LES BROWN - AUTHOR and world renowned speaker
From being labeled "educably mentally retarded" to receiving the Golden Gavel Award, the National Speakers Association's most prestigious award.
Les Brown never tires of using his energies to transform the world, well-beyond the podium and public appearances, meshing traditional and social media to empower his audiences. Hundreds of thousands are watching him on YouTube and tens of thousands interact with him regularly on Facebook. He has a keen way of turning what he touches into gold. Over 20 years ago, he won a Chicago-area Emmy® for his unsurpassed fundraising pledge drive for the Public Broadcasting System. Followed by several bestselling books and hosting popular national talk shows on television and radio.
As a premier Keynote Speaker and leading authority on achievement for audiences as large as 80,000—Les Brown energizes people to meet the challenges of the world around them. He skillfully weaves his compelling life story into the fabric of our daily lives. The thread is forever strengthened, touting why you can’t afford to be complacent and to aim high, achieve and actively make an impact on the world.
Les Brown is committed to motivating and training today’s generation to be achievers and leaders as he introduces new audiences every day to his books and series:
- It’s Not Over Until You Win
- Up Thoughts for Down Times
- Live Your Dreams
- Fight For Your Dreams!
- Choosing Your Future, his audio series, remains his all-time bestseller for its acclaimed impact worldwide.
As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity. For three decades he has not only studied the science of achievement, he’s mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom translating theory into bottom-line results for his clients.
Revered as an icon by his colleagues, Brown received the National Speakers Association coveted Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE), and ultimately, its most prestigious Golden Gavel Award for achievement and leadership in communication. Toastmasters International also voted him one of the Top Five Outstanding Speakers. Worldwide. Legions of followers flock to stadiums and arenas to hear a man who never stops believing that with proper guidance and training you can achieve anything you desire in life.
DARREN HARDY - NY Times Best-Selling Author
New York Times Best-selling author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur mentor and publisher of SUCCESS magazine.
The chair once occupied by Orson Swett Marden, W. Clement Stone, Napoleon Hill, and Og Mandino is where SUCCESS publisher and founding editor Darren Hardy now sits. Darren has been a leader in the personal development industry for two decades, having led two personal development based television networks--The People’s Network (TPN), and The Success Training Network (TSTN)—producing and launching more than 1,000 TV shows, live events, and products and programs with many of the world’s top experts.
His books include:
As publisher and founding editor of SUCCESS, Darren is in the unique position of sitting down with the leading experts on human performance and achievement, as well as many of today’s top CEOs, revolutionary entrepreneurs, superstar athletes, entertainers and Olympic champions, to uncover and share the success secrets behind their extraordinary success.
Just a few of the achievers interviewed by Darren Hardy and SUCCESS magazine include: Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Charles Schwab, Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and many more.
Darren champions the message of success, hope and abundant opportunity to more than 3 million people each month through the pages of SUCCESS magazine, his wildly popular blog and before live audiences (ranging from 50 - 20,000) all over the world. Darren distills the best of the best information and strategies drawn from the greatest achievers alive today, mixing in his own street-tested principles of success to mentor and empower millions of entrepreneurs globally.
BONNIE ST. JOHN - BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
Paralympic Ski Medalist, Fortune 500 Business Consultant, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Official and Best-Selling Author.
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, St. John was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush.
St. John has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking an Master of Letters degree in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, St. John was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.
Today, St. John travels the globe as a leadership consultant, keynote speaker and facilitator for international summit conferences for senior-level executives. She frequently donates personal appearances to schools, homeless shelters,
community groups and other organizations in hundreds of locations while traveling for corporate clients. In 2010, St. John once again represented the United States as a member of President Obama’s official delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
The celebrated author of six books, St. John co-authored her most recent best seller, How Great Women Lead, with her teenage daughter, Darcy. Together they traveled around the world on an extraordinary mother-daughter journey into the lives, and life lessons, of fascinating women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, fashion designers, CEOs, women’s rights activists and many more.
St. John has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: Today, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR and The New York Times, as well as People, “O” and Essence magazines, to name just a few.
In 2015, Bonnie was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Hall of Fame.
NBC Nightly News called St. John, "One of the five most inspiring women in America."
Justin Maust - LEADERSHIP SPEAKER, TRAINER
Host and founder of Lead Michiana, leadership speaker, trainer, team-builder and coach
In 2012, Justin founded Leader Legacy, Inc. His company is a leadership development resource that provides speaking, training, coaching and web-based services to help businesses develop leaders, inspire teams and build legacies to change the world. He’s a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team. To drive results, Justin is an affiliate partner serving on the Insight Strategic Concepts® business integration team helping his clients deliver on the strategic execution of their respective missions.
- In 2012, Justin launched his Building Powerful Teams program with a passion to develop leaders, inspire teams, and build powerful world-changing legacies.
- In 2016, Justin Maust and Shelley Moore release their new book, 7 Practices For Building Powerful Teams: Overcoming Habitual Mediocrity and Achieving Intentional Team Success.
As host and founder of Lead Michiana, Justin’s mission is to expose local business and community leaders to the best thought leaders and most successful practitioners from around the country.
In 2004, Justin turned down a Limited Partnership offer from Edward Jones and resigned from the firm to pursue his purpose. One of those dreams was to help his brother and a few friends launch Five Star Life www.fivestarlife.org, a powerful character and leadership youth development organization that impacts thousands of students across the nation.
Today, Justin remains a passionate supporter of Five Star Life while carrying out his personal calling of helping business leaders transform their success into significance.