Black Female Motivational Speakers

The Top 10 Black Female Motivational Speakers to Hire in the UK

The calls for racial and gender equality have never been louder – not just on an interpersonal level, but also on a professional level. Acceptance of gender and racial diversity in an organisation is valuable to both employees and employers. According to Forbes, a diverse and inclusive environment leads to happier employees and therefore increased productivity and business success for the organisation. In a world where our differences, whether in race, ethnicity, or gender, are used as factors to discriminate against people, we at The Female Motivational Speakers Agency believe in celebrating powerful women. You too can do so, by hiring one of our amazing Black, female motivational speakers for your next event.

Source: Forbes

The Top 10 Black Female Motivational Speakers To Hire in the UK:

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams is a force to be reckoned with – renowned as the first female to win an Olympic boxing medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Defending her title at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nicola then became the first British boxer to have achieved this incredible feat in 92 years. Coming out as gay, Nicola made history as part of the first same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. Celebrated for her advocacy on LGBT+ matters, Nicola was named No.1 on the Independent’s 2013 Pink List. She was also appointed MBE in 2013 and OBE in 2017 – a testament to her prominence as a sportsperson. Nicola Adams is proof that women can achieve great heights in every field – and she would be an inspiration to every audience member at your next diversity and inclusion event.

Official Testimonial for Nicola Adams:

“Fantastic! Nicola was open, honest and inspiring. It went amazingly well and we can’t wait to have her back.” – Macquarie Group Services

Anita Asante

Anita Asante is a former professional footballer, who proudly earned 75 caps for the England and Great Britain National Teams. As part of the first-ever Great Britain football team at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Anita displayed sheer brilliance. Currently the Coach of the Bristol City Women’s FC team, Anita strives to promote gender equality in this predominantly male-associated sport. Highly accomplished, having played at the 2009 US WPS Championship, the 2017 Swedish World Cup and several other prestigious tournaments, Anita is an Ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card and Amnesty International. She is known to address pressing issues such as gender, race, and discrimination against the LGBT+ community in sports, amongst others. A beacon of hope to all women who are finding their place in sports, Anita Asante is nothing but a role model to women all around the world.

Official Testimonial for Anita Asante:

“We loved having Anita join our event last month – she was absolutely brilliant. CVC also said what a pleasure Anita was to have at the event. She and Dion were a great double act, particularly during the Q&A” – Robyn, Street League

Makaziwe Mandela


Makaziwe Mandela is the daughter of the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Nelson Mandela. Determined to uphold his principles, Makaziwe promotes liberty, respect and combatting discrimination. She is also a Consultant at Nozala – a female investment group that supports the economic emancipation of women in South Africa. Having held prominent roles at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Industrial Development Group, Makaziwe is an expert on developing strategies for business success. A strong advocate for female empowerment and unlocking the potential of Africa, she has always encouraged social and political justice in society. Makaziwe Mandela is a powerful speaker, who is available to hire for your next event and is sure to leave your audience feeling motivated to achieve their goals.

Official Speaking Topics for Makaziwe Mandela:

  • Female Empowerment
  • Creativity & The Potential of Africa
  • Service Leadership
  • Collaboration versus Competition
  • Social Justice & Conflict Resolution

Hope Powell


Hope Powell’s name is etched into the English Football Hall of Fame, owing to her glorious career. She is famed as the first and youngest Black person to have coached any English National Football team, and the first woman to achieve a Pro License – a testament to her innate talents as a sportsperson and leader. Appointed an OBE in 2002 and a CBE in 2010, her 66 caps for England prove her dominance as a footballer. Consulting for FIFA as a Coach Educator, Hope is determined to develop women’s football all over the world. She has also been a Coach Educator at the Professional Football Association, a Technical Consultant at UEFA, and the Head Coach of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Hope Powell is now available to share her inspiring story when hired to speak at a range of events themed upon gender and race equality.

Official Testimonial for Hope Powell:

“We can say with confidence that Hope delivered a very positive and passionate message and had the audience captivated, we wanted even more! The Q&A bar was very well utilised by the audience as far as Scotland locally and internationally – we held a healthy session with her. She was inspiring and encouraging and many asked when we will host another event!” – Sam, Bedfordshire Police

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah


Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is a proud LGBT+ activist and advocate for racial and gender equality. Co-Founder of UK Black Pride and the Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, Phyll is striving to build a world where LGBT+ people feel free and safe, reaping the benefits of equal opportunities. Incredibly influential as a result of her many ventures, Phyll speaks with power, vigour and authenticity – being a part of the LGBT+ community herself. As a speaker, she addresses topics of inclusion, gay rights and how to bring about racial equality in the world. Named one of the Top 100 Most Influential LGBT People on the Independent Rainbow List, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is an excellent speaker who will enrich your audience when hired for your next diversity and inclusion event.

Official Testimonial for Phyll Opoku-Gyimah:

“Lady Phyll was fabulous. Truly eloquent… I loved Lady Phyll’s wonderful engagement and heartfelt advice for all of us” – Daniel, The Walt Disney Company

Yasmin Benoit


Yasmin Benoit is the Creator of the #ThisIsWhatAsexualLooksLike movement – an endeavour to appropriately represent asexual people in mainstream media. One of the UK’s leading Black models, Yasmin has been featured in various prominent publications including British GQ, Glamour Magazine, Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Presenting her own BBC Sounds series, Me and My Asexuality, Yasmin is also a Board Member of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. Yasmin received the Attitude Pride Award in 2021 and delivered her TEDx Talk “Asexuals Need Media Representation”. As a seasoned speaker, Yasmin has addressed the issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community at prestigious platforms such as the Prague Pride 2020, the LGBT STEM Conference and Oslo Pride in 2021. She is now available to speak at LGBT+-related events on asexuality, intersectionality, aromanticism and several other important topics.

Official Testimonial for Yasmin Benoit:

“Yasmin provided a clear, comprehensive and very practical insight into asexuality, dispelled a lot of myths and helped many of us across our organisation. It was a brilliant hour together.” – Ruth, Employee Network’s Executive Sponsor, Avanade

Kanya King


Kanya King is an equity, diversity and inclusion activist who has dedicated her career to showcasing the work of the BAME community. Founder and CEO of MOBO, she created the MOBO Awards as a platform to celebrate the talents of people belonging to the BAME community. Kanya wants to increase diversity in workplaces and therefore is the Founder of Mobolise. Kanya has been named one of the Guardian’s Top 20 Ethnic Minorities in the Media, the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential People in London, the BBC’s Woman’s Hour Power List and as one of Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women. A celebrated and accomplished speaker, Kanya King is an inspirational figure who is using her prominence as an influential entrepreneur to champion the BAME community.

Official Testimonial for Kanya King:

“Kanya was great today – she spoke in front of 80 people, both men and women, and was very honest and inspiring” – Victoria, Chief, Motorway Online Ltd

Rachel Yankey


Rachel Yankey has earned 129 Caps for England and held the title of the highest-capped player in the United Kingdom until 2014. Having been part of the Great Britain team at the 2012 London Olympic Games, she was appointed OBE in 2014 for her contributions to English Football. Starting out as one of the Arsenal Ladies at merely 16, she made her debut for the English national team in 1997. Rachel was inducted in the London Youth Games Hall of Fame, the National Football Museum and was named Nationwide International Player of the Year as well. Since retiring, Rachel has stepped into coaching roles and became the first Team Coach for the London Bees. The Presenter of the CBeebies’ Footy Pups, Rachel Yankey is passionate about gender inclusion in football – both as players and managers. She is now a leading choice as a speaker when looking to champion gender equality in sports.

Official Speaking Topics for Rachel Yankey:

  • Peak performance
  • Teamwork and motivation
  • Leadership
  • International football
  • The rise of women’s football
  • Racism in football

Oona King


Oona King is a Labour Party Politician who has been campaigning for diversity, racial and gender equality in business and politics throughout her career. She is famed as the second black, female Member of Parliament in the history of the UK – which speaks volumes about her abilities. Formerly Channel 4’s Chief Diversity Officer and now the VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Snapchat, Oona has amassed a great deal of expertise in actioning diversity and inclusion successfully. Oona has also been a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister on matters related to equality and the Director of Diversity Strategy at Google. With over 20 years in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space, Oona King is the perfect speaker to hire for your next DEI event.

Ife Thomas


Ife Thomas is the author of “Powerlift Your Career”, a book that teaches people how to step into their own power by increasing their self-esteem and resilience. First shooting to fame from her appearances on reality shows such as BBC’s Dance X and Big Brother, Ife has led her life turning her pain into power. Host of the “Everything You Need to Succeed” podcast, Ife is often vocal about the importance of building self-esteem from an early age. She uses her platform to create open conversations about everything from autism and racial equality to justice. Ife Thomas is an excellent speaker who is guaranteed to enrich your next event with her expertise in everything from mental health and race to diversity and inclusion.

Official Testimonial for Ife Thomas:

“We really enjoyed her time with us and thank you. We did a feedback survey after the meeting… on the whole, it was very positive feedback.” – Linda, St. James Place

Hire a Black, Female Motivational Speaker today!

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