International Women's Day

Are you Choosing to Challenge, to be the best you can be?


International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This day is a reminder we need to close the gap on gender parity. Depending on where we live and where we work, this gap can be marginal or major.

This is also a day to shine a light on the art of possibility, for women and girls to set and seek higher goals and the need to recognise the efforts and merits of ALL people who do equal work.

The theme for IWD in 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’ – the speakers below each have found a way to seek out new challenges and to be become the best they can be in their chosen fields.

Exclusive speakers: International Women's Day

Karen Attiah Speaker
Karen Attiah
Global Opinions Editor - The Washington Post
Dr. Kathy Sullivan Speaker
Dr. Kathy Sullivan
First American Woman to Walk in Space
Bernardine Evaristo Speaker
Bernardine Evaristo
Booker Prize Winner 2019, Sunday Times Bestseller
Barbara Krumsiek Speaker
Barbara Krumsiek
Globally Recognized Leader in Sustainable Investing
Tina Fordham Speaker
Tina Fordham
Top Global Political Strategist
Adah Parris Speaker
Adah Parris
Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Cultural Strategist; TED2019 Emerging Innovator
Daniela Rus Speaker
Daniela Rus
Director of the MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Charlotte Clymer Speaker
Charlotte Clymer
Transgender woman & Former Press Secretary, The Human Rights Campaign
Elin Hilderbrand Speaker
Elin Hilderbrand
NY Times Best-Selling Author & Cancer Survivor

International Women's Day speakers

June Sarpong Speaker
June Sarpong
British TV Presenter and award-winning author.
Jane Goodall Speaker
Jane Goodall
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Roots & Shoots
Denise Kingsmill Speaker
Denise Kingsmill
Leading Speaker on Fintech, Business Regulation, Issues of Diversity and Sustainability
Carrie Gracie Speaker
Carrie Gracie
Former BBC China Editor; Advocate for Equal Gender Pay
Inga Beale Speaker
Inga Beale
Former CEO, Lloyd's of London
Helena Morrissey Speaker
Helena Morrissey
Financier & Diversity Advocate
Angela Davis Speaker
Angela Davis
Economic, Racial and Gender Justice Campaigner
Katty Kay Speaker
Katty Kay
Lead Anchor, BBC World News America
Helen Sharman CMG OBE Speaker
Helen Sharman CMG OBE
Britain's First Astronaut
Elif Shafak Speaker
Elif Shafak
Multi award winning novelist and inspiring speaker
Mary Portas Speaker
Mary Portas
Authority on Retail & Brand Communication
Jo Malone CBE Speaker
Jo Malone CBE
Entrepreneur and Founder of the globally successful beauty brands
Mary Seighart
Mary Ann Sieghart Speaker
Mary Ann Sieghart
Highly Regarded Current Affairs Commentator
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox Speaker
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
CEO, 20-First, A Leading Gender Consultancy
Zanny Minton Beddoes Speaker
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Emily Maitlis Speaker
Emily Maitlis
Award winning Author and Journalist


International Women's Day 2020 + TEDWomen 2019
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