The following links are to some of the most inspiring videos or presentations I have ever seen. While they are not necessarily in any order, they represent some of my most favorite people and have some amazingly powerful messages that I hope will inspire you as much as they have me.

Need a little motivational boost? Here are my people:

  1. Shonda Rhimes: Dartmouth Commencement
  2. Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last
  3. Lisa Nichols: No Matter What
  4. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do
  5. Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
  6. Brene Brown: Listening to Shame
  7. Dame Helen Mirren: Tulane Commencement Speech
  8. Admiral William H. McRaven: University of Texas 2014 Commencement Address
  9. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
  10. Steve Jobs: Stanford 2005 Commencement Speech
  11. J.K. Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure
  12. Brene Brown: Empathy
  13. Why Mindfulness is a Super Power
  14. Mel Robbins: The Secret to Self Motivation
  15. Simon Sinek: This is Why You Don’t Succeed
  16. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Yale 2018
  17. Oprah Winfrey: USC 2018
  18. Ronan Farrow: Loyola Marymount University (2018)
  19. Congressman John Lewis: Harvard University (2018)
  20. Hamdi Ulukaya (CEO – Chobani): Wharton 2018
  21. Tim Cook: “Be Fearless” – Duke University 2018
  22. Melinda Gates: What Graduates Need to Hear At Commencement Time
  23. John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding (2001)
  24. Warren Buffet: How to Turn a $500.00 Investment Into $400 Million Dollars
  25. Your Graduation Speeches in 50 Words – 2018
  26. Steven Spielberg: Harvard University 2016
  27. The Untold Story of Robert Mueller’s Time in the Vietnam War
  28. Michelle Obama’s Emotional Letter on Loss, Love and Making History (Video)
  29. Viola Davis: Commencement Speech – Barnard College
  30. Jimmy Kimmel: Commencement Speech 2019 – USC Keck School of Medicine
  31. Oprah Interviews Michelle Obama on her book “Becoming”
  32. Sting: How I Started Writing Songs Again (TED)
  33. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating (TED)
  34. Margaret Heffernan: The Human Skills We Need In An Unpredictable World (TED)
  35. Grace – Orlando Health: How a clinical team manages a traumatic event
  36. How NFL (Patriots) Star Michael Bennett Manages His Money
  37. Indra Nooyi Shared A Work Regret On Her Last Day as Pepsi CEO
  38. Beth Ford – Land O’Lakes CEO Interview – 60 Minutes
  39. Indra Nooyi: Truths From The Top (Interview)
  40. Fred Rogers: Dartmouth College Commencement Speech (2002)
  41. Representative Elijah Cummings: Morgan State University Commencement Speech (2019)
  42. Encountering Storm Force 10 – From the NBJS Blog – Great Lesson About Facing Fear
  43. Elie Wiesel: The Perils of Indifference
  44. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: What Makes A Meaningful Life – Stanford Rathbun Lecture
  45. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Power of Listening – Amherst College
  46. Micheal Jr.: More Than Funny (TEDx University of Nevada)
  47. Stephen Colbert Discusses How He Knew His Wife Evie Was “The One”
  48. Taylor Swift: New York University Commencement Speech (2022)
  49. Stephen Colbert: Knox College Commencement Speech (2006)
  50. Tom Hanks: Vassar College Commencement Speech (2005)