Deborah Benson


Driven by a desire to help people find their unique voices and amplify the impact of their work, Deborah has partnered with a wide variety of speakers and organizations since 2001. While living in Washington, DC, she co-created the National Geographic Speakers Bureau, helping explorers and photographers channel insights from their field expeditions and research into entertaining talks for the stage.  She also served as the first head of marketing for the touring speaker series National Geographic Live, growing it beyond the U.S. and bringing the groundbreaking work of Nat Geo storytellers to audiences from Seattle's Benaroya Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

Today, Deborah works closely with performing arts presenters, Fortune 500 companies, universities, conferences, and NGOs to curate workshops, panel discussions, and keynote presentations that explore timely issues, bond teams together, mark a milestone, or simply celebrate the joy of being alive.

In addition to running Changemaker Talent, Deborah serves as the lead agent for the Nat Geo Speakers Bureau, a director for Ripple Effect Images, and a public speaking instructor for Sony and its Artisans of Imagery.  She has collaborated and partnered with TED as a member of its TEDx Council, served on the Advisory Boards of Geffen Playhouse in Westwood and Zoo Atlanta, and partnered with Grand Canyon Trust, NPR, PBS, and others. She also regularly coaches aspiring and established speakers.  Please see below for more information about private coaching.



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