Top Female Speakers

Talking Trends
4 min readJul 14, 2021

Here’s a list of great female keynote speakers. Of course the list is far from complete. There are many well-known and lesser-known female speakers out there. This list here is based on input of members from the National Speakers Association and clients with whom we have worked.

Felecia Hatcher
Hatcher is a White House Award winning entrepreneur, badass business rainmaker, bestselling author of Start your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget, and globally sought-after transformation speaker. She was honored at the White House as one of 2011’s Empact Top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30 and the author of five books. She uses failure as a motivation for business success.

Natalie Nixon
Natalie Nixon, PhD is the award-winning author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work. A hybrid thinker, Natalie consistently applies her background in cultural anthropology and fashion. She began her career in education and as a hat designer. Later, Natalie worked in global apparel sourcing for a division of The Limited, Inc. Today, as president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC, she changes lives through ideas so that people build their creative confidence for years to come, make an impact and get paid their worth.

Terri Trespicio
Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor, Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has surpassed 6 million views. Currently, she’s a stand-up comic performing at clubs in New York City. She’s also a writer, branding consultant, and national speaker. She believes focus and success help create passion.

Sylvia Baffour
Sylvia is an Emotional Intelligence expert and author of the newly released book, I Dare You to Care. A book focused on how we can use emotional intelligence skills to inspire, influence and achieve remarkable growth. She is also one of the most sought-after speakers and trainers in the fields of personal empowerment and professional development. Sylvia has lived in several countries around the world and speaks five languages. She was recently ranked among the top 18 speakers at the World Championship of Public Speaking held in Malaysia.

Zain Asher
Raised in a single parent home after her father was killed in a car accident when she was five years old, Asher currently works as a news anchor at CNN International. Oh, and her brother, Chiwetel Ejiofor, got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for “12 Years A Slave,” in 2014. Life has taught her hard work, talent, and brains are not the only keys to success — Asher recommends trusting your struggle.

Mel Robbins
Robbins started her career as a criminal defense attorney and went on to launch and sell a retail and internet technology company. Mel is an author and is currently one of CNN’s on-air commentators and opinion writers. She believes there’s only one rule to getting everything you want.

Paula Stone Williams
When she was the CEO of a large religious non-profit organization and preacher, her name was Paul. Today, she’s the Pastor of Preaching and Worship Ministries at Left Hand Church, in Longmont, Colorado. As a transgender woman, Paula Stone Williams has lived on both sides and, according to her, “the differences are massive!”

Oprah Winfrey
Born in rural Mississippi in 1954, Oprah has lived her life out loud and is now a well-known media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She views failure as necessary nudges that move you in the right direction.

Iyanla Vanzant
She’s the author of 15 books, and she transformed her life from the Brooklyn projects to an Emmy Award winner. Iyanla embodies a no-nonsense approach in her message and teaching style. It was in a Home Depot she realized her worth.

Vanessa Van Edwards
Van Edwards is lead investigator at Science of People, where she has developed a science-based framework for understanding and communicating with different personalities. Check out her talk below on how to talk to anyone.

Kenyona Matthews
Matthews is a diversity trainer who believes we have to do better at diversity and inclusion. She challenges, “Diversity will always give us space in the room. But it leaves no room for our thoughts and our ways of life. Inclusion will change our rooms. Inclusion will make sure we all have a seat and a voice … once you hear the voice, you have to act to make some changes. That’s inclusion. That’s what matters.”

There are many well-known and lesser-known female speakers out there. This list here is based on input of members from the National Speakers Association and clients with whom we have worked.

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