International Women's Day (IWD), observed annually on March 8th, has been a significant date since 1911. It's a day that encourages everyone, regardless of gender, to challenge stereotypes and biases, fostering a world of gender equality. IWD events are crucial in ensuring diversity and inclusion are at the forefront in the workplace.

International Womens Day Speakers 

PepTalk offers a strong line-up of remarkable women shattering glass ceilings in their respective fields or succeeding no matter the challenges life throws them. Our International Women's Day speakers include:

Empowering Female Voices

For businesses, International Women’s Day is more than just a day of recognition; it's an opportunity to educate and inspire. In the US, the share of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies reached an all-time high of 10.6% in 2023, with 53 women heading major firms. However, we’re still a long way from achieving gender equality.

Inviting empowering female speakers to your events can have a transformative impact on both businesswomen and their colleagues. These speakers share their stories of strength and bravery, reflect on the historical significance of IWD and teach the value of female empowerment in life and business.

World-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist Gloria Steinem once said: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

Karen M. Allen

After the unexpected loss of her husband, followed by years of transformational experiences, Karen Allen reclaimed control of her fate by rediscovering and healing herself from the inside out. Karen is a powerful storyteller, and using the power of 'Stop And Shift' truly motivates people to get to the heart of what they want from life.

Grace Rose Gwynne

Birmingham-based barrister Grace Rose Gwynne is one of the youngest barristers in the UK, having been called to the bar at just 21 years old. The inspiring lawyer and TV broadcaster was propelled into the public eye after speaking out about the sexist and ageist prejudices she has experienced as a young female junior barrister working in a male-dominated profession.

Grace Gwynne Speaker

Alice Olins

Teach your team to harness personal agency, optimism, and self-leadership for career success and stress management with Alice Olins, careers expert, journalist and Step Up Club Founder. Here's one of her recent PepTalk OnDemand videos, teaching you how to maximise the potential of your network.

Claire Williams OBE

Claire Williams OBE led the Williams Formula 1 racing team until 2020, in which she was one of only two women to head a Formula 1 team in the modern era. Under her leadership, Williams finished 3rd in the World Championship for Constructors in 2014 and 2015, the team's best performance since 2003.

Claire Williams Speaker

Poorna Bell

Champion diversity within your team and open the conversation to mental health with Poorna Bell. Poorna is an award-winning journalist, motivational speaker, author, and influencer who works across many areas, including women's journalism, business, fitness, and mental health, while advocating for the BAME community. 

Hannah Cockroft OBE

Learn to think innovatively to achieve champion-like success with Hannah Cockcroft, OBE, world record-breaking British wheelchair racer. In 2017, Hannah was the first Paralympian to be named 'British Sportswoman of the Year'.

Book your International Womens Day Speakers

These speakers, among others, are available for booking through PepTalk for IWD events and beyond. They represent diverse experiences and backgrounds, each contributing to the narrative of female empowerment and gender equality.

IWD events, especially in the corporate world, are essential for ensuring women's voices are heard and celebrated. By partnering with industry pioneers, athletes, politicians, and more, PepTalk aims to break barriers and fight for gender equality.

💡 For more information or to book your International Womens Day Speakers, drop PepTalk’s team an email at for a free strategy call, we'll be happy to find you the perfect match. You can also call us on+44 (0)2038352929 or send us a message via the chat.

Culture Calendar

Success favours the prepared. That’s why we’ve compiled a free calendar of awareness days and weeks to support your business.

From health and wellbeing to culture and DEI, adding the calendar will keep you on the pulse of what’s happening and ahead of the game. Plus, it works across all platforms.

Culture Calendar