International Women’s Day 2023
Wednesday 8th March 2023 marks International Womens Day. The day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
If you are planning an event this year to mark the day and looking for an inspiring speaker these are just a few of the speakers we work with who could be of interest.
Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, an inclusive community of changemakers who stand for fairness and safety for women. Named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy in 2018, described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’ and winner of the AFSA Positive Action Award, Anj was recently recognised in Forbes as one of the ‘10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With’.
Anj is recognised as an authority on Good Governance and Inclusive Leadership. She places a focus on people dynamics: effective communication, impact, and navigating change. As a professional lobbyist of almost 20 years with in-depth knowledge of UK equality and employment policies and international best practice, she has a wealth of experience in social change practices to share.
Anne Wafula Strike, MBE, is an inspirational and motivational speaker who draws on her own life experiences and achievements to inspire her audiences.
Born in Mihu, Kenya, to Nekesa Ruth and Athumani Wafula, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. She was given the middle name of Olympia at birth, a title of prophetic significance for the future and prescient of hurdles she would face in forthcoming years.
2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from Sub-Sahara Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens. In 2006 Anne became a British citizen and joined Team GB and in 2007 she was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her work as a disabled athlete and for involvement in charity work for people with disabilities.
Anna Hemmings MBE is Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker with a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals, 9 of them gold, she is now a leading inspirational speaker on resilience and high performance.
By the age of 24 Anna had been World Champion 3 times and competed at the Olympic Games. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for her services to sport. She achieved this success against all the odds. She was told by the British head coach that she was not big enough or strong enough to be a great kayaker. She proved him wrong. At the peak of her career, Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was told by medical experts she might never race again. She battled her way to full recovery and went on to win a further 3 world titles and compete at her second Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.
Ayo Sokale is a Civil engineer and BBC Presenter, and speaker on Sustainability, STEM, and Neurodiversity. As a leading keynote speaker in her field – Ayo Sokale possesses an array of talents and expertise, working at the cutting edge of the scientific, environmental, and media landscape.
A generation of young people have grown up following Ayo on BBC Reel and BBC Bitesize, where she’s covered the first principles on an array of scientific subjects from Physics to Design. She also works as a TV expert on STEM issues – documentaries for the likes of the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Yesterday TV, and Channel 5 – and counts Shell, Heineken, Blue Yonder, the NHS, and Thames Water are among the leading clients she has worked with as a keynote speaker. She is also working as a Presenter on another major BBC project coming to your screens soon.
Donna Fraser has become a leader in equality diversity and inclusion with over 10 years of corporate experience within business, sport, leadership, well-being, and PMA for both start-ups and established companies.
In 2021 she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and has served as a Trustee, advisor, and Board member for multiple organisations such as the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Women’s Sports Trust, British Athletes Commission, International Women’s Group and Her Spirit to name a few.
Donna Fraser is a 4x Olympian and former 400m sprinter for Great Britain, with a successful athletics career that spanned over 20 years and has a host of European, Commonwealth, and World medals. Donna, unfortunately, retired in 2009 due to being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was recognised with the Freedom of the Borough of Croydon in 2018 for services to sport and continues to be enthused to help inspire a generation through education by ‘giving back’ and sharing her knowledge and experience with young people aspiring to achieve their goals.
Catherine Mayer is a bestselling author, journalist, speaker, and activist. She is the co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party and co-founder of Primadonna, the festival celebrating brilliant writing, music, and ideas and giving prominence to women, launched in 2019.
Her books include Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly; Charles: The Heart of a King, and Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! Her most recent book, the memoir Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death, includes letters written by her mother after both women were widowed at the start of the pandemic. Launched in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in December 2020, it will be published in the US and Canada in July 2021.
Hattie Hasan MBE is a self-made entrepreneur and inspirational speaker on leadership, equality, and unconscious bias.
Hattie Hasan is the CEO of Stopcocks Group Limited, which incorporates Stopcocks Women Plumbers; the first national company of women plumbers, Stopcocks Consultancy, working with companies to increase the numbers of women in construction, and Register of Tradeswomen CIC a not-for-profit, the only organisation connecting customers nationally with verified tradeswomen; established to enable survivors of abuse to train in trades and increase numbers of tradeswomen
Jaz Ampaw-Farr is a Human First Leadership Strategist, Keynote Speaker, and Author. Jaz has a unique ability to help people and corporations reframe their stories and situations, bringing transformation in their work, life, and communities. This is Jaz’s alchemy.
Jaz is highly recognised for the impact she’s had on the education and health sectors, galvanising and inspiring those around her. She has led national and international projects unlocking potential in leaders and teams and is now highly sought after by business leaders, corporations, and governments wanting the same results.
These are just a few of the speakers we work with and if you need any further ideas or like to know more about any of the speakers above please contact us on email@example.com