International Speakers Bureau
|Industry||Talent and literary agencies|
|Founded||San Angelo, Texas, United States (1992)|
|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas United States|
|Michelle Lemmons-Poscente, chairman and founder|
International Speakers Bureau was founded in 1992 by Michelle Lemmons-Poscente, who started the business in a spare bedroom in her parent’s home eventually landing her first booking of the late Charles Kuralt a few months later.
In 1993, Lemmons-Poscente moved her offices to Dallas and began to expand the business. The company grew quickly in large part due to Lemmons-Poscente's early adoption of the internet. In 1997, the company was recognized as one of the Top Female Run Businesses in Texas and also partnered with Yahoo! to create Mentorium, an early attempt at interactive online learning.
International Speakers Bureau filed for bankruptcy in 2013 in the state of Texas.
- For Michelle Lemmons, everyone's the boss, Dallas Business Journal, 1996
- Booking speakers becomes big business, Dallas Business Journal, 1998
- ISB business plan includes having fun, Dallas Business Journal, 1999
- The Accidental Bootstrapper, inc.com, 1999
- Dotcom Disaster Lectures, Time, 2001
- Speakers bureau grew by twos, Dallas Business Journal, 2001
- International Speakers Bureau Launches Speakerville, conworld.net, 2004
- Seal the Deal, entrepreneur.com, 2005
- Booking firm specializes in big names, Dallas Morning News, 2007