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The UK’s Top 20 Female Inspirational Speakers to Hire

Female inspirational speakers are powerful, determined, and mentally resilient individuals who motivate audiences to overcome personal and professional challenges. Their strength, showcased in fields ranging from business leadership to athletic excellence, leaves a lasting positive impression that reverberates through every aspect of their listeners’ lives. By challenging age-old stereotypes and promoting gender equality, these speakers encourage new, more inclusive perspectives. For female audiences, they inspire confidence, wellbeing, and self-belief, which are crucial for development. According to a study by the International Journal of Business Communication, women who attend motivational seminars led by female speakers report a 35% increase in their self-efficacy and leadership skills.

Who are the Top 20 Female Inspirational Speakers to Hire?

  1. Tessy Ojo
  2. Inga Beale
  3. Tasha Eurich
  4. Karren Brady
  5. Nicky Moffatt
  6. Silvia Garcia
  7. Jo Salter
  8. Susie Wolff
  9. Makaziwe Mandela
  10. Michelle Visage
  11. Stella Rimington
  12. Katie Piper
  13. Debra Searle
  14. June Sarpong
  15. Martine Wright
  16. Michelle King
  17. Oona King
  18. Pauline Miller
  19. Raina Brands
  20. Claire Lomas

1. Tessy Ojo

Tessy Ojo CBE is a talented and inspirational female speaker renowned for her dynamic leadership as the CEO of The Diana Award. As the first British National to receive The Martin Luther King Award, she has made significant strides in civil society. Tessy passionately advocates for women in leadership, diversity, and youth social issues, captivating audiences worldwide with her expertise and empowering message.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Thank you for your powerful contribution, your influence and your story to change the world. I feel extremely content inside me for organising this event with you – this was above my expectations!”Intercontinental

2. Inga Beale

Dame Inga Beale is a talented female inspirational speaker, celebrated for her impactful leadership as the first female CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Renowned for her advocacy for workplace equality, she shares her vast expertise in business management and finance. Her empowering speeches inspire audiences globally, reflecting her dedication to diversity and inclusion. Inga Beale’s remarkable career and advocacy make her a sought-after voice in leadership and corporate success.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Can you please give our thanks to Inga. We have been extremely pleased and happy with her keynote and received an overwhelming positive feedback from attendees who found Inga’s story inspirational and insightful. We hope Inga had a pleasant journey home and wish her all the best.”Corelogic

3. Tasha Eurich

Dr. Tasha Eurich is a renowned organisational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. With over 15 years of industry experience, she has helped high-profile clients like T-Mobile and IBM improve productivity and foster professional development. Her science-based approach and powerful writing make her a sought-after inspirational speaker. Tasha’s expertise in leadership and self-awareness transforms professionals worldwide, making her the ideal choice for impactful corporate events.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“In a room of thousands of powerful and busy women, Tasha held the audience captive for over an hour. Her content was fresh and her advice, pragmatic.”

4. Karren Brady

Karren Brady is a revered businesswoman and a highly sought-after inspirational speaker. Known for her roles as the former Managing Director of Birmingham City and Vice-Chairman of West Ham United, she empowers women to pursue their passions without fear of stereotyping. Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Britain, Karren’s illustrious career and dedication to supporting others make her a must-see speaker at international engagements.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“I was truly enthralled – she was FANTASTIC. I have described her talk as life-changing – so refreshing and motivational.”Professional Cricketers Association

5. Nicky Moffatt

Brigadier Nicky Moffat CBE, the highest-ranking woman in the British Army, is a talented and inspirational speaker. With 27 years of military experience, she educates professionals worldwide on leadership, transformational change, and inclusivity. As the Founder of What Good Leadership Looks Like, Nicky is renowned for her impactful speeches, blending practical stories with key leadership messages. Her remarkable career and insights inspire audiences globally.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Your session was inspirational and your journey to the top is a complete eye opener… how strong a character you must have to get to where you are! Your session has motivated me to have a look at my own journey and take stock – thanks so much.”

6. Silvia Garcia

Silvia Garcia is a talented female inspirational speaker and one of the world’s leading specialists in applying behavioural science and positive leadership to marketing, communications, and organisational cultures. As the Former Global Director of Happiness at Coca-Cola and the Founder and CEO of Feel Logic, she has dedicated over 20 years to implementing positive change and enhancing employee wellbeing, making her a sought-after speaker for events worldwide.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“We loved Silvia’s pose. Super interesting content, featuring surprising and relevant stories for our audience. Silvia is one of those lecturers that everyone in the world loves to listen to. Your energy, optimism and vision are contagious and the audience is always filled with inspiration, ideas and practical examples.”Rosa, Head of External Communications, L’Oreal Spain & Portugal

7. Jo Salter

Jo Salter MBE is a talented and inspirational speaker. As Britain’s first female Fast Jet Pilot and a former RAF officer, Jo has inspired many throughout her career. She is currently the Director of Global Transformative Leadership at PwC and Managing Director at Saltin Ltd, sharing her expertise in leadership at corporate events across the UK. Jo’s diverse career and passion for empowerment make her a sought-after speaker.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Jo Salter has solved more life and death problems than most of us can imagine – and she brings her courage, tenacity and determination to business and management in a way that is truly motivational.”Cable & Wireless

8. Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff MBE is a talented female inspirational speaker, former professional racing driver, and Managing Director of the F1 Academy. As the first woman in 22 years to participate in a Formula 1 weekend, she uses her platform to encourage women in motorsports. Her experience as a Mercedes ambassador and leadership roles in Formula E and the F1 Academy showcase her unparalleled leadership and motivational skills.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“She is very eloquent person, and her stories are exciting and captivating. Susie Wolff represents her views very committed and is a true professional.”UBS

9. Makaziwe Mandela

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela is a talented and inspirational speaker, renowned for her dedication to diversity and inclusion. Following in her father Nelson Mandela’s footsteps, she passionately advocates for African communities and female empowerment. With a rich career in corporate and academic sectors, she is the Chairman of the House of Mandela and a consultant for Self-Empowerment International. Makaziwe captivates audiences with her insights on social justice, the future of Africa, and conflict resolution.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“It was incredible, what a phenomenal woman! Please extend our thank you’s to Dr Makaziwe Mandela once again.”Natalie, Executive Assistant, Lexis Nexis Risk

10. Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage is an internationally renowned television personality, celebrated for her dynamic career as a presenter, performer, and radio DJ for over 30 years. As a female inspirational speaker, Michelle captivates audiences with her vibrant personality and powerful advocacy for LGBTQ acceptance. Known for her quick wit and engaging presence, she inspires and educates on inclusive leadership, making her a sought-after speaker for corporate events and universities.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Can you please pass on MASSIVE thanks to her. If you could let her know the reception has been INCREDIBLE. One comment was ‘I’m going to log off this call and conquer the world!’….She inspired so many.”Amex

11. Stella Rimington

Dame Stella Rimington, the first female Director-General of MI5, is a trailblazing and inspirational speaker. Renowned for her transformative leadership, she improved MI5’s public relations and redefined its image. Stella’s remarkable career, spanning counterterrorism, espionage, and subversion, showcases her expertise and resilience. Post-retirement, she has excelled in various non-executive roles and authored numerous books. Stella inspires audiences with her unique insights on leadership, strategy, and achieving professional excellence.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“I just wanted to reiterate (having been there in person), what a truly wonderful morning this was. Dame Stella was the most superb speaker with a myriad of anecdotes that one can only begin to imagine what a life she led. Thank you so very much for helping us to arrange such a special and memorable occasion.”Dream Escape Magazine

12. Katie Piper

Katie Piper has shown immense resilience and undergone significant transformation in the face of adversity. As an activist, writer, philanthropist, presenter, and motivational speaker, she has captured the hearts of many with her unwavering spirit. Surviving a harrowing acid attack, Katie endured numerous surgeries and immense challenges. Through her books, foundation, and public appearances, she empowers individuals to embrace self-worth and redefine beauty standards, becoming a beacon of hope and inspiration.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Katie was fantastic – incredibly engaging, kind and open with the audience. During the Q&A, there were so many questions we had to cut it short! The attendees of the conference were delighted to have seen her speak and it was a pleasure working with her”YOURgb Events Ltd

13. Debra Searle

Debra Searle stands out as a talented and inspirational speaker renowned for her grit and resilience. Overcoming a challenging childhood, Debra’s solo row across the Atlantic exemplifies her determination. Her adventures, entrepreneurial success, and media presence highlight her multifaceted talent. Awarded an MBE and MVO, she has inspired audiences at Microsoft, Google, and JP Morgan. Debra’s talks focus on attitude, resilience, and empowerment, making her a beacon of motivation.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Debra’s speech went down tremendously well thank you, the feedback was awesome. What a truly astounding story she has to tell. Her experiences were very relevant to many of the emotions we all share amongst the team at the moment too and she offered the tangible examples of how to deal with these, as we were hoping.”Microsoft

14. June Sarpong

June Sarpong OBE is a talented female inspirational speaker renowned for her role as a former panellist on ITV’s Loose Women. With over 25 years as a broadcaster and Corporate Executive, June has honed skills in cultural awareness, business strategy, and leadership. Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, she co-founded the Women: Inspiration Enterprise Network. Currently, she advises organisations on best practices for ensuring diversity and inclusion.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“We absolutely loved the session with June Sarpong. And June made for a formidable duo that rocked the house of Co-Op! Haha, that sounds like a quote out of Pose. But it was truly a fantastic session. June was powerful in her storytelling and very honest in sharing her thoughts around inclusion, bias and allyship. Thank you all for your support in helping us to deliver this session during Black History Month.”Co-Op

15. Martine Wright

Martine Wright’s story is a powerful testament to the human spirit’s ability to rise from the depths of despair to the pinnacle of achievement. Surviving the 7/7 London Bombings, she lost both legs but channelled her resilience into an awe-inspiring journey. As a motivational speaker, Martine captivates audiences with her authentic narrative of self-belief and determination, inspiring many with her remarkable journey from tragedy to triumph.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Thank you so much for coming down to Southampton yesterday and for spending time with us. Your speech(es) were so incredibly motivating and captivating. The feedback from our staff has been overwhelmingly positive. Not just your story and how you tell it, but a number of people commented on how it was evident you had taken the time to understand our change and connect it to your Power of 7. Your grounded approach really also hit home with our people. We really don’t know how we are going to top your event! Thanks again for sharing your incredible story and insight.”Quilter

16. Michelle King

Michelle King is an award-winning author, speaker, and expert on organisational culture. With over a decade of experience, she founded The Culture Practice, a DEI consultancy firm. Michelle has presented over 500 engagements worldwide, focusing on belonging, DEI, and inclusive culture. Her expertise has guided top organisations like Netflix and Amazon. Michelle’s dedication to fostering inclusive workplaces has earned her accolades, making her a sought-after inspirational speaker.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“Michelle is a speaker who sparks fires in her audience around the issues she cares about. Her in-depth knowledge and insights, paired with her ability to clearly and vividly create the case for its importance, is a unique gift to the groups she speaks to. Our community still asks us about Michelle and where to access her talks and upcoming events.”Be Social Change

17. Oona King

Oona King, a Labour Party Politician, is a beacon of progress and resilience in diversity and inclusion, female empowerment, and racial equality. From the House of Commons to leading diversity initiatives at Uber, Google, and YouTube, her journey is marked by significant achievements. As a sought-after speaker, Oona’s insights and experiences inspire audiences to adopt inclusive perspectives on gender and racial equality.

18. Pauline Miller

Pauline Miller’s expertise and dedication have made her a highly sought-after speaker on topics of insurance, diversity, business, and change management globally. As the Chief Equity Officer of Dentsu International, she stands at the forefront of diversity and inclusion, workplace culture, and inspirational leadership. With over two decades in human resources, Pauline’s transformative contributions have spearheaded diversification initiatives, making her a beacon of inspiration and empowerment for women and girls worldwide.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“The event went great. Pauline was an awesome speaker and made so many points that our team can directly apply to their day to day lives.”Erin, PSO Senior Consultant, Manhattan Associates

19. Raina Brands

Raina Brands is an inspirational speaker and expert in organisational behaviour and gender equality. As an Associate Professor at the UCL School of Management and co-founder of Career Equally, she is renowned for her research on unconscious bias and women in leadership. With publications in prestigious outlets and a passion for eliminating workplace bias, Raina empowers audiences worldwide, advocating for gender equality and inspiring women to reach their full potential.

20. Claire Lomas

Claire Lomas is a talented female inspirational speaker whose story of triumph over adversity is truly remarkable. After a life-changing accident in 2007 left her paralysed, Claire’s determination led her to incredible achievements, including walking the London Marathon with a robotic suit and raising significant funds for Spinal Research. Her engaging, humorous speaking style and advocacy for accessibility make her a sought-after speaker for diverse audiences.

Official Speaker Feedback:

“We’ve just come out of the session and I only have two things to say: WOW and THANK YOU!! Wow because Claire is just truly impressive and inspiring, an authentic and natural speaker, and she brought home so many key messages that we’re certain will stick with our team for a long time. Thank you for the suggestion Lucy, Claire fits our program perfectly and I’m looking forward to working with Champions again in the future”Google

Hire a Female Inspirational Speaker Today!

How Much Does a Female Inspirational Speaker Cost?

Hiring a female inspirational speaker varies widely in cost due to their diverse backgrounds and careers. Prices can range significantly, making it essential to contact a professional agent for tailored recommendations. Our team will present a curated list of speakers based on your specific needs, streamlining the booking process. By working with us, you ensure your event’s success from the initial consultation to the final presentation. With Champions, finding and booking a speaker is a seamless experience.

Do Our Female Inspirational Speakers Present Internationally?

Yes, our female inspirational speakers present internationally. With extensive experience in organising visas, contracts, transport, and other logistics, Champions ensures your event is covered globally. In addition to local talent, we offer a wide range of globally respected speakers. Our expert team can provide a selection of speakers ready to travel to your location, guaranteeing an inspirational and seamless experience regardless of where your event is held.

If you are interested in hiring a female inspirational speaker, contact The Inspirational Leadership Speakers Agency today! We are fortunate enough to work with the world’s leading experts on inclusive leadership who are only a phone call away from one of our dedicated booking agents. To hire an inclusive leadership speaker, browse our roster of speakers, and then contact a booking agent on 0207 0070 320 or by completing our online contact form.

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