|In March, the nation will celebrate the many contributions of groundbreaking women – past, present, and those spearheading our future. As a speakers bureau that is (wo)manned, we love celebrating impactful women, especially those who give back.
In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we’ve highlighted a few philanthropic women who have made waves of impact with their charitable efforts. Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite philanthropic speakers.
Jewel Kilcher, known mononymously as Jewel, is a singer-songwriter, mental health and mindfulness advocate, producer, actress, author, and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2015, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Her New York Times best-selling memoir Never Broken chronicles how she used hard work, grit and grace to survive and thrive under extreme circumstances she encountered while growing up. Her lifelong passion for her own personal growth and health is helping her to become the spokesperson of modern day wellness and mindfulness by sharing those same practices she used from her own childhood. She is also passionate about mental health, equal rights, at-risk youth and wellness and equality in the workplace. She is also partnering with parenting and education experts to create curriculum for public schools, as well as cutting edge youth development programs.
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, technologist, investor and impact leader. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world. Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, in partnership with AngelList, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world. She invests in mission-driven technology startups, that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models. Shiza is passionate about the future of impact through technology; she studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, which is dedicated to applying futuristic innovations to advancing humanity. Shiza is a prominent speaker and has spoken frequently at major international events, including Aspen Ideas Fest, Milken Global Institute, Forbes Women, Fortune Most Powerful Women, Inc Women, Women Moving Millions, World Economic Forum and others.
Award-winning journalist Tamron Hall has been the host of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall on Investigation Discovery since September 2013. The series, now in its fifth season, takes an in-depth look at crimes that shocked the nation. She also brought her signature reporting style to the Guns On Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates special that explored the importance of securing one’s personal safety on public property. Hall was a part of the NBC News team as a co-host of the third hour of NBC News’ TODAY and the anchor of MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall. She received the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting: Hard News in Network Television for her segment on domestic violence as part of TODAY’s Shine A Light series. Most recently, Hall launched The Tamron ❤ Renate Fund with Safe Horizon in honor of her sister to help victims and families affected by domestic violence.
Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. She specializes in work with teenage mothers, improving the health of vulnerable children and decreasing youth violence. Described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader she received the 2012 Change Maker award from the Boston Foundation. On April 15, 2013 Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. Following these actions President Barack Obama, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper honored her for actions. Improper Bostonian magazine named Dr. Stavas one of “Boston’s Best” and The Boston Globe awarded her with “2013 Bostonian of the Year” – an honor bestowed upon those that shape the biggest story of the year in a remarkable way. Dr. Stavas has been featured in Runners World, The New York Times, LA Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Time and People
A powerful female business speaker with philanthropic achievements, Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, a charitable company with the mission of creating good products that help feed the world. She is also a fashion model and designer. At the podium, Lauren is an inspiring business speaker about philanthropy, hunger, and global issues.
Journalist, author, and advocate Gretchen Carlson paved the way for #metoo with her historic 2016 sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News. Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and author of New York Times bestsellers “Be Fierce” and “Getting Real,” Carlson is one of America’s most successful news anchors and a globally recognized advocate for women’s empowerment. She is a national celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes and continues to be an advocate of the arts. She is the best-selling author of Getting Real, and Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back.