Speakers

The Booking Connection exclusively represents a select and eclectic group of motivational speakers, television personalities, newscasters and psychics.  They represent a diverse group with expertise that ranges from business, media and politics to civil rights, consumer issues and the afterlife. 

Janice Lieberman

Speaking Topics:

– Consumer Affairs
– Women’s Issues
– “As Seen On TV”
– “How To Shop For A Husband”

Janice Lieberman has been the featured consumer reporter on NBC’s Today Show.  A Skilled journalist, author and contributor, Janice has vast experience reporting for CNBC, NBC, and ABC, having dedicated her career to investigating and reporting on consumer products.

In 1999, Janice joined NBC and has since acted as the Consumer Reporter for The Today Show. Janice is formerly a contributing Editor for Reader’s Digest with her column, “Here’s the Deal.”  Additionally, Janice serves as an expert contributor to the Fine Living Network offering consumer tips to its viewers. She has hosted two of their shows, Stop You’re Paying Too Much! and Money Magazine’s Tips for Couples.

Prior to her work on The Today Show, she was the consumer reporter for Good Morning America and was host of CNBC’s Steals and Deals, a nightly investigative consumer finance show.

In addition to working as a consumer reporter, Janice has authored two books, Tricks of the Trade: A Consumer Survival Guide and How to Shop for a Husband. Mrs. Lieberman has appeared as a contributor on Oprah, Montel and Leeza. She has written articles for Redbook, Fit Pregnancy and Lifestyle magazines and has blogged for MSNBC and ivillage. In her earlier reporting days, Janice was an anchor and reporter with WIVB-TV in Buffalo, and worked as a researcher for WCBS-TV in New York and ABC News.

Janice was recently inducted in the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Check Out Janice on The Today Show

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Roscoe Orman

Speaking Topics:

– “All You Need To Know About Life, You Learned on Sesame Street”
– “Sesame Street & The Civil Rights Movement”

Roscoe Orman has been known to millions for his 40 years as ‘Gordon’ on PBS’s highly acclaimed children’s series Sesame Street, where he has become a symbol of fatherhood to an entire generation.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Roscoe began his acting studies at the Circle In The Square Theatre School with Michael Kahn. Since making his professional debut with the Next Stage Theatre Company’s 1962 production of If We Grow Up, he has achieved a long and distinguished list of theatre credits.

Roscoe has hosted many child related events, including national telethons for the prevention of both child abuse and violence among children as well as the Children’s Defense Fund’s Stand For Children and New York City’s Kid’s Day events.” He has toured extensively with his Gordon of Sesame Street concerts and as a keynote speaker.

As a writer, Roscoe has penned many poems and was a contributing editor of Black Theatre Magazine during the 1970s. Orman has also written a memoir, Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor.  He has also written a children’s book, Ricky & Mobo, which he also illustrated.

In 2008 he was named “Chief Storyteller” and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation’s leading provider of digitally downloaded children’s literature.

As an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans, Roscoe toured throughout the South for two years and served as the company’s artistic director for one season. A founding member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre, he appeared prominently in most of that company’s productions.  He has appeared on Broadway in August Wilson’s Fences and in numerous feature films and television shows.

Les Trent

Speaking Topics:

– “Eyewitness to the World’s Biggest Stories”
– “Overcome Life’s Struggles and You Might Meet Oprah Too!”

Les Trent faced many challenges on his way to becoming the Senior Correspondent of the syndicated television news show Inside Edition. He overcame them on his way to becoming one of the most recognizable faces on syndicated news magazines.

Les grew up one of seven children of a divorced mom in Southern Ontario. Working a variety of jobs, including radio DJ, he put himself through college. His hard work landed him in television news where he worked his way up from local news to national syndication.

However, in 2000, Les had surgery for a rare type of tumor called a Pheochromocytoma. It was removed. Unfortunately 12 years later it reemerged and in an extremely rare case it metastasized in a tumor on his spinal cord. Fortunately surgery, spinal fusion and radiation treatments put the cancer into remission. He says the issues he faced as a patient, before and after the cancer diagnosis, have helped him understand the need to keep a positive attitude and advocate for your patient’s rights.

Les has covered such high-profile stories as Princess Diana’s funeral, the 9-11 attacks, the O.J. Simpson Trials. He was also was one of the first journalists to report from inside a nursing home, where 34 elderly residents died after being left behind during Hurricane Katrina, where he covered the storm. Trent was one of the first journalists to bring the incredible story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the Golden Voice who captured America’s attention.

He has covered breaking stories around the world for more than 20 years. He was on the 2004 and 2008 campaign trails interviewing the presidential candidates. The New York Observer praised Trent for his insightful and persistent questioning of then U.S. Sen. John Edwards and declared that Trent “stole the show” at the presidential hopefuls Manhattan press conference.

Les has provided Inside Edition’s coverage of the Cannes Film Festival over the years, and he traveled to Rome for a Vatican screening of the CBS miniseries on the life of the late Pope John Paul II. He is constantly interviewing the biggest names in entertainment ranging from Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie to Oprah Winfrey and Harry Belafonte to Hugh Jackman and Jerry Seinfeld.

Prior to joining Inside Edition, Les spent five years as an on-air correspondent for King World’s “American Journal.” He also served more than 10 years as a local reporter in San Francisco and Buffalo, New York, where he started his career in radio. He has been inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Rachel Braun Scherl

Speaking Topics:

– Women’s Leadership Issues
– Female Sexual Health

A seasoned and dynamic executive, Rachel has focused on driving Growth Through Innovation for a range of Fortune 500 clients and start-up companies, as well as several of her own businesses. Rachel brings a wide range of experience, an entertaining style, and a great sense of humor to her speaking, focusing on a range of business topics, including management, entrepreneurship, and women in the business world.

In 1998, she co-found SPARK Solutions for Growth. The firm provides pragmatic, business-building and innovation expertise to some of the world’s best companies and brands in the world, including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Disney, American Express, Allergan, Deloitte, Merck, and Bayer.

Rachel and her partner created Semprae Laboratories, Inc., a company created to focus on developing and marketing women’s sexual health products. Rachel speaks frequently on issues related to women’s leadership and female sexual health.

Rachel has lectured at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Barnard College as well at other major universities and conferences. Television appearances include ABC’s Nightline, CBS News, and MSNBC, among others. Rachel has also been interviewed and quoted in leading publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, AOL, The Huffington Post, and CNN.

Rachel has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, as well as an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

“Baby Joe" Mesi

Once a small kid, who was bullied in high school Joe Mesi overcame a great deal of adversity to become the number one heavyweight boxing contender in the world with an unbeaten record.

Then just as he was about to realize his dream of a title shot, a brain injury, took it away. But as he had with everything else in his life, he prevailed over that injury, returned to the ring and moved on to a new phase in his life as a successful businessman and family man.

As a motivational speaker Joe Mesi relates all those experiences and the lessons they taught him to a wide array of audiences. He talks about Anti-Bullying, Dealing with Brain Injuries and Goal Setting.

Baby Joe started boxing at 19, a little later than most fighters, but his career was marked by success from the beginning. Joe was a three-time New York State Golden Gloves champ and defeated future heavyweight titleholder Hasim Rahman to win the Empire State Games championship in 1993.

Also in the ring as an amateur, “Baby Joe” was a 1996 Olympic Team alternate, winning against the German and English representatives before the games started that year.

His professional titles include New York State Heavyweight champ, WBC US heavyweight champion, and North American Boxing Federation heavyweight champion and at one point ranked as the number one heavyweight contender in the world by the WBC before an unfortunate injury against former cruiserweight champion Vassily Jirov in March of 2004 derailed his title shot.

Today, the ex-fighter makes his living in medical sales, where he calls on neurosurgeons and pain management physicians, selling surgical implants to help patients suffering from chronic pain. It’s an irony that’s not lost on him.

Joe also created a foundation called Champs Against Bullying where he spends considerable time talking to people, young and old, about the bullying issues that many young people face.

Joe has the ability to relate his experiences to all types of audiences, motivating them to make changes in their lives. If you’d like to book Joe for your next event, please contact us at [email protected]

Brian Wilson

Tired of the same old liberal vs. conservative political lectures? How about someone who says both conservatives and liberals are wrong?

Meet Brian Wilson, a nationally-known radio and television host, author, speaker and consultant.

Throughout his decades long career, Brian hosted successful radio programs in the nation’s largest cities, including New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

As morning drive host at the “Big Apple’s” WABC, he assisted the station with its transition from music to talk. As co-host of the highly successful Z-Morning Zoo at Z-100, Wilson opened at Radio City Music Hall for two weeks of sold out performances for world-famous entertainers Siegfried and Roy.

While in New York, Brian made numerous guest TV appearances on major network programs, including Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, ABC World News Tonight, as well as starring in the premiere episode of ABC’s sitcom Anything for a Laugh.

He continues his TV appearances to this day as a guest on numerous talk and political programs.

Wilson also played a role in the start-up of CNN, hosting an entertainment segment called Take Two. In a return to Atlanta in the 1990s, Brian not only worked in talk radio, he also hosted Talk at Night, a week-night television talk program.

Wilson is the author of two books – A Media Guide for Market-Liberal Organizations, and The Little Black Book on Whitewater.

Brian was also a trailblazer as the first major-market talk radio host to fill-in around the country without leaving the comfort of his home studio. Wilson hosted radio programs in Seattle, Sacramento, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Kansas City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Charlotte, Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York, to name just a few of the cities.

The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher wrote, “He’s so good that his listeners could be forgiven for thinking that he’s in the ‘City by the Bay’ rather than in a bedroom in Maryland.” Brian McTavish at The Kansas City Star noted, “He was only supposed to be a fill-in (and wasn’t even in town). But Brian Wilson – not the fabled Beach Boy, but the freelance radio personality – gave off enough good vibrations as a temporary morning host to be offered a full-time job.”

Brian’s political beliefs center on personal responsibility and self-ownership.

Artie Kornfeld

Artie Kornfeld is record producer and music executive best known as the co-creator and promoter for the Woodstock Festival held in 1969. That alone would be a lifetime of stories of any career. However, Artie also worked with many of the biggest names in music from the 1960s through the 2000s.

Artie’s musical career started in the late 1950s when he found himself with a record deal and on stage singing backup for Dion and The Belmonts and The Skyliners. He then started writing music and became the vice president of Capitol Records. By the late 1960s, he wrote more than 75 Billboard charted songs including The Pied Piper by Cripian St. Peters and the Cowsills hit The Rain, The Park & Other Things.

He left the record label in 1969 to co-create The Woodstock Music & Art Festival, the first music festival of its kind. In addition to convincing the acts to appear, by convincing them to sign blank contracts prior to going on stage, he was responsible for putting the Academy Award-winning documentary together.

After Woodstock, Artie returned to the world of record producing and spent the next 40 years composing songs for, managing and/or promoting some of the biggest names in music including: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Santana, Steve Perry, Kiss, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Melissa Etheridge, Sass Jordan, Nuclear Valdez, Queensryche, Depeche Mode, Survivor, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, The Band, Blondie, Davy Jones, Bob Seger, Triumph, The Cowsills, J. Giles Band, Roger Miller, Linda Ronstadt, Alanis Morissette, Lou Rawls, Tragically Hip, April Wine, Joe South, Wilson Phillips, Alice Cooper, Paul Cotton, Michelle, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, Greg Allman Band, Ratt, Vixon, Asia, TNT, Quiet Riot, Eddie Money, John Williams, Justin Bieber and Billy Ray Cyrus and AC/DC.

Artie has also spent 40 years speaking to schools, organizations, and universities on the true meaning behind Woodstock. The embodiment of the Woodstock Nation has used his career pre and post Woodstock 1969 to convey the true meaning to those with open minds and ears. Kornfeld also hosts his own show aptly titled “The Spirit Show” http://spiritofwoodstock69.com.

Susan Candiotti

Susan Candiotti may be best known for her 21-year career as national correspondent at CNN. But the journalistic foundation for that career was forming here in Western New York.

If there was a major national story, chances are Susan covered it … and won awards in doing so. She played a key role CNN’s award-winning investigative team covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. While reporting on the Times Square bomber as it happened, she was the first reporter to find and reveal video of the plotter buying ingredients for his homemade device.

Susan also led the team of correspondents covering the Boston Marathon bombing and broke ongoing developments in the investigation. She was also the first CNN correspondent on the scene of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Some of her other notable assignments included Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake, the Penn State child abuse scandal and trial, the Elian Gonzalez story, the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, trial and execution of Timothy McVeigh, which included an interview with McVeigh in prison.

Susan has covered many air disasters over the years including the being the first CNN team on the scene of the Miracle on the Hudson. Her career has also included presidential politics as she covered the 2000 Florida Presidential recount and 2008 Presidential campaign.

Marv Levy

NFL Hall of Fame Coach

Speaking Topics Include:

– Motivation
– Team Building
– Facing Challenges
– Football Memories
– Personal Appearances

No matter what the topic, Marv Levy will have your attendees saying, “Where would you rather be than right here, right now” by the end of his talk. He knows how to engage an audience and teach them lessons they will use in everyday business and life.

Upon retiring after 47 years as football coach, Marv wasn’t ready to just call it quits. He turned to another love in his life, and that was writing.

First, it was his New York Times Best Seller List autobiography Where Else Would You Rather Be, and then he wrote Between the Lies, a captivating novel which, in fictional form still shed considerable light on the coach, general manager, owner relationships that take place in the NFL.

After that he turned to another form of literature – poetry. At the age of 89, the World War II veteran, holder of a graduate school degree from Harvard, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach (Class of 2001) who led his Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, continues to keep the energy flowing with his insightful and amusing book of poetry It’s Time For A Rhyme.

Marv continues to be the student athlete that he was in his undergraduate days at Coe College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was an eight letter man, who played varsity football, basketball and ran track.

Book Marv Levy for your next event or appearance.

Other Speakers We Book

The Booking Connection has brought in many of the biggest names for client events. Below is a list of some of the major Motivational Speakers you may want to consider.

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World Affairs

  • President Bill Clinton
  • President George W. Bush
  • Al Gore
  • Kofi Annan
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Laura Bush
  • Condoleeza Rice
  • Ehud Barak
  • Tony Blair
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Politics

  • Robert Gates
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • David Axelrod
  • David Plouffe
  • Jon Favreau
  • Stephanie Cutter
  • Mary Matalin
  • James Carville
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Comedy

  • Jon Stewart
  • Bill Maher
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Media & Entertainment

  • Lesley Stahl
  • Katie Couric
  • Bob Woodward
  • Carl Bernstein
  • Danny Glover
  • Michael Moore
  • Giuliana & Bill Rancic
  • Henry Winkler
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Business

  • Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield
  • President Donald Trump
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Tom Peters
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Sports

  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Tom Watson
  • Bill Walton   
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Science & Technology

  • Neal deGrasse Tyson
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Steven Chu
  • Benjamin Carson

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