Liven up your seminar or summit by uplifting, motivating, and celebrating women with these celebrity speakers.
What’s a motivational moment without an empowering ending? When choosing the right speaker for your event, conference, or summit, it’s important to find someone with the right niche who can properly engage with your audience. Whether you’re looking for someone to speak to students, your professional team, or the general public, these powerful women could be the perfect fit. Save the corny motivational quotes for journal covers – these women are ready to bring the power, and bring it LIVE.
Social Media Expert
As one of social media’s top experts in the field, Rachel Pedersen has built an empire for herself while making a name for herself in the digital space, running a business, and raising a family. On her social channels, Rachel’s preferred audience is fellow parents who want to grow their online presence. Rachel’s podcast, Social Media Secrets, has a weekly listening of hundreds of thousands of people, and she offers one-on-one coaching services to those who seek mentorship in breaking into the business.
A college drop out and alcoholic living on food stamps turned social media sensation, Rachel’s story is empowering, uplifting, and centers around entrepreneurship. Rachel is available for speaking at virtual events for groups (including businesses or other interest groups) looking for inspiring stories and social media expertise. Learn more about Rachel and inquire about booking here.
12 Time Olympic Medalist
At 54 years old, Dara Torres is the oldest Olympic swimmer in US history, a record she first broke back in 2008. Currently a 12 time Olympic medalist, Dara is headed back to Tokyo this year to compete again.
Aside from her amazing accomplishments in the pool, Dara has talents on dry land as well. She has appeared on shows as Fox News, ESPN, CNN, Piers Morgan Tonight, Today Show, Good Morning America, Kelly and Regis, and many others. Dara was the first female athlete ever to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and in 2009, won the ESPY award for “Best Comeback.” She was also named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated Magazine.
Now a top-selling author, her memoir, “Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life,” was published in April 2009 and was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling business books by June. Her second book, “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program” hit stands in May 2010 and is now a New York Times Best-Seller.
As an activist, author, feminist, speaker, businesswoman, and former “Survivor” contestant, Alexis Jones does it all. She founded her first non-profit organization while a student at the University of Southern California, I AM THAT GIRL. The organization has since grown to operate over 175 chapters around the world, and works with a mission to transform the lives of young girls by turning self-doubt into self-love. She works to help fight the 21st century stereotype of “the perfect woman” by giving girls the tools and programming they need to become leaders in their communities.
Outside of her non-profit crusade, Alexis is a living definition of empowerment, as she has acted as a keynote speaker for a number of organizations and companies including the United Nations, Girls Scouts of America, Nike, ESPN and NASA. She was named one of Fast Company’s Female Trailblazers, as well as one of ESPN’s Pop Culture’s Top Ten. Alexis is also credited for organization the first ever TEDx Austin Women’s Conference which took place in 2013. Learn more about Alexis and inquire about booking here.
Founder and Leader of The Mars Generation
The goal? Be the first astronaut to land on Mars. Abby Harrison (better known to her followers as “Astronaut Abby”) has dreamed of being an astronaut since she was 5 years old, and is well on her way to accomplishing her goal. Currently a PhD candidate, Abby’s successful and inspiring story has led to her recognition as a leader and motivator both inside the STEM community and out. Founded in 2011, her brand “The Mars Generation” has now captured the hearts of 500k followers who adore watching Abby reach for her dreams (while being empowered to chase their own.) Learn more about Abby and inquire about booking here.
If you’ve ever opened Instagram, you’ve seen Ashley Graham. As one of the world’s leading plus-sized models, Ashley has trail blazed the world of size inclusivity in high fashion, walked for designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Micheal Kors, and Love Mag. In 2016, she became the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, and her social presence focuses on redefining beauty, advancing the feminist movement, and inspiring young women everywhere. She believes in revealing real beauty with un-retouched images and power in self acceptance.
Currently the face of Swimsuits for All, Graham embodies female power and recently gave a TED talk on self-acceptance. Learn more about Ashley and inquire about booking here.
2-time gold medalist Shannon Miller has been a household name since the 1996 Olympic games, when the women’s artistic gymnastics team defeated the Russians for the very first time. The team, now known as the “Magnificent Seven,” included fellow gymnasts Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Dominique Moceanu, Amanda Borden, and Jaycie Phelps. After being inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008 and retiring from gymnastics, she established the Shannon Miller Foundation where she focuses on combating childhood obesity.
A cancer survivor, Shannon hosts her own health-based radio show also titled Shannon Miller Lifestyle, and has served as a commentator and analyst for Yahoo! Sports, MSNBC, and NBC HD. Shannon is the author of several books, including Winning Everyday: Gold Medal Advice for Healthy Happy Living. In 2015, Miller published her autobiography It’s Not About Perfect with St. Martin’s Press.
Shannon has spoken at numerous events, combining her unique athletic achievements with her passion for living a healthy lifestyle to inspire many. In 2013, she spoke at the NJIT Athletics’ Pink Day, which celebrated women in sport. Learn more about Shannon and inquire about booking here.