Motivational Speaker Lisa Kohn holding her book
Welcome to our list of the top motivational speakers of NYC. [Updated in 2023]

Hiring the Best Motivational Speakers in NYC

Want to hire a motivational speaker in NYC? Finding the right motivational speaker in NYC can really be a challenge. You need someone who delivers a relevant message, but also someone who knows how to work with an audience. To add to this frustration, many of the keynote bureaus that exist are big, bureaucratic, and rarely have people for you to speak to.

Consider a keynote speakers agency like the Mollie Plotkin Group, a small local business. When you reach out to us, you’ll hear back from a real person who wants to help you out. 

Although we are a small business, we have an international scope and a vast catalog of speakers. Our speakers come from all types of backgrounds, industries, and professions, so we surely have the right speaker for you. 

Where are the Motivational Speakers in NYC?

New York City has a wide selection of corporate keynote speakers to choose from, many of which are currently signed with Mollie Plotkin Group. Mollie Plotkin Group has signed NYC motivational speakers, athletes, coaches, entrepreneurs, and many, many more. 

Why work with the bigger speakers bureaus, when you can get a much more personalized experience through a smaller bureau?

What Makes a Good Corporate Keynote Speaker?

A good speaker is exciting, engaging, and most importantly, genuine. An audience can see right through someone who is dishonest and lacks passion or enthusiasm. Ideally, you want someone who is not only a subject-matter-expert but also someone who can communicate to people on an individual level. If your speaker isn’t relatable in some way, you will lose your audience’s attention very quickly. 

This is why at Mollie Plotkin Group, we have a catalog of testimonials from people who have worked with our speakers. This way, you know exactly what to expect and there is no question that you are getting an experienced, professional speaker. 

What’s more, is that we have the top motivational speakers in NYC signed with us!

Lisa Kohn

Lisa Kohn is a motivational speaker, executive coach, author, and inspirational storyteller. On top of the fact that she is a multi-talented individual, she also has an incredible back story. Kohn, a New York City native, had a difficult upbringing being split between the two worlds of her mother and her father. 

Lisa’s weekends were spent with her mother who was part of ‘The Moonies’ (also known as the Unification Church), a cult that gained popularity in the ’80s & ’90s. During the week though, Lisa lived in New York City’s East Village with her father, who suffered from drug addiction. One can only imagine the instability of a child being split between a cult, and a family member who struggles with drug addiction. 

Not only does Lisa inspire others through her story, but she always turns it into a lesson for her audience. Though few people have had the unorthodox childhood that Lisa experienced, that is exactly what makes it so inspiring!

Kohn stands among the best motivational speakers in NYC.

Alex Banayan

Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling author in American history and a highly-sought-after keynote speaker who teaches organizations how to cultivate mindsets of exponential growth. 

Banayan’s speaking centralizes on his Third Door philosophy learned from his interviews with the likes of Bill Gates, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones and Maya Angelou. 

Life, business, success…it’s just like a nightclub.

There are always three ways in.

There’s the First Door: the main entrance, where the line curves around the block; where 99 percent of people wait around, hoping to get in.

There’s the Second Door: the VIP entrance, where the billionaires, celebrities, and the people born into it slip through.

But what no one tells you is that there is always, always…the Third Door. It’s the entrance where you have to jump out of line, run down the alley, bang on the door a hundred times, crack open the window, sneak through the kitchen—there’s always a way.

Banayan has given the following speeches to the top leadership teams of organizations such as Apple, Google, Nike and Disney:

  • Exponential Growth Through the Third Door
  • There’s Always a Way: How to Cultivate Diligent, Focused, and Energized Teams During Uncertain Times
  • Third Door Storytelling for Business Growth. 

Alex Banayan is a top motivational speaker in NYC who The Mollie Plotkin Group has recently booked to travel for the B.PHL Innovation Festival and the Johnson Controls 2022 Supplier Conference.

Leslie Maxie

1988 US Olympian and international keynote speaker Leslie Maxie is a born entrepreneur, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports.

Her motto is “excellence is not an accident.” Following her career as a record-holding track & field athlete and Olympian, she transitioned to sports broadcasting. She went on to cover  groundbreaking moments in sports with ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC on live television. 

Leslie Maxie has also led several media initiatives for NASCAR and BET. Additionally, she has provided media training for players and executives of the NFL, MLB and NASCAR. 

Organizations hire Leslie Maxie for her keynote speeches on diversity, ageism, and The Olympic Mindset. She is a familiar face to both sports fans and general audiences, and has even shared in conversations with Oprah Winfery, solidifying her as a top motivational speaker in NYC. 

Matt Newman

Matt Newman is the perfect fit for any financial services company in New York City. Not only has Newman led an incredibly successful career as a financial advisor, but also has had a breathtaking personal journey. 

Matt Newman, at 39, was diagnosed with grade-three astrocytoma; Brain cancer. Matt did not see this as the end of his journey however, he saw it as the beginning of a new chapter. Through his own resiliency and the support of his family, Matt gained the strength to overcome cancer, living to share the lessons he has learned. 

Matthew’s speeches tend to focus on creating more meaningful connections with co-workers and clients. However, he also uses his inspirational story to convey a deeper message about preparedness and planning for the unexpected. 

Newman is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in NYC, but you can hire him for your event today!

Tara Schuster

Tara Schuster is an accomplished entertainment executive turned mental health advocate, best-selling author, and top motivational speaker in NYC.

Schuster previously served as VP of talent and development at Comedy Central. There, she was the executive in charge of such critically acclaimed shows as the Emmy Award-winning Key & Peele. 

Following her career in television, Tara Schuster became a best-selling author. Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Publishers Weekly, and many more publications have attributed her works as some of the best on mental health and self-care. In addition, The New Yorker, Forbes and InStyle have featured contributions from Tara Schuster. 

Now, Tara Schuster is a keynote speaker who combines her skills as a veteran television executive and self-care expert into transformative presentations. 

Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Speakers Available in NYC

Motivational speakers in NYC may not be exactly what an event needs, as the themes of conferences are trending toward cybersecurity and team-building. 

Here, we will feature top cybersecurity,  team-building and sports speakers in NYC that are seeing a steady growth in notoriety.

Former FBI and Current Keynote Speaker Prashanth Challa
Cyber Security Speaker Prashanth Challa

Prashanth Challa

Prashanth Challa is the leading expert and keynote speaker on cybersecurity, cybersecurity technologies, and emerging cyber threats.

He holds a Master’s degree in Theoretical Mathematics and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. 

The NSA hired Prashanth Challa to lead a team performing computer network operations, developing exploits and implants, and researching vulnerabilities through reverse engineering. This process is also known as “white hat hacking.”

“There is no off-switch in my position,” said Challa. 

Today, businesses hire Prashanth Challa for his keynote speeches on cybersecurity threats and crisis management. His speeches have drawn the attention of several Fortune 500 companies, making him a top cybersecurity speaker in NYC. 

Jin Kim

FBI Crisis Management expert Jin Kim in a suit and tie standing in front of an American flag.
Crisis Management Speaker Jin Kim

Jin Kim is the leading expert in crisis management. Having retired from the FBI after 23 years of service, Kim served in the Crisis Management Unit. Jin Kim’s role was to help others be prepared for the possibility of workplace violence or targeted attacks. Having served in the FBI for 23 years, Kim is one of the most informative speakers in New York City. 

Hiring Team Building Speakers in NYC

David Kwong

Magician and keynote speaker David Kwong in a blue suit, black tie, sitting down.
Celebrity Magician David Kwong

Celebrity Magician and Enigmatist David Kwong is a leading keynote speaker and critically acclaimed author. 

He has worked in Hollywood as the Magic Consultant for Now You See Me and has worked on several other films and television shows such as The Imitation Game and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

David Kwong is also a contributing cruciverbalist to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Notably, his viral video How to Win At Wordle Every Time introduced Wordle to a mass audience. 

Spellbound, published by Harper Business, was David’s first entry into integrating the principles of magic into entrepreneurship and corporate culture. 

His keynote The Principles of Illusion gives audiences an understanding of the fundamental principles of illusion, allowing them more command and control in their personal and professional lives. Successful leaders– from Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and Ted Turner to Jeff Bezzos–are masters of control. Magic does not have to be about deceiving people, but rather getting ahead of the competition. 

David Kwong also performs team-building presentations in the form of interactive and participatory magic demonstrations. 

Businesses value David Kwong’s “Solving Together: A Puzzle Hunt” for its power to bring audiences together and a shared moment of laughter and understanding. 

Second, his crossword routine was featured by The New York Times in Science: The Magician and the Crossword.

And lastly, his “Inside the Box” presentation was a sensational virtual experience that Kwong now performs live for private and corporate audiences.  

David Kwong gained notoriety as a top team-building speaker in NYC following his critically acclaimed performance “The Enigmatist” at the High Line Hotel in New York City. 

The Mollie Plotkin Group represents top team-building speakers, as well as motivational speakers in NYC and internationally.

Sports Speakers Available in NYC

Phillies Coach Larry Bowa wearing a red and blue Philadelphia uniform, the classic colors.
MLB Coach, Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa

If you’re a baseball fan, you are sure to be familiar with the name Larry Bowa. Bowa was a shortstop in the MLB, as well as a manager and coach. Larry Bowa has played for several teams, including the New York Mets. In addition, Bowa also pivoted to a coaching career for the Yankees.

Bowa is a great fit for New York City sports fans since he’s been affiliated with both of the MLB’s New York teams. Larry Bowa is without a doubt, one of the most sought-after NYC motivational speakers. Bowa has plenty of insider stories to share, as well as thoughtful lessons about leadership and what it means to be part of a team. 

Barry Trotz

New York sports fans will be ecstatic to hear that NHL legend, Barry Trotz, could potentially speak at their company. Trotz is a no-brainer choice if you have an audience of sports fans, as he is a fantastic NYC motivational speaker. 

Although Barry Trotz currently coaches the New York Islanders, his career began with the Nashville Predators. Barry would go on to rank third in all-time wins, just behind Scotty Bowman and fellow MPG client, Joel Quenneville

As someone who has coached for decades, Trotz knows what it takes to build a strong team. Barry Trotz does not just tell stories of his career, but he forms these stories into lessons in leadership.

Trotz is certainly one of the best motivational speakers in NYC.

Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to get the best NYC Motivational Speakers!

The Mollie Plotkin Group has a speaker for your region that can suit the needs of your industry. Whether it is the Big Apple, Philadelphia, San Francisco, or wherever, we can help you out.
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