Women's History Month, celebrated in March, highlights the wide range of influential women who have changed our country and the world. As we reflect on outstanding female role models from the past, we also recognize female athletes shaping our future. These remarkable female athlete speakers continue to move and inspire us with their experiences and achievement, making them awesome women’s history month speakers!
Angela Ruggiero is the co-founder and CEO of Sports Innovation Lab, a technology-driven market research company that helps leading sports brands discover the trends, goods, and services that will drive the future of sports. She is a well-known, prominent figure in the world of athletics, a champion of gender equality, an entrepreneur, an author, a brand ambassador, an investor, a motivational speaker, and a podcaster. She has received honors such as being named one of the SBJ 40 under 40, Forbes Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Sport, and the Top 100 Most Influential People in Hockey.
Bethany Hamilton is a renowned motivational speaker who has inspired millions of people with her story of perseverance, faith, and hope. When she was thirteen, a 14-foot tiger shark bit off the surfer's left arm. She returned to the water a month later with grit and determination, and two years after, she had won her first national championship. Her incredible journey was told in a best-selling autobiography and the 2011 blockbuster hit film Soul Surfer. She inspires audiences worldwide to live life with more tenacity, courage, and faith.
Maia Chaka has recently broken onto the scene as one of the leading Women’s History Month speakers. She is a multifaceted barrier-breaker dedicated to advancing women, youth, and her culture. While she was making waves in the classroom and earning awards, she also made her mark on the field by serving as an official at conferences like the PAC-12, Conference USA, and others. Chaka made history by becoming the first black woman to work as an NFL official in March 2021. She is the second woman to work as an on-field official, and she continues to be a force for change by investing her time in the communities that have supported her growth.
Danica Patrick has become one of the most well-known athletes in the world. Her journey began when she realized she wanted to be a racecar driver at age 10. Danica has achieved success on and off the racetrack due to her determination, versatility, and powerful presence. Danica Patrick won the Firestone IndyCar 300 Twin Ring Motegi in Japan in 2008, establishing herself as the best female driver in history and a skilled racer. Danica became the first female winner of a major auto racing competition. Later in her career, Danica set a record for the greatest finish by a woman in NASCAR history, finishing fourth at the Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas.
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