About us

Our Story


Powell Speaker Management was created to keep up with 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!

Meet the Team

Darrin Powell

President

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 bureau partners. 

Darrin is a 20-year veteran to the speaking industry. He has dedicated 15 of those years working with a top rated speakers bureau, serving as its VP. He transitioned into Speaker Management in 2013.

A Dallas native, Darrin rolls with his dog and his pickup truck.  His wife of 20 years and three children are his ultimate pride and joy.

Jeanette Fernandez

Business Development

Jeanette stumbled upon the speaking biz in 2012, where she worked at the industry’s most respected bureau. She continued her industry work at a talent agency – affectionately known as the money gal.

In her previous life, she managed Chicago’s premiere indi-house music record label where she oversaw business affairs and negotiated worldwide licensing, recording and publishing deals.

While in search for a more purposeful existence, she opened a restaurant (insane idea, I know) in Chicago, which served worldly, street food & sponsored cultural events. She took a brief hiatus to raise her kiddies and to rediscover a meaningful work-life balance.

Jeanette feels blessed to be surrounded by everyday people living courageously. She enjoys volunteering her time toward initiatives that empower communities, raising monarch butterflies, snuggling with her dogs, baking killer cookies & embarrassing her two children.

Kelli Hunter

Contracts Administrator

Kelli Hunter has almost two decades of experience in administrative management and operational oversight from the nonprofit world, higher education and speaker management.

A jill-of-all-trades, Kelli believes that an excel spreadsheet and a well-organized to-do list can solve most of life’s problems.

Kelli is fascinated by people and the stories they share. She believes that the most interesting parts of life (and people) are found when you are able to live into the grey and embrace the chaos. She feels privileged to be working with speakers using the narrative of their experiences to do just that.

Kelli lives in Nashville, Tennessee. When not organizing the world, she can be found chasing her two small kids, finding new recipes for her husband to cook, slowly going for a run, and yelling at the cats to get off the kitchen table.

Michelle Lamba-Dabovic

Logistics Coordinator

Michelle is a woman with a Plan A, B, C, and D. An inner geek obsessed with all things technology, she was previously an IT consultant, troubleshooting hardware and software issues for clients.

She originally conceptualized the idea for the windows operating system, but unfortunately a multinational technology company, with headquarters in Washington state, beat her to the punch 😛 Before her hacker days, she was the front face of a successful Fortune 500 company, handling administrative tasks and supporting upper level executives.

When not glued to her digital devices, she rides motorcycles, reads Bukowski, learns about quantum theory, and celebrates life and death. Michelle enjoys a minimalistic existence where she travels the world and would love a chance to help children in developing countries.

Emily Livingston

Special Projects Coordinator

Emily began her career in 2006 as an event & logistics coordinator at a leading speakers bureau after graduating from Southwestern University with a degree in Communication Studies. She assisted the top sales producers with flight, hotel, ground transport, conference calls, and contract management, where she discovered her love for organizing speaker events from start to finish.

She delved deeper into large event logistics, exclusively managing ground transportation onsite throughout the US and supervising a team specializing in executive ground travel for top Fortune 500 companies.

Emily’s favorite way to spend time is exploring Austin, TX with her husband and three boys. She enjoys watching and playing sports and has been to 3 of the 4 grand slam tennis tournaments around the world. The only one left is Wimbledon – book an event in London, and maybe she’ll tag along!