Happy International Women's day from Great British Speakers! See some of our leading lady speakers...
I'm Jane Farnham, founder of Great British Speakers and very much a believer in Girl power! Since we started Great British Speakers just 3 years ago it's been really inspiring to see how greater part female talent has played in our success. We launched from day one with household names such as Nigella Lawson, Kirstie Allsopp, Anna Richardson, Princess Michael of Kent and Mary Berry.
As we have grown then more female ambassadors have joined in such as founder of the Women's Equality party Sandi Toksvig, tech entrepreneur Alex Depledge, property travel icon Carol Smillie, Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes to name a few.
It's probably quite unfair to single any one individual out, but below are just a few women who have made an impression on me personally over the last 3 years!
Ladies, here's to many more inspiring stories to tell!
Sandi is an activist for gender equality. In 2014 she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party.
Sandi was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and brought up around the world in Europe, Africa and the United States. her television career has included celebrated series such as Call My Bluff and Whose Line Is It Anyway?
In 2016, Sandi took over from Stephen Fry as host of BBC2's hugely popular quiz show QI
Emily has covered the US presidential primaries and campaign on the road and has interviewed Donald Trump on numerous occasions. She has also interviewed other influential figures across the globe from the world of politics, sports and the arts.
Emily won the Wincott Business Award for her documentary about Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg; Inside Facebook.
She regularly contributes to GQ, The Sunday Times and the Spectator Magazine as well as the Guardian, Evening Standard and the New Statesman.
Emily is a popular choice for hosting corporate award events and moderating debates.
Jo Malone has been described as an "English scent maverick" and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.
Originally a facial therapist, Jo fell in love with fragrance whilst working from her discreet skin care clinic which she set up from her London home. Discovering an instinctual talent for creating scented products by hand in her kitchen, word of her exceptional potions quickly spread and soon Jo was unable to keep up with demand.
From these artisan beginnings, Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London which gained cult status around the world.
In 1999, Jo sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006.
Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager for WPP and Chairwoman of MediaCom UK & Ireland, is a renowned and proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success.
Named by Vogue as one of the 25 Most Influential and Inspirational Women of 2018 and ranked top of the EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executive Leaders list, Karen was appointed the national Race Equality Business Champion by the UK Prime Minister in October 2018.
She is also one of 40 Business Ambassadors for the Department of International Trade; Board member for the Creative Industries Federation; Advisory Board member of Hyden Talent; a Non-Exec Director for Creative England and a member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London).
Josie is one of Britain's best-loved actresses and comediennes. She first became a household name in WHO'S LINE IS IT ANYWAY? for Channel 4, and is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players with whom she still performs.
On the radio, Josie is a BBC Radio 4 regular, and next appears on JUST A MINUTE. 2017 saw the release of THE RELUCTANT PERSUADERS for BBC Radio 4.
Ellie is obviously one of the most well known British sporting figures and a hugely influential personality.
The golden-girl of British sport and a 5 time Paralympic Champion Ellie was the youngest ever person to be awarded an MBE.
She was then awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Paralympic sport.
Ellie has hosted a variety of events recently getting involved with a. Q & A and coming up to a very exciting period especially as Tokyo 2020 is just around the corner!
Konnie Huq is one of Britain’s most loved presenters. She was Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter from 1997-2008 and since then has gone on to present shows including The Xtra Factor, King of the Nerds and London Talking to name a few.
Konnie is married to Charlie Brooker.
Konnie is passionate and happy to talk about many subjects. Especially Science, climate change, Economics and anything to do with making the world a better place.
She’s happy to host and moderate awards nights.
Internationally acclaimed science writer, public speaker and TV personality, Dr Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. Emily also trained actress and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, educator and writer.
In 2013, Emily took part in the BBC Expert Women’s Scheme. She was selected as one of 30 women from a pool of over 2000 applicants.
By sharing her personal experiences as a woman in STEM, Emily hopes to engage more people in the fascinating world of science, to change the perception of what it is to be a scientist and to inspire more people, especially girls, to study science.