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Overcoming Adversity Speakers

The motivational speakers in this category know what it takes to overcome adversity and thrive during hard times. From life-altering injuries or sickness, dealing with trauma and systemic oppression, to simply navigating the everyday ups and downs of life, everyone has found themselves in times of stress, grief, or needing the right push to reach a difficult goal. These inspiring survivors, bestselling authors, business leaders, celebrities, and activists have overcome challenges in their personal lives and careers, and now empower others to do the same.

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Pelin Kesebir

Scientist at Center for Healthy Minds, Specialist in the Psychology of Happiness

Yusra Mardini

Refugee Olympic Swimmer, Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

Deanna Singh
(2 ratings)

Social Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Change Agent & Author of "Purposeful Hustle"

Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE

Former Elite Military Unit Commander, Leadership & Resilience Expert

Joe Burton
(1 rating)

Founder of Whil, Best-Selling Author on Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Performance

Mike Sullivan

Motivational Educational Speaker; Happiness & Empowerment Advocate

Amy Hess

Chief of Public Services of Louisville Metro Government & Former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI

Brent Gleeson
(1 rating)

CEO of TakingPoint Leadership, Navy SEAL Combat Veteran & Best-Selling Author

Dr. Kristen Lee
(5 ratings)

Award-Winning Behavioral Science Expert, Clinician & Comedian; Author of "Worth the Risk;" 2022 Next Big Idea Club nominee

Naomi Osaka

Professional Tennis Player & 2021 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Anindya Kundu

Sociologist & Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Florida International University

Eric LeMarque

International Best-Selling Author, Olympic World-Champion & Inspiration for the Movie "6 Below"

Sylvia Acevedo
(5 ratings)

Engineer & Rocket Scientist; Cybersecurity Expert; Corporate Director for Qualcomm; Education Advocate Promoting Universal Access; Former CEO of Girl Scouts USA

Theresa Flores
(1 rating)

Human Trafficking Survivor, Best Selling Author, Victim’s Advocate, Consultant & Founder of The SOAP Project

Jamira Burley
(1 rating)

Head of Youth Engagement & Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education

Gwen Jorgensen

American Professional Triathlete, Olympic Champion

Crystal Dunn

World Cup Champion for the U.S. Women's National Team; Founder of NWSL's Black Women's Player Collective

Yvonne Cagle
(4 ratings)

NASA Management Astronaut & Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel

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