The Top Keynote Speakers of 2021

Speaker Booking Agency has remained one of the top booking agencies in the country even as 2021 has provided new challenges to the events industry. While their have been plenty of changes, the ability to host hybrid events has opened amazing opportunities for clients.

There have also been themes that have dominated the speaker circuit in 2021, whether that be innovation, mental health, ongoing conversations about diversity or how we bounce back from a medical crisis. These common threads have been what made these names emerge on the scene and become our picks for top keynote speakers of 2021.

1.   Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao was named America's Top Young Scientist and awarded an EPA Presidential Award for her invention of "Tethys," a lead detection device. Rao is also the creator of "Epione," a genetically engineered device for early detection of prescription opioid addiction. In 2019, she was featured on Forbes' "30 Under 30 in Science" list. Rao was also named "Top Young Innovator" and "Kid of the Year" by TIME magazine. Her awards came as a result of her global STEM workshops and innovations. She is also a TED speaker with extensive experience who frequently speaks about innovation and STEM at global and business forums.

2.   Juju Chang

Juju Chang is the Emmy-winning co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline." Chang also appears on "Good Morning America" and "20/20" regularly. Chang is known for her in-depth personal storytelling set against global current events. She has also spent decades covering significant breaking news for ABC News. Chang has covered topics including Superstorm Sandy, the Orlando nightclub massacre, and the Boston Marathon bombings. She has also traveled around the world to cover global issues. For the #bringbackourgirls report, Chang went on a three-country trek through Central Africa on the front lines. For Femicide: The Untold War, she traveled to Honduras to advocate against violence towards women. In light of attacks on certain groups, Chang has become a leading Asian-American Heritage speaker.

3.   Sampson Davis

Dr. Sampson Davis is a board-certified emergency physician and author. In 2013, Davis published his book, “Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home.” The book highlights Davis' experiences in the ER, as well as preventative measures to support healthier communities. Additionally, Davis is known as the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association's Scroll of Merit. He has also appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “TODAY,” and “The Dr. Oz Show," among others. Davis now divides his time between practicing medicine and giving keynote speeches about the value of education. His expertise has made him one of the top keynote speakers of 2021 as he has become especially called upon by organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4.   Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is a suicide prevention and mental health advocate, a best-selling author, and a documentary filmmaker. His strong determination to live and remain mentally healthy has inspired people all across the world following his survival. Hines is the author of the best-seller, “Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt.” His book received the National Council for Community Behavioral Health’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hines now uses his platform as one of the top mental health speakers to spread positive messages about mental health and the importance of seeking help and support.


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