Want to get ahead on your 2024 cultural, DEI and worplace event agenda? Here are the top speaker events you must plan for in your 2024 calendar, from IWD to the 2024 Olympic Games, Black History Month and Pride.

International Women's Day

📅 8 March 2024

This global day recognises and celebrates the achievements of women in various fields and advocates for gender equality. The 2024 IWD theme is #InspireInclusion — visit International Women’s Day for more information and activation materials.

Expert speakers for IWD 2024: Kate Richardson-Walsh, Eniola Aluko, and Sahar Hashemi.

Plus, check out Peptalk's recent blog post for more inspirational female speakers.

Mental Health Awareness Week UK

📅 13-19 May 2024

Observed each May in the UK, Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on increasing awareness about mental health issues, reducing stigma, and encouraging people to seek help. Why does raising Mental Health awareness matter so much? The stark facts speak for themselves:

  • Around 1 in 6 adults in the UK are experiencing depression (ONS)
  • Every week in England, 6 in 100 people will be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (Mind)
  • One in 14 UK adults (7%) feel stressed every single day (CIPHR)
  • 1 in 5 people have suicidal thoughts (Mind)

Expert speakers for Mental Health in 2024: Justin (JC) Coghlan, Kimberley Wilson, and Mo Gawdat.

Pride Month

📅 June 2024 

Pride Month is dedicated to honouring and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community worldwide, emphasising the ongoing struggle for equal rights and celebrating diversity.

Expert speakers for Pride 2024: Charlie Martin, Ben Hunte, and Jamie Windust.

Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games

📅 6 July to 11 August 2024

Viva la France! Paris is gearing up to host the Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games — the first time it's been hosted in the city for 100 years. Watch-out for this year's hot new sport, breaking (break dancing). "Alone we go faster, but together we go further".

Expert speakers for the 2024 Olympics: Sir Matthew Pincent, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Dame Katherine Grainger and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Black History Month UK

📅 October 2024

October in the United Kingdom highlights Black people's history, achievements, and contributions in the UK. Visit blackhistorymonth.org.uk for the latest events and themes.

Expert speakers for Black History Month: June Sarpong OBE, Nicolas Hamilton and Bernadette Thompson OBE.

World Menopause Day

📅 18 October 2024

October 18th is dedicated to raising awareness about menopause and supporting the health and well-being of women experiencing this phase of life. Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles — it's diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Expert speakers for Menopause: Lauren Chiren, Kathryn Pinkham and Dr Angela Sharma.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

📅 3 December 2024

Did you know, that globally, 1.5 billion people live with a disability? Of these, 61 million live in the U.S. alone, and 13.9 million in the U.K. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations observance to promote equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society.

Expert speakers for Disability in 2024: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Ed Jackson and Hannah Cockcroft OBE.