July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In observance of that milestone we invite you to commemorate the ADA and celebrate your employees, their families and caregivers and customers with disabilities by inviting Cara E. Yar Khan to speak. In just six months Cara’s TED talk, The beautiful balance between courage and fear, has almost 2 million views.

Contact Seth Dechtman at The Speaker Agency for details on Cara presenting to your organization.

Cara E. Yar Khan is an award-winning global disability leader who has been honored by UNICEF, the Government of Canada, Porsche North America and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This week Cara was nominated for Diversability’s inaugural D-30 Disability Impact List for her outstanding leadership in the disability community.

Born in India and raised in Canada, in a family of immigrants, Cara grew up guided by her multinational and Muslim – Christian – Buddhist family, taught to prioritize her education and use her life’s platform to be of service. Cara faces the pressure of cultural expectations regarding what PWD can do. Professionally, she has lived in 11 countries and witnessed firsthand the exclusion and discrimination against PWD, strengthening her resolve and enriching her perspective when advocating for change. Cara uses her platforms to break glass ceilings for PWD. With UNICEF Haiti Cara was the first person with a severe impairment to serve in an Emergency Operation. She promoted the rights of children with disabilities in some of the poorest countries to the UN COSP on the CRPD and is producing a documentary film about breaking down barriers. Even her pro-bono work with the Valuable 500 is dedicated to advocating for PWD to be included and empowered.


2018 Women Make a Mark Honoree, Atlanta Magazine. Atlanta Magazine recognizes those among us who are doing extraordinary work in our community to make us and our city better, are committed to their professions and their community. They exhibit tireless dedication, strong leadership, and impassioned goodwill.

2018 Outstanding Voice Diversity & Inclusion, Atlanta Business Chronicle Honors outspoken individuals who are going above and beyond to bolster equality across all areas.

2018 Canada’s Champion of Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment of Women & Girls, Government of Canada, Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta for the S.E. USA For embodying the Government of Canada’s commitment to reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities, to ensure their full participation in society.

2015 Porsche Driving Force Award. Porsche North America in cooperation with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights recognizes women who exemplify the spirit of activism and community engagement at the local and/or global level.

Keynote Speaker Cara E. Yar Khan is available for a Courageous Conversation on Disability Inclusion & Awareness and harnessing its power in the workforce.

The Speaker Agency is pleased to announce the addition of author, entrepreneur, and world renowned meditation expert Suze Yalof Schwartz to our roster of distinguished keynote speakers. Topics such as entrepreneurism, meditation and women leaders in business are an increasingly common request among Speaker Agency clientele, making this very timely and exciting addition.

Suze is the Founder and CEO of Unplug Meditation, the world’s first drop-in secular meditation studio. She is the creator of the Unplug: Meditation App and the author of Unplug: A Simple Guide To Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers. In 2012, Suze learned a three-minute meditation that changed her life forever. Prior to this, she was a fashion editor and “makeover guru” working at Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Glamour Magazine with regular appearances on GMA, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, and more. Once she discovered meditation, she was determined to keep doing it but could not find a place to easily learn and practice. After taking hundreds of hours of classes, reading every book possible, and listening to podcasts and lectures from the world’s most famous meditation teachers, Suze realized that meditation needed a makeover and she was the one to do it. Suze’s mission is to make meditation simple, accessible, powerful and interesting enough so that everyone will want to practice it and experience the benefits for themselves.

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To learn more about Suze Yalof Schwartz  or any of The Speaker Agency’s numerous thought-leading keynote speakers, or to schedule an appearance, corporate convention event planners and buyers are invited to visit The Speaker Agency on the web at thespeakeragency.com.

The Speaker Agency brings exceptional keynote speakers to its clients – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – through widely available and easy to use teleconferencing platforms. These are our Virtual Keynotes, and they are ready to inspire!

COVID Cancellations
Peruse any list of corporate conventions or conferences and you will see a list awash in red ink: CANCELLED.  At a time when nervous professionals everywhere could use the reassurance, motivation, and inspiration that an exceptional keynote can provide, keynote season has been cancelled.

Or has it?

The Speaker Agency says no. Our virtual keynote speakers are raring to go, with plenty to say about using today’s challenges to prepare for tomorrow’s success.

Embracing Technology
The technology to bring these keynotes to you has never been more accessible. Downloads of videoconferencing apps have exploded in the past few weeks. The app tracker AppAnnie recently reported that business apps downloads, including telework and teleconferencing, are up 90% over this time last year.  In certain markets. Google has reported a 140% increase in downloads for it Hangouts app.

“As we enter into a new wave of the pandemic, with the US and Europe at the center of rising cases, lockdown and home quarantine measures increase in efforts to flatten the curve. As a result, Europeans and Americans turn to video conferencing apps for work collaboration and keeping in touch with family and friends.” AppAnnie

Meeting the Challenge of the New
Objections? “There’s nothing like live,” you say? Perhaps. But we are all being forced into new paradigms in order to survive and thrive in business.  The medium is the message, Dr. McLuhan told us. Your audience must accept the format before they can accept the content. Today, the uninitiated are receiving a crash course in tele-everything, and the virtual keynotes of The Speaker Agency can help you capitalize on this trend.  

Inquire as to how we can deliver our extraordinary keynotes in a virtual format. Contact The Speaker Agency today.

The Speaker Agency is pleased to announce the addition of author, entrepreneur, and experience strategy expert Kate O’Neill to our roster of distinguished keynote speakers. Topics such as futurism and technological change are an increasingly common request among Speaker Agency clientele, making this very timely and exciting addition.

Kate is known as the Tech Humanist, which also happens to be the title of her latest book. As such, she “help(s) humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future by guiding business and civic leaders to be both successful and respectful with human-centric data and technology, and by helping people better understand the human impact of emerging technologies.” Simply put, she wants to make tech better for business and for people. It is a philosophy honed over the course of two decades on the front lines of leading-edge tech.

Tech Pioneer
The Speaker Agency seeks only the most relevant and experienced keynote speakers, and Ms. O’Neill certainly qualifies. Kate was one of the first 100 employees at Netflix, where she developed now-standard content management and e-commerce practices. Later she founded [meta]marketer, a pioneering analytics and digital strategy agency; drove experience optimization at Magazines.com; and developed Toshiba America‘s first intranet.

Today, Kate is the founder and CEO of KO Insights, a strategic consultancy serving clients such as Google, Cisco, Etsy, Coca Cola, McDonald’s, and Kelly Services, as well as universities such as Yale and Cambridge.

Recognized Thought Leader
They are known as Thought Leaders – visionaries with novel approaches to today’s issues and an eye toward the future. These curious minds are in high demand as keynote speakers, and The Speaker Agency features the most dynamic names in the marketplace of ideas. Kate O’Neill is one of these, and her mission to help people better understand the human impact of emerging technologies has earned Kate wide recognition. She was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar, a global ranking of management thinkers. Past accolades include “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Power Leader in Technology,” “Woman of Influence,” among others.

Whether she is speaking on Digital Transformation, the Internet of Things, or the human-tech relationship; engaging executives, techies, HR, sales teams, or civic leaders, this optimistic futurist “advocates for the future of humanity in an increasingly tech-driven world.”

Contact the Speaker Agency
To learn more about Kate O’Neill or any of The Speaker Agency’s numerous thought-leading keynote speakers, or to schedule an appearance, corporate convention event planners and buyers are invited to visit The Speaker Agency on the web at thespeakeragency.com.


The Speaker Agency is proud to announce the launch of our redesigned website for 2020.  Our Los Angeles-based agency provides keynote speakers and entertainment for corporate events, trade associations, conferences and non-profit groups throughout the world.

The Speaker Agency has enjoyed a nearly 20-year track record of successfully connecting clients with industry-specific, relevant, first class speakers and entertainment. Our success is a direct result of our commitment to providing a user-friendly web experience for our clients.

Our new website offers:

  • An enhanced search interface that allows users to select multiple categories to help achieve the right fit
  • Detailed speaker biographies that showcase their expertise and body of work
  • A special filter to identify Ted Talks speakers
  • A new blog featuring Agency news and topics related to speakers, entertainment, and  important insights into selecting the right speaker and/or entertainment for your event
  • Live feeds from The Speaker Agency social media platforms
  • A streamlined process for obtaining information on pricing and availability

According to Seth Dechtman, Managing Partner of The Speaker Agency, “The intention of our website is to provide a powerful, straightforward experience for our clients to be able to select the right keynote speaker or entertainment for their event.  We are confident our clients will have an informative, productive, and secure experience using our site.”

Corporate convention event planners and buyers are invited to visit The Speaker Agency at our new and improved website, thespeakeragency.com.

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