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Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad

Keynote Speaker: World Champion Swimmer, Storyteller, Sports Journalist & Broadcaster

Diana Nyad Biography

25 million people worldwide rooted for Diana Nyad as she reached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old quest of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Speaking the words “Never Ever Give Up” to the wildly cheering crowd on a Key West beach on September 2, 2013, Diana demonstrated to the world the power of the human spirit.

Diana’s amazing record: 110.86 miles in 52 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds.

A prominent sports journalist, filing over thirty years for National Public Radio, The New York Times, and others, Diana has earned her place as one of our compelling storytellers. Her memoir, "Find a Way," has earned worldwide praise. Her groundbreaking OpEd piece on her childhood sexual abuse for The New York Times drew a passionate response from around the world.

Also a uniquely entertaining and inspiring public speaker, Diana has now fulfilled another lifelong dream, bringing her performance of her play “The Swimmer” to the storied off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theater. The show played to sold-out crowds in September 2019.

Diana’s best friend and Cuba Swim expedition leader Bonnie Stoll have further collaborated with their nationwide walking initiative EverWalk, sparking America to become a nation of walkers. And EverWalk in turn has recently launched yet another initiative, OceansCommit, hosting walks along our shorelines, asking individuals and businesses to reduce single-use plastic.

Diana has been inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, among other Halls of Fame, and awards of distinction. President Obama invited Diana to congratulate her in the Oval Office and then asked her to accompany him on his peace visit to Havana in 2014. Oprah Winfrey chose Diana’s interview for her SuperSoul Sunday broadcast to be the first to extend to two hours.

Diana has written four books and speaks three foreign languages fluently. The upcoming movie "NYAD" is based on Diana's life — starring Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, and directed by Academy Award winners Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely.

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Diana Nyad Speaking Topics

What Swimming 110 Miles in Shark-Infested Waters Taught Me About Teamwork

At the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming from Cuba to Florida in an epic feat of both endurance and human will.

From the dedicated crew who navigated the waters to the expert nutritionists who fueled her body to the motivational coaches who kept her spirits high, Diana credits her success to the unwavering synergy of her team.

In this conversation, Diana shares powerful examples of teamwork from her years-long pursuit of this goal while also discussing how to assemble a high-performance team and how to face challenges with a resilient mindset.

Never, Ever Give Up

At age 60, having not swum a stroke in decades, Hall of Fame swimmer Diana Nyad began planning for her white whale of distance swims: the 110-mile ocean crossing between Cuba and Florida. She’d tried it once, in her 20s, and severe jellyfish attacks had defeated her then. With a new commitment to her vision, she attempted it again and accomplished this incredible feat 30 years after she failed to complete it before.

In this moving conversation, Diana shows us that it is never too late to chase our dreams and shares the key steps we all need to take in order to accomplish our goals, no matter how big.

Diana Nyad Videos

NYAD | Official Trailer | Netflix
Diana Nyad | The High-Performance Teamwork That Helped Her Make History

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What topics does Diana Nyad speak about?

Diana Nyad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Faith & Religion, Inspirational, Sports Motivation, Swimming & Diving, Adventure, Personal Growth, Health, Athlete, Motivational, Olympic Sports, Healthcare, Women's Health, TED, Fitness, Teamwork & Teambuilding, Authors, College, Commencement, Women, Literary, Sports, Female Leadership, Influential Women, Business and Women's History Month.

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Diana Nyad generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Diana Nyad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Inspirational and Sports Motivation. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Diana Nyad generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lisa Leslie, Dominique Dawes and Shannon Miller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Diana Nyad for an upcoming event.

Diana Nyad Speaking Topics

  • What Swimming 110 Miles in Shark-Infested Waters Taught Me About Teamwork

    At the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming from Cuba to Florida in an epic feat of both endurance and human will.

    From the dedicated crew who navigated the waters to the expert nutritionists who fueled her body to the motivational coaches who kept her spirits high, Diana credits her success to the unwavering synergy of her team.

    In this conversation, Diana shares powerful examples of teamwork from her years-long pursuit of this goal while also discussing how to assemble a high-performance team and how to face challenges with a resilient mindset.

  • Never, Ever Give Up

    At age 60, having not swum a stroke in decades, Hall of Fame swimmer Diana Nyad began planning for her white whale of distance swims: the 110-mile ocean crossing between Cuba and Florida. She’d tried it once, in her 20s, and severe jellyfish attacks had defeated her then. With a new commitment to her vision, she attempted it again and accomplished this incredible feat 30 years after she failed to complete it before.

    In this moving conversation, Diana shows us that it is never too late to chase our dreams and shares the key steps we all need to take in order to accomplish our goals, no matter how big.

Diana Nyad Videos

NYAD | Official Trailer | Netflix
Diana Nyad | The High-Performance Teamwork That Helped Her Make History

Diana Nyad Reviews

  • LifeSOULutions That Work, LLC - Oct 27 2021

  • Brave Thinking Institute - Jun 15 2021

  • “Diana was fantastic and truly one of the most dynamic and energizing people I’ve ever met. Her almost 90-minute presentation was awesome and there was, of course, a rousing and heartfelt standing ovation. No surprise there! We had a long line for the book signing as well! What a remarkable person!!"”
    University of California, Santa Barbara - Dec 09 2015

  • I literally went through a roller coaster of emotions listening to her speak. In my opinion, she is the most inspirational speaker I've ever listened to. Also as we all know there are 2 parts to a speech, content and delivery. She nailed both!
    Bank of America - Jun 23 2015

  • Huge standing ovation when she walked onto the stage! Diana was warm, engaging and so darn funny! The audience loved her, and she had them in the palm of her hand every step of the way.
    SCA Americas - Sep 05 2014

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