Powell Speaker Management was created to keep up with and manage the growing demand of our highly sought-after speaker partner, Mel Robbins.  We quickly realized that our collective knowledge & experience in the entertainment & speaking industries should be offered to support the branding and development of other speakers’ practices – there’s plenty of love to go around.

Our talent management team handles every aspect of an event booking, which gives our speaker partners peace of mind & freedom – to focus on their expertise, to spend time with their families, to take much deserved breaks.

Our commitment to service has solidified our on-going relationships with bureau partners, associations, corporations and production companies. Let us know how we may be of service to you!

Darrin Powell

Darrin Powell – Founder

Don’t be fooled by Darrin’s laid-back, easy-going, ‘steady Eddie’ disposition. Behind the scenes, Darrin works tirelessly to deliver the type of service that garners trust and reliability among our clients and bureau partners. Darrin is a 25-year veteran to the speaking industry, dedicating 15 of those years with a top rated speakers bureau, serving as its VP.

He transitioned into Speaker Management in 2013 after signing one of the world’s top influencers, Mel Robbins, to the roster. A Texas native, Darrin rolls with his Bernese Mountain dog in his 4×4, but his wife of 27 years and three children are his ultimate pride and joy.

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Kelli Hunter

Kelli Hunter – Partner

Kelli has over two decades of experience in operational management – the last ten of which have been spent in events and speaker management. From starting out in logistics, to her most recent role as COO of a coaching, consulting, and speaking firm, Kelli has seen it all. Her sweet spot is bridging the gap between big company goals and the little details that get you there.

Kelli has an eye for detail, loves a good system, and believes that an excel spreadsheet and a well-organized to do list can solve most of life’s problems. Kelli lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Outside of work, she can be found chasing her two kids, finding new recipes for her husband to cook, singing show tunes a little off key, and trying not to get lost in the woods while out for a run.

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Emily Livingston

Emily Livingston – Senior Manager, Events & Operations

Emily is no stranger to the world of organized events. She began her career in Logistics & Event Coordination at one of the leading speakers’ bureaus, and she now has over 15 years of experience ranging from creating detailed speaking agendas to managing large-scale ground transportation for corporate events around the country.

Austin, TX is where Emily calls home. You can find her stand-up paddle boarding on Town Lake, chasing her 3 boys around in the ridiculous Texas summer heat, or enjoying the Austin live music scene with her husband.

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Lori Powell

Lori Smith – Accounting Manager

Lori is an entrepreneur, wife, and mom who values time spent with friends and family. She worked as a CPA for one of the big 5 accounting firms before venturing into the entrepreneurial world as a Founding Partner at J. Hilburn.

When she’s not managing the books for Powell Speaker Management or styling her clients, she serves in leadership roles in her community and volunteers at her family church. Lori loves a good card game, suspenseful tv series, and the latest business book or podcast. Her non-negotiable must-have is a Margarita on Friday night.

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