Climate change, women's empowerment, sustainability and other types of social good conferences around the world feature keynote speakers who share their expertise and/or stories about the obstacles that they have overcome as a way to educate and inspire others.
The best venues offer an eclectic mix of celebrities, authors, poets, scientists, writers, startups, activists, indigenous people, and foundations, amongst others. Depending on the institution, engagements can range from being unpaid but offer a tremendous amount of publicity, to paid with average professional speaking fees coming in at $6,000 and going up beyond $40,000 per hour.
If someone who you know has done something that is making a difference in the world, use this list to nominate that person as a speaker. Note, some of these events even allow you to nominate yourself.
|TED||TED is home to a constantly growing set of novel and powerful ideas. Front-row seat to see what's shaping up in technology, business, science, design and the arts.||Nominate Speaker at TED|
|MCON||MCON IS FOR PEOPLE WHO GIVE A DAMN ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE AND WANT TO TURN THEIR INTEREST INTO ACTION.||Nominate Speaker at MCON|
|Social Good Summit||The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held annually during UNGA Week.||Nominate Speaker at Social Good Summit||Fall, annually||New York|
|SDG Media Zone||The SDG Media Zone is a platform to create live content, connect and celebrate the initiatives of the global community working on the Sustainable Development Goals.||Nominate a Speaker at the SDG Media Zone||Fall, annually||At the United Nations in New York|
|COP||Conference of the Parties for climate change.|
|Hustle Con||An event for non technical startup tactics.||Nominate a Speaker at Hustle Con|
|Sustainable Brands||Mission is to inspire, engage and equip brands to succeed by leading the way to a sustainable future||Nominate a Speaker at Sustainable Brands|
|MIT Technology Review||The mission of MIT Technology Review is to equip its audiences with the intelligence to understand a world shaped by technology.||Nominate a Speaker at MIT|
|techweek||To spread wealth creation to diverse places and people by supporting the emergence of Hero Companies.||Nominate a Speaker at techweek||New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City|
|NASA||The Office of the Chief Scientist produces a platform for innovative discussion and inspiration to catalyze scientific progress, share ideas, and communicate new and exciting concepts.||Nominate a Speaker at NASA"|
|Global Entrepreneurial Summit||During his "A New Beginning" speech in Cairo, President Obama announced that the U.S. will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) has become an annual event.||Nominate a Speaker for GES|
|Sustainatopia||Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries.||Nominate a Speaker at Sustainatopia||MAY 7TH - 10TH, 2017||SAN FRANCISCO · TO MARINES MEMORIAL CLUB & HOTEL|
|SUP-X||A two day international conference and expo that attracts 1500+ startup and early-stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors and related service providers from throughout North America.||Nominate a Speaker at SUP||March 6-7, 2017||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Yale University||“If you can identify with something bigger than yourself and ‘bask in reflected glory,’ you can feel pretty good about other people’s successes. This is the key to happiness. … This is what makes this place so wonderful.”|
— Peter Salovey, President Yale Univeristy
|Nominate a Speaker at Yale|
|VERGE||VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. This global event series convenes the ecosystem of leading players working to turn the promise of sustainability into tangible opportunities for business, the environment, and society.||Nominate a Speaker at Verge||JUNE 20th - 27th||Hawaii|