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“If it makes sense, we build it…our way.”  -Ken Lingad, CEO

That is exactly what we did when we created a specialized vertical to service our existing clients who wanted the same caliber of expertise we deliver in communications, business development, artist management, and other areas in which our branded divisions continue to disrupt and redefine. While some organizations representing Speaking and Literary Talent actually outsource their public relations and publicity needs to us, a select group of leading voices now entrust their own management, representation, and booking to the pros at 1680.

1680PR leverages the strengths of our sister companies, divisions, and departments to best represent our exclusive roster of literary talents, motivational speakers, keynote speakers, inspirational speakers, business speakers, celebrity speakers, commencement speakers and professional speakers for conventions, conferences, corporate events, fundraisers and special events of all types. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that your organization will have a seamless and worry-free experience from booking and logistics planning, to the appearance.

Borrowing from the experienced logistics team under our live entertainment arm, a dedicated manager will help you book travel and hotel, arrange security (if necessary), approve publicity materials, and ensure an open line of communication between you and the speaker. Your organization will benefit from 1680’s collective experience managing projects for SXSW (South by Southwest), NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), AFPM (American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers), MENC (Music Educators National Conference), New York Fashion Week, Fashion’s Night Out (the word’s biggest events in fashion) WMBA (Women’s Music Business Association-Nashville), Breaking Bad television series, Levo League, and multiple national music act tours.

See our speakers list below and put our experts and expertise to work for your organization by contacting us today!

Bill Miller
3-time GRAMMY® award-winner, Artist, Educator, Activist
Considered the most prolific Native American music and arts personality around the world, Bill Miller (Mohican) has overcome tremendous abuse and adversity on his life’s journey from the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation, to becoming one of the most successful American music acts of the last two decades!

Speech Topics

TWELVE FEATHERS OF HEALING – Growing up in an abusive, alcoholic home and surviving racial inequality, Bill Miller is no stranger to hardship. In this talk, Miller walks through the “Twelve Feathers of Healing” that he developed to overcome and reconcile his past. He takes his audience from the shallows to the depths and shows how to face the storms of life by being led by the spirit, ultimately emerging victorious and blessing others.

THIS EARTH IS SACRED GROUND – As an American Indian, Bill Miller shares a fresh and holistic perspective on environmental responsibility. His emphasis is on the holy and whole aspects of the earth and how they can enrich daily life. By sharing how the sacred ground influences his art, music and spiritual path, Miller demonstrates a new model for preserving, protecting and honoring the planet.

OVERCOMING RACIAL BIASES: UNIFYING OUR WORLD TRIBE – Speaking from personal life experiences, Bill Miller brings an emotional indictment to the social and cultural divides that generate conflicts that have made national headlines, and provides a framework for true reconciliation, healing, and human unity.


Whether painting a picture with his carefully chosen words or wielding a brush to place colors on canvas, Bill Birdsong Miller always creates from a vibrant emotional palette. Drawing from his own life experiences as well as centuries of tradition, Miller is an artist of considerable depth. A three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter as well as an acclaimed speaker and gifted painter, Miller is the quintessential American artist. He has a restless creative spirit mingled with a well-grounded perspective and a heartfelt integrity that infuse his work with both substance and unique style.

Miller’s most recent work, Chronicles of Hope, is his most personal, most transparent work to date. “This is the most unique record I’ve made in the years because it was delving into life and death issues. I didn’t plan it to be that way, but the songs became prophetic,” he confesses. “I went through a lot of life lessons.”

Miller has always had a gift for taking life’s most poignant moments and infusing them into his art and others have warmly embraced his efforts. As a result, his list of accolades is lengthy and impressive. He has won six Native American Music Awards, including a 2007 Lifetime Achievement honor. He’s earned three Grammy Awards, among them his most recent in for “Spirit Wind North,” which was named Best Native American Album at the 2010 ceremony. He’s received international acclaim for “The Last Stand,” an original symphony he composed with Joshua Yudkin and Kristin Wilkinson. Some of the top names in the music community have sought out Miller as a collaborator, among them Michael Martin Murphey, Nanci Griffith and John Carter Cash, and he’s toured extensively, sharing the bill with a diverse slate of acts such as Tori Amos, Eddie Vedder and Arlo Guthrie. Well known for his beautiful performances on the flute, Miller was chosen to play flute on “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas. As a painter, his work has been featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Trickster Gallery in Chicago, the Barbara Able Gallery in Santa Fe, and the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York. Miller is also a highly sought after public speaker who has been asked to address executives at AIG, MTV, FDIC and the Environmental Protection Agency.

More than the highlights on his professional resume, it’s his life experience that best defines Bill Miller. A member of the Mohican tribe, he grew up in Wisconsin on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in a home that combined the cultures of his Native American father with his mother’s German ancestry into a unique melting pot. “All I knew back then was the joy that music brought me. I think in those early days, there was a plan by God, my creator, that I would establish a relationship with music that was pure,” says Miller.

Growing up in a turbulent home with an alcoholic father, music was a means of emotional escape for Miller. Though he couldn’t see it at the time, Miller’s difficult childhood was shaping his future and the impact he would eventually have on others. Refusing to let his past be an anchor that drug him down, Miller learned to move from victim to victory and has encouraged others to do the same. “Now if I were to look back, there’s a master plan of how I was being set up to be a reconciler and it’s taken me this long to accept that responsibility. It’s a big responsibility because I’ve still got traces of my dad in me,” he says quietly. “I had a lot of anger issues. You can’t go through a life like that as a child on a reservation with a violent alcoholic father and not have anger issues. It all affected me and today it comes down to recognizing who I am, what I am, what I stand for and what I’m about. It’s like a compass. My compass points true north and true north is reconciliation. True north is about sacred ground. True north is knowing what things mean to me and really not going away from that.”

Taking his own personal observations and experiences and creating art that is universal in its ability to strike people in the heart—that has long been Bill Miller’s gift. Whether the medium is painting, music or the spoken word, Miller is a communicator. It’s his heritage and his future, intimately intertwined, and rarely has someone used that gift more passionately or effectively than this Native son.

Programming Ideas
• Victims’ rights organizations
• 6-12 Schools
• Collegiate Institutions
• “Native American Month” events
• Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity events/training
• Keynote Address
• Holistic Health and Wellness
• Cultural Sensitivity for Community Organizations: Law Enforcement, Municipal Offices, etc.
• TED talks and similar addresses
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Ken Lingad
Calm. Cool. Connected.
“Innovative Native” since 1970-something, Serial Entrepreneur and Master Business Development Strategist, Ken Lingad, is recognized around the globe as the “Godfather” of the 1680 Brand.
Speech Topics

Social Media Levels the Playing Field – Ken Lingad’s most popular lecture centers on how social media is now the “great equalizer” for those entrepreneurs and organizations small and large, alike, from Mom-and-Pop boutiques and startups to established companies needing to reposition their identities. Knowing which tool to use for the job is the key, and Lingad will clearly demonstrate how to pack your own social media tool belt.

Music Row is Dead – and I’m Holding the Smoking Gun – As the Music Row business model of old continues to limp along is in its final downward spiral, find out how it is “broken,” and why music artists no longer need the major record label deals. Insightful and timely, Ken Lingad will share many of his methods for driving the success of the GRAMMY®  artists and emerging talents, alike, under his personal management and consultation.

Positioning and Posturing in the Social Media Landscape: What’s the Difference? – Are you an authority or an impressionist? In the real-time world of digital communications, a rock-solid strategy takes more than “out of the box” thinking.

The Laws of Attraction in the Social Media Age – Is there really a “law of attraction” in the digital communications arena?


Referenced in Native Peoples magazine as a “visionary impresario,” Ken Lingad (Isleta Pueblo) is overwhelmingly acknowledged as the sole “architect” behind the most successful strategic marketing campaigns ever fielded in the Contemporary Arts idiom.  The subject of noted author Suzanne Deats’ best-selling book, Contemporary Native American Artists, Lingad is instantly recognizable at the forefront of the international Arts and Culture scene – a distinctively authentic icon of the American Southwest. 

…Ken Lingad is a stealth force working for the benefit of major personalities in almost every avenue of the media and entertainment realm…                                                                                               – Leigh Durst, Marketing Consultant to “Blue Chip” Corporations 

Ken Lingad has forever changed New Mexico’s tourism dynamic.  His ability to generate positive publicity on the large-scale, along with the depth of his business acumen, makes him our “go-to” person.  Ken’s advisement and presence provide a culturally authentic component to state Governor Bill Richardson’s publicity campaigns regionally and overseas.                                                                                                                              – Jennifer Hobson, Deputy Secretary, New Mexico Tourism Department; Director, International Tourism 

I love working with Ken because there is no ego involved, it is all about getting the job done in a manner that is beneficial to our film industry clients…you feel confidence in his advisement and direction.                                                                                                                                                                                    – Nick Smerigan, COO, Albuquerque Studios

A transformational leader, Lingad’s maverick strategies literally propel every project under his guidance to unprecedented heights of positive visibility and success.  As CEO of the company he founded, 1680PR, his expertise has been sought by scores of the nation’s brightest scholars, Top-25 social media and Forbes-listed personalities, Mobile Technology ventures, visual artists, and music talents – in addition to feature film, network television, record labels, and digital media distribution companies, including:

  • Presidential Candidate / New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
  • Albuquerque Studios / The Avengers, Book of Eli, Due Date, Fright Night, Let Me In
  • Over 50 federally recognized Native American tribes, governments, and constituencies
  • GRAMMY®  Award-winning artists: Bill Miller, Jon Vezner, Don Henry, and Black Eagle
  • Visionary Entertainment Industry Veteran Charlie Lico and CL Entertainment
  • American Music Legend and “Father of Modern Bluegrass,” Rodney Dillard and The Dillards brand – Worldwide
  • Sony Pictures Television / Breaking Bad – Albuquerque / Burbank
  • ABC Television / Scoundrels, NASHVILLE
  • The Levo League – New York
  • Leigh Durst – “Blue chip” Marketing Consultant
  • Michele Price – Top-ranked Social Media Personality and Marketing Strategist
  • Warner Music Group/Word  – Nashville
  • Kelly Hoey – Top Speaking Talent / Forbes Magazine-listed Business Strategist
  • Women Innovate Mobile – New York
  • Superstar Pop/Hip-hop Music Artist Flo Rida’s “R U On the List” Stadium Tour
  • Lion’esque Style – New York
  • Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce – Oklahoma / Dallas
  • NewsCertified Exchange – Atlanta / New York / Asia
  • Heritage Hotels and Resorts – Luxury Lifestyle-branded Boutique Resort Chain
  • illume productions – New York
  • Cinema Libre Studio – Los Angeles
  • Summer Sun Winter Moon film for PBS / ITVS Independent Lens and NPR
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian – New York
  • Presidential Candidate / U.S. Senator Mike Gravel
  • Eiteljorg Museum – Indianapolis
  • Travis Meadows – Hit Songwriter (Eric Church, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley…)

Ken has a remarkable capacity to strategically grasp the ‘big picture’ while attending to crucial details essential to results…In a situation of ‘moving parts’ and divergent constituencies spread coast-to-coast, Ken made things happen efficiently, effectively. – Cynthia Newport, Executive Director, illume Productions; Executive Producer, SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON

Ken Lingad was tapped by none other than Kelly Hoey – Forbes Magazine’s “Most Powerful Woman in the World” – for advisement on the development of Women Innovate Mobile, the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology.  He also served as a Senior Mentor for the program’s inaugural class of entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Ken conducted several master-class social media campaign strategy workshops and debrief sessions for Women Innovate Mobile and Levo League staff and interns. Eye-opening sessions on the nuances and enormous complexities of the social business world – growing up on Facebook and being social media savvy is not sufficient when the focus is brand growth or new product launch. Women Innovate Mobile directly benefited from Ken’s deep knowledge and expertise when he personally undertook the planning and execution… – Kelly Hoey, Speaking Talent, Investor, “Forbes” Magazine-listed Personality 

A recognized luminary in the music industry for over two decades, Ken Lingad’s broad scope of experience in both the entertainment industry and fine arts arena keep him in-demand as a venerable resource to clients seeking his insight and advisement.

By the age of twenty he was jetting off to work as a drummer…  His reputation led to his inking several major endorsement deals with the top names in the music industry, including Yamaha Drums.  At twenty-one, Lingad’s professional relationships included some of the biggest names in the music business. – Daniel Gibson, Editor, “Native Peoples” Magazine

A serial entrepreneur with an impressive 10-year streak of successful take-to-market launch strategies for several high-profile startups, Ken Lingad founded groundbreaking boutique public relations company, 1680PR, in spring 2009. Building on the brand’s global recognition and business reputation, he expanded the 1680 footprint to the seat of the music industry – Nashville – launching a full-service artist management group: 1680 Entertainment (1680E), in 2014.

Serving as 1680 Entertainment’s CEO, Ken Lingad’s chief (pun intended) responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level growth strategies, managing the overall operations and resources of the company, and supervising the 360-degree management of the careers and creative assets of a select roster of both emerging and high-profile entertainers: Grammy-winning Artists, Hit Songwriters and Record Producers, and Performing Talents.

Programming Ideas
•Conference and Festival Round Tables and Panels
• Keynote Address
• Areas of Expertise Interviews for Print, Web, and Broadcast Media
• Cultural Diversity Events / Native American-relevant Subject Matter
• Entrepreneurialship Organizations
• Music Industry-related Events
• TED talks and similar addresses
Power Quotes
“Save time and see it my way.”

“Some work behind the scenes – I move them.”

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