Artist Availability & Quotes
Artist Availability & Quotes
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Quote Date:May 1, 2019
Event Date:March 20, 2020
Event Location:Davenport, IA
Event Type:Private / Invite Only | Corporate Speaker | Dinner & Gala Style
Entertainment Type:Speaker
Max Budget:75,000
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Name Max Guarantee Notes
Max Guarantee: $85,000

Laura Linney’s respect and gratitude for creative expression is limitless. Born to a prominent NYC playwright and nurse, Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy award-winning actress Laura Linney began her experiential education in performance art at an early age.

After graduating from The Juilliard School, Linney went on to appear in leading roles across film, television, and theatre. She’s performed in a myriad of productions such as the upcoming films Genius and Nocturnal Animals. Other films include Mr. Holmes, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, Mystic River, Love Actually, and The Truman Show. Notable television credits include the Showtime Series The Big C, the HBO mini-series John Adams, Tales of the City, and Frasier. Prominent Broadway productions include The Crucible, Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen, Six Degrees of Separation and many more.

Linney has also been honored for her work in cancer advocacy. Having lost family to cancer, she understands the unique physical and emotional damage inflicted on victims and families. She aims to help them find ways to cope, grow, and rebuild so that each one can truly win his or her own fight against cancer.

Jameela Jamil Jameela Jamil
Max Guarantee: $75,000

Jameela already had a reminder about life's unpredictability when she discovered that she had a lump on her breast. Born partially deaf, she was now battling cancer along with the damage in the spine because of a car accident. Recalling the fear of cancer, she said “Three women in my family, close relatives, have had breast cancer, and two have died from it, and still I never thought it could happen to me. I didn't even regularly check my breasts.”

Brooke Shields Brooke Shields
Max Guarantee: $85,000

Brooke Shields has spent her life in the spotlight. At the young age of 14 she was America’s Sweetheart, but that didn’t spare her the difficulties and insecurities faced by so many. In a conversation that deftly navigates between heartfelt and humorous, Shields talks candidly about her career trajectory and life in the public eye, living with an alcoholic parent and her own experiences as a mother. Audiences will find her story resonates with their own lives as Shields talks openly about finding the mental and emotional strength to live life to the fullest.

Cynthia Nixon Cynthia Nixon
Max Guarantee: $55,000

Cynthia began working as an actor when she was 12 years old to earn money to pay for her college education, and has been a proud union member ever since. She continued to act in a variety of film, stage, and TV roles to put herself through Barnard College at Columbia University, and went on to an Emmy, Tony, and Grammy award-winning career. Perhaps best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s hit series, “Sex and the City,” Cynthia received her Grammy for her role in the audio version of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the seminal book warning about the dangers of climate change.

For the last 17 years, Cynthia has been fighting for better schools and more equitable education funding all across the state, including as a spokesperson and organizer for the Alliance for Quality Education, which helped to reverse hundreds of million in education budget cuts. Cynthia has traveled the state, met with legislators, and spoken out in Albany on numerous occasions to demand that public schools in every district get the resources they need, regardless of income level. For her work promoting educational and racial justice in New York state, she was honored at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Triumph Awards.

Helen Hunt Helen Hunt
Max Guarantee: $85,000

Oscar and Emmy award-winner Helen Hunt has enjoyed a prolific career in Hollywood. Like many women, however, she has dealt with her fair share of sexism and ageism. At the podium, Hunt candidly shares her own story of navigating the waters of Hollywood, her decision to chart her own path, and what women can do to make the industry, and that art it produces, less insular.

Tig Notaro Tig Notaro
Max Guarantee: $50,000

In 2013, Tig was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore release, Live, the number one selling comedy album of 2012. Tig was also nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award for her 2015 HBO special Boyish Girl Interrupted. She received a GLAAD Award nomination for the Netflix Original Documentary Tig. Her memoir, I’m Just a Person, is a New York Times Bestseller. Tig is a favorite on numerous talk shows, including Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Conan. She is also a frequent public radio contributor. Tig continues to tour internationally, selling out Carnegie Hall in 2016. In her time off, Tig enjoys bird-watching with Stephanie, their twin sons, and cat, Fluff, at home in Los Angeles.

Maura Tierney Maura Tierney
Max Guarantee: $65,000

In 2009, Maura Tierney was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy to remove the cancer, which was successful. Though she dropped out of the TV series Parenthood to attend to her health, she returned to work in 2010 with a role in the play North Atlantic and new episodes of Rescue Me, a show on which she had previously recurred.

Maura Tierney is best known for her role as Abby Lockhart on the TV drama ER, and for films like Liar Liar and the sitcom NewsRadio, but she is also a breast cancer survivor. Since her recovery from cancer treatment she has appeared in Rescue Me, The Whole Truth, The Good Wife, The Affair, and a theatre production of God of Carnage. She holds a nomination for a Primetime Emmy and several for the Prism Awards for her role in ER. Tierney is a supporter of breast health awareness and gives her support to the Komen Foundation.

Paula Zahn Paula Zahn
Max Guarantee: $50,000

It should be no surprise for those who spend any time reviewing Paula Zahn’s biography that the anchorwoman and reporter—most recently as the face of CNN’s evening news program Paula Zahn Now—has become a celebrated champion for cancer research and for survivors and their families. Her résumé, from her days as a high school and college athlete, scholar, and musician through her college years and on through her successful career as a television journalist, speaks to her natural talents and her fierce drive. Match those qualities with the tragedy of the multiple cancer diagnoses that have stricken Paula’s family, and the result is a recipe for a dedicated and passionate advocate who has taken on cancer as perhaps the greatest challenge in her life.

Lori Allen Lori Allen
Max Guarantee: $35,000

Lori Allen is one of the world’s foremost experts on bridal couture and currently stars in the TLC network’s ten season reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and four season Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids, which are filmed on site at her Atlanta-based bridal salon, bridals by lori.

In 2012, Lori made the courageous decision to share her personal battle with breast cancer in the TLC special Say Yes to the Cure: Lori’s Fight, which won the 2013 Realscreen Award for Best Health & Well Being Programming. Due to the program’s unprecedented response, the network aired an updated version of the special in October 2013 to generate awareness of breast cancer and to inform viewers of her progress. Lori’s true-to-life depiction of her struggle to beat the disease is now used as a cancer education tool and continues to inspire women around the world.

Byron Pitts Byron Pitts
Max Guarantee: $35,000

Byron Pitts shares his incredible story of perseverance and strength and inspires audiences to reach for their dreams. Sharing anecdotes and details of his own personal challenges while growing up—including his struggles with illiteracy and a profound speech impediment—Pitts encourages audiences to strive past struggles to achieve success, and challenges us all to be brave enough to “step out on nothing” and help others reach their own goals.

Praised by 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesly Stahl as “truly moving,” Pitts tells his incredible story in his memoir Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges (2009). Pitts shares how his faith saw him through his many struggles and how a few key people “stepped out on nothing” to help him change his life. Katie Couric praised Pitts’ work, saying, “No wonder he is such an inspired storyteller—his own story is inspiring.”

Yossi Ghinsberg Yossi Ghinsberg
Max Guarantee: $35,000


Yossi Ghinsberg is a master storyteller with an epic story to share. Lost alone in the midst of the Amazon rainforest for three weeks, he not only survived, he found new meaning for his life and work. The author of the international bestseller ‘Jungle’ , now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, Yossi was recently rated as one of the top ten speakers in the business.


His survival skills for business are designed to shift your attendees’ perspective and inspire them to always assume responsibility, taking their game to the next level. His energy is contagious – his insights mind-bending and counter-intuitive.

Jim Craig Jim Craig
Max Guarantee: $45,000

Olympic Gold Medalist; Goalie, 1980 U.S. "Miracle on Ice" Hockey Team; Sales and Marketing Executive, Entrepreneur

Jim Craig has been called the backbone of a team that accomplished one of the most extraordinary and memorable sports victories of all time. He went on to play professionally and transitioned to tremendous and ongoing success in the business world.

Jim is in demand from coast to coast and internationally as a motivational speaker, spokesperson, marketing and sales strategist, and master storyteller. He is president of Gold Medal Strategies, a Boston-area based promotions and marketing firm that also manages and represents Jim and his appearance business. Over the past 25 years, Jim has inspired, instructed, and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 300 organizations, including Allianz, Ameriprise, Bayer Corporation, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Dunkin' Donuts, Evergreen Financial, GE, Gore Medical, John Hancock, Merrill Lynch, Monsanto, Next Financial, Pepsi, Time Inc., Walt Disney, Welch's, and other companies that hold some of the world's most recognized brands.

Chris Gardner Chris Gardner
Max Guarantee: $75,000

Inspiration For The Movie "The Pursuit of Happyness", A Rags-to-Riches Story: From Homelessness to Wall Street

Chris Gardner is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations.

Gardner is the author of the 2006 autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller that has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" for which Will Smith, starring as Gardner, received Golden Globe, ScreenActors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. Gardner's second bestselling book, Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, was published in May 2009.

Daniel Kish Daniel Kish
Max Guarantee: $30,000

5x TED/TEDx Speaker, Activator of Change, Inspirational Real-Life Bat Man, Motivational Blind Visionary, Global Panelist, Modern Day Explorer, Founder and President of World Access for the Blind

Totally blind, Daniel taught himself a new way to see. Through World Access For The Blind, he teaches individuals, educators and Fortune 500s a new way to see through everyday challenges. Voted one of the top 10 speakers at TED2015 and PopTech's 'Talk Of The Day,' and featured in over 150 major publications and broadcasts reaching an audience of over 2 billion viewers around the globe, Daniel has served thousands of clients from Fortune 500s such as Apple, PayPal, Proctor & Gamble and more, to individuals of all ages and backgrounds in over 40 countries. His penetrating ability to activate audiences to navigate any challenge is sought world-wide.

Bert Jacobs Bert Jacobs
Max Guarantee: $65,000

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist of "Life is Good"

Bert Jacobs is co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of The Life is good Company. A privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes through its colorful collection of apparel and accessories and through its social mission to help kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. Bert combines innovative business lessons, humor, and inspired story-telling to weave the compelling story of how he and his brother John, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, launched a business that now sells products in over 4,500 retailers nationwide.

Life is good attracts a rapidly growing community of optimists, including over 1.2 followers on Facebook, by forging meaningful, emotional connections. Fusing the interests of children facing life-threatening challenges with the interests of its business at every touch-point, Life is good also presents a powerful and inspiring model for seamlessly integrating a for-profit and a non-profit.

Bert's innovative lessons on branding, leadership and corporate social responsibility apply to organizations of all sizes, and his inspiring story will help you see how optimism can truly take you anywhere.

Cal Ripken Jr. Cal Ripken Jr.
Max Guarantee: $75,000

Baseball's "Iron Man," Cal Ripken, Jr. broke several professional baseball records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon -- and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment.

An inspirational speaker, Cal Ripken, Jr. is the personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence. In a warm and witty presentation filled with stories from his illustrious career, he shows how these keys to success apply to the business world as well as to the baseball field. From his own philanthropy with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and his dedication to helping children around the country through the Boys & Girls Clubs and the charity NikeGo, Ripken showcases how individuals can give back and create new opportunities for others. One of the most popular athletes of his generation, Cal Ripken, Jr.'s example inspires audience members of all ages to achieve their own brand of success.

Wes Moore Wes Moore
Max Guarantee: $50,000

Wes Moore is the Chief Executive of The Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation's largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. He is also founder of BridgeEdu, an organization that provides support to students as they try to navigate higher education. Previously, he worked on Wall Street and was named one of the top young business leaders by Crain's New York Business. Moore served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He is also a retired decorated combat veteran and officer who served a tour of duty in the elite 82nd Airborne division of the United States Army in Afghanistan. His decade of military service inspired him to become a passionate voice for veterans, executive producing and hosting Coming Back with Wes Moore, a PBS miniseries about the challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets. Moore is the author of four books including the New York Times bestseller The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters and a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Times and NBC News. He also hosted Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, American Graduate Day on PBS and executive produced the 2016 critically-acclaimed PBS series All the Difference, chronicling two African-American teens from Chicago's South Side pursuing their dream of graduating from college. Moore is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, earning a MLitt in International Relations and Affairs.

Rachel Hollis Rachel Hollis
Max Guarantee: $65,000

#1 New York Times best-selling author , Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30, Founder of The Hollis Company

Rachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a tv personality, public speaker, podcast host, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four. Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the "Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30" and she is deeply passionate about empowering women in business.

As a speaker, Rachel brings her infectious and inspiring energy to every person she meets. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel's tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with audiences everywhere.

Mick Ebeling Mick Ebeling
Max Guarantee: $65,000

Founder & CEO, Not Impossible Labs; Author, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity '50s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible Labs, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of 'commit, then figure it out' allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. The company's first project was the development of the award-winning ocular tracking device, the EyeWriter, which enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. Following suit was Project Daniel, Don's Voice and Music: Not Impossible. Ebeling's style of fearless innovation has revolutionized the inflated markets of medical industries and inspired collaboration around the world.

Leland Melvin Leland Melvin
Max Guarantee: $45,000

Leland is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio. Through these professional experiences working on high stakes teams he developed a deep and nuanced understanding of effective team dynamics.

Leland has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master's degree in materials science engineering. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the area of nondestructive testing creating optical fiber sensors for measuring damage in aerospace vehicles, resulting in publications in numerous scientific journals. After hanging up his space boots he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House's Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Education Task Force developing the nation's 5-year STEM education plan. Leland was the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB), a global collaboration on learning about space. He uses his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) careers.

Erik Wahl Erik Wahl
Max Guarantee: $55,000

TED Presenter, Creative Communicator and Author of "Unthink"

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today.

On stage, Erik's keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik's presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.

Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton
Max Guarantee: $65,000

Professional surfer and shark attack survivor

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she won both the short and long board divisions. This sparked a love for surf competition within her spirit.

At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai's North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.