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We Book Celebrity Entertainers and Inspirational Keynote Speakers that offer presentations on Leadership, Change, Motivation, Business, and much more for Meetings, Conferences and Conventions.

As a family-owned business, our values and attention to detail are paramount to our success. It’s how we’ve built our reputation as the best speakers agency in the Twin Cities, and how we’ve maintained our presence across the country. Our longevity in the industry, coupled with our exceptional customer service has earned us trusting partnerships.

The Trusted Speakers Agency of the Twin Cities

Preferred Speakers has been working with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, educational institutions, and non-profits for over 40 years.  Exceptional customer service and experience matter.  Meeting planning executives can trust Preferred Speakers to work by their side to research and book celebrity speakers, keynote speakers, professional entertainers. Preferred Speakers is a trusted Minneapolis-based speakers agency booking speakers and celebrities for corporate meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Find the Best Guest Speaker for Every Event

With access to the top professional speakers, experts, trainers, and celebrities in the country, Preferred Speakers works closely with meeting planners to research and book the best guest speakers for any event. Whether it’s a local keynote speaker in Minneapolis, MN, or a celebrity speaker from across state lines, we will work with you to ensure that your next event is a success.

Preferred Speakers- Meet the Team

Sheila Harris


Sheila joined Preferred Speakers in 1986. Over the years, she has booked hundreds of speakers and entertainers and has become an expert at matching the right speaker with the right audience. Her vast knowledge of exceptional talent, and quick study of business, is a great asset when searching for the right talent. Experience matters!

She’s an award-winning member of MPI and has served on both the Board and several committees. She has also served on the MSAE Speaker Showcase committee.

In her spare time, Sheila loves to exercise and spend time with her husband and kids.



Annie came on board in 1991 and quickly distinguished herself by handling every detail with care. From contracts and logistics to interviews, book signings, and more, she’s on top of it.

In her free time, Annie loves spending time with her husband and three children and reading anything she can get her hands on. She is fascinated by stories—which is another way of saying she is fascinated by people. And that’s what this business is all about.

Katy Burke


Katy Burke is recognized as a growth-focused strategic visionary with a successful track record creating connections that drive consistent revenue opportunities, membership, and positive change in early-stage, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. Katy’s non-traditional career path gave her multi-dimensional and multi-faceted experience in leadership roles for a variety of industries, from television to manufacturing.

In her current non-profit role, Katy is the Executive Director of TeamWomen, an organization focused on empowering female leaders from the classroom to the boardroom.  A premiere professional women’s organization, the 675 members of TeamWomen include key business, sports, civic and community leaders committed to professional development and mentoring. In addition, TeamWomen provides youth leadership development through its Empower Leadership Academy focused on developing confidence, resilience, mental wellness, and leadership skills.
Katy brings her lifelong experience and perspective to TeamWomen, its hundreds of members, and the broader community as a role model, teacher, and thought leader. A powerful catalyst and advocate for women supporting, connecting, and empowering other women to help everyone thrive and succeed. Current board service includes Relate Counseling Center, TeamWomen Board of Directors, and Advisory Board of the Twin Cities Film Fest.
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