Our International Women’s Day motivational speakers are all high achievers in their own right. They are renowned for their knowledge, passion, and most essentially, their ability to coax the best out of those around them – whatever it takes, and wherever the challenge.
You might not recognise them all initially, but they’ll make a memorable and lasting impression on you and your audience, for the unforgettable motivation they’ll inspire within you.
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is the eldest daughter of Evelyn Mase and Nelson Mandela.
n 1984, she received a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and a Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship Award to study at the University of Massachusetts in the US for a Masters in Sociology and a Doctorate in Anthropology.
She has had a full and varied career that has involved working in several countries and holds directorships with Nestlé SA among others.
She is an active campaigner for diversity and women’s rights.
Alex Scott MBE is a former professional footballer, pundit and presenter.
The former Arsenal Captain and England Centurion is the co-host of Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, a well-regarded pundit for BBC and Sky Sports, a regular on BBC’s Match of the Day as well as an ambassador for Nike and Mastercard.
In 2019, Alex returned to the Strictly Ballroom making it all the way to the Quarter Finals with partner Neil Jones.
Alex has also become a regular guest presenter for The One Show.
A legendary female British Olympian who really does need no introduction!
Kelly set and still holds the British records in the 600m, 800m and 1000m.
An Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Multi medallist.
After her Olympic success, winning Gold in the 800m and 1500m Athens Olympics in 2004, she won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year, World Athlete of the Year and was honoured with a Damehood from the Queen.
Kelly is passionate about raising awareness of mental health. Her own experience led her to learn more and how to help others. A trained Mental Health First Aider, she assists corporates and individuals through both her commercial work and her charitable activities.
She continues to be President of the charity she founded in 2018, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
And as if all that weren’t enough Kelly is just a complete delight to have as part of your event!
From child prodigy to MBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of impactful events and opportunities.
One of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford at age 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar. In 2018 alone, she was listed among the top 50 women in tech in the world by Forbes, voted the 5th most influential woman in IT by Computer Weekly and was the recipient of the prestigious Barclays UK ‘Woman of the Year’ award.
2017 saw her featured among the top 50 most inspiring women in tech by Inspiring Fifty (an accolade she received for a second time in 2018). In recognition of her significant influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors.
Misha Engineer MBBS BSc (Hons) MBA has significant experience in building resilience. From NHS doctor to joining the family business to starting her own high-growth, social impact business, achieving considerable success and selling her stake within 6 years of inception; Misha has been recognised independently by the London Business School Review as one of the ‘30 People Changing the World’.
She brings charisma, passion and warmth to her audiences. When speaking on healthcare topics (Including the current COVID crisis), she is always well prepared and has a particular skill in being able to get to the heart of the issue in order to generate lively and thought-provoking discussions.
Whilst drawing on her personal experience of challenges, building resilience and ultimately success, Misha heartens, inspires and motivates her audiences.
If you’re locked down and looking for some much needed feminist humour on International Women’s Day then look no further than Lucy Porter. She’s a well-known face on TV from such shows as Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You and QI. She’s also a regular on BBC Radio 4 staples such as The News Quiz and The Now Show.
Lucy is highly in demand as a stand-up comedian. A veteran of the UK comedy circuit, she has performed 13 one woman shows at the Edinburgh Festival and taken her comedy all over the world from Las Vegas to Cape Town.
British-Australian author of ‘How to Kill Your Husband’ Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series.
In recognition of her many novels and advocacy of equality, human rights, and physical and mental health both nationally and internationally, Lette was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of Wollongong.
A hilarious and larger than life speaker, Kathy appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and Sky News. She is also an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and the White Ribbon Alliance.
Tessa Hartmann CBE is an award-winning branding and communications expert who has crafted her trade with over 25 years working in the dynamic world of fashion, lifestyle and entertainment PR.
With offices in Glasgow and London, this powerhouse Scot has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit with a fierce go-getting attitude; which is perhaps why after having set up the Scottish Fashion Awards some 12 years ago, she was honoured in HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list with a CBE for her contribution to fashion and textiles in 2016.
Tessa is currently starring on ‘Real Housewives of Jersey’ and mother of influencer Tallia Storm.
Absolutely no introduction needed. A complete female icon around the globe.
Twiggy’s iconic name and face has been at the forefront of fashion, the entertainment world and media for the past 50 years after being discovered and catapulted to fame in the mid-1960s at the age of 16, and named ‘The Face of ‘66’.
She went on to become the world’s first supermodel, appearing on the cover of most major fashion magazines around the world.
She is available for Q&As on her era-defining career and topics include:
Mandy Hickson, is without doubt one of the most popular females on the speaking circuit here in the UK. Mandy was the only female pilot on her Front Line Tornado Squadron for the Royal Air Force and she has operated from some of the world’s most hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. She demonstrates only too well the importance of remaining calm under pressure and leading, quite literally, from the front, in order to get the best from herself and her team and she can help you achieve this within your organisation.
Or you may choose management consultant turn world class adventurer Roz Savage MBE, who now speaks to organisations all over the world that are keen to find new ways to inspire and motivate more engaged, happy and purpose-driven individuals. She shares stories from her epic adventures and the lessons she has learned on her travels.
Roz is a passionate environmental campaigner, with a personal interest in ocean plastics.
Claire Lomas MBE became paraplegic in 2007 as the result of a freak riding accident. She has since become one of the most inspirational sports personalities, having fundraised over £500,000 for charity, and for finishing the London Marathon in 17 days using the ReWalk robotic suit.
Her talks are about the gradual process of turning her situation around, recounts the split second that changed her life and candidly describes the darkest times. This, combined with her amazing sense of humour that has helped her get through the toughest moments caused by her injury is truly what makes Claire a remarkable person.
One of the UK’s youngest motivational speakers and authors, Inspiring Vanessa started her business as a motivational speaker when she was just 10 years old. Now she has rapidly become an international multi-award-winning speaker. Vanessa has been trained and mentored by several top International Speakers and has shared the stage with the many of them, speaking in front of thousands of people. She is perfect to engage with a younger pre-teen audience.
Recognised for her industry expertise, Jo Malone CBE regularly shares her brand building experience with audiences around the world. In her talks Jo shares her journey as a female entrepreneur.
Jo was awarded a CBE in the June 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the British Economy and the GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes British creativity and industry on the international stage.
Katie Piper made the decision to share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’ which was watched by over 3.5million viewers and nominated for Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010.
Katie has since become a hugely popular TV personality and documentary presenter. She is the founder of The Katie Piper Foundation to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities.
Off the Strictly ballroom, Nicola Adams OBE is credited as the most successful female boxer of all time. During the London 2012 Olympic games, Nicola became Great Britain’s first ever female boxing Gold medallist, having defeated three-time world champion Red Cancan. She instantly became a role model for young women in sport, and a motivation, realising her dream in front of millions.
She recently appeared in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Ozak Esu was listed as one of The Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35. At aged 20, she graduated with First Class Honours in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and was awarded a scholarship to complete a PhD in Advanced Signal Processing and Wind Energy, graduating in 2016. She’s an inspiration for women in the STEM field and uses her experience to inspire a new generation of females into engineering.
Known to many as Paddington Train Crash survivor the ‘Lady in the Mask’ Pam Warren has taken her tragic ordeal and turned it into a tale of true resilience and inspiration.
Pam’s experience, running a successful campaign for rail safety gives her a unique perspective on business challenges and how to overcome them. She delivers her speech with warmth and humour managing to emotionally connect with her audiences which drives her business strategies home.
Sophie Morgan was paralysed from the chest down at the age of eighteen as a result of a car crash. However this didn’t stopped her from perusing her passions in the creative industries.
Sophie’s first TV experience was for a ground-breaking expedition across Nicaragua (‘Beyond Boundaries BBC 2004) and since then Sophie has gone on to establish a diverse and successful portfolio career; spanning across various creative industries. Nowadays she regularly reports on disability issues and current affairs, and is a successful disability campaigner.
Laura Woods is one of the leading female broadcasters in the sports industry.
Initially joining Sky Sports in 2009 as a runner, Laura worked her way up the broadcast ladder and is now a prominent mainstay on Sky Sports football coverage. Her versatile broadcasting skills have led her to regularly present Sky’s flagship Super Sunday, covering multiple live Premier League fixtures, as well as tackling the hottest issues in The Debate and travelling around the country for their Carabao Cup coverage.
Outside of football Laura also hosts Sky Sports darts coverage and has a keen interest in English literature, which she has studied to degree level.
Her outgoing nature and unflappable personality make Laura one of the brightest all-round talents in broadcast.
This is just a small but diverse range of our Motivational Women’s Day speakers, so if you’re after someone a little different, then you can view all of our motivational speakers (males included) HERE.
Can’t find who you’re after, then get in touch and we’ll source them for you.
Our speakers are available for (virtual) events in both the UK and overseas all year around, ready to help inspire and captivate your audience.
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