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Sterling International Speakers, Inc. provides the best professional speakers, talent and entertainment available to corporations, educational institutions, small businesses, and associations to create successful and memorable events. 

Whether you’re looking for a professional keynote speaker, business expert, entertainer, athlete, comedian, or political pundit, we’ll help you find the speaker that fits your budget for your next event!  Our high-quality, high-content speakers are all experts in their respective fields. 

Sterling International can provide specifically requested speakers, celebrities and sports personalities; or if you prefer, we can offer suggestions based on your objectives 

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                                             “Let us become the change we seek in the world.”    
                                                                                      --Mahatma Gandhi

MICHAEL SEGAL - INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER - Keep Hope Alive! Mike doesn't want to be perceived as handicapped, disabled, or limited - a triumphant survivor of tragedy perhaps. After being shot in the head as an innocent bystander to a robbery, Michael defied all odds and very few people thought he would even survive. He went on to graduate with the highest honors from undergraduate school at UT, graduate from graduate school, was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and the National Leadership Honors Society, and was featured in Newsweek Magazine as an "unsung hero." Michael inspires everyone he meets to believe that lives can be changed and goals can be accomplished through hard work and positive thinking. His noteworthy accomplishments have been featured on national television, newspapers, and magazine articles. Michael has published inspirational stories in the book series - Chicken Soup Books for the Soul.® 

MICHAEL BERGDAHL - WALMART EXPERT is the "must-have" speaker for any business that's serious about competing in today's market. Experience, insight, and a powerful, personable presence combined with an upbeat, high-energy style has Michael entertaining as he teaches; Bergdahl makes complex business strategies and tactics easy to understand and apply. As a former director under Sam Walton, Bergdahl draws upon his firsthand observations of Walton, his company, and its executive team to help you adapt Wal-Mart's best practices and principles to your own organization. With an insider's perspective, Bergdahl peels back the cultural layers of Wal-Mart and gives you a glimpse into the mind of the founder of the world's largest retailer. He also shares seven effective strategies you can take from Wal-Mart to build your business.

GARY ZUKAV - Best Selling Author, Spiritual Leader, Frequent Oprah Guest for years has conveyed the most complex insights in language all can understand. Over and over, he challenges us to see the depth of our potential in the world…and act on that awareness. He is the author of four consecutive New York Times Bestsellers. His gentle presence, humor, and wisdom have endeared Gary Zukav to millions of viewers through his many appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, over six million copies of his books are in print, and translations have been published in twenty-four languages. Gary Zukav will challenge your audiences to "create a life of more joy and less pain, to move into your full potential, and to give the gifts that you were born to give."
DEBBIE ALLEN SALES EXPERT is one of the world’s leading authorities on sales and marketing.  Her time-tested, proven success strategies have helped to accelerate business growth for thousands of people worldwide. Stop wasting thousands of dollars on ineffective sales and marketing strategies and start attracting customers like crazy! Discover Debbie Allen’s highly effective, proven marketing strategies and innovate sales secrets to success.
JACK CANFIELD is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series which fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre - and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. Behind the empire Time Magazine called the "publishing phenomenon of the decade" is America's leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees and educators. He is a compelling, empowering and compassionate coach who for the past 30 years has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams.

ERNIE BANKS "Let's Play Two" For 19 years Ernie Banks delighted Wrigley Field fans with his long and frequent home runs, steady fielding and cheerful disposition. He belted 512 home runs, five times hitting over 40 in a single season. Banks smashed a record five grand slams in 1955 and his 47 round-trippers in 1958 are the most ever by a shortstop. He won the National League MVP in consecutive years, 1958-1959. Known for his classic quip, "let's play two!"
DR. FARRAH GRAY BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR is an internationally known and respected entrepreneur and business leader who addresses more than half a million people per year on leadership, personal development, diversity, strategic planning, creativity, business development and financial management.  Gray is a 21-year old African-American man who has risen to national prominence in an American “rags-to-riches” story of success, perseverance and hard work. Raised in the projects on Chicago’s south side, Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14.  Gray is one of the great business minds and icons of his generation. At the age of 21, he has achieved more than many achieve in a lifetime.
LENORA BILLINGS-HARRIS - DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE Today's most challenging topics require a speaker who is thought provoking, appealing, informative and compelling. Lenora Billings-Harris possesses these abilities, resulting in powerful and effective events. Lenora Billings-Harris, is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), diversity consultant and author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work. With more than twenty five years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a fun, thought-provoking and non-judgmental way. Her interactive style, and immediately applicable "how to's" have caused clients to invite her back again and again. She designs and delivers presentations and helps facilitate diversity initiatives for Fortune 500 companies as well as professional associations and educational institutions.
CHRISTINE CORELLI SALES SPEAKER turns people and businesses into power players. For over twenty years, her many talents have helped clients from major corporations to small businesses increase their sales, improve their competitive stance, improve management/employee and customer relationships, and establish higher levels of customer loyalty. Her philosophy is direct and definitive. She believes that "bragging rights" are never enough. "You can boast all you want about your outstanding product or service and your great reputation. But if you want to outdistance your current and future competitors, you need to take a fresh approach to competing and figure out how to deliver more value than those who offer similar products or services.
PETER NAVARRO CHINA SALES & BUSINESS EXPERT Peter Navarro is a business professor at the University of California, Irvine. His latest book is The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won. He is author of the best-selling investment books, If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks, When the Market Moves, Will You Be Ready?, The Well-Timed Strategy and the best-selling audio lecture course Big Picture Investing: How, When, and Why the Stock Market Moves. In addition, Peter publishes a weekly newsletter on the economy and stock market.
RAY KURZWEIL- The Singularity is Near!  Mr. Kurzweil is an inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist. Called “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Kurzweil’s ideas on the future have been touted by his many fans, ranging from Bill Gates to President Bill Clinton. MIT’s Marvin Minsky writes that “with his brilliant descriptions of the coming connections of computers with immortality, Kurzweil clearly takes his place as a leading futurist of our time."
ROBERT SICILIANO “The Lifesaver,” is an expert on personal security. He is a sought after media personality, and a professional speaker on topics ranging from ID Theft, School Safety & Security, Internet Security to Workplace Violence. He has 18 years of security training in everything from white collar crimes to martial arts, personal body-guarding, bar-room bouncing and observing the human condition. Millions of people have learned Robert’s techniques through his seminars and media appearances on The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CNBC, Inside Edition, Sally Jesse, Montel, Maury Povich, Suze Orman, Howard Stern and many more numerous publications.
Prior to her recent role as Maggie the housekeeper on Comedy Central's That's My Bush, MARCIA WALLACE was best known for her Emmy award winning role as Bart's teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, on The Simpsons, and as Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show. She reprised that role when she guest starred as Murphy Brown's 66th secretary, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She reunited with Murphy as a member of her breast cancer support group, with her old boss on George and Leo and appeared on Seventh Heaven and Providence. Marcia's voice has also been heard on several animated series, films and commercials. Marcia successfully battled breast cancer in 1985 and she frequently lectures on the emotional and clinical tribulations of fighting breast cancer, promoting early detection and low-cost mammography. She also speaks on the importance of humor and laughter when facing life's challenges. 
WALLY AMOS As founder of the Famous Amos Cookie Company, Wally Amos is considered the father of the gourmet chocolate-chip cookie industry -- and his latest business venture, Uncle Wally's Muffins, is also off to a roaring start. An expert on overcoming overwhelming odds and turning adversity into opportunity (and ultimate success,) Wally's "fame" is grounded in quality, substance, and his unique positive mental attitude.
MIKE DITKA "Da' Coach" The head coach for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, Mike Ditka first gained notoriety as a hard-nosed professional football player. His playing career was followed by a successful tenure as the head coach of the Chicago Bears, where he lead such distinguished players as Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, and Gary Fencik to a coveted Super Bowl victory.
JACK HANNA popular host of the hit television series, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, is one of America's most beloved naturalists and adventurers. Each week, Hanna takes millions of family viewers on exciting journeys to learn about animals and the places they live. What makes the series a success to a broad segment of viewers is Hanna's enthusiasm and wonderment with every new creature and experience he encounters. No intellectual pomp or indifference here - Jack Hanna is "every person's" television zoologist.
NICK GRAHAM'S eccentric charisma and seat-of-the-pants marketing style transformed JOE BOXER the underwear company into JOE BOXER the entertainment company. As Graham says, "The brand is an amusement park, and the product is the souvenir." While he continues to act as Chief Underpants Officer, he also heads up 100 Minute Company, where his clients benefit from the self-admitted Attention Deficit Disorder that translates his theories for success on all fronts-from entertainment to media to product development. A popular public speaker, Graham is a sought-after presenter of new ideas. 
DR. WAYNE DYER The "Father of Motivation" as known to his fans, is one of the most widely known and respected people in the field of self- empowerment. He became a well known author with his best-selling book, Your Erroneous Zones, and has gone on to write many other self-help classics. Dr. Dyer has helped many organizations find their inner strength to overcome adversity, major challenges, and inevitable change.
BOB EUBANKS is one of the most recognized men in America. For 22 years, Bob wrote television history as the host of the incredibly successful The Newlywed Game. While hosting The Newlywed Game, Bob learned the value of making those around you feel important which led to his success in developing and managing the careers of Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell as well as producing live concerts for the Beatles. From his experiences, Bob deeply believes that our success in life is directly attributed to the way we treat others. He shares this philosophy through anecdotes and personal stories in his keynote presentations. Bob can entertain your group as a keynote speaker or a host to your very own game show. His inspirational message will not only captivate and motivate you; it will help show you the way to personal business success.
CAPT. GERALD COFFEE Incredible Human Spirit - Named one of America's top ten speakers, Coffee is considered by many of his audiences to be their most memorable presenter. Sharing insights derived from his seven years as a POW in North Vietnam and his unique experiences since his release, he plants the seed of hope that we can go beyond mere survival and emerge from our adversities tougher and more capable of mastering change, achieving success, and finding greater meaning in life.
ZONYA FOCO, RD Nobody has more fun talking and writing about health, nutrition and exercise than Zonya Foco, RD. She's vocal and visual about helping people "get it," giving them the information and tools to make healthy choices despite hectic lifestyles. Beans and broccoli, apples to zucchini, she's a bit of a fanatic (in a good way!) about helping people "make their good intentions come true." An expert on nutrition and wellness, author and professional speaker, Zonya earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetics Association. She is also a certified health and fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine.
LARRY HOLMES is the epitome of a champion whose humbleness overshadows his celebrity status. His struggles and determination lead him onto a path of being one of the greatest athletes in history – a 7 ½ world championship reign that was just one victory shy of tying Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 unbeaten streak. And, on October 2, 1980, Holmes’ 11th round victory over Muhammad Ali, cemented his claim as world heavyweight champion.
LINNDA DURRE¢, Ph.D. a licensed psychotherapist and marriage counselor with 28 years of experience, is a consultant, national speaker, published author, magazine and newspaper columnist, TV and radio talk show host and media guest. Dr. Durre¢ consults and speaks to businesses, corporations, agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies on policy and procedure, values and goal clarification, stress and time management, conflict resolution, communication skills, personality disputes, team building, job satisfaction, diversity training, sex discrimination and harassment, and win/win solutions.   
JOE CAMP and Benji believes that the human spirit can still rise above the doom and gloom into which it seems so often born. The unknown, the uncelebrated can still mount a white horse, charge off into the distance and accomplish things worthwhile, and hold his or her head high in the process. His are presentations of promise for all who battle the odds for things held dear and, perhaps, surrender too quickly to those indolent, oft-spoken assurances: You can't do that! That's impossible! Give up! Quit! Sit down! Shut up! Go away! Joe is a passionate and inspirational speaker. His down home manner, infectious wit, and stirring delivery inspire people to crawl out of the box and believe passionately in themselves, and achieve personal heights never dreamed possible. Joe talks about personal success in terms that he thoroughly understands, because he's been there and done that. He speaks of what he knows, sharing his own life experiences, and has a unique, often humorous way of dredging up those hidden demons we might be refusing to recognize.
FLORENCE HENDERSON'S multi-faceted career encompasses over three decades of extraordinary work on stage, screen and television, earning her the trust of millions of fans of all ages. Although she is known around the world for her role as "Carol Brady" on television's "The Brady Bunch," her performing career before and since the popular series has flourished because of her talent, professionalism and universal appeal.
MICHAEL HINGSON As was the case with many Americans, Michael Hingson's life changed dramatically on September 11th. He and his Guide Dog, "Roselle" were the lucky ones, however, in that they escaped the World Trade Center attack. As a WTC survivor and as a Guide Dog user, he was thrust into the international limelight. Michael  has become a national speaker on the topic of trust and teamwork, something he doesn't believe is diminishing despite the parade of headlines about political, corporate and church scandals that have left people questioning their faith in institutions.
SPENCER JOHNSON M.D, Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Johnson is a popular speaker, whose change-management presentations focus on "The Cheese Story" with practical applications. He has often been referred to as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work. Dr. Johnson's motivational speaking style with audience interaction, helps people in organizations see how they can thrive in these changing times. 
LORETTA LAROCHE Relax... you may only have a few minutes left! Known as the "Erma Bombeck of stress," LaRoche uses humor to inspire audiences to slow down, enjoy life, and "find the bless in the mess." She has been an international consultant in the field of stress management for over 30 years and is the star of three acclaimed PBS television specials, The Joy of Stress, Humor Your Stress, and How Serious is This? Loretta has also written several books, including her latest, Relax—You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left
BOB LOVE A severe stutterer most of his life, Bob Love went from Chicago Bulls superstar to low-paid dishwasher almost overnight. But Bob refused to give up and fought back to become one of the most sought-after speakers today. No ordinary speaker, this uplifting program is one that you'll never forget!

PEGGY O'NEILL stands 3 feet 8 inches tall. Tiny in stature, but huge in presence, Peggy delivers a far-reaching message: WALK TALL! Be big on the INSIDE! Honor yourself, accept others, and express your inherent magnificence. Triumphantly meeting life from waist level, Peggy O’Neill offers inspiration and insight to audiences nationwide -- from ages 5 to 85. Peggy speaks on a variety of topics in the areas of: Celebrating Diversity, Personal Empowerment & Overcoming Challenges. 
RUE MCCLANAHAN Passionate. Spirited. Optimistic. No other words can better describe Rue McClanahan, the lovely and energetic star of television and theatre. Best known for her captivating performance as Blanche on the long running hit television sitcom, The Golden Girls, McClanahan is an actress of unusual talents. She has appeared on numerous television shows and movies as well as in major motion pictures. A trained stage actress, McClanahan also has decades of theatre experience, both on and off Broadway, where she has won the critics' and the audiences' hearts over and over again. Now Rue McClanahan comes to the stage for a special discussion of her life experiences. 
EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON Among the elite of professional basketball history, there are few whose greatness compares to that of Ervin “Magic” Johnson. A hero in the annals of NBA record books, his 12-year career, his five titles, and even his multiple MVP recognitions are second thoughts compared to the legendary on court rivalries that brought professional basketball into the mass media limelight. Speaking to audiences as an athlete, an entrepreneur and an HIV survivor, Magic's presentation is captivating and inspiring.

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer in the fields of spirituality and new thought. Ms. Williamson teaches the basic principles of A Course in Miracles and discusses their application to daily living. Her first book, A Return to Love, topped The New York Times bestseller list for 35 weeks in 1992 and was the fifth largest selling book in America that year. She has been lecturing professionally on spirituality and metaphysics since 1983. 

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