When the most famous British boxing promoter in the world announced plans to undertake gender reassignment it was a landmark moment for the LGBT community. Kellie Maloney helped change the face of transgenderism. The most high-profile name in sporting history to have undergone gender reassignment, Kellie’s story was widely reported, helping to grow both awareness and support for the LGBT community.
Prior to her 2014 announcement, Kellie was known as Frank Maloney. In this time Kellie made herself one of the biggest names in boxing, in managing Heavyweight Champion of the World Lennox Lewis. Her efforts helped take Lennox to the top of world boxing and helped pave the way for the future stars of the sport. A thirty-year career as a boxing promoter has also seen her promote popular British boxer David Haye, helping him to a world cruiserweight title. She was awarded the Boxing Promoter of the Year Award in 2009.
Kellie has experienced adversity over the years and is able to discuss the pressures that came with her roles in the public eye, as well as the highs and lows. Noted as a courageous character, she was named ‘Transgender Champion’ at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards just a year after completing her transition. The bulk of Kellie’s public appearances are concentrated on raising awareness of transgender issues. In 2014 she was chosen as a housemate for Celebrity Big Brother, helping to significantly heighten anticipation. She later was evicted on Day 19 of the show, just a week before the live final.
A key role model in the LGBT community, Kellie has helped break the mould and allow for education and debate on all things gender related. Providing thought-provoking and entertaining stories focused on her life, career and a series of underlying messages useful for corporate and student events – Kellie is perfect for an array of events and conferences.
As a keynote speaker, Kellie is able to draw on a number of topics. From sporting success, event promotion and motivation to peak performance, marketing and overcoming adversity, Kellie’s insight knows no bounds.
When at corporate events, Kellie is known to cover the following topics:
- Boxing Management
- Boxing Promotion
- Overcoming Adversity
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
“We have just finished working with Kellie on a large scale conference. The theme was around gender identity and stereotypes, and our audience was split between practitioners and members of the public. Kellie was an absolute joy to work with from the start. Kellie arrived early to conduct media interviews which she was incredibly professional at doing. Kellie spoke on a stage to 700 people for about 40minutes and absolutely captivated the audience throughout. I have had a lot of positive feedback since the event, all because of Kellie’s presentation, and the way she spoke about her personal experiences. Kellie has a true talent for public speaking, and is a great name to attract people to your event. My thanks also to team at Champions UK who were easy to work with, and always communicated with me promptly.”
Rhianon Greenslade – Safer Poole Partnership
“It could not have gone better. Kellie was brilliant very warm, open and interesting. She spoke without notes and told her story perfectly. We had a very diverse audience – there were Dentons staff and clients who are allies, LGBT+ staff and clients and several trans* people in the audience – and everyone really enjoyed it. While she was speaking, you could have heard a pin drop. Kellie also stayed and socialised afterwards, and you could see how much it meant to people to be able to talk directly to her. We are very grateful to Kellie for coming and making it such a successful event. Huge thanks to you and Kellie for all your work on this”.
Sophie Palmer – Senior Associate, Dentons
“It was a great evening and Kellie was candid, down to earth and a great speaker for Evolving club. Please thank her enormously on our behalf.”
Xavier –The Evolving club
‘It really was an amazing event, you guys and the BRG are amazing, impressive and courageous. Both Kellie and Gareth were so open and honest, we are really priveledged to have had them visit the office and share. Thank you so much.’
‘Well done to the Pride team in bringing Gareth and Kellie to ABZ. Their life stories were so, so thought provoking – huge learning for me . Utterly brilliant. Thanks.’
“Kellie was amazing, I love her sense of humour. I’ve already sent some feedback that I received, but here are a few extracts:
- As for Kellie, she is just hilarious and such a lovely person – you picked so well as I found the diversity of panel to be brilliant.
- Kellie is so honest and open about her past life and how she built up the smoke screen of a completely horrible person (she uses slightly more direct words!) to divert everyone from her struggles with her identity – struggles that very nearly destroyed her and her family.
- Kellie is so open and direct and it was great to have a chat after the session 🙂
- Kellie’s talk was insightful, challenging and moving – all delivered with candour and humour.”
Freddie Cormack, BP