May 21, 2012
As suppliers of after dinner speakers for corporate events, we're able to find a speaker for to suit any event. Whether that's for pure entertainment, an inspirational story or even a cautionary tale, there are plenty of options that are guaranteed to get your guests thinking.
We regularly receive enquiries for inspirational female speakers for a wide variety of subjects, but women who've shown entrepreneurial spirit and business sense are always in high demand. At a time when women are still earning around 77% of the wages of their male counterparts, it's more important than ever for Female Business leaders to speak about their successes.
With that in mind, we've put together a selection of Female Entrepreneurial Business Speakers who challenge the notion that Business is a Man's World.
On leading Dell to the top of the computing market in 2001, Isabel Aguilera earned a spot in the Wall Street Journal's "30 Most Influential Business Women in Europe" and was placed in Fortune's "Top 50 Most Influential Executives in the World." In fact, we could fill up a whole blog with 'Lists that Isabel Aguilera has appeared in' and make no mention of her time as Chief Operating Officer for NH Hotels or Country Manager of Google Iberia. Isabel's charisma and impeccable business sense have made her a much sought after speaker at corporate events where she's able to offer plenty of insight on her roles in some of the biggest companies in the world.
As Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, Jacqueline has been voted "The Second Most Powerful Woman in Retail" (by Retail Week), "The Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK" (in a survey by Barclays Bank and handbag.com) and "One of Britain's 100 Most Influential Women" by the Daily Mail. Since taking over as CEO of Anne Summers in 1987, Jacqueline has turned the company into one of Britain’s most recognisable brands with a turnover of £155 million a year. Jacqueline has devoted a great deal of her time to a range of charitable causes including Breast Cancer Care and NAPAC. Jacqueline’s warmth and charm coupled with her background in the risqué end on the retail spectrum make her a fascinating after dinner speaker choice.
Having shot to fame on the BBC's wildly popular show 'The Apprentice', Claire Young has devoted herself to setting up a number of business ventures promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise to the younger generation and young girls in particular. Having launched www.schoolspeakers.co.uk and www.girlsoutloud.org.uk Claire has also founded the UK’s first business start-up scheme for under 18s; www.teenbiz.org.uk. With plenty of insight on both business and life in the spotlight, Claire is an appealing choice when you're looking for a familiar face for a public speaker engagement but her experience on the apprentice and achievements since reaching the show's final give Claire substance that most reality TV contestants can't match.
As the eponymous star of 'Mary Queen of Shops', Mary Portas has harangued, cajoled and chided her way into the hearts of the British public. But behind her sharp tongued, acerbic on-screen persona lies a wealth of experience in the retail market. Mary's first book, 'Windows - the Art of Retail Display' has become a worldwide authority on retail strategy and her most recent show 'The Bottom Line' details her attempts to kick-start the British Manufacturing Industry by creating "a staple in any woman's wardrobe - 100% British knickers". Her expertise doesn't just cover the retailer side, her latest Book 'How to Shop with Mary Queen of Shops' gives consumers the inside scoop on how to navigate the high streets. Mary's magnetic screen presence translates perfectly to the stage as a speaker for events where she captivates audiences with her thoughts on the industry.
As one of the UK's most recognisable female entrepreneurs, Rachel Elnaugh is always in high demand as a speaker for events especially thanks to her stint as one of the 'Dragons' during the first 2 seasons of BBC One's Dragon's Den. As the founder of 'Red Letter Days', Rachel has experienced all of the trials and tribulations of running a high profile company and now uses her experience as a venture capital adviser and business speaker. Elnaugh is as open and honest as you'd expect from a founding 'Dragon'- charting the ups and downs of her professional life with refreshing candor and fascinating insight.
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