Female Leaders From Top Brands

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Our female leadership speakers are in high demand. Their experiences as leaders and innovators have made them favorites of both audiences and event planners. As a result, we have been getting a lot of requests from clients who want a top female executive for their event. Here are a few ideas to get your search started:

Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell

  • Managed a multi-million dollar partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sits at the intersection of tech, business, and philanthropy, and has unique insight into balancing doing good and making a profit
  • One of People magazine’s “100 Extraordinary Women”
  • Led several grassroot efforts at the UN, including Girl Up and Shot@Lift

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports

  • Former Global President of Gatorade and the Former GM and Marketing Director at Nike
  • Named one of the “Most Important Women in Sports” by Forbes—twice
  • Shares lessons about disrupting your business from within
  • Served on the U.S. State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports

Norah O’Donnell, Award-winning co-host of CBS This Morning with Gayle King and Charlie Rose

  • Former NBC News Chief Washington Correspondent
  • Interviewed President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the Dalai Lama, and more
  • In-depth look at the people driving D.C. and the day’s biggest issues
  • Winner of “The Merriman Smith Memorial Award” and “Excellence in Journalism” awards

Dawn Hudson, Chief Marketing Officer at the NFL

  • Twice named to Fortune magazine’s annual “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list
  • Legendary marketer known for such phrases as the “Joy of Cola” and the “Pepsi Challenge”
  • Speaks with electricity about the power of marketing and product branding on an industry or organization

Anjali Kumar, Former Google Executive and Former Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker

  • Shares takeaways learned over almost a decade with two of today’s most innovative companies
  • Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University
  • Co-creator and host of the forthcoming podcast "Unsearchable"

Susan O'Malley, Former President of the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards, First Female President of a Professional Sports Franchise

  • Oversaw the largest ticket revenue increase in the history of NBA franchises
  • Implemented innovative marketing and customer service initiatives that led to the highest renewal rate of season tickets ever by the franchise
  • Shares hilarious and upbeat anecdotes and lessons learned from a life of unprecedented success

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Third-ever CEO to lead the Gates Foundation – one of the world’s largest philanthropies with 1,500 employees
  • Diverse training as an oncologist, scientist, chancellor, and business executive to change the world for the better
  • Named one of the world’s seven most “powerful innovators” by Forbes for leading the development of two of the first gene-targeted cancer therapies at Genentech
  • Shares unparalleled insights and career lessons-learned to effectively lead organizations and foster an environment of collaboration and relentless innovation

Angie Bastian, Founder, BoomChickaPop

  • Launched Boomchickapop from her backyard and grew the snack into a global powerhouse
  • Spearheaded the company’s rebrand from “Angie’s Kettle Corn” to “Boomchickapop,” spurring an exponential increase in sales
  • Experience-driven insights on making a brand stand out, excelling in a competitive marketplace, surviving and thriving through a rebrand, and female leadership

Pauline Brown, Former Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

  • Oversaw more than 70 leading luxury brands in five different sectors
  • Former Managing Director of private equity firm, The Carlyle Group
  • Harvard Business School experiential marketing professor teaching “The Business of Aesthetics”
  • Shows companies why and how to place customer delight at the center of all business strategies


Spark Conversations With Insight From Female Leadership Speakers

At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, we host the top talent in the lecture industry. From CEOs to media juggernauts, our female leadership speakers are ready to bring their experience and insight to your event and leave your audience with new ideas about business, disruption, adversity, and more.

Women in leadership roles have diverse experiences when you consider their industry, so it’s important to find a speaker that matches your event down to the last detail. Is your focus on beating disruption before it beats you? Do you need to innovate to outmaneuver the competition? These are questions to think about when searching for a leadership speaker.

These are just one of the many factors we consider when compiling a list of speakers for you. We also talk to you about every event detail, from the budget and target audience to the theme and objective. The result is a list of female leadership speakers you and your audience will love.

Want more female speaker options?

  • Click here for the full list of the talented female keynote speakers that we proudly represent—and click into each of their speaker profiles to view their experience, speaking topics, and accomplishments.
  • If you don’t see your perfect match in this list, check out the full roster of female speakers we represent


Are you interested in booking one of our female thought leaders and subject matter experts to speak at one of your upcoming meetings or conferences? Let us know!

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