There's no excuse for not having women speakers. Inspirational females to enliven your next conference, panel, board, think tank, article, broadcast, programme or lecture.


No Chicks No Excuses is the brainchild of Leslie Cannold,  Jane Caro and Catherine Deveny, three women in public life who got tired of event organisers saying they couldn’t find good women speakers. From 2013, the site is being managed by Kylie Sturgess.

The bright, capable and witty women listed on No Chicks No Excuses are those in our network. They are women we know, have seen in action or who have otherwise come to our attention and who we think are great value.

If you’re looking for a speaker, please understand that we offer the names and details of women on this site as a starting point for further investigation. It’s up to you to discover more and find the right fit for your event.

Catherine says that living in an all male household made her want to print a t-shirt that says, “Where have you looked?” When event organisers tell us they can’t find women speakers we had the same question, Where have you looked?”

The search is over, the answer is here. No Chicks No Excuses – expert women for every event.