Women speakers are inherently bold and brave. Despite the fact that more women than men complete a bachelor’s degree, and women make up 47% of the workforce, finding a female at the podium of a major event is somewhat rare.
Case in point, one of the largest tech conventions of the year recently announced an all-male speaker lineup for their 2018 event (following an all-male lineup in 2017). The backlash has been fierce. Now a key demographic of the estimated 180,000 attendees will be underrepresented, along with industry executives and entrepreneurs.
An important perspective is missing from this conference and many others. A women speaker at an event immediately connects with female attendees while setting the event apart. Booking a woman speaker also sets the stage for the continued practice, making way for more women speakers to be booked and thus, more diverse perspectives shared.
In the end, the selected keynote speaker can catapult both event attendance and overall event success. A woman speaker immediately relates to roughly half the audience while offering a perspective that is likely quite different from other speakers on the docket. Diversity in thought and experiences leaves a lasting impression. No matter the industry, theme, or size, WSB can help you find the keynote speaker that makes a difference.
A variety of talented and sought-after Women Speakers are represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau – from Olympic athletes to respected world leaders. These visionary females offer an incomparable insight that will captivate your audiences’ hearts and minds.
Follow this brief WSB women speakers guide to help you find the right voice to inspire and intrigue your audience or contact us here:
Featured Women Speakers:
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (2014–2017); Director, Office of Management and Budget (2013–2014)
A visionary leader in both the public and private sectors, Sylvia Mathews Burwell provides powerful insights on health care, leadership, and a wide range of pivotal issues that impact the lives of individuals in the U.S. and around the globe.
Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines; Board of Directors, Snap Inc.; Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan (2012–2016)
A powerhouse who revolutionized Cosmopolitan, one of the best-known women’s brands, The New York Times has called Joanna Coles “one of the most powerful people in media.”
COO and President, North America, FOCUS Brands Inc. (Parent Company to Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s Deli); Advisor to Early Stage Startups and Multinational, High-Growth Companies
Sharing the story of her accelerated rise up the corporate ladder, from her start working as a hostess to leading some of the world’s best-known food brands, Kat Cole provides insight & perspective on what it takes to create & lead successful teams, drive innovation and growth, lead with heart, and sustain excellence.
U.S. Senator (2011–2017); Attorney General of New Hampshire (2004–2009)
A trailblazing U.S. Senator, principled state Attorney General, and an impassioned national security expert, Kelly Ayotte is a widely-respected bipartisan leader who was known as an influential voice among women in Congress.
Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and Author
Reshma Saujani is an innovator and a connector with a unique talent for spotting trends and galvanizing diverse stakeholders to turn trends into movements.
Actor, Comedian and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Thoughtful and hilarious, Ali Wentworth engages audiences with personal, relatable stories and offers lessons learned drawn from her fascinating life and extensive career as a renowned actor, comedian and New York Times best-selling author.
Social Psychologist; Harvard University Leadership Teacher; Best-Selling Author, Presence
Named one of “50 women who are changing the world” by Business Insider, best-selling author Amy Cuddy reveals game-changing techniques to tackle life’s biggest challenges with confidence and perform at your best.
Director of the Social Intelligence Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park
As a world leader in social media research and communication, Dr. Jennifer Golbeck shares with audiences ways to best leverage and the vast array of social data both in their personal and professional lives.
Best-Selling Author; Contributing Correspondent, NBC’s Today; Chair, UNICEF’s Next Generation and Editor-at-Large, Southern Living Magazine
A fresh voice with a positive message, Jenna Hager shows how lives can be changed when provided with compassion, community support and educational opportunities.
Humanitarian and Co-founder and President, Global Health Corps
Deeply committed to improving the lives of those in need, Barbara Pierce Bush inspires us to confront the myriad of health equity challenges that millions face around the world.
Finance Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2011-2015 and 2003-2006); Foreign Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2006); Managing Director, The World Bank (2007-2011)
Globally revered for her economic leadership, commitment to giving back and personal resilience, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala draws on a highly distinguished career as Nigeria’s first woman finance minister, first woman foreign minister, managing director of the World Bank and author of Reforming the Unreformable.
Women’s Leadership Expert; Longtime Television News Reporter; and New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Confidence Code and Womenomics
A newswoman with over a decade of experience covering the world’s biggest stories, Claire Shipman takes audiences to the front lines of global events.
Searching for a female perspective that brings your event objective full circle? Review more women speakers on the WSB website or contact us to inquire about availability.