Ready for a new kind of keynote? These speakers help audiences push the limit and think outside of the box-- and their creative presentation styles, match their eye-opening content.


ERIC WHITACRE: Grammy-Award Winning Composer and Conductor; Renowned Speaker on Innovation and Leadership

Grammy Award-Winning composer and conductor ERIC WHITACRE is a powerful, in-demand speaker at the nexus of art and technology. He offers groundbreaking insights on innovation, creativity and teamwork and infuses his presentations with his awe-inspiring Virtual Choir project. A global phenomenon, the Virtual Choir brings together singers and their love of music from around the world through the new use of technology. The resulting Virtual Choir is an inspiring music compilation that you have to see and hear to believe. Whitacre's brought his unforgettable combination of speaking and music to the TED conference-- where his talk went viral and racked up over 3.8 million views-- and at events for Google, UNICEF and the United Nations. Drawing on his experience as a conductor and composer, Whitacre illuminates the creative process and reveals how to bring disparate groups together to blend and perform as one. 

“[T]hat rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original”.

- The Daily Telegraph


BEN SHERWOOD: Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks & President of Disney|ABC Television (2014-19); New York Times Bestselling Author

A master storyteller and one of the top media executives in the world, BEN SHERWOOD offers game-changing insights on bold leadership in times of disruptionthe art of the turnaround, and the secrets of unleashing creativity and innovation. At Disney/ABC, Sherwood managed a twelve billion dollar business with 12,000 employees responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 hours of original content every year. Leading the organization through a period of rapid disruption, with new streaming services and technology upending business models and consumer behavior, Sherwood and his team consistently delivered outstanding results measured in profitability, cultural relevance and creative excellence. As a bestselling novelist and award-winning journalist with decades of experience as a storyteller, Sherwood’s presentations are deeply engaging and mix riveting video from entertainment and news, with stories from the trenches of television, and memorable insights from history, politics, science and nature.

"Everyone loved him. They were captivated. His stories were fantastic. And the feedback I received was tremendous."



LIZA DONNELLY: Award-Winning Cartoonist, The New Yorker; Resident Cartoonist, CBS News; Cultural Envoy, U.S. State Department

Award-winning New Yorker cartoonist LIZA DONNELLY adds an unforgettable element to every event through her multimedia presentations in which she draws on her iPad live on stage as she speaks, and has the images projected on the screen behind her. A technique called live drawing,” which Donnelly has used to cover major events such as the Oscars and the Presidential Inauguration. The approach makes for incredibly dynamic, captivating keynotes, that engage audiences on a visual and auditory level. At a recent event, tweets of praise from audience-members included: “@lizadonnelly keynote + live drawing + tips = inspired ”; “@lizadonnelly Yes. This. 100% So grateful to have the chance to listen to you”; “Gotta love technology --watching @lizadonnelly live draw on screen :)” Full of fresh ideas on how to strategically tap into the power of tech to spur creativity and create dialogue, Donnelly is frequently sought-out for her insights. She’s been profiled in Forbes about how her cartoons offer lessons for the business world, and delivered a keynote on "Drawing Disruption" at the esteemed SXSW Festival about the power of digital storytelling. A smash hit at major events from TED to InspireFest, Donnelly garners rave reviews for her entertaining, illuminating, and timely presentations. 

"A unique and thought-provoking speaker, Liza Donnelly had the theatre in the palm of her hand... Liza's live drawing before and during Inspirefest added a whole new layer of creativity to our event. Liza's thoughtful and smart interpretation of happenings and on-stage content brought a warmth and humanity to proceedings, and her ability to capture tone is unrivalled. Our community is full of passionate social media users, and Liza's drawing created a remarkable buzz around the event worldwide. What can we say? Liza is simply the best."

- Inspirefest