Below is our list of the top 10 trending female sports speakers available for speaking engagements and personal appearances heading into 2017. These empowering individuals are trailblazers for women in sports and have each overcome unique challenges and obstacles to find success in their respective careers. Each of these incredible women have their own inspirational stories to tell that will hit home with your audience and inspire them to dream, believe and achieve.
Danica Patrick: Sitting in the pole position of this week’s list of top female sports speakers is NASCAR driver and celebrity spokesperson Danica Patrick. Danica continues to break down barriers in professional open-wheel racing after setting records in the Indy Car Series and becoming the most successful female driver in the history of NASCAR. Her story is a prime example of the enjoyment and success that can come from following your passion unabashed and putting in the hard work to make your dreams a reality.
Abby Wambach: Retired USWNT star and Olympic legend Abby Wambach’s tell-all memoir released this fall was a chance for Abby to own her success but also her failures. Her ability to openly share her struggles with the world has shown just how strong she truly is. Now retired from professional soccer, Abby hopes to use her story as motivation for others to take steps to be the best version of themselves every single day. She is currently accepting opportunities including keynote speaking, moderated Q&A sessions, meet & greets and other personal appearances.
Kerri Walsh-Jennings: If you’ve caught any of the Olympic beach volleyball action in the last 12 years you’ve most likely seen this U.S. star dominating the sand around the world. Kerri is a 4-Time Olympic Medalist (3-Time Gold Medalist) who is considered the greatest female beach volleyball player of all-time. Even with such lofty achievements and personal accolades, Kerri is a humble star and mother of 3 away from the sand courts. Her down-to-earth nature allows her to really connect and engage with audiences on a personal level and provides an enjoyable experience for all in attendance.
Diana Nyad: Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad knows no limits. Her mantra? Find a way. That saying truly captures the essence of this motivational sports speaker and her accomplishments as an athlete and sports journalist. Diana as the only person ever to swim from the tip of Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage. She failed several times before finally completing this accomplishment. The swim in and of itself is incredible, but the real lesson is in Diana’s refusal to accept or be defined by defeat. Her powerful keynote message helps audiences develop a resiliency that propels them to break down barriers and achieve their dreams.
Erin Andrews: Erin is undoubtedly the most visible female sportscaster in the world today after beginning her career with ESPN and earning a spot as a lead sports reporter for FOX Sports. Many have also fallen in love with her as the host of ABC’s hit dance competition series Dancing with the Stars. Given her great name-recognition and inspiring career success, Erin has been a popular choice for companies and organizations interested in hiring female sports speakers to headline their women’s leadership conferences, sports award ceremonies and fundraisers.
Carli Lloyd: In the last few years, Carli Lloyd has stole the show for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She has footed game winning goals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in addition to leading the team to the FIFA World Cup title in the summer of 2015. Outside of her incredible goal-scoring abilities is her innate leadership qualities that translate to life on and off the soccer pitch. As a motivational sports speaker, Carli addresses how she prepares for success, handles pressure and overcomes obstacles to achieve her goals.
Laila Ali: As the daughter of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, her last name alone summons thoughts of greatness. Former undefeated professional boxer Laila Ali is a leading health & wellness expert and current co-host of the all-female Gracie Award winning sports talk show We Need to Talk on CBS Sports. In 2017, Laila will be started her own podcast sharing her lifestyle tips on health, beauty, fashion, motherhood and more! Laila is one of the most well-rounded female sports speakers available for hire who can speak to a variety of different topics at conferences and special events.
Amy Purdy: Amy’s moving TEDxTalk (watch here!) kickstarted her career as a top-requested keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies, organizations, corporate retreats and other special events. Her story as a double-amputee and Paralympic icon transcends sports to address the unique challenges we all must face at one point or another in our lives. Her message is simple: live beyond limits. You may not always be in control of the situations in your life, but you can control how these situations will shape the person you want to be.
Becky Hammon: Becky is a former WNBA all-star guard who became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history when she joined the San Antonio Spurs organization in 2014. Becky is a great role model for women in sports having earned the respect of fans, players and colleagues throughout the sports world as a brilliant basketball mind and an even better person. Becky is a truly inspiring individual who is one of the top female sports speakers for hire heading into 2017.
Hannah Storm: Hannah is a renowned sportscaster, author and mother of 3 who has become one of the most recognizable female anchors on the ESPN family of networks over the last 2 decades. In addition to her work with ESPN, Hannah also founded her own production company which produces documentaries as well as branded content for companies including Oakley, Under Armour, Ford and Speedstick. As a motivational speaker for special events, Hannah touches on the importance of following your passion and how that passion fuels your desire and ability to achieve success.
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