Strong Female Leaders To Motivate Your Audience
Lately several of our clients have asked us for top-reviewed female speakers to kick off and headline various events and conferences.
Here is a list of fierce and fearless female speakers who motivate, engage, and energize audiences and are full of personality—the perfect combination of important lessons, inspiring stories, and good humor.
15 STRONG FEMALE LEADERS TO MOTIVATE YOUR AUDIENCE
- Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President of Gatorade, & Former GM at Nike
- Angie Bastian, Founder of BoomChickaPop
- Mel Robbins, Serial Entrepreneur, TED Speaker, & Best-Selling Author
- Susan O’Malley, First Female President of a Professional Sports Franchise
- Lisa Jaster, US Army Ranger & Peak Performance Expert
- Carla Harris, Vice Chairman Of Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan Stanley
- Col. Nicole Malachowski, America's First Female Thunderbird Pilot & Combat Veteran
- Vernice Armour, First African American Female Combat Pilot
- Amy Purdy, 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist, 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, Three-Time World Cup Gold Medalist, & Best-Selling Author on Pushing Past Limits
- Carey Lohrenz, First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot
- Laila Ali, World-Class Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, & TV Host
- Kristin Beck, Former Navy SEAL & Decorated Civil Rights Activist
- Molly Fletcher, Pioneering Female Sports Agent and CEO
- Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell & One of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”
- Klyn Elsbury, Best-Selling Author & CEO of Landmark Makers
Keep reading to learn more about each of these speakers and click on the links below to browse through each of their individual speaker profile pages and find out more about their speaking topics and expertise.
Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President of Gatorade, & Former GM at Nike
Sarah Robb O’Hagan is the former CEO of Flywheel Sports, the former Global President of Gatorade, and the former GM at Nike. She is known for disrupting her own business models by developing the Nike Plus technology with Apple, and the Gatorade “G Series” line of products. A high-energy ice breaker—Sarah is the perfect speaker to get your audience amped up and comfortable.
Founder of BoomChickaPop
Entrepreneur, co-founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, Angie Bastian took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She founded the snack company out of her Minnesota garage in 2001, and it’s now one of the fastest-growing and most-successful popcorn brands in the market. Bastian talks honestly about what it takes to differentiate a product and make a powerful connection with the consumer. Speaking from experience, Bastian also talks about changes in the retail space, why authenticity matters, and how to weigh big marketing, sales, and branding decisions. | Learn more about Angie Bastian here.
Serial Entrepreneur, TED Speaker, & Best-Selling Author
Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, consultant, TED speaker, and best-selling author who helps audiences quit procrastinating, become more courageous, set and accomplish goals, change for the better, and ultimately transform their lives with her “5 Second Rule” for success. Since discovering and implementing "The 5 Second Rule" eight years ago, Mel has become the most-booked female speaker in the world, an award-winning legal analyst for CNN, a contributing editor to SUCCESS Magazine, an internationally-acclaimed best-selling author, and the CEO of a media company that inspires more than 20 million people each month. Her life-altering speech is filled with groundbreaking insights and a tool for action that is critical for selling, leadership development, innovation, and success. During her talk, Mel presents the secret to HOW we change behavior, HOW to take smart risks, HOW you bring out the best in your team, and HOW to create the results that we covet at work and in life.
First Female President of a Professional Sports Franchise
Susan O’Malley was the former President of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. One of our all-time most-popular motivational speakers; funny and insightful stories. She oversaw a huge business turnaround: The largest ticket revenue increase in the history of NBA franchises.
US Army Ranger & Peak Performance Expert
Lisa Jaster is the first-ever female US Army Reservist to become a Ranger, which is one of the most grueling combat training courses in the world. She believes that “There is no quitting”—leaves audiences inspired to tackle BIG challenges.
Vice Chairman Of Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan Stanley
Carla Harris is the Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Carla Harris speaks powerfully about the proven strategies that have helped her get ahead on Wall Street. With this presentation, she shares her hard-won "Pearls" to help audiences maximize their chance for success in the seat they are sitting in as well as their odds of reaching the seat they aspire to sit in.
America's First Female Thunderbird Pilot & Combat Veteran
Col. Nicole Malachowski is America's first female Thunderbird pilot, a combat veteran, and a former fighter squadron commander. She uses her time in combat as a metaphor for the changes organizations and individuals are faced with, and shares insights in leadership, fellowship, and overcoming adversity.
First African American Female Combat Pilot
Vernice Armour, the first African American female combat pilot, flew attack helicopters during two tours of Iraq and earned the nickname “Flygirl". She talks about how to develop a “breakthrough” mentality for success.
2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist, 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, Three-Time World Cup Gold Medalist, & Best-Selling Author
Amy Purdy is an amputee, an Olympian, and a best-selling author on pushing past limits. A veteran of the stage who has shared her story around the world, Purdy recounts a sudden, near-death experience that resulted in the loss of her legs, and the extraordinary journey she has been on ever since. An expert in creativity and problem solving, Purdy empowers her audiences to believe that indeed anything is possible. She challenges everyone to see obstacles as opportunities all while sharing her mantra that Inspiration is Contagious. Since her accident, Amy has evolved into a powerful inspirational and motivational speaker who has literally been seen by millions of people and invited to share her story to audiences around the world.
First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot
Carey Lohrenz is the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot and the author of the best-selling book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Carey knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure and most extreme environments imaginable: The cockpit at Mach 2.
World-Class Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, & TV Host
Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and 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.
Former Navy SEAL & Decorated Civil Rights Activist
Kristin Beck, former Navy SEAL and decorated civil rights activist. Kristin shares the incredible story of her life with audiences across the country, and touches upon themes of courage, leadership, and standing up for what’s right. Kristin explores the links between strong leadership and being an ally to those who are disenfranchised, and inspires audiences to find their voices and create better worlds for their selves, their teams, and future generations to come.
Pioneering Female Sports Agent and CEO
Molly Fletcher, a pioneering sports agent and CEO, is known as the “female Jerry Maguire” according to CNN. In keynote talks, Molly talks about finding your competitive edge in order to unleash your potential. She also motivates audiences with her trailblazing success in a male-dominated industry.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell & One of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”
Elizabeth Gore, is the former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell and was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”. In her position at Dell, Elizabeth worked with senior Dell executives to foster policies and programs that breed innovation and internal entrepreneurship. In her keynote talks, she connects with audiences by talking very personally about her journey to success.
Best-Selling Author & CEO of Landmark Makers
Klyn Elsbury is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who talks about her incredible life journey living with Cystic Fibrosis. In her tear-jerking speech “Using Adversity as Your Advantage,” Klyn talks about living each day like it’s your last and finding an appreciation for the world of possibilities that await when you’re prepared to throw aside self-imposed limitations. She reminds us all to live authentically, love deeply, and to recognize adversity as an advantage. After all, “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments we create, that take our breath away.”
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