World-Class Speakers

Nextup Speaker Management works with a roster of world-class speakers. These are thought-leaders, experienced executives and bestselling authors that inspire audiences. They all share one great trait, which is to give the audience a new perspective or a new lens with which to view a set of important issues, people, industries, or the world in full.

Our firm specializes in business motivational speakers who can offer ways to improve your strategy, management skills, leadership decisions, and much more. You may want someone whose talk is aimed at improving your sales, creativity, operations, or ways to improve your profits. Whether you want to choose one of our corporate motivational speakers, or are more interested in entrepreneurship, we’ve got you covered.

We are active members of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB), a nonprofit organization founded in 1986, which “provides leadership to the bureau industry through education, resources, and partnerships with organizations that support the meetings and events industry.”

Robert Safian

Robert Safian

Founder of The Flux Group
Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor – Fast Company, Time, Fortune, Money

Highlighting the Future of Business

Robert Safian is one of the most sought after speakers, moderators and interviewers in modern business.  From leadership positions at Fast Company, Time, Fortune and Money, to incisive analysis across multiple TV networks, podcasts and digital platforms, Safian has been lauded as an unparalleled source of insight on the future of global enterprise.  He is not only among the most acclaimed publishing executives in history but has deep relationships across the C-suite in multiple industries, accessing the cutting-edge developments that are reshaping our world.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Leadership  |  Technology  |  Strategy  |  Disruption  |  Workforce  |  Competition  |  Agility  |  Talent

Nancy Giordano

Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Corporate Strategist, Keynote Speaker

Leading Expert on Creating the Future

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands.  Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

Areas of Expertise

innovation  |  technology  |  strategy  |  branding  |  future of work  |  agility  |  consumers  |  leadership  |  AI  |  talent

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa

Technology & Innovation Author, Academic and Futurist

Technology’s Great Communicator

Technology is creating the most exciting innovations the world has ever seen.  It is also causing anxiety about our future.  Vivek Wadhwa has become a globally respected voice on advancing technologies and innovation.  He just rejoined Harvard as a Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School, Labor, and Worklife Program, where he will help lead a critical three-year research project on the effects of technology on future employment and work.  He is also currently a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, where he teaches about the latest exponential technologies; technology convergence and industry disruption; risks and regulation; and the new rules of innovation. He has written several bestselling books, including  Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain–and How to Fight Back and The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future.

Areas of Expertise

Technology  |  Strategy  |  Healthcare  |  Finance  |  Robotics  |  Talent  |  Manufacturing  |  Global Markets  |  Innovation  |  Disruption  |  Mobile  |  Quantum Computing  |  Block Chain  |  Future of Work

Dr Lance Secretan

Dr. Lance Secretan

Bestselling Leadership Authority and Award-winning Keynote Speaker

Authentic Leadership Pioneer

Breakthroughs!  As leaders, we strive for meaningful breakthroughs that raise the level of performance and achieve something we are proud of. But things get in the way. Dr. Lance Secretan has spent his life experiencing and understanding these obstacles, and has inspired countless leaders to focus on the things that really matter, that make people want to follow, and that make leadership authentically great.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Talent  |  Effectiveness  | Corporate Culture  | Entrepreneurship  |  Competition  |  Inspiration  |  Loyalty

Rebecca Costa

Rebecca Costa

Leading Authority on Leadership and “Fast Adaptation”

Leaders Who Are Fastest to Adapt, Win!

History is clear on this…great leaders, and those they lead, are defined by critical decisions made at the right time.  Yet we have entered a new age, where for the first time in human history we have enough data to predict the future. Advanced tools, from Big Data, predictive analytics, genomics, artificial intelligence, and other technologies have made it possible to pinpoint future results with mind-blowing accuracy—cracking the door to what Rebecca Costa calls predaptation: the ability to adapt before the fact.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  |  Decision-making  |  Technology  |  Predictive Analytics  |  Complexity  |  Innovation  |  Agility  |  Big Data  |  Quantum Computing  |  AI  |  Neuroscience  |  Robotics

Joel Cohen

Joel Cohen

Emmy-Winning Writer & Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons

How Sustained Creativity is Making History

As the Emmy award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons, the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history, Joel has been a key part of the show’s success. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons has broadcast more than 600 episodes, and was named by Time as “The greatest TV show of the 20th century.” It has won dozens of awards, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Team Work  |  Creativity  |  Culture  |  Sustained Success  |  Humor

Deborah Perry Piscione

Deborah Perry Piscione

Bestselling Innovation Author and Entrepreneur

The Voice of the Innovation Generation

Deborah Perry Piscione has uncovered the DNA from the inspired cultures of the most innovative companies in the world.  Her intriguing work stems from the differences between old-school power and new school leadership, which Deborah understands well through firsthand experience. Having worked as an insider at the White House and Capitol Hill, and then moving into the center of Silicon Valley, Deborah was struck by the vast differences in power and leadership between the two coasts. She became fascinated by the collaborative cultures of innovation that dominate the Silicon Valley region, especially the voracious appetite for growing value from ideas.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation  |  Culture  |  Talent  |  Leadership  |  Risk  |  Collaboration  |  Entrepreneurship

Tarun Wadhwa

Tarun Wadhwa

Carnegie Mellon Academic, Author and Strategic Disruptor

The Era of Disruptors and Reinventionists

Ranked as the top-rated instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, Tarun Wadhwa has lived his whole life examining rule-changing innovative disruptions and how they affect our business and personal lives, and may be the clearest and most accurate futurist alive today. His work focuses on trends that are overturning established industries; developments in healthcare, financial markets, cyber-security, retail, entertainment, transportation, and the impact of technological advancements on legal systems and societal institutions.

Areas of Expertise

Technology  |  Strategy  |  Healthcare  |  Finance  |  Robotics  |  Talent  |  Manufacturing  |  Global Markets  |  Innovation  |  Disruption  |  Mobile  |  Quantum Computing  |  Block Chain

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Top Innovation Executive, Author & Keynote Speaker

The Art of Business Disruption

History reveals the dirty little secret of innovation: Its potential remains dormant unless it is coupled with a business system that unleashes its disruptive energy – either by unsettling an existing industry or by creating a new one – and channels that energy into a value-capturing enterprise. On occasion, a technology innovation can give birth to new streams of value that are evolutionary, if not revolutionary.   This is where Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has won her acclaim.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation | Disruption | Retail | Teamwork | Talent | Entrepreneurship | Startups | Talent