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Gloria Steinem | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Iconic Visionary of the Women's Movement; Co-Founder, National Women’s Political Caucus; Co-Founder, Ms. Magazine

Gloria Steinem remains an iconic and inspiring voice, and one of the most visible symbols of the women's movement. Ms. Steinem continues to be an ever-present and sought-after speaker on all fronts of social activism. More >

Kay Bailey Hutchison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Senator from Texas (1993-2013); Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ; Contributor, CNBC TV Network

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In January 2013, she stepped down from twenty years in the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Texas. She served ... More >

Olympia Snowe | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Bipartisan Leader in Congress; U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013); Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1995)

Olympia Snowe’s dedicated work for over three decades has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. The Washington Post summed up Senator Snowe's powerful legacy as a politician "with several historic distinctions ... More >

Her Majesty Queen Noor | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Founder & Chair, King Hussein Foundation; Founding Member, Global Zero (international initiative working towards the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide)

Her Majesty Queen Noor is an international humanitarian, activist and an outspoken voice on issues of global peace-building, nuclear non-proliferation, women's empowerment, and cross-cultural understanding. She is actively involved in a number of international ... More >

Cokie Roberts | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Renowned Journalist; Political Commentator, ABC News and NPR; Former Co-Anchor, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR, and is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time. More >

Joan Lunden

Award-Winning Journalist ; Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author

An award-winning television journalist, New York Times bestselling author, sought-after motivational and keynote speaker, successful entrepreneur, and one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, Joan Lunden is one of ... More >

Barbara Walters | HWA Exclusive Speaker

ABC News correspondent; Host of The Barbara Walters Specials ; Creator, Co-host and Executive Producer of ABC Daytime’s The View

Barbara Walters’ ground-breaking exclusive interviews with world leaders and her enterprising reporting have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television. In her lively and colorful appearances, Walters shares the insights ... More >

Victoria Reggie Kennedy | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate ; Trustee, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Distinguished Professor and Mentor, University of Massachusetts; Advocate for Historic Healthcare Legislation

With broad experience in public service, the practice of law and non-profit Board service, Victoria Reggie Kennedy is recognized as an authority on strategy, communications and governance. A highly sought after and dynamic public speaker, Mrs. Kennedy ... More >

Della Reese | HWA Exclusive Speaker

World Famous Singer, Actress, and Television Star; Spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association; Ordained Minister

Della Reese is a name synonymous with entertainment par excellence. Known for her unique singing style and her starring roles on some of the most successful television programs of the last thirty years, Ms. Reese always delivers an engaging and inspirational ... More >

Ingrid Betancourt | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Global Human Rights Advocate ; Nominee, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Held as a hostage in the jungle for more than six years, Ingrid Betancourt is a global symbol of freedom and human resistance in the face of the toughest of adversities. Ms. Betancourt now works to draw attention to the plight of hostages and victims ... More >

Mae Jemison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

First African American Woman in Space; Currently Leading 100 Year Starship (An initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years); Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies

Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space—she made history! She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist ... More >

Laura Tyson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Member of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (2011-2013); Member of Secretary John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board (2011-2013); Member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011); National Economic Advisor to President Clinton (1995-1996) ; First Female Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (1993-1995)

Former Chairwoman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, a  former dean at two top-ranked business schools and a board member of several multinational companies, Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson continues to be a key voice in the most dynamic ... More >

Torie Clarke | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, SAP; Senior Advisor for Comcast Corporation, 2004-2013; Former Pentagon Spokesperson; ABC Commentator; Contributor to the Tony Kornheiser Show on WTEM Radio

A Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at the multinational software corporation SAP and on-air commentator for ABC, Torie Clarke has advised some of the world’s top executives. Best known to the public as the chief spokesperson for ... More >

Karen Hughes | HWA Exclusive Speaker

One of the World’s Foremost Communication Strategists; Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller; Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2005-2007); Counselor to President George W. Bush (2001-2002)

Karen Hughes serves as Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide Vice Chair. She is one of the world's foremost communication strategists, specializing in strategic messaging and communications, crisis communications and executive positioning with clients ... More >

Jane Alexander

Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress; Environmental Activist; Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, 1993-1997; Four-Time Oscar Nominee

Jane Alexander is a renowned actress in film, television and theatre. She is also an outspoken and dedicated advocate of the environment and the arts. More >

Irshad Manji

Celebrated by Deepak Chopra as the "New voice of reform, not only for Islam, but for all religions."; International Bestselling Author, The Trouble with Islam Today and Allah, Liberty and Love; Acclaimed PBS Filmmaker, "Faith Without Fear"; Founder and Director, Moral Courage Project at New York University

Irshad Manji is the Bestselling Author of The Trouble with Islam Today and, most recently, Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Dedicated to finding common ground in a fractured world, she has transformed her personal ... More >

Ann Curry | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist ; National and International Correspondent for NBC News (2012-2015); Anchor, NBC News’ TODAY (1997-2012)

Esteemed journalist Ann Curry is known as one of the most visible and personable female broadcasters in America. Her belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of service echo through her work, allowing her to impact millions of lives daily. ... More >

Judith Jamison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; 50th Hall of Fame Inductee at the National Dance Museum

Judith Jamison - American dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - is a legendary icon in the world of the performing arts. Ms. Jamison, who as a dancer with the troupe, from 1965 to 1980, became the most ... More >

Moira Forbes | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President and Publisher, ForbesWoman; Executive Vice President, Forbes Media; Host, Success with Moira Forbes; Founder, Forbes Executive Women’s Board

An expert on today's professional woman, Moira Forbes, President and Publisher of ForbesWoman brings her savvy business perspective to the podium on a variety of issues relating to today's socioeconomic landscape and the effect women have on it. More >

Charlene Barshefsky | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former U.S. Trade Representative 1996-2001; Board Member, America-China Society; Board of Directors, American Express Company; The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.; Intel Corporation; and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; and the Council on Foreign Relations; Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Known globally as the architect and negotiator of China’s WTO agreement, Ambassador Barshefsky is one of the world’s experts on China. With two decades of experience, she offers highly expert, in-depth knowledge about conducting business ... More >

Mary Cheney | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Accomplished Corporate and Political Advisor; Managing Partner, Yellowstone Associates; Director of Vice Presidential Operations for Bush-Cheney 2004

A key advisor on two presidential campaigns with tenures at AOL and Coors, Mary Cheney draws on more than 15 years of political, corporate, public affairs, and strategic communications experience to offer a unique and compelling perspective ... More >

Wendy Davis | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Women's Rights Advocate; Texas State Senator (2009-2015) ; 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee

Standing up for women's rights, former Texas State Senator and 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis is one of our nation's most inspiring voices. Widely recognized as a leader in the arena of women’s healthcare, Sen. Davis prides ... More >

Elizabeth Duke | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Governor of the Federal Reserve (2008-2013)

Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 2008 until 2013. Within a mere six weeks of her swearing in as a Fed Governor, multiple crises erupted, with home lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie ... More >

Hadassah Lieberman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Health Care Professional; Daughter of Holocaust Survivors

Hadassah Lieberman charms audiences with stories from her extraordinary life, focusing on women’s health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, and promoting international understanding. Ms. Lieberman successfully tailors her remarks to fundraising ... More >

Lynn Martin | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Secretary of Labor, 1991-1993; Chair of Deloitte & Touche’s Council on the Advancement of Women

Credited with preparing the workforce for the 21st century, Secretary Martin brings breadth and authority to any debate on issues affecting the modern American workforce. More >

Jane Pauley | HWA Exclusive Speaker

One of Broadcasting's Most Respected and Award-Winning Journalists ; CBS Sunday Morning, Contributor; Bestselling Author, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue and Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

A familiar face on morning, daytime and primetime television, and one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists, Jane Pauley is a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. Pauley began her network career as co-host of TODAY for thirteen ... More >

Roxana Saberi | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Iranian-American Journalist Falsely Accused and Imprisoned in Iran; Author, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran; Co-writer of the Film No One Knows About Persian Cats

A political prisoner caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the U.S., Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi captured the attention of the world when reports surfaced of her imprisonment in Iran. Abducted by four men ... More >

Gloria Allred

Founder & President, Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF) ; Award-Winning Attorney for her Pioneering Legal Work on Behalf of Women's Rights and Rights for Minorities ; "One of the Nation's Most Effective Advocates of Family Rights and Feminist Causes" – TIME Magazine ; Three Time Emmy Nominee for her commentaries on KABC Television ; Author, Fight Back and Win, My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice- And How You Can Win Your Own Battles

Time Magazine called Gloria Allred "one of the nation's most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes." An active feminist, Gloria Allred founded and is currently serving as President of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense ... More >

Kathy Bates

Academy Award® winning Actress; Director; Ovarian Cancer Survivor ; Breast Cancer Survivor

When Kathy Bates speaks, she is applauded not only as an Oscar winner and as one of Hollywood's most sought-after performers but for what might be the most challenging and inspirational role of her career -- cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with ovarian ... More >

Cherie Blair

Noted Human Rights Lawyer; Campaigner for Women’s Equality; Wife of Tony Blair; Author, Speaking for Myself

Named one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine, Cherie Blair is a noted British attorney, human rights advocate, and the wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair. She offers illuminating commentary on the issues of balancing family and ... More >

Susan Blumenthal

Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown and Tufts University Schools of Medicine

Dr. Blumenthal is an internationally recognized medical expert and leader who has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including global health, women’s health, obesity, and mental illness to increased attention, helping ... More >

Donna Brazile

Founder of Brazile and Associates, LLC; Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee ; “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C” (Washingtonian) ; “50 Most Powerful Women in America” (Essence)

Donna Brazile is one of the best known, most influential African American women in modern American political life. She was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C.,” by Washingtonian Magazine and one of the “50 ... More >

Catherine Crier

Host, Catherine Crier Live; Award-Winning Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author

Catherine Crier is Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice. She authored The New York Times bestseller The Case Against Lawyers, and her newest book is Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her speaking engagements ... More >

Laurie Dhue

News Anchor, TheBlaze TV; Veteran News Anchor (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News); Advocate for Alcohol Recovery; Founder & President, Laurie Dhue Media

Laurie Dhue is a New York City-based TV broadcaster and media strategist. She is the lead news anchor at TheBlaze TV and Founder and President of her own consultancy, Laurie Dhue Media.  A person in long-term recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, ... More >

Linda Ellerbee

CEO and Co-Founder of Lucky Duck Productions; Journalist; Award-Winning Television Producer; Bestselling Author; Breast Cancer Survivor

Linda Ellerbee is a woman of spirit and determination who has enlightened and entertained us for almost 40 years. Revered as a pioneer, a survivor and role model for young and old, Ellerbee charms sell out audiences across the country. She speaks to ... More >

Sandra Finley

President and CEO, League of Black Women; President, Praxis Leadership Insitute

Sandra Finley is President and CEO of League of Black Women. The League of Black Women, founded in the 1970, is a national organization that provides strategic leadership research to communicate the collective voices of Black Women impacting societal ... More >

Annabelle Gurwitch

Actress and Comedian; New York Times Bestselling Author

Actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch’s most recent book is I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 (Blue Rider Press).  NPR Books has called ... More >

Mia Hamm

Gold Medalist Soccer Player; Inductee, National Soccer Hall of Fame

Mia is widely recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player, with her leadership and passion motivating countless others to pursue their own dreams and go for it. More >

Kay Koplovitz

Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company ; Founder, USA Networks; Chairman of the Board, Fifth and Pacific; Chairman and Co-Founder, Springboard Enterprises; Author and Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur who founded the successful cable TV franchise USA Networks, she is the author of, Bold Women, Big Ideas which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. In her speeches, Koplovitz she gives her ... More >

Iris Krasnow

Bestselling Author; Journalist

Bestselling author and journalist, Iris Krasnow speaks on issues related to family, relationships and female empowerment to many national groups, including business organizations, religious institutions, women's groups and colleges and universities. More >

Carey Lohrenz

World’s First Female Tomcat Fighter Pilot

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.  As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready ... More >

Susan Molinari

U.S. Representative from New York (1990 – 1997); Senior Principal, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Susan Molinari is a risk-taker and trailblazer for liberal Republicans and working mothers. A U.S. Representative from 1990 to 1997, Ms. Molinari quickly became “one of the most distinctive Members of the House” and “one of the most ... More >

Aimee Mullins

Groundbreaking Olympic Athlete; Fashion Icon Actress; Design Innovator; Actress

Aimee Mullins revels in the continuous exploration of what is possible—both for herself and those whose lives she touches. Aimée has developed her own unique formula for creating the “invented life,” fashioned from her undeniably ... More >

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Champion; 59 Grand Slam Wins; Founder, Rainbow Endowment

A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates wit, candor and sheer motivation. More >

Lyn St. James

Pioneering Race Car Driver

One of the first and most successful female Indy Car drivers, Lyn St. James knows what it takes to be determined and strong in a sport dominated by men. In addition to a ground-breaking racing career and active public life as a role model for millions ... More >

Susan Stamberg

NPR Correspondent

One of the most popular broadcasters in public radio, Susan Stamberg is well-known for her conversational style, intelligence, and knack for finding an interesting story. More >

Dara Torres

12-Time Olympic Medalist; New York Times Bestselling Author; Sports Correspondent, CBS Sports' We Need to Talk

Dara Torres is a 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming and arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. A top-selling author, her memoir, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life, was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling ... More >

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Former Lt. Governor, Maryland; Education and Health Care Advocate; Humanitarian and Public Servant

A life long advocate for women, children and the underserved, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s career has focused on creating public and private partnerships to solve some of the most intractable problems facing America today. More >

Rebecca Walker

Bestselling Author

TIME Magazine named Rebecca Walker one of the fifty most influential American leaders under forty because of her transformative views on race, gender, sexuality and power. More >

Ruth Westheimer

Pioneer Sex Therapist

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters on radio with her program, Sexually Speaking. She never envisaged that one day she would be making such wide use of the mass media to help spread what ... More >

Einat Wilf

Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute ; Former Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres; Former Member of Israel’s Parliament and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee; Past Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee; Visiting Fellow, Washington Institute

A frequent speaker for large organizations, Dr. Einat Wilf is considered to be one of Israel’s most articulate representatives on the international stage and a leading intellectual and original thinker on matters of economics, education, foreign ... More >

Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Laureate; Founding Coordinator, International Campaign to Ban Landmines

As Founding Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Jody Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, along with the ICBL, in recognition of its achievements. The Norwegian Nobel Committee applauded the campaign for changing ... More >

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