Top 15 guest speakers for International Women's Day
Women are making their mark in the fight against equality - and rightly so. On a day when we look to recognise every woman, we also look to inspire and remind women of their value and important place in society.
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Celebrating the achievements of women
Until recently, men have dominated the sporting world. Yet, the supremacy that women are beginning to uphold has seen the dynamics of this world transform and International Women’s Day is just a symbolic celebration of how gender no longer stands in the way of passions and success.
Finding speakers for International Women's Day
At Pickstar, we’re lucky enough to work with inspiring female athletes every day. More than just sports stars, they have stories of inspiration, motivation, leadership, team work, resilience and much more.
Not only do they have great stories, many female sports stars are also highly experienced presenters, speakers and ambassadors, so you can be sure they’ll captivate your crowd.
So if you’re looking for the perfect guest speaker, keynote or MC for your International Women’s Day luncheon, event or occasion, here’s our top recommendations.
From record holder to Olympic gold medallist, swimming superstar Cate Campbell can put many accomplishments next to her name. Yet, in the realm of sporting success, she can attribute her success to the true challenges she has faced through cancer scares, body image issues and failure, all of which have facilitated the story that is Cate Campbell and her comeback success.
Despite a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, Paralympian gold medallist Katrina Webb never let her love for sport evaporate. Showing how a weakness can be turned into a strength has inspired many women young and old, that disability should never be concealed, and success is a merely matter of true determination and passion.
A Walkley Award winning journalist and inaugural national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in Australia. Highlights of her outstanding career include writing, producing and presenting documentaries on women and girls in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and India.
Sharni Layton is an inspiration to young female athletes, through her extensively successful career in International and Super Netball, to AFLW. As a determined and confident person, she is passionate about building women in sport, speaking out about sexism issues and joining campaigns that highlight female empowerment.
BMX and mountain bike champion, Caroline Buchanan has mastered the craft of success, through winning elite world championships in more than just one discipline, in more than one place. Parallel with this success comes her off-field rise to triumph with countless awards and recognition in which has founded her ability to use her platform to become a role model for all women in sport.
Body Image Movement leader, Director of inspiring documentary Embrace seen in over 190 countries, and three-times bestselling author, Taryn Brumfitt is changing the world. Taryn’s work has been recognised internationally providing empowerment for women.
Melissa Barbieri, one of Australia’s most renowned female footballers, has created a strong image for herself being a passionate advocate of women’s health, women in sport, and diversity. A powerful motivational speaker, her personal story of resilience, overcoming challenges, and sacrifice is inspiring to all who have heard her.
Aimee Massie has travelled the world with her elite skateboarding career, but an elevated motivation in building female’s confidence and self-worth in all areas sport has helped her drive a more fulfilling profession, especially sports with such a male governed stereotype.
Notably, one of Australia’s most successful female Olympians, Sally Pearson is recognised for her accomplishments, but like any, it came with an upheaval battle of extensive training, injuries, mental stamina and sustaining the fitness for elite championships. Now, as one of the fastest 100m hurdlers in history, she is also just as quickly fulfilling her ongoing role to support and inspire younger women in sport to overcome any challenge.
In the light of a recent bare-all, Olympic Gold Medallist Libby Trickett understands the ups and downs of fame and success. Little did she know, the post-natal depression she endured would be an even bigger challenge to overcome.
A trailblazer in the male-dominated AFL world of the 2000s, Chelsea Roffey became the first woman to officiate an AFL Grand Final in 2012. A journalist by trade, Roffey speaks on themes of leadership, diversity & inclusion, equality and culture.
Although the popularity of AFL shifted the dynamics of female sports, the momentum of netball never seemed to give way. With over a decade of sporting experience, Abbey McCulloch has now re-positioned her passion and commitment to the game into her role Channel 9 as a netball commentator.
Chelsea Pottenger is a widely successful speaker, focusing on mental health and productivity. Her work has been featured globally, working with countless brands to help people calibrate their brains and create more success in their work and lives. She has become the poster woman for mental health and mindfulness in Australia after recovering from her own mental health battle, showing this resilience and finding a new purpose in passion and education. She engages any audience, ensuring they walk away from her events with life-changing tools to help be successful.
Nova Peris OAM
Nova Peris is an inspiration to all women and has had a major impact on the Female Aboriginal community. She was the first Indigenous women to be elected to Federal Parliament as well as also being the first Indigenous and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. She has now started her own charity, the Nova Peris Foundation, empowering Aboiriginal people to achieve life excellence.
Heidi Anderson uses her platform to empower women to feel confident in their body. Opening up about her mental health and anxiety struggles, she has created her own campaign, #ShredYourS***, encouraging women to embrace themselves and their bodies, and hosts self-love workshops. Heidi makes everyone around her feel comfortable and proud of themselves through her grounded and relatable personality.
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