BAN KI-MOON: Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-16); President & Chair, Global Green Growth Institute; Founder, Bank-Kimoon Centre for Global Citizens 

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations BAN KI-MOON will chair the newly established Global Commission on Adaptation along with Bill Gates and CEO of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva. Formed in the wake of the news that widespread environmental degradation will ensue if drastic steps are not taken to halt climate change, the commission will work to catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions. “Adaptation is a global challenge; it requires coordination across boundaries,” Ban said in an interview. News of the commission made headlines in Business InsiderNational GeographicBusiness Standard, and more, as it embarks on an ambitious two-year plan that includes presenting at the 2019 United Nations Secretary General's Climate Summit. Named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and the recipient of France’s Legion of Honour in addition to numerous other prestigious awards, Ban is heralded for his transformative global leadership. In-demand for his insights and expertise, in the coming weeks Ban is set to deliver a keynote on Global Risks and 'Future Shocks'  for 6,000 senior business leaders at the World Congress of Accountants and on the international outlook for 500 business and political leaders at the NEXT Summit.

"The program was fantastic!...SG Ban [was a] highlight. We really appreciate your help with securing [him]... I look forward to working with you on the next one!"


MOHAMED EL-ERIAN: Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017); CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-2014); Columnist, Bloomberg View
An internationally respected economist and financier MOHAMED EL-ERIAN was just on the front page of Financial Times thanks to his shrewd insights on market volatility and the global sell-off. Regularly in-demand by major outlets including Bloomberg Markets,  CNN, and CNBC for his expertise and revelatory insights into the stock market and global economy, El-Erian appears on TV on a near daily basis, decoding everything from Fed rates to rising tariffs. El-Erian also recently made headlines due to his appointment as a new member of Under Armour's Board of Directors. Regularly receiving rave reviews for his dynamic, informative presentations and openness with audience-members, El-Erian Consistently heralded as a smash-hit with audiences worldwide, El-Erian just shed light on today's economy and executive leadership in times of change at the Property Casualty Insurers Association's Annual Meeting, garnering excited tweets of praise such as: "What a fantastic opening session at #PCIAM18 with @elerianm of @Allianz."

"Mohamed did an excellent job. He tailored his remarks to our audience really well. He was also very gracious when interacting with our guests and senior management at the cocktail reception...Here is a sampling of the open-ended feedback: “perfect start”; “he was excellent and very happy to see the high caliber of keynote speaker”; “fantastic, very informative”; “Excellent delivery taking complicated thoughts but delivering them in real life experiences.” I look forward to working together again next year."


"In my thirteen years as an event producer, I have never received such positive feedback from a keynote speaker before. I was stopped in the hallways and networking events numerous times by attendees who had glowing remarks about Dr. El Erian’s presentation. One attendee stated that ‘it is rare that a speaker not only presents well, but presents quality content.' I can say with 100% confidence that this was a wise investment in our business, as he helped to build our reputation as a program with great content."

- Information Management Network

JOSEPH LUBINFounder and CEO, ConsenSys, blockchain venture studio; Co-Founder, Ethereum, blockchain computing platform; CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain; Former VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs
Founder and CEO of ConsenSys and Co-Founder of Ethereum JOSEPH LUBIN was recently announced as a headliner for SXSW, making headlines in ForbesSought-out as the first-ever SXSW Keynote speaker in its new-to-2019 Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track, Lubin is set to share fascinating insights on what lies ahead for our decentralized future. As SXSW's Chief Programming Officer said: "Lubin is one of the foremost visionaries shaping the rapidly-developing blockchain industry, and as such we’re excited to have him..." Featured in Forbes' first-ever list of cryptocurrency's most powerful and influential people, and known as the "Prophet of Boom," as the Founder & CEO of ConsenSys Lubin is at the helm of one of the largest and fastest growing blockchain companies in the world, with over 1,000 employees across 28 countries. He is also the Co-Founder of Ethereum, a groundbreaking blockchain computing platform, and the second-largest public blockchain by value. Named to CoinDesk's "Most Influential In Blockchain," Lubin is renowned for his innovative and creative leadership style, and has taken ConsenSys and Ethereum through exponential growth. Recently sought-out for the Sibos conference, Lubin revealed his plans for a new generation of more trustworthy internet.  

"In a jam-packed SXSW keynote titled, 'Ethereum Will Change The World,' which earned a line across the entire fourth floor of the Austin convention center and down two flights of stairs, Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin balanced his exuberant predictions of the future with calm calls for more robust regulation..."

-The Verge

BEN RHODESNew York Times & Amazon Bestselling Author of groundbreaking political memoir The World As It Is; Political Contributor, NBC News & MSNBC; Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017)

Leading international advisor and close confidante of President Obama BEN RHODES was sought-out for the prestigious Swiss Economic Forum, where he delivered a keynote on "The US Perspective: A Different View on the New World Order" for hundreds of financial leaders, politicians, and more. An esteemed forum that has previously hosted everyone from former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers to current Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, the Swiss Economic Forum gave Rhode's insightful and compelling remarks the following rave review "His speech was great and I already heard a lot of positive comments." Rhode's new book The World As It Is was a instant bestseller on Amazon and The New York Times, listed to The New York Times "9 New Books We Recommend."  With The World as It Is making headlines, Rhodes has been sought-out for interviews by New York MagazineCBS This MorningCNNNPR and more. He also just penned a powerful op-ed in The Atlantic on American leadership abroad in light of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. 

"Everything went smooth as silk. Ben talked with many, many people and generated lots of follow-up conversations and thinking by faculty and students — that’s just what we want."

-Stanford University
ANN CURRYEmmy Award-Winning Journalist; Executive Producer & Reporter; PBS Series "We'll Meet Again"; National and International Correspondent for NBC News (2012-2015); Anchor, NBC News’ TODAY (1997-2012)
Emmy Award-winning journalist ANN CURRY is making headlines as she's set to anchor and serve as executive producer to a new TNT reality show about solving people's medical mysteries entitled "M.D. Live." The first live, non-fiction series that explores the worldwide phenomenon of medical crowdsourcing, the multi-platform series will air over 10 weeks. Curry's other PBS series We’ll Meet Again, returns to the area on November 13, and she also recently delivered a compelling, crucial and passionate TedTalk on the state of journalism. Curry brings the same passion, insight, and inspiration she's known for as a reporter, to each of her engagements, providing audiences with a thought-provoking and utterly captivating perspective on the world. In just the coming months she is set to address an audience of 1,800 at the prestigious Davos Global leadership Summit and 600 attendees at the 2019 ColorComm Conference. 

"As evidenced by your standing ovations at the luncheon, you were fantastic! The event was a tremendous fundraising success."

-YMCA Hartford Region

"I will honestly tell you in my 15 years in the media I have brought in probably 30 different celebrities all of whom have been nice and cooperative but Ann Curry is by far the nicest, most sincere, delightful person that I have ever worked with."

- Women's Health & Lifestyles Fair

STEVEN KOTLERNew York Times Bestselling Author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance & Bold; International Pioneer in Peak Performance & Innovation; Cofounder & Director of Research for Flow Genome Project
Bestselling author STEVEN KOTLER is fascinated by the concept of peak performance. As co-founder and director of research of the Flow Genome Project, he works to help people and organizations maximize their potential, their work output, and their success. “I’m interested in extreme innovation,” he told the audience of 8,000 business executives at the Nordic Business Forum 2018, “and what it takes to do the impossible,” because, “impossible has a formula.” Delivering a keynote entitled "Climbing Mount Bold: How Organizations Can Level Up Their Game Like Never Before," Kotler shed light on how we have entered an era of unprecedented and exponential growth and what organizations can do to thrive. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance, Kotler provided a playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable.Recently sought-out for his insights into how the coming era of technological innovation will also spark exponential creativity in a fascinating article in Forbes, Kotler also engaged in in-depth interviews at the business forum. Kotler kept audience members tweeting actionable insights and praise such as: "I felt really inspired by @steven_kotler ’s tips of climbing a mountain of exponetial growth!"; "Thanks @steven_kotler for your good energy at the #NBForum2018 stage."; "Loved @steven_kotler speech about #flow @NBForumHQ."

"Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote at the Global CISO Executive Summit! 'Great delivery of Information'; 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'Discussion flowed well after dinner'; 'AWESOME'; 'Changes the we view flow and how it can change the way we work. Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.'"


"Steven Kotler presents a vision for the future that not only brings optimism, but inspires all who listen. His visit left our business school buzzing, and transformed student's visions for the roles business leaders can play in shaping the future."

-University of Iowa School of Business

LORI GREINERShark on ABC’s Shark Tank; The "Queen of QVC"; Prolific Inventor & Entrepreneur; National Bestselling Author of Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! 
Prolific inventor and entrepreneur LORI GREINER is going to launch her own publication along with AMG/ Parade entitled INSPIRE by Lori GreinerOut March 2019, INSPIRE will feature inspiration, advice and insight on topics such as style, savvy shopping, money and investing, giving back, work/life balance, food and entertaining, health and beauty, travel and more. As AMG/ Parade executive Tracey Altman said: "Lori is a hero to women of all ages – and in INSPIRE by Lori Greiner, she'll teach her readers how they can be heroes in their own lives." Greiner's Parade cover last year, was one of the magazine's top 10 most popular issues of 2017. Known as the “Queen of QVC” and “warm-blooded shark” on ABC’s smash hit and Emmy award-winning Shark Tank, which just starting airing its 10th season, Greiner is heralded for her bold inspiration and tremendous business savvy. Recently sough-out to address 2,500 attendees at Perfectly Posh's Uncon 2018, Greiner garnered tweets of praise such as: "At #perfectlyposh #uncon2018 and @LoriGreiner is slaying it on stage. 'You don't have to accept what you are given.'"

"Lori’s ‘yes you can’ message and relatable stories engaged more than 1,800 women at our business banking events."

- Chase for Business

"The room was filled to capacity for Lori’s closing keynote. Many conferences lose half of their attendees before the conference concludes. Everyone stuck around to hear Lori Greiner. She offered an enlightening talk about how she got started and became the queen of QVC. What a wonderful day!"

-Venture Atlanta

In-demand by major outlets and event-planners alike thanks to their dynamic and informative remarks, these HWA Speakers are go-to voices who resonate with each and every audience.