International Women's Day (IWD) is a globally celebrated event that recognises women's incredible social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments. The day provides a platform to highlight the progress made towards gender equality and to raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done. This year's theme is #InspireInclusion, which asks us to imagine a gender-equal world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.  This coming IWD is taking place on Thursday, 8th March 2024.

#InspireInclusion with a PepTalk International Women's Day Speaker

Our selection of International Women's Day PepTalk experts and keynote speakers can support your organisation's inclusion mission by providing strategic story-telling, training, and inspiration. If you’re looking for an expert, why not consider one of these game-changers?

01. Jo Arscott

Diversify your talent and boost your creative power with Jo Arscott, diversity advocate and globally renowned creative director. Jo has worked for agencies in the world’s leading networks including Saatchi & Saatchi, Momentum Worldwide and JWT; and on household brands such as Coca-Cola and P&G.

02. Eniola Aluko

Up your team’s game and get inspiration from Eniola Aluko, former footballer, Aston Villa Women's Sporting Director, and lawyer. Eni spent an incredible eight years at Chelsea Football Club, scoring 68 goals in 158 appearances.

03. Sahar Hashemi

Power up your entrepreneurial spirit and learn to think differently with Sahar Hashemi OBE, Coffee Republic founder and author. Sahar says "If you’re human, you’re an entrepreneur. Activating your inner entrepreneur is the easiest yet most transformative skill ready for you to tap into, right now."

04. Jessica Ennis Hill

Set goals beyond belief, then achieve them with Jessica Ennis Hill, an Olympic Gold Medal-winning heptathlete. With Paris 2024 coming in hot, Jess is the perfect person to inspire your team. "The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen."

05. Mia Ives-Rublee

Inspire your team to see the world differently with Mia Ives-Rublee, a disabled transracial adoptee and civil rights activist. Mia began her journey as an adapted athlete, competing internationally in track, road racing, fencing, and crossfit, before beginning her activism work — founding the Women’s March Disability Caucus and organising the original Women’s March on Washington in 2017.

06. Nimco Ali

Educate your team on what’s being done to tackle gender inequality and how they can play their part with Nimco Ali. Nimco co-founded The Five Foundation, which is working to end FGM and other related forms of violence against girls.

07. Mandy Hickson

Master decision-making under extreme conditions with Mandy Hickson, former RAF Fast-Jet Pilot and performance coach. As Mandy says, "As leaders you can never tell people that they are empowered, all you can do is to create the environment and give people the skills and tools to enable them to grow."

08. Kate Richardson-Walsh

Discover how to lead high-performing teams with Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Team GB women’s hockey captain, Olympic gold medalist and peak performance mentor. In addition to winning gold at Rio in 2016, Kate made history by being one-half of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal while playing in the same team.

More IWD action ideas

Aside from bringing in expert speakers, IWD has actionable ideas for inclusion, which include empowering women's economic status, promoting female leadership, supporting STEM and education for girls, improving healthcare access, and addressing other areas supporting women's advancement.

💜 Remember, IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere — all efforts are valid; it’s raising visibility that matters. Together, we can work towards building a more equitable world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

💡 Interested in a PepTalk Live session for International Women’s Day? We have a wealth of expert female trailblazers and storytellers in our network, here to help ensure you and your team can win at the business of life — simply drop us an email, and we'll set up a free strategy call.