Speakers for International Women's Day

Toby Mossop
editor at Chartwell Speakers

With the goal of a gender equal world, the 2023 International Women’s Day theme is #EmbraceEquity. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

As we celebrate the diverse social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women on the 8th March, we must continue to empower women and challenge gender bias all year round. Businesses are increasingly understanding the value and benefits that a diverse workforce can bring. All around the world, we should be proactive in seeking to break down gender barriers and highlight the importance of gender equality.

We work with a wonderful array of speakers who can share their ideas and perspectives for your IWD event. Here are a few to consider:

Mary-Ann Sieghart

Broadcaster, journalist and author of award-winning book, ‘The Authority Gap’ (2021).

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Tahmima Anam

Anthropologist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and author of ‘The Startup Wife’ (2021). 

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Kathy Sullivan

First American woman to walk in space and distinguished scientist.

Kersti Kaljiulaid

President of the Republic of Estonia (2016-2021) and Forbes World’s Most 100 Powerful Women (2017).

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Nelly Attar

Fitness ambassador across the Middle East and named as “One of Top Influential Muslim Women in Sports” (2020) by The Muslim Women Network.

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Gina Rippon

Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging and author of ‘The Gendered Brain’ (2019).

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Jill Scott

English professional football player and part of the winning team in the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euros.

Tammy Smith Speaker

Tammy Smith

The US military’s first openly LGBT General and former Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army.

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Leah Williamson

Captain of the England Lionesses, who led the team to victory at the UEFA 2022 Women’s Euros.

Victoria Evans

Sports lawyer and Guinness World Record holder for fastest female to solo row the Atlantic.

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Flavilla Fongang

Neuroscience brand expert and Founder of Tech London Advocates – Black Women in Tech.


Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

First woman of colour in Scottish history to be elected from Scotland to any parliament.

Elin Hilderbrand Speaker

Elin Hilderbrand

New-York times bestselling author and cancer survivor.

Sara Sabry speaker

Sara Sabry

The first Egyptian astronaut and first Arab woman in space.

Kirsten Stendevad

Nordic thought leader and leadership trainer, specialising in 21st Century leadership.