Women In Leadership

It has been proven time and again that companies with more diverse boards have higher profits. In fact, companies with higher gender diversity were 45% more likely to have captured a larger portion of their market. So when it comes to business success, companies actually seek the insights of top women leaders.


While the economy took a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, companies that had diverse boards were better prepared to succeed against all odds. That is according to a new report by BoardReady, a Seattle-based non-profit focused on helping companies with board diversity.


At KeyNote Women, we work with some of the top women leadership keynote speakers. These women are company founders, executives, and thought leaders who have helped change the way we think about leadership. Whatever area of your leadership you want to improve, there is a top woman leadership keynote speaker who can deliver inspiring and motivational speeches designed to make your event stand out.

Mette Johansson

Let Mette inspire you to unmask your authentic you!


Mette Johansson is an author, professional speaker, and the owner of MetaMind Training. She worked in leadership roles for multinational corporations for 15 years before she founded MetaMind Training, a training consultancy which provides learning programmes in leadership, people, and communication skills. Mette speaks internationally on how to become a true leader: the leader who we follow not because of their position, wealth, or title – but because we are inspired to follow them. 


For over 20 years, Mette has studied leadership, motivation, and engagement. Her bestselling book “How to Make Yourself Promotable: 7 skills to help you climb the career ladder” describes some of these skills, and more. She has co-authored two other books and is currently working on her next book project. Mette is a recipient of the Asia Women Icon award and is the initiator of and current Chair for KeyNote – Asia’s Women Speakers, Asia’s leading directory of female speakers. Having lived, studied, and worked in 11 countries, Mette is a global citizen who speaks fluently in four languages and now calls Singapore home. 

Abam Mambo is the Managing Director for workplace consultancy, BelongingIQ. She’s an employment lawyer, Belonging, Diversity and Inclusion strategist, and thought leader on workplace culture. She helps organizations boost employee engagement by etching Belongingness into their cultural footprint. 
Her Belongingness Quotient model adopts a fresh and multi-disciplinary approach to creating a diverse, inclusive, safe and engaged workforce. A captivating speaker, Abam has spoken in over 25 cities around the world to organizations including the World Health Organization, Microsoft, GSK, John Deere, and Transparency International, etc.
Through her multicultural lens, and multidisciplinary “Elastify Me” model, Abam appeals to our individual and collective “third need” for belonging, and highlights the correlation between belonging and engagement. She teaches organizations and leaders how to “elastify” to increase their belongingness quotient (BQ), demystifies diversity and inclusion for novices, ensures cultural relevance, and rebalances Speak Up. You will leave inspired and enthusiastically asking: “What is my BQ?” 

Adele Hung

Adele Hung is currently Head of Established Portfolio and Digital GSK. Passionate about driving diversity and inclusion, she is also the chairperson for the Women’s Leadership Initiative in GSK Singapore. A registered Speech Pathologist with a behavioral psychology background, Adele holds an MBA with a finance major and was formerly the founder of healthcare consultancy firms in Hong Kong and China. Born and bred in Asia, Adele believes in embracing authentic Asian identity and a multi-cultural quotient. Adele joined GSK through a global talent leadership program. She successfully progresses across local, regional and global settings.  

She has also worked and lived in Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. With diverse career experiences and successful Asian leadership experience in global MNCs, Adele intentionally speaks about breaking the Asian leadership ceiling, with emphasis on cultural agility and unconscious bias. Adele’s speaking style is breezy with humour and audience-interactive. Her speech is backed not only by her first-hand leadership experience but also through professional understanding as a speech pathologist about how humans communicate. Her analysis of human communicative and leadership behaviors always impresses and inspires participants to transform.

Karolina Gwinner

Karolina is a high-energy and performance-driven leadership keynote speaker. She empowers leaders, executives, and C-suite to thrive by becoming more intentional, mindful, and resilient. As a result, they can unleash the best in themselves and their teams and make a bigger positive impact on their organisations. Karolina is the Knowledge Partner of Women Leaders Institute. 

The world as we know it has changed. The current reality is so different from what we were used to before the pandemic. Things have been unsettling, challenging, and hard to predict, as no one knows what the aftermath of the pandemic is going to be. Does it mean we should just stand there watching how things are shaping up? Or should we as leaders use this unprecedented opportunity to step up and intentionally shape the new reality as we would like to see it? 

Karen Leong

Karen Leong, a global keynote speaker on transformation, empowers people and organisations to be F.I.R.S.T. Future-Ready. Innov

ative. Relevant. Strategic. Trusted. A TEDx speaker, TEDx coach, and Certified Speaking Professional, Karen was featured in the ten most influential professional speakers in Singapore by the Singapore Business Review. She’s been named Visionary Woman Leader and global thought leader on sustainable transformation by the Business APAC magazine. 

The creator of the F.I.R.S.T. 360 leadership and influencing styles profiling tools, Karen is the author of the book – Win People Over. Karen co-founded Influence Solutions, named the most influential training company in APAC in the Corporate Excellence Awards. She’s the founder of Rise Through the Ranks, a global online leadership summit with a community of thousands from over 70 countries. Karen is regularly interviewed as an influence expert in global media such as BBC World, Reuters and Channel News Asia. 

Kamales Lardi

Kamales Lardi is a bold and strategic thinker in digital and business transformation. She combines deep experience from over 21 years in the digital space with a dynamic and current approach to technology application. She often says, ‘technology is not a silver bullet solution, a clear value proposition should drive any transformation effort’. This approach resonates well with many business leaders and has helped her stand out in the digital space. Since establishing Lardi & Partner Consulting GmbH in 2012, Kamales has advised numerous cross-industry multinational companies across the globe. 

Kamales was recently named as one of the Top 10 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in Digital Transformation (Thinkers360). In addition, she is a strong advocate for diversity in the tech landscape. She believes that diversity of knowledge, culture, gender, sexual orientation and experience plays a critical role in developing technology solutions that have a transformative impact on business and society.

Heather Hansen O’Neill is a 2x TEDx speaker, award-winning author, behavioral expert, and podcast host known to Fire Up audiences. She stimulates vibrant energy, focus, and action for those who want to collaborate effectively, lead change, and achieve massive results. With expertise in virtual, hybrid, and live events, as well as her focus on helping individuals and companies break through fears, judgments, and blocks to reach sales and leadership success, Heather’s innovative keynotes are in high demand during these changing times. 

 With a laser focus on the human side of the business transition, Heather Hansen O’Neill is disruptive, innovative, and real! As a catalyst for change, she penetrates the heart of what is often overlooked: how to help your people feel better, adapt, and achieve results.

Senela Jayasuriya



Senela Jayasuriya is the Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global which is a global platform that empowers women through education, career advancement, and entrepreneurial programs. She is also a Former Country Head for a British tech firm headquartered in the UK, with a background in HR, Marketing & Global Brands, CRM, Global 4B, business & Business performance. 

Awarded “Exceptional Women of Excellence” by the Women Economic Forum and recipient of the “Women Icons Asia Award”, she is a Certified transformation coach and a recognized expert in Personal Agility Systems. She has trained teams from the World Bank, United Nations, and Multinationals as well as Small & Medium Enterprises.  

Denise Morris Kipnis

Denise M. Kipnis Morris heads ChangeFlow Consulting, a global organization development consultancy that specializes in transformational change, and inclusion. Known for organizational puzzle-solving and big-picture thinking, her areas of expertise include: organization design, change management, culture, communication, and project management. Denise has led change projects across various sectors and countries; her clients include multinationals as well as SMEs, not-for-profits, and government agencies.  

Never one to sit still, Denise prefers interactive experiences such as workshops, panel discussions, or dialogues. As a sought-after facilitator, moderator, and panelist, Denise encourages the audience to get involved—thus building their own capacity for change and inclusion. Denise has been engaged by groups and organizations of all shapes and sizes, from not-for-profits to multinationals; by executive committees, professional associations, employee resource groups, and leadership teams as well as large multiple-stakeholder groups. 

Jeanne Sheehan Zaino

Jeanne Sheehan Zaino, Ph.D. is a Carol S. Russett Award-winning Professor of Political Science and International Studies. A Bloomberg News Political Contributor, she appears regularly on BN TV & Radio shows such as Balance of Power and Sound On to discuss breaking political news.

A sought-after speaker, facilitator, well-known media personality, and presenter, Dr. Zaino’s renowned for her ability to engage audiences by combining her academic knowledge and data-driven approach with an infectious energy and enthusiasm. This has helped make her a hit with audiences from e-suite executives and boards to community groups, professional associations, profit, and non-profit groups around the world. 

One of Jeanne’s signature speeches, entitled “Practice Postponing Persuasion (or Shut Up & Listen”) draws on her years of research into what makes a great leader. Amongst her critical findings, one lesson, in particular, that stands out and infuses both this speech and related workshop: successful leadership begins with eloquent and continuous listening to diverse voices.

Nicole Heimann

Nicole Heimann is the Founder and CEO of Nicole Heimann & Partners AG, author of the book How To Develop The Authentic Leader in You, and has been recognized with the Leading Global Coach Award 2019 by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith at the Thinkers 50 in London. She is part of the 100Coaches and the Biographer in the Marshall Goldsmith movie documentary The Earned Life. As an expert in Authentic Leadership, she contributes monthly to the Swiss Online Economics magazine, Money cab, and is an Associate Partner for Leadership Expertise at C-Level AG, the leading Top-Executive Community in Switzerland.

As a veteran in her industry, Nicole has spent two decades coaching and training geographically diverse teams inside some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies. She has spoken at prestigious HR summits and delivered galvanizing talks & coached CEOs, Executive Boards, Executive teams, and large global organizations. Her strategy focuses on working together to build authentic and successful leadership alliances & cultures with boards, CEOs, and leadership teams through executive team coaching.  

 Simone De Haas



Simone is a masterful communicator, coach, and mentor. Her unique and diverse portfolio of work creates a strong platform for developing transformational leaders and building exceptional organisations. She speaks internationally on The Future IS Exceptionality, The Spirit of Feminine Leadership, and Creative Leadership. 

Drawing on 30+ years of leading diverse groups of Exceptionals & Leading Lights as a multi-award-winning theatre director and producer, Simone brings intriguing, ground-breaking perspectives and possibilities to organisations who seek to become dynamically future-active.

Whether she is singing, directing, telling quirky leadership stories, or displaying the power of creative improvisation, her presence brings extraordinary insights into the new world that is evolving. Intuitive, inspirational, and interactive, Simone is available for keynote presentations, executive coaching & consultancy, media appearances, and podcast interviews.

Joanne Flinn

 Twice a TEDx speaker, and founder of Audacious Sustainability, Joanne is an award-winner executive, futurist, author, and global keynote speaker. She is the author of three best-selling books on business growth and delivering results in changing times. She’s been quoted in CNA and by the Asian Banker.

Joanne Flinn ran her first $10 million dollar business at 23, went on to lead a business for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and then became a senior executive on the IT ExCo at a major Asian bank. Today she helps clients think like unicorns for sustainable high performance as an individual, teams, and businesses.  In her work with Boards and the CSuite, it’s about cash, capital, climate, and culture.  

Blending her expertise in change leadership, governance, risk management, finance, and innovation, Joanne’s keynotes are both inspirational and practical. She’s been called a cement fist in a velvet glove. Sometimes you’ll need the velvet. And other times, it’s crystal clarity about the audacity of what is needed. 


Need female speakers on topics currently trending in the world? Browse through our directory of inspirational speakers who are experts in their keynotes. And if you are a female speaker with a motivating story to share, join us and be a part of the global movement that has made an impact on people all over the world

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