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10 Female Inspirational Speakers To Make Your Event A Success
At Champions After Dinner Speakers, we have a whole host of excellent inspirational female speakers. Each of their stories are infused with resilience, bravery and need to rise above societal limitations placed on women. From business to sport to politics, every speaker we have available is well versed in entertaining and informing audiences, with a range of fascinating anecdotes from their various careers.
We have compiled a list of our best inspirational female speakers, just in time for International Women's Day 2020.
1. DEBORAH MEADEN
WHO IS DEBORAH MEADEN?
A leading figure within the business industry, Deborah Meaden is best-known for appearing as a dragon on the BBC hit show, Dragons' Den. Starting her journey into the brutal world of business at a young age, Deborah began a simple import-export company specialising in glass and ceramics with little business knowledge.
After then working in the fashion industry for some time, Deborah moved into the leisure industry to eventually pursue a career in retail. Spending several years running successful companies, Deborah was then appointed as the Managing Director of Weststar Holidays; a holiday park that was owned by her family.
After seeing massive success within Weststar, Deborah was able to sell her shares for a staggering £33m. During her time within the company, she transformed the operation into an incredible money-making machine, which boasted both high-quality vacations and top customer service for consumers.
Now a corporate investor, as well as a household name within the UK, Deborah holds shares in industries ranging from baby products, antique valuation and even a recipe website. One of the most highly regarded and sought-after female business speakers in the UK, she has a wide plethora of knowledge spanning these different sectors and industries, making her the top-dog when it comes to all things retail.
WHAT DOES DEBORAH SPEAK ON?
When it comes to retail, there are few experts quite like Deborah. Speaking on a range of topics ranging from marginal gains to business management, Deborah is an industry-leading retail expert.
Retail & Sales
2. EMMA BARNETT
WHO IS EMMA BARNETT?
An award-winning digital journalist, there isn’t much Emma Barnett doesn’t know about the world of technology. The former Women Editor for The Daily Telegraph, she regularly provides fascinating newspaper columns for a wide range of British publications on numerous current affairs topics.
As well as this, she has frequently presented Sunday Morning Live on the BBC and discussion programme After The News. Emma is also a keen fan of history and this year has started a podcast looking at the best 100 places in England. It has been nominated for the Best Branded Content award at the British Podcast Awards.
WHAT DOES EMMA SPEAK ON?
Emma is an essential figure in the feminist movement, using her platform as a journalist to rewrite stereotypes and raise awareness for female issues, like period poverty. Her speaking topics range from journalism to equality, through the lens of her experiences.
Politics & Equality
Women In Journalism
Politics & Women's Policy
3. DAME KATHERINE GRAINGER DBE
WHO IS DAME KATHERINE GRAINGER DBE?
One of the most successful Olympians of all time, Scottish rower and Olympic speaker Dame Katherine Grainger is no stranger to success. Having both gold and silver medals to her name, Katherine is a truly remarkable sportswoman and an extremely motivating inspirational sports speaker.
Sharing the title of most decorated ever female British Olympian, she has a number of World Championships and World Cups under her belt. These include four Quadruple Sculls World Cups gained between 2005 and 2010.
With a host of other notable achievements, including smashing the record during the qualification for the women’s Double Sculls Final at London 2012, Katherine is one of the most respected and sought-after Olympic speakers that you can hire for events.
WHAT DOES DAME KATHERINE SPEAK ON?
An expert on a range of speaking topics, Katherine boasts knowledge in many areas of sports, especially the Olympics.
Women & Sport
Breaking World Records
Inspiring Future Generations
4. BARONESS KARREN BRADY
WHO IS BARONESS KARREN BRADY?
Nicknamed "the first lady of football", Baroness Karren Brady is a well-known and respected figure within the footballing world. A successful businesswoman in her own right, Karren first found fame when she appeared on the hit BBC series The Apprentice. Baroness Brady has since continued to develop and build her business portfolio, forming ties with both the British government and many British sporting institutions.
Karren became the youngest ever female managing director of a British football club, when, in 1993, she was appointed as the MD of Birmingham City FC. Karren was aged just 23.
One of the most inspirational female speakers on the circuit, Karren is an expert in business management and running large establishments, as well as managing hundreds of employees and millions of pounds worth of business.
WHAT DOES BARONESS KARREN BRADY SPEAK ON?
Available for all manner of conferences and corporate events, Karren is a truly inspirational business management speaker. She incorporates the principles of teamwork, leadership and positive workplace culture into her speeches.
Leadership & Teamwork
5. BONITA NORRIS
WHO IS BONITA NORRIS?
The youngest person to stand at both "tops of the world", Bonita Norris is a truly inspirational female figure. Having spoken at hundreds of events since becoming an after dinner speaker five years ago, Bonita is often described as one of the most engaging, impactful people in the industry.
Not only is Bonita a great story-teller, but she is also a highly-respected mountaineer and explorer. Despite being a novice climber, she worked hard to summit Mount Everest after a short span of challenging training. Teaching lessons of perseverance and resilience, Bonita speakers of marginal gains, not giving up and always keeping our minds open to new opportunities.
Accompanied by stunning photographs from her expeditions to the Himalayas, Bonita’s talks are entertaining and humorous. The impact that Bonita has on her audience members can last beyond the evening itself, inspiring them to implement her strategies in their own lives.
WHAT DOES BONITA SPEAK ON?
Specialising in a range of speaking topics, Bonita Norris tells stories of everything from marginal gains, to achieving goals.
Teamwork & Team Building
6. BARONESS CATHERINE ASHTON
WHO IS BARONESS CATHERINE ASHTON?
Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton has enjoyed vast success within her political career. A hugely influential figure, Catherine was the Leader of the House of Lords as well as Lord President of the Council in Gordon Brown’s first cabinet throughout 2007. It was in this period that she played a leading role in passing the Treaty of Lisbon.
This led to Catherine being named as the British European Commissioner and the Commissioner for Trade for the European Commission in 2008. During this time, she led an ambitious and far-reaching trade agreement with South Korea, as well as solved a number of high-profile trade disputes with major trading partners.
Furthermore, Catherine has also championed trade as a means of promoting development around the world, putting the EU’s economic relationship with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries on a firmer footing. In late 2009, Catherine became the very first High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, a role created as a result of the Lisbon Treaty.
WHAT DOES BARONESS ASHTON SPEAK ON?
Speaking on all things politics, Catherine can discuss a diverse range of topics. She uses her position as a political authority to engage corporate and public audiences alike.
Women In Politics
Brexit & International Relations
Trade & British Policies
7. CYNTHIA BREAZEAL
WHO IS CYNTHIA BREAZEAL?
Dr Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this role, she directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. A specialist in artificial intelligence and digital disruption, Cynthia is also the founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo Inc., and leading pioneer of Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction.
Author of the book, Designing Sociable Robots, Cynthia has published over one hundred peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Human-Robot Interaction and Robot Learning. Cynthia has served on several editorial boards in areas like autonomous robots and multi-agent systems.
Recognised as a respected global innovator and an expert on digital disruption, Cynthia is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and an ONR Young Investigator Award.
WHAT DOES CYNTHIA SPEAK ON?
Cynthia speaks on a variety of technological subjects, including Artificial Intelligence and Digital Disruption. An extremely inspirational female speaker, Cynthia is a highly popular technology speaker on the circuit.
8. AMY BLANKSON
WHO IS AMY BLANKSON?
Having been publicly praised by two presidents - President Clinton and President Bush - Amy Blankson is one of the world’s most successful business people. She is best known for co-founding think tank, Good Think, which researches a wide range of topics to deliver results for organisations across the globe.
Amy has also held high-profile roles including a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service in the USA, as well as working as a delegate for the President’s Summit for America’s Future. Having pioneered many businesses, she is able to discuss her journey to the top of the business world.
WHAT DOES AMY SPEAK ON?
The Future of Happiness
9. CATHERINE SPENCER
WHO IS CATHERINE SPENCER?
Iconic former captain of the England Women’s rugby team, Catherine Spencer is a highly-respected figure within the world of rugby. Having written articles for a number of leading publications including The Independent, Sports International Magazine and The Sunday Times, Catherine is no stranger to being in the limelight when it comes to all things rugby.
Throughout 12 years of elite-level playing, Catherine has achieved a total of 63 caps for her country. During this time, she played in two Rugby World Cup finals, narrowly missing out to New Zealand on both occasions. Catherine scored 18 tries for England, won the England Player of the Year award in 2006, and additionally received a Rugby Writers Club Special Award.
After retiring from international rugby following a sixth successive Six Nations Championship win in 2011, Catherine is currently a patron of the Tag Rugby Trust. In this role, she regularly coaches the sport to underprivileged children in developing countries across the world. Now a regular commentator and studio pundit for Sky Sports, Catherine draws upon her wealth of experience and achievements to deliver incredibly inspiring speeches.
WHAT DOES CATHERINE SPEAK ON?
A highly regarded figure within the world of rugby, Catherine delivers high-quality keynote speeches that rewrite the rulebook for female players.
Inspiring Future Players
Equality & Sport
Gender Gap in Sport
10. SHERRIE HEWSON
WHO IS SHERRIE HEWSON?
From the drama of the cobbles on Coronation Street to the comedy hijinks on Benidorm, Sherrie Hewson has done it all in a career spanning 40 years. A regular panellist on daytime programme Loose Women, Sherrie isn't afraid to shed light on challenging topics like body dysmorphia and female equality.
Having started in the 1970s, Sherrie has witnessed first hand the limitations placed on female entertainers. Despite this, Sherrie broke free of the mould to define her own future in the industry. Nowadays, she uses her platform to highlight the ongoing issues facing British women, including domestic violence, fuelled by her own experiences.
WHAT DOES SHERRIE SPEAK ON?
At all of her speaking events, she is able to talk about what she has learned in her career starring in a whole host of different films and television programmes.
Television & The Media
Acting in British Soaps
BOOK FEMALE INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS
To book one of our female inspirational speakers for your next corporate event, conference or function, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency via our online contact form. For any further information, contact a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.