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Tap Into DC’s Network of Speakers & Moderators

You don't have to go far to find a high-caliber speaker in DC. From professors to politicos, your event's keynote is likely already in town.

Holding a special event in DC gives you access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers, even beyond the political arena. The metropolitan region is home to the third-highest number of bioscience companies in the world, more than 50 colleges and universities and high-profile media outlets like The Washington Post, National Geographic, National Public Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Major corporations like Marriott International and Lockheed Martin are headquartered just a few miles from the U.S. Capitol.

How do you capture that intellectual allure for your next meeting? Start with your professional contacts, organization leadership and alumni networks. The right connections can help you save on speaker fees and can add a personal touch to your conference or event.

You can also enlist the help of a speakers bureau to secure the right speaker for your event. Here are a few good places to begin your search:

Washington Speakers Bureau

Exclusive representation of nearly 200 of the world’s greatest minds. Find distinguished U.S. and world leaders, prominent economic experts, business visionaries, thought-provoking journalists, historians, humorists, and more great achievers.

Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau

A speakers bureau headquartered in Washington, DC with exclusive representation of high profile business, political and media leaders. Speakers include Gen. Stanley McChrystal, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, former White House press secretary Dana Perino, New York Times lead technology writer Nick Bilton, the co-founders of POLITICO, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and more.

All-American Speakers

Based in North Carolina, this speakers bureau can connect you with journalists Andrea Mitchell, Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward; television personality Lisa Ling, and Washington, DC native Mo Rocca.

Capital Speakers Club of Washington, DC, Inc.

A speaker consultancy, Capital Speakers can connect organizations with speakers including political satirist Mark Russell, 60 Minutes founder Don Hewitt and author Scott Turow.

Du Plain Enterprises, Inc.

Interfaith and intercultural speakers are the specialty of the Falls Church, Va.-based company. Find a roster including Dr. Ben Chavis, president of the Hip Hop Summit Action Nation, noted authors Ken Burns and Kitty Kelley, as well as Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian-American to be appointed U.S. ambassador.

Keppler Speakers

Founded in 1983, this locally-owned business connects event planners with speakers like author David Baldacci, Senator Tom Daschle, actor and author Ben Stein and Rita Dove, the United States’ first African-American poet laureate.

This website offers live speaker support and the ability to connect directly with agents to  check availability and fees. DC-based speakers featured on the site include Jan Scruggs, a Vietnam War veteran who led the fundraising drive to construct the Vietnam Memorial, sociolinguist Deborah Tannen and Fox sportscaster James Brown.

Universities: University professors can add insight to your panel discussions and deliver compelling speeches and presentations. Utilize the university’s website for direct links to faculty. The directories are typically housed on each university’s media information page. Or, follow one of these shortcuts:

  • American University

  • Catholic University of America

  • Georgetown University

  • George Washington University

  • Howard University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • University of Maryland

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