynamic international company; Global authority on organizational success and time management; Recognized internationally as a master of leadership developmentMore

Pono Shim

Pono Shim

Gifted storyteller who is known for using illustrations to connect with his audiences. Community leader and CEO of Enterprise and the Oahu Economic Development Council. Believes that the majority of social issues facing individuals, organizations, local, national and international communities are symptoms of deeper problems that can and must be addressed today. More

Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver

With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten to college. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a deeper level.More

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Award-winning educator, nationally recognized in conflict resolution and team productivity. Since 1983, Smith has personally studied and worked with many of the world’s preeminent business leaders and educators such as Famous Amos, Stephen Covey, Tom Crum, Buckminster Fuller, Yogesh Gandhi (grand nephew), Tom Peters, Anthony Robbins, Peter Senge, Hawaiian Kahuna Lapa`au and Living Treasure Morrnah Simeona, and Margaret Wheatley.More

Patrick Snow

Patrick Snow

International best-selling author of Creating Your Own Destiny: How to Get Exactly What You Want Out of Life and Work. Master of sales performance and success. Trains individuals to turn career distress into personal success. Hi “destiny” message has been profiled in The New York Times, Denver Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times. His personal transition has been featured in USA Today.More

Ka’ala Souza

Ka’ala Souza

Major goal is assisting others in achieving theirs. Born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu with a background in marketing research, he brings a unique perspective to his work. Souza has been a professional speaker, consultant and trainer since 1999 when he left his job as a marketing researcher and program evaluator at SMS Research in Honolulu. It was “the proverbial launch from the nest with wings frantically flapping.”More

Laura Stack

Laura Stack

America’s Premier Expert in Productivity™. For over 20 years, her seminars and speeches have helped professionals, leaders, and teams accelerate individual and team performance, execute efficiently, and improve output in the workplace. Her company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., provides productivity workshops around the globe to help attendees achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time®.More

Dedra Stafford

Dedra Stafford

Dedicated consultant and a proud member of the Association of Middle Level Education and National Association of Secondary School Principals Speakers Cadres. She is an Educational Speaker and has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences across the nation, including NMSA (National Middle School Association) sharing exciting new ideas from administration inspiration to school climate and technology.More

Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson

Highly in-demand international speaker who has presented over 2500 programs and worked with over 250 industries; Best-selling author (four books); Business leader who has owned and operated 5 successful companies; Extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience; Has personally interviewed over 10,000 employees, managers and senior executives; Leads his clients through a research process intended to identify the most relevant issues affecting their business and then designs a customized program specific to those findings.; All of his presentations include his own personal research and customized insight for each audience. He combines this information with powerful stories that he has experienced from over 30 years of running his own companies along with the knowledge he has gained from interviewing over 10,000 employees, managers and senior executives in more than 250 industries.More

Megan Stone

Megan Stone

Expert in student confidence building; National education expert; Author, Own Your Education; Self-advocacy, responsibility, and ownership are the foundations of her presentations; Consultant to school districts, colleges and universities to better equip faculty to support student learning and success.More

Linda Swindling

Linda Swindling

From the courtroom to the boardroom, Swindling, JD, CSP, knows firsthand about high stakes communications and selling to the C-suite. A Certified Speaking Professional and recovering attorney, Swindling is the 2010-2011 president of the National Speakers Association/North Texas. A media expert and author/co-author of more than 20 books, she is the creator of the popular Passports to Success book series.More

Ramsay Taum

Ramsay Taum

Recognized cultural resource on the Hawaiian culture. The 2013 Peace Day Hawai‘i Peace Maker of the Year. Respected expert on transformational leadership. Expert in leadership, organizational change and business operational models.
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Joe Teipel

Joe Teipel

Popular local emcee; Dynamic Auctioneer; Voice-over and on-camera skills. More

Matt Tenney

Matt Tenney

International speaker, trainer and consultant with Perth Leadership Institute; formerly a prisoner and a monk; devoted to helping kids beat cancer; author of Serve to be Great; named most dynamic keynote speaker by numerous organizations across the countryMore

Ellie Terrell

Ellie Terrell

Top Quantum Learning instructor; Expert in classroom management, best teaching practices, the student brain and learning, and student engagement; Fun, energizing workhshop facilitator; Brings best practices to life and makes them practical and immediately applicable; Educator for over 18 yearsMore

Beth Terry

Beth Terry

More than 30 years management and speaking experience; Resilience and Stress Expert; Expert on strategies for work and life balance. With more than 30 years Management and Speaking Experience, she will bring sparkle and substance to your next conference or corporate meeting.More

Marshall Thurber

Marshall Thurber

R. Buckminster Fuller called Marshall Thurber “an evolutionary event in our time”. Thurber is a successful attorney, real estate developer, editor, businessman, educator, scholar, inventor, negotiator, author, visionary and public speaker. He is Chairman of the Board of Empowergy, Inc, a company whose predictable transformational system elevates the rest to perform like your very best. Known for renown Money & You seminars, Leadership Development Training, The Accounting Game, and Secrets to Powerful Presentations. Student of W. Edwards Deming.More

Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson

Author of best-selling books, Surfers Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life, and The Code -The Power of’ I Will.’
Writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door. World Surfing Champion. An inductee in the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame, the US Surfing Hall of Fame, and has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time and one of the most influential surfers of the century (Surfer Magazine). Expert on leadership, breaking through barriers, overcoming adversity, teamwork, and motivation. More

Tererai Trent

Tererai Trent

Two-time guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tererai was chosen by Oprah as her “All-Time Favorite Guest”;
Included in “O Power List” – honoring women who inspire others to follow and fulfill their purpose, as the truest version of themselves; Featured in the New York Times Bestseller, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide; Author of The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can; Eleven schools in Africa being built in partnership with Oprah Winfrey; More

Wendi J. Turner

Wendi J. Turner

Chief Operating Office and spokesperson, Conrad O. Johnson Legacy; Speaks on “relationship empowerment” to support at-risk youth; Anger management therapist and life coach; Former Teacher of the Year; Speaks on unlocking the power within.More

Cary Valentine

Cary Valentine

Creator of patent pending “inner game” system of achieving peak success; dynamic, passionate & inspiring motivator; best-selling, award winning author; a frequent guest on ABC & CBS Radio Networks and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle & Honolulu Advertiser; an award-winning international drummer/percussionist and graduate of the Berklee College of Music; transformed his life out of depression, being on the brink of divorce and caring for his late wife.More

Michael Wall

Michael Wall

A big believer in what he calls “metaphoric learning,” Michael Wall uses simulations, games and activities to create fun, high impact situations in which people discover and grow their own skills and motivations through active involvement. Founder of Creative Living Services, Wall has led workshops in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil since 1985. More

Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

“No!” never sounded so good – at least the way Angela and Richard explain it. Top sales people from their teen-age years, the dynamic duo of Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton have mad a habit of breaking sales records and total rewriting clients’ and audiences’ concepts of what “Go for the Gold!” in the Sales world really means, and that is “Go for NO!”. After delivering their message to tens of thousands…More

Tracy Weeden

Tracy Weeden

President and CEO of Neuhaus Education; Former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Respected expert in professional development; Provided executive consulting nationally on the development of systems that helped school districts improve student achievement and address barriers to rigorous, relevant learning; Developed television programming including a live elementary math show and a talk show to highlight curriculum initiativesMore

Richard Weylman

Richard Weylman

Former Head of Sales and Marketing for The Robb Report. Author of the CEORead.com best-seller, The Power of Why; Breaking Out In A Competitive Marketplace. Professional Speaker Hall of Fame. Considered one of the leading authorities on marketing innovation and understanding the customer perspective. More