Female Inspirational Speakers: Ten People To Make Your Event A Success

When booking an after dinner speaker for your event, there are a few key things required to ensure it is a success. Booking the appropriate speaker is essential and there are a range of different areas you can go for. If you are looking to inspire audiences, then look no further than Champions Speakers agency.

On our books we have a whole host of excellent inspirational female speakers who always prove a hit with audiences at every event they attend. From business, to sport to politics, every speaker we have available is well versed at entertaining and informing audiences with a range of fascinating anecdotes from their various careers.   

 We have compiled a list of some of our best inspirational female speakers who are sure to make your event a hit.

Deborah Meaden


Who is Deborah Meaden?

A leading figure within the business industry, Deborah Meaden is best-know for appearing as a dragon on the BBC hit show, Dragons Den. Starting her journey into the brutal world of business at the young age of just 19, 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, Meaden 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 company into an incredible money-making machine, which boasted both high-quality vacation 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 retail speakers in the UK, she has a wide plethora of knowledge spanning these different sectors and industries, making her top-dog when it comes to all things retail.

What Does Deborah Speak On?

When it comes to retail, there is no better expert than Deborah Meaden.  Speaking on a range of topics ranging from Marginal Gains to Business Management, Deborah truly is a retail-expert.

Speaking Topics:

  • Marginal Gains
  • Business
  • Investment
  • Business Management
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Retail & Sales

Catherine Spencer

Catherine Spencer

Who is Catherine Spencer?

Iconic former captain of the England’s 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 experience, Catherine has scooped 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 which 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 both motivational and inspirational speeches.

What Does Catherine Speak On?

A highly regarded and respected figure within the rugby world, Catherine Spencer delivers high-quality keynote speeches that motivate and inspire any audience.

  • Women’s Sports
  • Rugby
  • Business
  • Sports Speaker
  • The Six Nations
  • Rugby World Cup
  • Tag Rugby Trust

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

Katherine Grainger

Who is Dame Katherine Grainger DBE?

One if the most successful Olympians of all time, Scottish rower and Olympic speaker Dame Katherine Grainger is no stranger to success. Having a total of one gold medal and four silvers to her name, Katherine is a truly remarkable sports woman 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, including four Quadruple Sculls world cups gained between 2005 and 2010.

With a host of other notable achievement, including smashing the record during the qualification for the women’s Double Sculls Final at London 2012, Dame Katherine Grainger is one of the most respected and sought-after Olympic speakers that you can hire for events.

What Does Dame Katherine Speak On?

Host to a range of speaking topics, Katherine has expertise and knowledge in many areas of sports, especially the Olympics.

  • Sporting Success
  • Marginal Gains
  • London 2012
  • Breaking World Records

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 came to the limelight when she appeared on the hit BBC series ‘The Apprentice’. Baroness Brady has since continued to develop and build her business portfolio, building ties with both the British government and many British sporting institutions.

Baroness Brady became the youngest ever female managing director of a British football club, when in 1993, at the young age of just 23, she was appointed as the MD of football club, Birmingham City FC.

One of the most inspirational female speakers there is, Baroness Brady is an expert in business management, running large establishments and managing hundreds of employees and millions of pounds worth of business.

What Does Baroness Brady Speak On?

Available for all manner of conferences and corporate events, Baroness Brady is a truly inspirational business management speaker, incorporating the principles of teamwork, leadership and many more into her speeches.

  • Business Management
  • Business Speaker
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Maximising Success
  • Marginal Gains

Bonita Norris

Bonita Norris

Who Is Bonita Norris?

The youngest person to stand at both ‘tops of the world’, Bonita Norris is a truly inspirational female speaker that can make your corporate event successful. Having spoken at hundreds of events since becoming an after dinner speaker five years ago, Bonita is often described as one of the most inspirational female speakers in the industry.

Not only is Bonita a great story-teller, she is also a highly-respected mountaineer and explorer, having gone from a novice climber to beating all odds and standing on the top of mount Everest in just two short years.

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 heart-warming as well as both entertaining and humorous. The impact that Bonita has on her audience members can last way beyond the evening itself.

Specialising in a range of speaking topics, Bonita Norris tells stories of everything from marginal gains, to achieving goals.

  • Motivational Speaking
  • Teamwork & Teambuilding
  • Mountaineering
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Marginal Gains
  • Risk Assessment
  • Personal Leadership
  • Goal Setting
  • Stepping Out Of Our Comfort Zones

Baroness Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton\

“Catherine is a superb speaker, with loads of fascinating antidotes! Thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security policy, Baroness Ashton has seen huge success within her career in politics. A hugely influential figure, Baroness Ashton 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 during this period that she played a leading role in passing the Treaty of Lisbon.

This led to Baroness Ashton 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 solving a number of high-profile trade disputes with major trading partners.

Furthermore, Ashton 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, Baroness Ashton 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. Despite questions being raised in regards to her experience at the time of the appointment, she subsequently went on to win praise for the work that she did.

What Does Baroness Catherine Ashton Speak On?

Speaking on all things politics, Baroness Catherine Ashton speakers on a diverse range of topics.

  • Politics
  • Political Affairs
  • The European Union
  • Brexit
  • World Economy
  • Trade
  • Article 50
  • Britain & America

Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Breazeal

Who Is Cynthia Breazeal?

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. A specialist in artificial intelligence and digital disruption, Dr. Breazeal is also the founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc, as well as a leading pioneer of Social Robotics and Human Robot Interaction.

Author of the book, Designing Sociable Robots, Breazeal 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.

Dr. Breazeal has served on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Recognised as a respected global innovator and an expert in AI and digital disruption, she is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and an ONR Young Investigator Award.

An extremely inspirational female speaker, Cynthia Breazeal is one of the most sought-after speakers that you can get.

What Does Cynthia Breazeal Speak On?

Breazeal speaks on a variety of technological subjects, including Artificial Intelligence and Digital Disruption.

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Robotics
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Robot Learning
  • Digital Disruption

Amy Blankson

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 businesspeople. She is best known for co-founding thinktank, Good Think, who research a wide range of topics and deliver results to organisations across the globe.

Amy has also held high-profile rolls 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, at all her inspirational speaking events she is able to discuss her journey to the top of the business world.

What Does Amy Speak On?

  • Futurism
  • Management
  • The Future of Happiness
  • Business
  • Personal Development
  • Sustainable Change

Emma Barnett

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?

    • Digital Media
    • Ted Talks
    • Politics & Equality
    • Technology
    • Journalism

Sherrie Hewson

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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 her career that has spanned more than 40 years. A regular panellist on daytime programme Loose Women, Sherrie is an extremely versatile performer.

At all of her speaking events, she is able to talk about what she has learned in her career staring in a whole host of different films and television programmes.

What Does Sherrie Speak On?

      • Television & The Media
      • Loose Women
      • Acting
      • British Soaps
      • Body Dysmorphia

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.