Female Speakers

What image comes to mind when you hear the phrase “business leader”? Is it a white male in a suit? If so, it’s no wonder. Our culture still tends to equate stereotypically “masculine” traits—decisive, aggressive, closed—with leadership. While CEOs say gender equality is part of their top 10 business priorities, women still remain underrepresented across every corporate level.

But times are changing and we are now seeing the rise of the powerful and wildly successful businesswoman. There are now more women running Fortune 500 companies and starting their own businesses. Gender equality aside, what are the unique advantages women bring to leadership roles and running businesses? Is it true that women excel at soft skills needed for business leadership? Typical characteristics found in women leaders include effective communication, empathy and self-awareness. These are highly valued qualities and can make a real difference to the bottom line.

Many of our women speakers are successful in their own right but they have faced and had to overoame some very unique challenges in a male dominated world. Nevertheless, their voices are getting stronger and more influential by the day and are proving to be an inspiration to audiences all over the world.



Waris Dirie

Somalian fashion model, author, and women’s rights activist


Karlyn Stanley

Emerging Technologies Lawyer


Miniya Chatterji

Chief Sustainability Officer, Jindal Steel and Power Group of Companies,...


Amelia Showalter

Director of Digital Analytics on Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign...


Sunny Grosso

Coaching and Culture Chief at Delivering Happiness


Nadja Swarovski

Member of the Executive Board at Swarovski Crystal Business


Randi Zuckerberg

Former Marketing Director, Facebook. Founder & CEO, Zuckerberg Media

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Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Guru
Founder The Corcoran Group 
Best-selling Author


Jody Thompson

Co-Founder of CultureRx
Co-Creator of the Results-Only Work Environment (GoROWE)


Graça Machel

Third wife of Nelson Mandela Deputy Director of the Frelimo...


Tererai Trent

Founder of Tererai Trent International, Inspirational speaker, “All-time favorite guest”...


Herminia Ibarra

The Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning Professor of...


Genevieve Bell

Anthropologist, Researcher and Intel Fellow and a Vice President in...


Sunni Brown

Leader of The Doodle Revolution, Co-author of GameStorming: A Playbook...


Jenny Shipley

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand


Terry Savage

Financial Commentator, Advisor and Moderator


Marilyn Tam

Author and Corporate Leadership Guru


Muna AbuSulayman

Former Secretary General 
Executive Director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal...


Carole Spiers

World Leading Authority on Executive Stress
Motivational Speaker, BBC Broadcaster...


Kate Sweetman

President and Principal at SweetmanCragun 
Management Guru


Lucy Marcus

Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting Ltd.


Shirin Ebadi

Lawyer, human rights Muslim first Nobel Peace Prize winner -...


Ana Palacio

Ex Vice-President of the World Bank and Ex Spanish Minister...


Marian Salzman

CEO Havas PR North America
World's leading trendspotter


Lynda Gratton

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School

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Karren Brady

CEO of West Ham United Football Club, Senior Non-Executive Director of...

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Isabel Aguilera

Director of Banco Mare Nostrum S.A. and Oryzon Genomics S.A,...