The nation's leading experts often command large fees to speak before groups at conferences and trade shows. There are other forums where experts, policy makers or celebrities are invited to speak, given the right issue and audience.  Here are some of the best forums to try to get invited to speak at:

  • The Detroit Economic Club
  • City Club of Cleveland
  • Churchill Club 
  • Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
  • Miliken Institute Global Conference
  • Town Hall of Los Angeles
  • Washington Ideas Forum (Atlantic Magazine)
  • National Press Club
  • The Executives Club of Chicago
  • The City Club of Chicago

There are other events produced by: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Atlantic, and Aspen Institute to name a few. 


In addition to the above-mentioned clubs, there may be other influential organizations to target, depending on the issues, such as:

  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • National League of Cities
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Manufacturing Institute 
  • Texas CEO Magazine Roundtable
  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • Davos
  • The Wall Sreet Journal's CEO Council
  • American Chamber of Commerce Executives
  • Federal Reserve Bank (various regional branches)
  • Other Economic and City Clubs (i.e Chicago, Grand Rapids, Washington, DC)

While others such as The Disney Institute, provide great opportunities to learn new