• Chris Strub

56 Female Speakers You Should Hire in 2019, and Why


Some people say 2018 is the 'year of the woman,' but 2019 should be the year that women get their due on stage at traditionally male-dominated marketing events nationwide.

I've been extremely blessed to present at over a dozen marketing events over the last couple of years, and although the speaker mix still tends, overall, to favor males, I'm hopeful that this list will help conference organizers identify and bring in even more women in 2019.

And so, as a male speaker, I pledge to do more than just talk the talk: from now on, I'll be sending this list along to every event that reaches out to me. Every one of the women listed below is extraordinarily talented, and I'd be honored to share a stage with any and all of them.

I recognize that a lengthy list like this can be tough to interpret, which is why I've tried to include as much relevant information as I can for you, the reader/decision-maker, to consider. This includes whether or not I've actually seen the person speak in real life, and if so, when and where, because I believe transparency is critical. (I have at least met all but four of these women -- Jenn Herman, Jennifer Watson, Quinn Tempest and Julia Campbell -- in person.)

And although this list includes 50+ people, I've decided to 'rank' only the Top 10. This was, predictably, quite difficult, and each woman mentioned here brings her own set of strengths to the stage. My biggest deciding factor in these 'rankings' is energy -- how will this speaker leave your audience feeling?

Knowledge and teaching ability are obviously critical skills to yield, but to me, what sticks in your mind, and what inspires genuine action, is not always what you say, but instead how you say it, and how passionately you feel about it. The women listed in my Top 10 will move and authentically inspire your audience, guaranteed.

The rest of this list is in no particular order. So without further ado -- here are 54 incredibly talented female speakers that you should consider in 2019:

Jenn Herman

Based in: San Diego

Twitter.com/Jenns_Trends

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but multiple times via live-streaming Bring her in to talk about: Instagram

Madalyn Sklar

Based in: Houston

Twitter.com/MadalynSklar

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but dozens of times via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Twitter; the power of video

Julia Campbell

Based in: Wenham, Mass.

Twitter.com/JuliaCSocial

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but numerous times via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Social media for nonprofits

Brandi Boatner

Based in: New York

Twitter.com/ThinkBluePR

I've seen her speak: Presented together with her at the "Un-Session" at the Social Shake-Up Show 2018 in Atlanta

Bring her in to talk about: Storytelling; influencer marketing

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Tiffany Lanier (above)

Based in: Boynton Beach, Fla.

Twitter.com/LiveWithTiffany

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Week Lima (Ohio) in 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Living purposefully on social media

Rachel Moore

Based in: Denver

Twitter.com/RachelMooreRS

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but dozens of times via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Live Video

Kristyna Torres-Cruz

Based in: Houston

Twitter.com/PR_Kristyna

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Day Houston in 2017

Bring her in to talk about: Social media for nonprofits

Erin Cell

Based in: Denver

Twitter.com/ErinCell

I've seen her speak: At her Social Media Day Denver event in 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Instagram

Jennifer Watson

Based in: Atlanta

Twitter.com/JWatson_Wx

I've seen her speak: Only via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Live video; creativity

Pam Moore

Based in: Orlando

Twitter.com/PamMktgNut

I've seen her speak: In St. Louis, at the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Social strategy; goal-setting

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Julia Jornsay-Silverberg (above)

Based in: Buffalo, NY

Twitter.com/JBethJS

I've seen her speak: Only via Periscope, but met her IRL in Buffalo

Bring her in to talk about: Mental health in social media; social strategy

Marisa Lather

Based in: St. Louis

Twitter.com/MarketerMarisa

I've seen her speak: At the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference in St. Louis, in both 2017 and 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Influencer Marketing

Amber Tiana

Based in: Los Angeles

Twitter.com/AmberTiana808

I've seen her speak: At VidCon 2017 in San Diego

Bring her in to talk about: Live-streaming video

Carrie Gottschalk

Based in: Denver

Twitter.com/carriejessica

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Day Denver 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Chatbots

Rebecca Councill

Based in: Houston

Twitter.com/RebCouncill

I've seen her speak: At her Social Media Day Houston event in 2017

Bring her in to talk about: Social Strategy

Kerry Flynn

Based in: New York

Twitter.com/kerrymflynn

I've seen her speak: Never on stage, but met her in New York City

Bring her in to talk about: Current events; Technology

Amy Landino

Based in: Columbus, Ohio

Twitter.com/schmittastic

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Day Wichita (Kansas) 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Video

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Quinn Tempest (above)

Based in: Phoenix

Twitter.com/QuinnTempest

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Instagram

Jana Francis

Based in: Salt Lake City

Twitter.com/jana_steals

I've seen her speak: At Summit Live 2016 in San Francisco

Bring her in to talk about: Being a multi-million dollar female CEO; online commerce

Cielo de la Paz

Based in: San Francisco

Twitter.com/CieloDLP

I've seen her speak: At the Business Vlog Summit 2017 in Las Vegas

Bring her in to talk about: Creating video on your phone

Meagan Williams

Based in: West Palm Beach, Fla.

Twitter.com/TheMegsLV

I've seen her speak: At the Business Vlog Summit 2017 in Las Vegas

Bring her in to talk about: Instagram; Snapchat; MLM

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Cami Cruz Thomas (above)

Based in: St. Louis

Twitter.com/CamiCruzThomas

I've seen her speak: At the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 2018 in St. Louis

Bring her in to talk about: Culture marketing

Carmen S. Collins

Based in: Orlando

Twitter.com/CShirkeyCollins

I've seen her speak: Never actually seen her present live, but have met her multiple times Bring her in to talk about: Instagram and Snapchat

Natalie Ellis

Based in: San Francisco

Twitter.com/NatalieDiver

I've seen her speak: At the Business Vlog Summit 2017 in Las Vegas

Bring her in to talk about: Instagram

Sunny Lenarduzzi

Based in: Vancouver

Twitter.com/SunnyLenarduzzi

I've seen her speak: On the big stage at Social Media Marketing World 2018 in San Diego

Bring her in to talk about: YouTube

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Jen Cole (above)

Based in: Wichita, Kan.

Twitter.com/JenColeICT

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but many times via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Live-streaming; Twitter

Mia Voss

Based in: Denver

Twitter.com/MiaVossOnTheGo

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Week Lima (Ohio) in 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Travel

Vanessa Cabrera

Based in: Chicago

Twitter.com/VanessaCabrera

I've seen her speak: Presented on a panel with Vanessa at the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 2018 in St. Louis

Bring her in to talk about: Live-streaming video

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Sabba Quidwai (above)

Based in: San Francisco

Twitter.com/AskMsQ

I've seen her speak: Only via video, but I met her in San Francisco

Bring her in to talk about: Education development

Aleshia Patterson

Based in: St. Louis

Twitter.com/IAmAleshiaP

I've seen her speak: Presented on a panel with Aleshia at the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 2018 in St. Louis

Bring her in to talk about: Social media for nonprofits

Sara McDowell

Based in: Charleston, W.V.

Twitter.com/sarabinwv

I've seen her speak: Technically never seen Sara on stage, but have met with her many times

Bring her in to talk about: Social media for nonprofits

Samantha Kelly

Based in: Dublin

Twitter.com/TweetingGoddess

I've seen her speak: Didn't catch her session, but met Sam in person at Social Media Marketing World 2018 in San Diego

Bring her in to talk about: Twitter

Teresa Heath-Wareing

Based in: United Kingdom

Twitter.com/theathwareing

I've seen her speak: Haven't seen her speak, but met her in person in Nottingham in 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Relationship building

Hannah McCreesh

Based in: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Twitter.com/hannahfmccreesh

I've seen her speak: At Marketed.Live 2018 in Nottingham

Bring her in to talk about: Podcasting

Evie Yannakidis (above)

Based in: Toronto

Twitter.com/eviewhy

I've seen her speak: At multiple episodes of Mario Armstrong's Never Settle Show, Season 1 (2017) in New York City

Bring her in to talk about: Live video, or to host your event

Anh Nguyen

Based in: Houston Twitter.com/AnhTNguyen

I've seen her speak: Only on video, but met her in Houston

Bring her in to talk about: Mobile

Rocky Nash

Based in: Las Vegas

Twitter.com/RockyNashLive

I've seen her speak: At Summit Live 2016 in San Francisco

Bring her in to talk about: Live video

Stacey DePolo

Based in: San Francisco

Twitter.com/sdepolo

I've seen her speak: Presented together in a three-hour live-streaming workshop at the Social Shake-Up Show 2018 in Atlanta

Bring her in to talk about: Live-streaming video; relationship building

Heather Dopson

Based in: Phoenix

Twitter.com/heatherdopson

I've seen her speak: At Video Marketing World 2017 in Dallas

Bring her in to talk about: Relationship building; employee advocacy

Christine Gritmon

Based in: Nyack, NY

Twitter.com/CGritmon

I've seen her speak: Haven't seen her speak live, but have spent time with her in numerous cities and countries

Bring her in to talk about: Video

Amanda-Robinson

Amanda Robinson (above)

Based in: Toronto, but currently a digital nomad

Twitter.com/shewakeboards

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Day Denver 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Chatbots; Facebook advertising (often co-presents with Kelly Mirabella)

Kelly Noble Mirabella

Based in: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Twitter.com/Stellar247

I've seen her speak: At Social Media Day Denver 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Chatbots; Facebook advertising (often co-presents with Amanda Robinson)

Katelyn Brower

Based in: New Jersey

Twitter.com/BrowerKDnB

I've seen her speak: Only via live-streaming, but met her in Atlanta in 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Social media for B2B

Jenn Nelson

Based in: Virginia

Twitter.com/JennsLIVE

I've seen her speak: Many times via live-streaming

Bring her in to talk about: Live video

Gelie Akhenblit

Based in: Phoenix

Twitter.com/Gelie

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but met her in Phoenix

Bring her in to talk about: Power of networking

Jessika Phillips

Based in: Lima, Ohio

Twitter.com/JessikaPhillips

I've seen her speak: At her Social Media Week Lima (Ohio) event in 2018

Bring her in to talk about: Relationship Marketing

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And as promised, here is my Top 10:

10. Dr. Karen Freberg

Based in: Louisville

Twitter.com/kfreberg

I've seen her speak: Surprisingly, never in person, but have met with her multiple times

Dr. Freberg is the world's leading social media educator, and her impressive CV and schedule of speaking engagements backs that up. She's the founder and trusted leader of the #SMProfs Facebook group, and her new book, 'Social Media for Strategic Communication,' is a timeless resource about the principles of social media, being implemented into curricula nationwide. Dr. Freberg is one of the most well-networked people in the Midwest, and one of the most supportive individuals in the space. She'd make a great addition to any conference, especially those focused on education.

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9. Julia McCoy

Based in: Austin, Texas

Twitter.com/JuliaEMcCoy

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but met her in person in Austin

Julia is one of the world's forefront content marketing experts, with several books and workbooks to her name already, but her forthcoming work will be the closest to her heart: an autobiographical memoir about her escape from her family's cult in western Pennsylvania. Julia, the CEO of Express Writers, has been utilizing live-streaming to get beyond her fears of the camera, and in 2019, I think she'd be one of the most impactful and powerful additions to any speaking lineup, especially at an event like Content Marketing World.

8. Sara Moore

Based in: Dayton, Ohio

Twitter.com/saradmoore

I've seen her speak: At her Social Media Day Dayton event in 2017

Sara is one of the brightest, most inspiring individuals I've ever encountered, and the way she pours passion into everything and anything she does gives her a phenomenal stage presence that belies her diminutive stature. At her inaugural Social Media Day Dayton event in 2017, this young Mother of two had the audience in tears, as she emphasizes the psychological and emotional impact of the work that she does, a quality that carries over to the strategies of her company's clients in the Dayton, Ohio area. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone with a bigger heart than Sara Moore, and you won't regret letting her demonstrate that compassionate spirit on your big stage.

 7. Daphne LeBlanc

Based in: Dallas

Twitter.com/cafeandlaptop

I've seen her speak: At SMTulsa 2018 in Tulsa, Okla.

Coffee is a common cliche among digital marketers, but everywhere she goes, Daphne LeBlanc hits the stage like a quadruple shot of triple espresso. Daphne is a brilliant digital marketer with an uncanny ability to deliver her message with unmatched velocity, which makes her an obvious asset to any conference organizer looking to compose a schedule that stretches through a long day. Daphne has mastered the art of both educating the audience and inspiring them to take action right on the spot -- her presentation at SMTulsa had the entire crowd on its feet, interacting and engaging with one another, and creating a tidal wave of viral content that was a huge asset to the conference's digital footprint. Daphne's energy is infectious, and her approach on stage is fun and inviting. You'll be thrilled with your decision to bring Daphne to your conference in 2019.

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6. Holli Beckman

Based in: Washington, D.C.

Twitter.com/Apartmentalist

I've seen her speak: At a PR News event in San Francisco in 2017, and at the Social Shake-Up Show 2018 in Atlanta

To this day, when I chat with Holli Beckman, I still reminisce about the deeply emotional presentation she offered up at PR News's 'Big Four' conference in San Francisco in 2017. Holli is a razor-sharp talent with a heart of gold, which translates to her sensational storytelling prowess on stage. As the co-founder of Apartminty.com, Holli focuses mostly on her work and limits her speaking engagements throughout the year to a few here and there, which means when she does take the mic, she's all-in on delivering her very best work every single time. I'm a huge, huge fan of Holli Beckman, to the point that I wish she would get out and speak more often, because she's *the* difference-maker in any speaker lineup. Smart conference organizers will get Holli on the phone and convince her to take the stage -- she's one of the very best in the business.

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5. Chelsea Peitz (above)

Based in: Phoenix

Twitter.com/ChelseaPeitz

I've seen her speak: Never in person, but met her in Phoenix in 2017

There are tons of social media books out there, but Chelsea Peitz's 'Talking In Pictures' is quite honestly one of the top two or three I've ever read. Chelsea isn't your typical social media practitioner -- she focuses her professional efforts in the real estate sector -- but she's developed a rabid fan base through her incredibly down-to-earth demeanor across her personal social channels. Chelsea's 'camera-first' approach inspired her to research and put together 'Talking In Pictures,' and it's such a spectacular read that it's led her to a number of highly impactful speaking engagements, mostly around the Phoenix area. In 2019, major conferences nationwide, and even around the globe, should be knocking down Chelsea's proverbial door to get her to their events, because she is one of the most relatable women in the business.