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13 Female Keynote Speakers for Every Event

by Melanie Hart
13 Female Keynote Speakers for Every Event

Have a conference lined up with a mostly male agenda? Want to add a strong female keynote speaker in a specific category? We represent many of the industry's biggest names. Here is a list of incredibly talented female keynote speakers on the circuit today:

Politics

  • Mika Brzezinski: Mika is the award-winning co-host of Morning Joe and best-selling author of three books on women’s empowerment including Know Your Value. Mika offers women’s leadership presentations where she cites personal stories from her quest and presents tools and techniques for success at home and on the job. Mika also discusses the current state of Washington as well as President Trump’s style—why he loves being underestimated, how he views his allies and enemies, and his agenda.
  • Ana Navarro: Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She speaks the truth without reservation and is respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight-shooting insights. Navarro passionately discusses politics, women in politics, and the important role Hispanic-Americans play and will continue to play in politics.
  • Norah O’Donnell: As the award-winning co-host of CBS This Morning, Norah O’Donnell breaks down the big news of the day and interviews some of the biggest names in politics, entertainment, sports, and more. A top option for panels and fireside chats, Norah takes audiences past the headlines to get to the heart of the day’s most-pressing issues.
  • Lisa Monaco: The former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism advisor to President Obama, Monaco was responsible for coordinating the government response to issues ranging from terrorist attacks at home and abroad to cyber security and natural disasters. Drawing on first-hand experience and anecdotes, she explains why cyber is an issue for the C-suite—not the IT department.

Business Strategy and Consulting

  • Crystal Washington: Crystal is a genius social media marketer. She runs her own consulting firm and has advised the likes of Google, Microsoft, and GE on the practical applications of social media.  She provides real takeaways that audiences will return to again and again—my coworkers all routinely use her LinkedIn tips for prospecting.
  • Dawn Hudson: Dawn is the Chief Marketing Officer of the NFL and has twice been named to Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list. Her philosophy is that you can learn and contribute the most when there’s a crisis, and she’s a firm believer that it’s easier to drive change when things are in flux than when things are going well.
  • Sarah Robb O’Hagan: Sarah is the former Global President of Gatorade and Equinox and the current CEO of Flywheel Sports. She helped transform Gatorade from a declining sports drink company into a booming sports fuel company with brand extensions featuring drinks, shakes, protein bars and more. Sarah is very high-energy and delivers practical insights, leaving her audiences freshly inspired to tackle challenges and disrupt their own businesses.
  • Pauline Brown: Pauline is former Chairman of North America for luxury goods powerhouse LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and a Harvard professor. Touching on the breakthrough strategies that build consumer demand and loyalty, she explains why spurring desirability should be a brand’s primary focus in the age of Amazon—plus how to do it.

Motivation and Inspiration

  • Lisa Jaster: Lisa is an Army Ranger and peak performance expert. One of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program—one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world—she lives by the motto “There is no quitting.” She shares highly-motivating stories of success and leaves audiences inspired to be the best versions of themselves.
  • Susan O’Malley: Susan was the first female president of a professional sports franchise and one of our most-popular motivational speakers. She over saw the largest ticket revenue increase in the history of NBA franchises. Now a business professor, she shares hilarious and upbeat anecdotes and lessons learned from a life of unprecedented success.
  • Laila Ali: Laila is a world-class athlete, fitness & nutrition expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two. She motivates young women to find their strength, spirit, and power from within and uses her life experiences as examples of how to achieve success through courage, passion, and a positive mindset.

Innovation

  • Anjali Kumar: Anjali is a former senior Google and Warby Parker executive and author of the upcoming book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In. She talks about the source of innovation, innovation as a continuous process rather than a singular idea, and shares the 4 ways to innovate that she learned at Google and Warby.
  • Elizabeth Gore: Elizabeth is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell (the person responsible for boosting innovative ideas at the company). She uses tactics like incentive programs to do this, and led the move of half of Dell’s 100,000 employees into communal workspaces. She talks about the “entrepreneurial future of work” and why brands must embrace a workforce/customer base that is changing fast.

If you don’t see your perfect match in this short list, check out the many other female keynote speakers we have here

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