The Top 7 Women Business Speakers to Inspire Your Teams in 2023

It’s here: Q4. And along with normal business functions, we must balance family celebrations, holidays, and year-end business functions. It can be a lot to handle, especially this year, as business leaders are grappling with economic downturns, high rates of inflation, and the ongoing talent wars brought on by the Great Resignation. There’s no shame in needing a bit of motivation and inspiration to keep you focused through the end of the year and into 2023. 

With 2022’s focus on the importance of diverse representation across industries in mind, here are the top women speakers that will help you stay inspired and on track as you move into the new year. 

1. Shama Hyder

Marketing and PR visionary, founder and CEO of Zen Media, Shama Hyder is an international keynote speaker, best-selling author, and podcaster. This trailblazing, award-winning leader has been featured on the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25” by Business Week, Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and as one of LinkedIn’s “Top Voices” in marketing and social media. Hyder is the go-to keynote speaker for companies from Movado to Marriott. Companies often look to Shama Hyder to understand the future of business, and to inspire their marketing and sales teams to get to the next level. Looking for actionable, funny, and inspirational all in one? Hyder may be the speaker for you.

2. Sara Blakely 

Founder and owner of SPANX—possibly the most famous shapewear brand—Sara Blakely is a self-made entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. Blakely was named on TIME Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People, and she holds a Guinness Book World Record for having the world’s highest tea party, which she hosted on top of a hot air balloon. Blakely has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Forbes, and many more. She speaks about entrepreneurship, women empowerment, creativity in business, and more.

3. Dorie Clark

Named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 and recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards, Dorie Clark is a speaker and educator at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School. Author of bestselling books The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, and Reinventing You, she is also a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

4. Whitney Johnson

Stock market strategist and team-building business leader, Whitney Johnson has been named on the Thinkers50 list three times, is a bestselling author, and CEO of WLJ Advisors, a human capital consultancy business. Johnson regularly lectures at Harvard Business School and provides keynote talks on business, investment strategies, team-building, self-improvement, and more.

5. Ann Handley 

Digital marketing pioneer and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ann Handley is a top speaker on marketing, writing, storytelling, and more. She recently gave a keynote speech at Content Marketing World 2022, and her company, MarketingProfs—a marketing and training education company—has more than 600,000 subscribers.

6. Kimberly Bryant

Creator Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the face of technology by encouraging girls of color to try their hand in STEM fields with a concentration on entrepreneurship, Kimberly Bryant speaks on business, innovation, DEI, technology, and philanthropy. One of Business Insider’s 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology, Bryant received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian and won the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology from Politico.

7. Gitanjali Rao

What better way to round out this list of phenomenal women speakers than with the future of the space: Gitanjali Rao. At only 16 years old, Rao holds a long list of titles: inventor, author, scientist, and engineer, as well as STEM promoter and social activist. Recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30, she was also Time Magazine’s Kid of the Year in 2020. While she’s bound to just get more interesting and exciting to listen to as years go by, Rao offers a unique perspective to audiences now. 

So there you have it! The top 7 female business speakers for 2023. Who’s on your list to hear next?


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