Our list includes speakers who are strong, intelligent, and determined, and who inspire audiences to take action. To Overcome difficulties, Unleash their potential, Attain success and Take ownership of their stories.
Elif Shafak is one of the most widely read female writers in Turkey. Shafak was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother in Ankara, Turkey after her parents divorced. Growing up in a dysfunctional family was difficult for her, but growing up in a non-patriarchal environment benefited her. Having spent her childhood without her father, she met her half-brothers for the first time when she was in her mid-twenties.
She has an academic background and has taught at universities in Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations, a master's degree in Gender and Women Motivational Speakers Studies, and a doctorate in Political Science. She is well-known as a supporter of women's rights, minority rights, and LGBT rights.
She writes in both Turkish and English and has 15 books to her credit, ten of which are novels, including the best-selling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been translated into 48 languages. Shafak is a TED Global speaker, a member of the We forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy in Davos, and an ECFR founder (European Council on Foreign Relations). The French government bestowed upon her the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010.
Sayeeda Warsi, the daughter of an immigrant mill worker, rose to become an advisor to Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard in 2004, the youngest peer in the House of Lords, aged 36, in 2007, and Britain's first Muslim Cabinet Minister in 2010. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a member of the House of Lords, a lawyer, an author, and a businesswoman. Warsi has been a key driver in the development of three start-up businesses, one in the service sector and two in manufacturing, all of which have grown into vibrant and successful SMEs. During her tenure as Prime Minister, she led the campaign to make Britain the first Western country to issue a Sukuk (Islamic bond), which was done in 2014. She also served as the Chair of the Global Islamic Finance & Investment Group. She is the Chair of the Baroness Warsi Foundation and a Trustee of the Savayra Foundation, both of which promote social mobility and gender equality. Because of the breadth and depth of her experience, she is a sought-after speaker on the following topics:
- WOMEN LEADERSHIP
- MIDDLE EAST
Spaceship Designer and Serial Aerospace Entrepreneur Dr. Susmita Mohanty (born 1971) is an Indian spaceship designer, serial space entrepreneur, and climate change activist. She is well-known for her space-related research. She is the world's only entrepreneur who has founded space companies on three different continents. She is the co-founder and CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, India's first private space start-up, which was instrumental in opening up the US launch market to India.
Dr. Mohanty has also been appointed by the government. She served as the Chairperson of the ‘Mo School' in the rank of a Minister of State at the invitation of the Chief Minister of Odisha (India). Mo School is a government initiative leveraging alumni philanthropy and engagement to revitalize the ecosystem of over 65000 government schools. Mo School made history in the world of alumni philanthropy in India during her tenure by raising nearly US$ 4.25 million in just ten months.
- The core topics of her work include:
- Space Exploration
- Architecture + Design
- Renaissance Thinking
- Transforming Ideas into Reality
- International Cooperation
- Reimagining the Possible
She is one of the most well-known female public speakers who went on to become a well-known talk show host, inspiring millions of people every day. She is also an actress and philanthropist who has dedicated her life to assisting millions of disadvantaged children and families from all walks of life. After hosting her popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, for 25 seasons until 2011, Winfrey left to launch her own television network, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Oprah's Book Club, another of her popular talk shows, has helped bring promising and underrepresented talent to the forefront. She has received numerous honors, including being named the Most Influential Women of Our Generation.
Amy Purdy has had a remarkable life. She grew up with a passion for nature, health and wellness, and travel. She was also an avid snowboarder. Her life took a detour when she was 19 years old. Amy was rushed to the hospital in septic shock after experiencing flu-like symptoms. When she arrived at the hospital, she was given less than a 2% chance of survival, was put on life support, and was placed in a coma. Amy was diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis, a vaccine-preventable bacterial infection, after multiple blood transfusions and the removal of her ruptured spleen. Doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee due to her lack of circulation. Her father later donated a kidney to her a week before her 21st birthday.
Amy's creativity, positive outlook, and never-say-die attitude have led to numerous other opportunities, including being featured in a Madonna music video, a lead actress role in an award-winning independent film, and numerous creative modeling projects, including a photoshoot with musician and artist Nikki Sixx in which her legs were custom made from steel to look like ice picks.
After losing both of her legs to a meningitis infection at the age of 19, she went on to become one of the world's most successful Paralympic snowboarders and is now a fantastic female public speaker who travels the world sharing her story.
Purdy has inspired many people through her motivational speeches and appearances on talk shows.
She frequently encourages people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and not let their disabilities become a barrier to achieving their goals.
More speakers who can share their stories and inspire us to live up to our full potential are needed in the world. Female motivational speakers have a distinct way of connecting with and touching their audiences' lives. We hope that this post has given you a better understanding of how powerful women can be.