International Women’s Day Speaker
An International Women’s Day Speaker Like No Other – Bianca Miller-Cole
Are you searching for a powerful, engaging speaker for your International Women’s Day conference? One with a compelling story of her own and the ability to relay her experiences and insights in a clear and riveting way? Bianca Miller-Cole is just such a speaker.
Bianca is the award-winning founder of “The Be Group”, a personal branding business created to enable members of the contemporary workforce to unleash their true potential. The Be Group boasts an impressive array of corporate clients eager to benefit from Bianca’s tips, techniques and experience. Those clients include Microsoft, KPMG, Facebook, Google, Tesco, Accenture and many more titans of business.
Bianca is a self-made woman who speaks eloquently on the topics of female empowerment, overcoming economic, cultural and political obstacles, gender equality and other topics relevant to the continuing struggle for equal rights. From the moment she burst onto the scene on the BBC show “The Apprentice” in 2014 she has been inspiring women and others to shatter glass ceilings and transcend social, economic and cultural restrictions. You will not find a more inspiring speaker for your event than Bianca Miller-Cole.
EY Race and Ethnicity Network Leadership Team | Championing D&I in Recruitment | Student Recruitment Events Advisor at EY
April 17, 2021,
I have worked with Bianca for a second time now, and I know this will not be the last. In our most recent interaction, Bianca delivered a couple of workshops for undergraduates. Her professionalism, energy and creativity that she brings to the table is exactly what I admire about her. She listens to the client ask and then feeds into that with relevant and valuable inputs - what more do you want! Her delivery of the skills workshops are always energetic, refreshing and leave you self-reflecting on how to better yourself as an individual. Thank you, Bianca!
Taravat Taher-Zadeh (Brass)
Natwest Accelerator Programme
Business Growth & Transformation Portfolio Professional
March 12, 2021,Dearest Bianca, I’m breathless with excitement (still!), a sheer joy hearing your wonderful marathon of a presentation at the NatWest International Women’s Day event. Many congratulations, wishing you even greater heights of success & look forward to hearing you again. Keep well & keep inspiring, my NBF! :-
Senior Business Consultant at CGI | Chair of Women's Network CGI UK
March 12, 2021,I reached out to Bianca to speak at the CGI Women's Network International Women's Day event and asked her to deliver an inspirational key note speech. From start to finish my interaction with Bianca did not disappoint. Bianca provided fast responses and all the information required in a timely manner. On the day, Bianca delivered a key note speech on her journey as an entrepreneur and shared her experiences and lessons learned. This speech was well received in CGI with lots of great feedback from the attendees. I particularly liked her "Top 3 Tips for Taking Ownership of Your Career Success" which I will certainly be applying for my own career! I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bianca and look forward to future engagements
Conor Donnellan MAPM
Senior Project Management Consultant at CGI
March 12, 2021,It was a great pleasure to hear about Bianca’s inspiring journey as a young woman in the business world as part of CGI’s international women’s day celebrations. I particularly enjoyed learning about building a personal brand, which has given me great insights on how I can improve my own personal brand and to mentor and coach others. On the theme of international women’s day, Bianca’s journey is one of facing challenge and overcoming obstacles. Bianca’s talk has definitely made me want to be more vigilant in recognising areas needing change and how personally I can make certain changes and challenge equalities to ensure the IT industry becomes more equal for women and everyone in general. Thank you again Bianca for your inspiring talk
Stacey Van Bergen
Senior Consultant at CGI | Co-Chair of the Women's Network
March 11, 2021,As part of International Women's Day, Bianca joined us (CGI) and delivered an inspiration talk on her career history, as well as giving tips on how to take ownership of your own career success, how to embrace challenges and be an intrapreneur in light of this years theme "Choose to Challenge". Bianca delivered in such an engaging and motivational way, I know I speak for all when I say I took away some really key messages that I can easily apply to my job, and personal life. Thank you Bianca, I look forward to working with you in future
Executive Assistant to President
March 10, 2021,I participated in the International Women's Day event lead by NatWest on the topic "Inspiring Confidence - Championing change". Bianca was one of the amazing speakers whom I had the opportunity to listen to. I couldn't stop smiling and loved your enthusiasm and the way you articulate your journey. Thank you for sharing your journey and experiences with u
CEO, Natwest Accelerator Programme ,
March 10, 2021,Incredible energy with a motivating and positive speech. Great to hear Bianca’s story- so engaging. Good to see a woman In business achieving great things. I can’t wait to read the book
Inclusion & Diversity Senior Manager - Commercial Banking - Lloyds Banking Group
March 9, 2021,You were INSPRATIONAL at the CMS IWD Career Ready event today Bianca Miller - Cole - if those girls don’t now know they can take on the world and succeed then they were not listening. I certainly felt fired up
Legal Secondee at Lloyds Banking Group
March 9, 2021,Bianca was a key note speaker for the CMS Masterclass 2021 for International Women’s Day and helped deliver the session. She spoke with over 60 students and we led a breakout room together to interact with a smaller group of students. She is very inspirational, motivated and it is brilliant to see her passion for helping the younger generation grow and develop
Business Development Manager Biorationals EMEA chez Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe
March 1, 2021,I attended a talk on Intrapreneurship from Bianca recently. It was refreshing and inspiring. Bianca is great at making you look at things from a different angle, thinking about yourself as your own brand, and overall making you believe that there is not such a long way from a dream to become a reality. Thanks again Bianc
Global Strategic Accounts at Preqin
December 23, 2020,Bianca was a host during a Black History Month panel discussion to my company. She was extremely engaging and professional throughout the session, and gave really informative and inspiring advice on how to navigate the workplace and build one's personal brand. She has received great feedback from a number of my colleagues, and I would certainly recommend her to others. Thank you Bianca
Assistant Associate Deloitte
August 17, 2020,I attended a Zoom conference led by Bianca on building your personal brand - I loved it! I was able to utilise the tips and tricks that she provided for my LinkedIn page and overall internet presence. Her warm personality and inclusive nature made attending the conference an overall wonderful experience
Tax Analyst at Deloitte
August 5, 2020,Very systematic, simple, yet effective presentation on personal branding. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found Bianca very helpful and insightful
Analyst at Deloitte (Banking Analytics & Quantitative Modelling)
August 5, 2020,Bianca gave an enthusiastic interactive online webinar to myself and other graduates joining Deloitte. She enlightened us on how important it is to begin to build our personal brand, develop our social media accounts, and just how valuable any life experiences we have are! Bianca gave excellent feedback to us on giving “elevator pitches”, their importance, and how to present yourself in a concise and attractive manner
Solutions Engineer Apprentice, UKI Financial Services Team at Salesforce
July 24, 2020,Bianca is an excellent speaker. During my personal branding session with her, I gained invaluable knowledge which I now utilise in my everyday life. She has such a bubbly yet professional character which I admire. She is self motivated and always encourages those around her. I really enjoyed my session, thanks Bianca
Director at Google, UK & Ireland
July 8, 2020,Bianca came and gave a talk to my team, and was an inspiration! I loved how Bianca shared her own personal story, then gave practical ideas and steps to help others realise their career dreams. Bianca combined inspiration and entrepreneurialism with practical advice, and was a delight to listen to
Growth @ Google
June 24, 2020,Bianca is great at communicating her journey giving people an insight into the experiences that have shaped the person she is today. Learning about her experiences and the lessons she picked up along the way was amazing and definitely impactful for myself and everyone else that was listening in
Associate Account Strategist at Google
June 24, 2020,I attended Bianca's workshops as an undergrad as part of an insight week for Women in Tech a couple of years back and have been fortunate enough to attend one again recently! You're workshops on personal branding really stuck with me, so much so I spoke about them in interviews and to colleagues and friends
Mohammad M Lone
Digital Strategist at Google | One Young World Ambassador
June 24, 2020,Bianca is an incredibly inspirational individual. Having been fortunate enough to witness her public speaking, she has given me and my colleagues so much to think about when it comes to owning my career success
Senior Content Manager at Retail Week
June 19, 2020,Bianca gave an online talk to our 2000-strong audience of retailers. It was brilliant, thought provoking and full of actionable insight. She was very personable while also being a total professional, both in front of the audience and behind the scenes. The feedback for her session was brilliant. I hope to be able to work with her again
Corporate Engagement Officer at Melton Borough Council
May 18, 2020,Bianca was very professional but also had a great human nature. She was a brilliant addition to my event & those that attended noted how inspiring her presentation was. She kept to the brief and added snippets of humour during the keynote whilst talking about her own lived experiences. I would certainly book her again and would recommend her work to anyon
Award-Winning Strategic Sourcing Expert -Centrica
March 31, 2020,What an inspiring speaker you are, and you really kept your cool in spite of the slide issues... Qdos to you. Everyone in Centrica found your teachings very useful, so thank you for joining our International Women's Day event and celebrating diversity with us. I'm Centrica's Fertility Ambassador so if you ever need ideas or support in that space, please think of me 🙏 I'd be more than happy happy to collaborate. Best wishe
March 29, 2020,Bianca delivered an excellent interactive talk on personal branding and networking. She had presented great points as to how to make a great first impression. The session was extremely engaging and I would say it’s perfect for any field. Even in this current climate I now know what steps to take to add value for myself and others
March 28, 2020,Inspirational and very practical, Bianca’s talk on Personal Branding and Networking was delivered in a professional and well thought out manner. She really taught me the techniques on how best to convey to someone that you are a person of value, in a quick and concise manner with her detailed elevator pitch. Furthermore she explained the dynamics of networking in a very easy and digestible way. Great speaker, and a clear expert in her field. Highly recommend her
Software Engineer Travellers
March 28, 2020,Bianca is an excellent speaker who is very knowledgeable in her field. She is truly an example and inspiration to all women
AWS re/Start Graduate at Generation UK & Ireland
March 27, 2020,A highly enjoyable and interactive session to identify my unique personal qualities and skills to increase my success with networking for a job, even with the limitations currently in place. Bianca was inspirational to keep aiming towards personal career goals, breaking them down into a list of achievable objectives
HR Shared Service Coordinator Nottingham Trent University
March 23, 2020,Bianca was the keynote speaker for our International Women’s Day conference at Nottingham Trent University. It was inspirational to hear about her journey before, during and after The Apprentice. She was an extremely engaging and powerful speaker for the event and a great role model for students, she really showed us what hard work and a positive attitude can do
HUANG XIAO QIN (LUNA)
Social Media Intern at MRZ Business Services LTD
March 14, 2020,Bianca is such an inspirational and successful female role model for me. I was inspired by her "dreams to reality" speech and would follow the "7 steps to making your dreams a reality" to pursue my dreams! (Thank you very much and very honored to meet you, Bianca!!
Transformation Specialist at Centrica
March 9, 2020,Bianca is an engaging and professional speaker, who is great to work with
Robin VanMeter, MBA
Sr. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Partner, Centrica
March 4, 2020,Bianca Miller is a great speaker and has an incredible story to tell. She encourages individuals to be all they can be and how to successfully focus on self branding
Diversity & Inclusion, Centrica
March 4, 2020,Thank you Bianca Miller - Cole for your amazing keynote at Centrica today! A fresh take on intrapreneurship and personal brand. Today was my light bulb moment and I’m sure many others experienced the same! It has been a pleasure and I look forward to working with you again
Steve Keith- EY
Simone White- Blackrock EEPA
Jasmin Jalloh- Accenture UK
Taj Singh- Bucks New University Student
Bianca Mcdonald – Founder of Kids Zone Adventures
Lauren Pak – Accenture Technology Analyst
Emma Bortnik- Knowledge Transfer Network
Jo Bromilow- Publicasity
James Wilson -Attendee of the Business Travel Conference
Self Made Mentee
Accenture September Schemes
City Lit- International Womens Day
The Origins of International Women’s Day
In our time International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world every March 8th. But it was not always so. The seeds of what would become International Women’s Day were planted in 1908 in New York City. On that occasion, some 15,000 women marched through the centre of New York demanding better pay, more humane working conditions and the right to vote.
The group organised a similar demonstration the following year only this time they declared it the first National Women’s Day. Word of these demonstrations crossed the Atlantic and inspired women in Europe to hold the first official IWD gathering in 1911, though not on March 8th. In fact, there is some debate over the origins of the March 8th date for IWD.
The general consensus is that the date was chosen to commemorate the first day of a strike held in Russia in 1917 during which women demanded everything from better food to the right to vote. Although others believe March 8th was chosen because in 1980 then US President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week beginning March 8th to be Women’s History Week in America. In 1987 that morphed into Women’s History Month.
But regardless of the precise mechanism that led to March 8th becoming International Women’s Day, it has become a focal point for activism, and a day women across the globe gather to hear keynote speakers extoll the many cultural, economic and political achievements of women.
Did You Know There are Official Colours for International Women’s Day?
Well there are, and they are purple, green and white. These colours were chosen for their historic association with the Women’s Social and Political Union of the United Kingdom. To the members of the Union – which was founded in 1908 – purple signified dignity and justice, green signified hope and white was the universal colour of purity, which spoke to their motives.
So from now on when you see banners, signage, clothes, websites and other IWD associated materials utilising the purple, green and white colour scheme you will know why.
The Global Impact of International Women’s Day
March 8th is more than a day for motivational speakers to pick up a few quid. It represents an annual rallying cry for women the world over to rise up and demand equality, justice and dignity and to share their experiences and hope with each other. It is a tangible manifestation of the spirit of those pioneering women of 100 years ago who understood the central role women played (and continue to play) in the cultural and economic life of human civilisation and their quest to have those contributions recognised.
The Importance of Finding the Right IWD Speaker
Finding a speaker who exemplifies that indomitable spirit and who can inspire the next generation of women to ever greater heights is vital if your IWD celebration is to produce optimal impact. That is where Bianca Miller-Cole comes in. Bianca is the very embodiment of the strong, independent, accomplished woman. She is a speaker of extraordinary power and passion and 2016 received the Power Profile award for being a singular force within LinkedIn’s 20 million UK members.
Bianca is also a successful author having written a guide to start-up success that was an Amazon best-seller. Her most recent literary outing, “The Business Survival Kit” is published by Penguin Random House and hit bookstores last September to much fanfare.
If you are planning an IWD event this year make sure the speaker you choose epitomises the spirit of the day and has the credentials, drive, personality and charisma to send your audience home inspired. Get in touch with Bianca Miller-Cole today and ensure yours is an IWD celebration to remember for all the right reasons.
The Characteristics of the Best International Women’s Day Speakers
Powerful International Women’s Day speakers like Bianca Miller possess certain qualities that separate them from average speakers of both sexes. It’s a collection of characteristics that can sometimes be difficult to quantify but are nonetheless perceptible by the audience at an instinctive level the minute they start speaking. Here are some of those characteristics:
It’s all well and good to stand before a group of women and tell them they have it in them to be successful entrepreneurs. It’s another thing entirely to provide them with some information they can actually use to deal with the pitfalls and challenges that await them. Great International Women’s Day speakers do not engage in empty exhortations. They give you real-world examples of how to get things done.
What separates the great IWD speakers from the average ones is the teleprompter. If you’ve ever watched a politician give a speech you’ll notice their eyes making subtle side-to-side movements as they read the lines of text in front of them. While you can impart a lot of information that way the presentation on the whole feels pretty cold and impersonal. The best International Women’s Day speakers have a solid understanding of the points they want to cover and then are able to speak in a relaxed and spontaneous manner that is more effective in building a rapport with the audience.
Some speakers use elaborate visual aids as a kind of crutch to support what is otherwise a lacklustre presentation. While this may produce a few “wows” at first the audience will eventually catch on and tune out. The best International Women’s Day speakers use visuals solely to add context or to provide necessary information that is best presented by way of a graph or picture. For these speakers, visual aids are only employed to add value to their talk. Not to overwhelm it.
If you’ve ever sat through a drone-like, hour-long presentation you know how soul-crushing they can be. It doesn’t matter if the speaker has discovered a way to solve global warming overnight, if they present their idea in a dry, humourless, monotone fashion no one is going to listen. The best IWD speakers understand how to punctuate their talk with humour in order to relieve tension and provide a change of pace.
Perhaps the only thing worse than a dry, humourless presentation is one where the speaker rambles on aimlessly. Even if they have something of value to say if they are incapable of saying it in a clear, concise manner then no one is going to be paying attention when they finally make their point. As Einstein once said “If you can’t explain it simply you don’t understand it”. The best International Women’s Day speakers are able to get their points across in a simple, easy-to-understand manner.