The Women’s Empowerment Initiative is pleased to be working with a number of renowned Thought Leaders who are published authors, sought-after speakers, and insightful industry experts.  Our Thought Leaders share their perspectives on a variety of topics of interest to women – view your favorites and find new ones!


Eileen McDargh
Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm The Resiliency Group. She is a sought-after speaker on helping organizations build resilient leadership teams and workplaces. She is a Hall of Fame speaker, business consultant and top thought-leader in leadership.

Brene Brown

Dr. Brene Brown is a professor at the University of Houston and a nationally renowned speaker on topics such as vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

marti barletta
Marti Barletta is a renowned speaker and author on the topic of marketing to women. She is an authority on helping companies garner more customers through marketing to women tactics.

Marshall Goldsmith
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a renowned executive coach, speaker and author. He is the author or editor of 34 best selling books on that focus on topics related to leadership and success.

Kerry Patterson is a renowned author and founder of VitalSmarts, which focuses on innovations in corporate training and leadership development. He is the recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award.

margaret heffernan
Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. She was named one of the Internet’s Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999, one of the Top 25 by Streaming Media magazine and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter.

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of the consultancy 20-first, one of the world’s leading gender consultancies. She has spoken on leadership, marketing and talent management issues across the globe and she lectures at both INSEAD and HEC business schools.

Dr. Jane Horan is Founder and CEO of The Horan Group. She specializes in building diverse & inclusive workforces, making unconscious bias – conscious, embracing positive workplace politics, and leadership transitions.

Francis Hesselbein
From her service as the CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, to her recognition by former President Bill Clinton in 1998 as a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity,” Frances Hesselbein  has provided the world with a simple leadership philosophy: To serve is to live.

Marjorie Blanchard
Dr. Blanchard is well versed in a variety of topics and often speaks on Leadership, empowerment, teambuilding, customer service, managing change and life planning. As president and co-founder of Blanchard Training and Development, she works diligently with her husband, Ken Blanchard, to develop the company into one of the premier management consulting and training companies in North America.

Heidi Hanna

Dr. Heidi Hanna is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, a consulting company that specializes in customized health and performance solutions for organizations. From 2003 through 2011, Heidi worked as a trainer, coach and keynote speaker for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit.

cindy solomon

For more than two decades, Cindy Solomon and her organization have worked with hundreds of organizations to build bottom line results by creating profitable, long-term relationships with customers, leaders, and employees. She is known for her witty, motivational and fully customized approach, which allows attendees of her keynote presentations, seminars and training programs to build their knowledge base, while building their enthusiasm for productive change, life-long learning, and exceptional customer service.