Inspiration & Motivation Speakers

Everyone can use some inspiration and motivation. Some of the most in-demand speakers in the world specialized in these two categories. Inspiration and motivation speakers can be top leaders, activists and life coaches. They leave the audiences they talk to with a new outlook on life. 

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Y-Vonne Hutchinson Founder & CEO of ReadySet; Co-Founder of Project Include & Expert on Diversity in the Workplace

Co-founder and CEO of the Oakland, California-based diversity solutions company ReadySet, Y-Vonne Hutchinson also advises Project Include. She spent over ten years practicing international labor and h... Read More

Yael Cohen Braun Founder of F*ck Cancer Activist

F*ck Cancer is an innovative health organization that seeks to encourage Gen-Y to connect with their parents about early detection, preventative lifestyle, and communication surrounding cancer. Yael C... Read More

Yana Buhrer Tavanier Human Rights Activist TED Senior Fellow & Social Entrepreneur

Co-founder and executive director of Fine Acts, a worldwide marketplace for socially conscious creative solutions, is Yana Buhrer Tavanier. She investigates human rights innovation at the nexus of act... Read More

Yancey Strickler Co-Founder and Former CEO of Kickstarter

Yancey Strickler is an author and businessman. He is the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World and the co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey has been nam... Read More

Yangsze Choo Yangsze Choo's debut novel THE GHOST BRIDE a ghost story set in 1890s colonial Malaya will be published August 2013 by William Morrow/HarperCollins in the US and Hot Key in the UK

Fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese ancestry, Yangsze Choo. She can listen in on conversations in a variety of languages due to her international upbringing. She held a briefcase after graduating f... Read More

Yann Martel Novelist Author of Life of Pi

With the release of Life of Pi, Yann Martel gained recognition on a global scale and received the 2002 Man Booker Prize. With over 7 million copies sold, it became a global bestseller after being rele... Read More

Yariela Kerr-Donovan Community Education Programs Senior Director at Johns Hopkins Medicine; Chair of the Baltimore Workforce Development Board; Former Director of Minority Affairs at Cornell University

In the fields of healthcare, retail, higher education, and hospitality, Yariela Kerr-Donovan has held leadership positions. She is a member of the Hopkins local anchor institution's economic inclusion... Read More

Yasheng Huang Yasheng Huang asks us to rethink our ideas about China and other large emerging economies.

Yasheng Huang, a professor at MIT and Fudan University, is an expert on how to succeed in developing nations. He established the China and India Labs at MIT's Sloan School of Management with the goal... Read More

Yassmin Abdel-Magied Engineer, Writer & Social Advocate

Mechanical engineer, social activist, writer, and auto enthusiast Yassmin Abdel-Magied. She promotes the empowerment of young people, women, and people with varied cultural and linguistic origins. Yas... Read More

Yaya DaCosta Actress, Model & Activist

Yaya DaCosta is an actress and model. At the age of 11, her acting tutor, Ann Ratray, sent her to her first audition. She continued to enjoy theatre while in college, and after earning a BA in African... Read More