The Top Female South Asian Motivational Speakers

Feb/27/2023 / by Melanie Fourie
Female Motivational Speakers
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Female Motivational Speakers

Their motivation comes from a place of compassion. They score quite well on tests of emotional acuity. They may create a feeling of calm and help it flourish. We’re referring to the women in the workforce whose importance and value are now widely acknowledged throughout the globe. As the globe gradually makes room for more women in positions of power, it’s no surprise that female motivational speakers are seeing a boom in demand for corporate events. They are just as good storytellers as their male counterparts, and their tales of overcoming the extra pressures of motherhood, marriage, and societal expectations are inspiring. They triumphed above all odds!

For India, having a female leader like Indira Gandhi at the helm was a revelation. Almost immediately after that, India had a comparable uptick in the major areas of sports, industries, performing arts, intellectual prowess, and social activism. Many Indian women motivational speakers nowadays serve as role models for us. Because we offer speakers from so many different backgrounds, you can choose an inspirational speaker who is a perfect fit for your event’s central theme. 

Today, Indian women’s cricketers like Mithali Raj and Phulan, who are making the country proud, are available for hire as motivational speakers. Chetna Gala and Shaheen Mistri, two of our excellent motivational speakers, are also doing wonderful work in social action. Geetha Kannan, Sairee Chahal, and Vinita Bali bring invaluable expertise in establishing and growing enterprises from the corporate sector to the team. Inspirational speakers from Bollywood include award-winning actors and actresses like Zoya Akhtar and Sushmita Sen. We’ve compiled a list of the top South Asian female motivational speakers inspired by Engage 4 More, who are revered for making waves with their talks! 

P.V. Sindhu

The worldwide success of Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu, now ranked fourth in the world by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), has been widely praised.
Besides being the youngest Indian to ever finish on an Olympic podium, she also holds the record for being the first Indian woman to earn an Olympic medal, as she did in 2016 when she won silver in the badminton competition. She is one of just two badminton players from India, along with Saina Nehwal, who have ever won an Olympic medal. She’s the first sportswoman to ever win gold and silver at the same Olympic competition. At such a young age, she was honoured with the Padma Shri award. She has inspired generations of young Indians with her never-say-die spirit and can-do can-win mentality.

Zoya Akhtar

She is a filmmaker and screenwriter who broke into the industry with 2009’s Luck By Chance and whose 2011 film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara received the “Filmfare Award for Best Director.”
She was born into a family of artists, with the famed poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar and the acclaimed screenwriter Honey Irani as her parents. She decided to pursue a career in filmmaking, so she enrolled at the NYU Film School. She has worked as an director and executive producer for a number of well-known directors and producers before making her own debut. She has since become one of the most celebrated filmmakers and screenwriters in the business. 

Vinita Bali

Vinita Bali is a seasoned executive who has headed up major corporations in India and other countries across the world. She has experience working with major corporations like Britannia Industries Ltd. and the likes of The Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC. Her main areas of competence include business management, leadership, branding, marketing, corporate social responsibility, new product development, consumer trends, and the economic and political climate and their effects on companies.

As part of the United Nations’ SUN (Scaling up Nutrition) program, which aims to enhance mother and child health, Vinita was nominated as one of 27 global leaders to assist with this effort. Vinita has spoken at international events including Europe’s Chocovision and Agrovision, as well as various United Nations conferences in the United States and Europe, as well as industry conferences in India, Singapore, Europe, and the United States.

Priya Kumar

Priya Kumar is a best-selling author and one of India’s most renowned motivational speakers, with 11 books in the Inspirational category and 32 awards to her name. Priya has been a public speaker for for 24 years, during which time she has worked with 2000+ multinational corporations (MNCs) in 47 different countries and used her Personal Breakthrough workshops and carefully crafted Power Talks to impact the lives of over three million individuals.

Priya has authored the biography of Late Shri O.P. Munjal, the founder of the Hero Group, which is one of her ten best-selling novels. She is now working on a biography of India’s Chief National Badminton Coach, Pullela Gopichand. The Final Call, a web series based on Ms. Priya’s fifth inspirational book, I Will Go With You, is currently available on ZEE5. Her eighth novel, The Calling, was the best seller in France, and the French press dubbed Ms. Priya Kumar the Indian Paulo Coelho. Priya is the Greatest Inspirational Author in India, according to the Times of India, Speaking Tree ,Good Karma Award. 

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal is the best badminton player in the world, and the only woman to ever hold this title. She is also just the 2nd Indian player in history to do so. She has won over twenty championships internationally, including 10 Super Series wins, and has even medalled in the Olympics.

In addition to becoming the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal, she is also the only Indian to have ever won the BWF World Junior Championships or advanced to the final of the BWF World Championships. In 2016, she was awarded India’s third-highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan. 

She was named the BWF’s “Most Promising Player of the Year” in 2008 and awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri, and Arjuna Awards in 2010. She’s one of the most celebrated athletes in India’s history and a role model for young players everywhere.

Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan is a role model for successful women in Bollywood because of her reputation for playing strong female leads and because she was responsible for redefining the role of a Bollywood heroine in the eyes of the media.

She chose strong female leads in films like Parineeta, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture, Paa, and Kahaani long before ‘female-centric cinema’ became popular in Bollywood. Vidya has gone from being a nerdy girl on TV to the ooh-la-la star of Bollywood. She has won multiple honors, including a National Film Award for The Dirty Picture and five Filmfare Awards. She was awarded India’s Padma Shri for her artistic achievements in 2014.

Mithali Raj

It is said that Mithali Raj, the ferocious batswoman and captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team in both Tests and ODIs, is one of the finest cricketing batswomen ever to play the game.
She also made history by being the first player in ODI history to hit seven consecutive 50s and the first captain (male or female) to lead India to the final of the ICC ODI World Cup twice (in 2005 and 2017). 

In her first One-Day International, she batted 114 runs for no loss. It was in her third Test in 2002 that she set a new world record for greatest individual Test score, besting the previous mark of 209. Her performance in the 2013 Women’s World Cup cemented her position as the best ODI cricketer in the world, and she now has the highest batting average (703) among women. She has won the coveted Arjuna award.

Mary Kom

An Olympic boxer, she is the only Indian woman to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Games, where she won bronze. She is also the first woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships.
She currently holds the #4 spot in the world according to the AIBA women’s flyweight ranking. As the first Indian woman boxer, she made history by winning gold at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea. After being nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India in 2016, she took up the role of national observer for boxing with Akhil Kumar in 2017. 

The Padma Bhushan (2013), the Arjuna Award (2003), and the Padma Shri (2006) are only few of the awards she has received in her lifetime. Kom inspires confidence in her followers because of her magnetic personality. Women may fulfil both the role of nurturing parent and courageous fighter. To succeed in life, one must strike out forcefully against all challenges.

Sairee Chahal

Known as the “online professional destination for women,” SHEROES was founded and is led by CEO Sairee Chahal. It works with companies to increase their access to female talent across all levels of the organization, including workers, partners, consumers, and even company owners. She previously co-founded Fleximoms and is now India’s leading advocate for women in the workplace. She also plays a key role in uniting companies and women in professional roles as the Convener of The SHEROES Summit. For the L’oreal Femina Women’s Award, the Cartier Women’s Award Initiative, and the Business Today Most Powerful Women in Indian Business awards, among others, she has received many nominations. She has spoken at TED conferences and was showcased on the YoungTurks, Pioneering Spirit, and What Women Want, among other programs.

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