Inspirational Women Speakers

For over a century, International Women’s Day has taken place on the 8th of March to celebrate women’s rights and inspire people to act in the ongoing fight for gender equality.

This years theme for International Women’s Day is: Inspire Inclusion

 “When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. Collectively, let’s forge a more inclusive world for women.”

How can you #inspireinclusion in the workplace?

We have put below some suggestions on how you can inspire inclusion in the workplace:

  • Establishing a supportive environment where everyone feels empowered to voice their thoughts
  • Creating safe spaces and environments that prioritize the well-being and safety of women and girls
  • Promoting equal pay and opportunities for women in the workforce
  • Celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in all fields
  • Continuously striving for equality and inclusivity in every aspect of society

Want to show your support for International Women’s Day? Strike the #InspireInclusion pose!

Celebrate International Women’s Day in style by booking a speaker who will leave a lasting impact and ignite a spark of inspiration to your audience. Check out just some of our incredible inspirational women below!

As one of the first female pilots on her frontline Tornado GR4 squadron, flying multi-million pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force, Mandy has worked in a constantly challenging, yet exhilarating environment. She offers a unique insight into this elite world, supported by anecdotes about her time on the front line.

As a speaker Mandy puts a huge amount of energy, creativity and passion into what she does, working with clients on an individual basis means she can create an event that is truly unique and memorable.

Sophie Carrigill

2x Paralympian, Wheelchair Basketball Player who has represented team GB, Advocate for Disability Awareness and Inclusion.

Sophie’s sporting success includes Captaining the team to the greatest finish at a Paralympics to date, which was 4th, World Championship Silver Medallists and European Silver Medallist. Sophie then went on to Captain the team for the next 4 years, contributing to the teams impressive rise reaching the semi finals of the Rio Paralympics, something that the team had never done before.

Donna Fraser OBE is a 4x Olympian, Inspirational Speaker, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and Breast Cancer Now Ambassador. From the athletics track to the Boardroom, Donna Fraser OBE has over 20 years’ experience as international athlete, a successful businesswoman, breast cancer survivor and Woman of the Year 2022 from World Athletics.

Her journey within these spheres has inspired her to share her story which coupled with her warm and charismatic style captivate diverse audiences from a young aspiring athlete to a CEO who is driving for organisational success to ‘believe and achieve’.

Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, an inclusive community of changemakers who stand for fairness and safety for women.

Named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy in 2018, described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’ and winner of the AFSA Positive Action Award, Anj was recently recognised in Forbes as one of the ‘10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With’.

Well known actress and CEO of SEED Eating Disorder Support Services, Expert in eating disorders and talks on mental health, bullying and the motivation to overcome and succeed.
Having conquered anorexia, from which she suffered for many years, Gemma Oaten also has personal expertise in mental health issues and bullying. She regularly speaks to audiences around the UK about not only being a survivor and advocate of what it is to really, nearly lose it all, but what it was like to get back to full health and fulfil her dreams.

After nearly committing suicide at the age of 18, Hayley realised how mental health issues are increasingly affecting millennials and she was passionate to do something about it.

Hayley Mulenda has now spoken to over 40,000 people sharing her story, life lessons, and strategies on well-being, inclusion and resilience.

Hayley’s story is one you will never forget. She is a voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless.

Alison Edgar MBE also known as “The Entrepreneur’s Godmother” to a plethora of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Alison brings a matchless amalgamation of outside of the box thinking, insight, and knowledge to the world of professional development. As a speaker, Alison’s magnitude of experience working with top clients across a wide range of sectors gives her the ability to connect with audiences of all backgrounds, through relatable anecdotes and personal stories.

Naomi Schiff - Inspirational Speakers
Naomi Schiff is a Rwandan-Belgian female racing driver and television presenter. She is an Analyst on the Sky Sports F1 team and also co-presents Sky Sports F1 show Any Driven Monday.
She was born in Belgium, to a Belgian father and Rwandan mother, grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Paris. Naomi started racing at age 11 in Karts and over the years progressed to single seater, prototype and GT racing championships internationally.
Charlie Hart, AKA ‘Ausome Charlie’, is a highly experienced, CIPD-qualified HR professional, and a popular and influential intersectional neurodiversity advocate.
Charlie’s presentations and speeches centre her own lived experience and insights, underpinned with expertise in employment legislation and inclusion theory, and delivered with authentically neurodivergent quirkiness and self-deprecating humour.
Dame Kelly Holmes is Motivational and Inspirational Speaker – Double Olympic Gold Medallist & one of Britain’s most recognisable and admired athletes.
An inspirational and talented speaker who is in very high demand and booked across the world – Kelly’s style is energetic, motivational and real. Her speeches cover many areas, including her life journey to becoming a Double Olympic Champion, her experiences within the British Army, business, fitness, mental health and wellbeing, articulating incredible stories of determination, resilience and overcoming adversity.
Frederika Roberts is a vibrant, energetic speaker who applies her expertise in Positive Psychology to enhance the wellbeing and performance of staff, leaders and students in schools and universities, and of staff and leadership teams in businesses.
Whether you are looking for a conference keynote or a lively, interactive and memorable workshop, Frederika will work with you to take into account the unique culture and climate of your organisation when crafting her content for you.
Maggie Alphonsi is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet!
Maggie Alphonsi is also an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Certainly when she shares those experiences, you don’t need to be a rugby fan to be interested or inspired by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport.
Shrouk El-Attar is a distinguished advocate, engineer, and performer who has been recognized as one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women and honoured by the United Nations.

With engineering expertise and impactful roles at organisations like Intel and NASA, she has not only excelled professionally but also actively championed refugee and LGBTQ+ rights.

Shrouk’s advocacy work is extensive, holding positions in organisations such as Engineers Without Borders UK and contributing to NASA’s Artemis project. As a celebrated belly dancer and drag performer, she uses her art for activism.
Stephanie Davies is recognised as one of the UK’s leading voices in happiness, humour and laughter. 

With over 12 years’ experience in the public and private sector Stephanie Davies has gained an unsurpassed reputation for designing and delivering interventions in various settings. She has worked developing everything from creating happy spaces and environments in schools and health settings to motivating and inspiring individuals and teams in large blue chip organisations.

Michelle Elman is an author, speaker, body confidence coach and founder of Mindset for Life.

Michelle has created successful campaigns that have captured the attention of the masses. Her most notable campaign was called Scarred Not Scared, which came into fruition after she decided there was little representation for people who had scars. After having many surgeries herself, Michelle felt that she should share her experiences to make people feel that they were not alone.

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