The role of women in business and politics has long been a source of debate. These women motivational speakers are all inspiring women in their own right for various reasons; whether it’s in business, transformation, government, or anything else, each o the following women is a great source of inspiration and sets an example for others.
Elif Shafak is a highly influential writer, essayist, scholar, lady motivational speaker, and women’s rights activist of Turkish-British descent. Shafak has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a doctoral degree in Political Science. She has taught at various Turkish, United Kingdom, and United States universities.
The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve are among her seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her works have been translated into 49 languages, and she has been honored with the prestigious award of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She has spoken at TED Global twice, is a member of the Davos-based Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy, and was a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Elif Shafak has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the RSL Ondaatje Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize, Baileys Prize, and IMPAC Dublin Award. Politico named her one of the twelve people who will “give you a much-needed lift of the heart” in 2017.
– Britain’s First Muslim Government Minister
Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi, is a British lawyer, politician, comedian, and House of Lords member who served as the Conservative Party’s co-chairwoman from 2010 to 2012. Warsi ran as a Conservative parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury in the 2005 general election after being named to the Conservative Party’s A-List of preference candidates, making her the party’s first Muslim women candidate.
In 2007, she traveled to Sudan as an activist for religious rights and notably assisted in the freeing of British teacher Gillian Gibbons, who was on trial for blasphemy. The famous photographs of her in a shalwar kameez on the steps of No 10 Downing Street in 2010 when she
was appointed as Chairman of the Conservative Party – the first Asian to lead a major British political party – were broadcast throughout the world. Warsi was named Minister of State for Faith and Communities and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2012. The Enemy Inside, by Sayeeda Warsi, is a provocative and painfully frank account of Islam’s relationship with Britain.
Warsi has played a vital role in the development of three start-up companies, one in the service sector and two in manufacturing, both of which have developed into thriving SMEs. She was instrumental in making the United Kingdom the first western government to issue a Sukuk (Islamic bond), which was completed in 2014. She has led the Global Islamic Finance and Investment Community as its Chairperson.
– Spaceship Designer and Serial Aerospace Entrepreneur
Dr. Susmita Mohanty is a climate change campaigner and an Indian spacecraft builder. Her thesis on space-related subjects has earned her acclaim. In 2009, she co-founded India’s first private space company, Earth2Orbit. MOONFRONT, a boutique design consulting company in San Francisco, and LIQUIFER, a trans-disciplinary space architecture firm in Vienna, are two other companies she co-founded and headed.
She is the world’s first space entrepreneur and has established businesses on three continents: Asia, Europe, and North America. Susmita is one of the few people in the world who has been to both the Arctic and Antarctica.
When she was living in California, she was also a leading member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Architecture for over ten years.
She received the International Achievement Award in 2005 for her efforts to promote international collaboration. She was named one of the Financial Times magazine’s “25 Indians to Watch” in 2012, and in 2017, she was also featured on the front cover of Fortune magazine. She was named the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Space Technologies from 2016 to 2019. She was named to the BBC’s list of the world’s 100 most inspirational and prominent people in 2019.
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