Heather is a renowned keynote speaker who gives inspirational and motivational talks to audiences of anything from 30 to 3,000 people. With talks lasting from twenty minutes to two hours, her ability to address your workforce or membership on almost any theme with her own perspective on it has taken her as a guest speaker all over the world.
Activist, Campaigner, Ambassador, Medal-Winner, Lady, Wife and Mother; Heather has worked and lived under a number of labels with one core focus: Overcoming Adversity. Not afraid to upset the status quo, and with a perseverance and dogged commitment which many could only aspire to, Heather's work and perseverance serve as inspiration to many.
Building a presentation around your message.
Heather's many and varied roles have taken her around the world to remote, exotic and even dangerous places. Her message is simple; never give up. Heather will work with you to build a theme for your keynote presentation or to build a talk around your message, seamlessly infusing it with her trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense, get-up-and-go candor.
You can expect an original and innovative take on your problem, theme or suggestion and, with that, buckets of motivational energy. Heather recounts tales of her varied and interesting life and draws them back to your message, with ever-such-a-little bit of nonsense thrown in for good measure and to keep the audience listening.
Some Kind Words
Sir Richard Branson
Entrepreneur & Adventurer
Initially when you meet her, you just wonder if she’s too good to be true. All she talks about is good causes, ways of helping other people. When I first met her, I must admit I thought is there a side to this that I’m missing, but I suppose that’s because people in Britain are brought up to be slightly cynical and years and years and years later she’s been completely consistent and I don’t believe there is a side. I really do believe she is 100% genuine and I would kill for her, and I think anyone else who got a telephone call would kill for her, and when I say for her, it’s for the other people that’s she’s fighting for.
Heather Mills is a dynamic personality with a wealth of knowledge about global humanitarian issues. She is passionate about her focus on nutrition and healthy living, animal rights, AND her life's story is both riveting and remarkable.
She has accomplished so much and she has inspired so many people along the way. But she’s also great fun. She’s just someone who lights up a room when she walks in. She combines the seriousness of her mission with the understanding of the fleeting nature of life and the need to enjoy every single minute of this beautiful gift that we’ve been given. And through it all she never forgets, there are many children and many men and women that don’t have anywhere near the blessing that we enjoy today.
Lawyer & Sports Agent
I think she has an extraordinary personality, engaging personality, very magnetic personality. It is a story of determination, it is a story of perseverance. What she has gone through in her life, and what she has been able to accomplish is positively mind blowing and so I think people want to hear about someone who can have a lot of adversity and come back and turn that into such positive things.
Born in January 1968, Heather worked in war-zones as an activist and London as a businesswoman and model until August 1993 when, having returned from war-torn Yugoslavia, she was involved in a road accident with a police motorcycle. She lost her left leg, crushed her pelvis and her lung was punctured. In the days after the accident, her family were told four times that she would die. Since that date she has continued to campaign but has also become a global ambassador for high-achieving amputees, winning Gold medals in adaptive skiing for her country and training with the GB Paralympic Squad, for whom she hopes to compete at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.
Making a difference, a step at a time.
Born in January 1968. Heather Mills is an activist charity campaigner, philanthropist and United Nations Association Goodwill Ambassador. A no nonsense straight talker, Heather speaks from the heart and is not afraid to tell it like it is. She campaigned for over 15 years to raise funds and awareness to rid the world of landmines, working with a number of landmine charities around the world.
Heather's charity work as an Ambassador for the global landmine campaign helped raise over $18.5 million, funding clearance of over 21 million square meters of mine filled land and benefited more than 400,000 people. Her team became the largest funder of landmine clearance in the world funding over 300 minefield clearance and survivor assistance projects.
A no nonsense straight talker, Heather speaks from the heart and is not afraid to tell it like it is.
Her efforts and determination in this field took on an ironic significance when in August 1993 her life changed forever when she was involved in a road accident with a police motorcycle and suffered numerous injuries including crushed ribs, a punctured lung, multiple fractures of the pelvis and the loss of her left leg below the knee. Just one year after this accident, Heather arranged for the first convoy of artificial limbs to be sent to Croatia. Since then over 400,000 amputees and survivors of landmine explosions around the world have been helped.
Her personal experience as an amputee and the positive and humourous manner in which she dealt with her recovery gives Heather a unique insight and affinity with those who themselves have lived through a tragic experience. Heather voluntarily counsels people from around the world who have lost limbs in accidents, through illness, natural disasters and terrorist atrocities. She found that, after years of helping new amputees and their families, empowering them to help other new amputees once they were strong enough encouraged them to help he build the largest amputee forum of supporters.
Her personal advice, determination and commitment help them and their families realize that they can continue to lead rich and fulfilling lives despite their injuries. It was in this spirit that Heather appeared on the hit US television show Dancing with the Stars in 2006, proving this point in spectacular cart-wheeling style. Then, to top that, she took on the challenge of the same format, but on ice skates for Dancing on Ice 2010.
Heather's focus over the years has covered many elements of life and modern-day society, from the widespread maiming by indiscriminate landmines to the plight of farmed animals and animals abused and poached for their fur to the nutritional benefits of veganism and the absence of proper regulation of the press and media.
The spreading of compassion across the planet and the promotion of a healthy, sustainable and ethical lifestyle has been at the forefront of Heather‟s campaigning in recent years. Putting her money where her mouth is, Heather donated $1 Million, enough for more than 370,000 "meatless meat" meals, to the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the Bronx NY, where she serves as Honorary Chairwoman and Received a U.S. Certificate of Congressional Merit for her charity work helping to promote healthy living. Heather has received praise by both Viva! and the Humane Society of the United States for her hands on approach to helping to fight for the humane treatment of animals.
Heather joined covert investigations at a pig- breeding unit with Viva! to film the cruelty that breeding Sows have to endure, managing to generate massive publicity to raise awareness of the terrible treatment of these innocent creatures. In one of the most fantastic and awe inspiring moments in her life Heather visited the Ice floes off Canada‟s East coast on the Gulf of St Lawrence in March 2006 to observe the absolutely beautiful newborn Harp Seal pups that grace this harsh terrain. This visit was organized in order to draw international attention to the terrifying inhumanity of this cruel industry that soon after heartlessly clubbed and shot these gorgeous animals.
On May 5th 2009 it was announced that the European Union has joined the US and finally outlawed products of the cruel commercial Canadian seal slaughters, a massive step along the way to an outright ban. In a huge victory for Dogs and Cats in China on June 19th 2007 the European Parliament voted unanimously to ban the import, export, production and trade of Cat and Dog fur from China into the European Union by December 31st 2008.
MEP Struan Stevenson said Heather played a key role in managing to gather over 250,000 petition signatures from her website, as well as lobbying the EU to get a new law introduced across all 27 Member States of the European Union, affecting 500 million EU citizens and saving the lives of an estimated 2 million cats and dogs each year in China alone, where they faced cruel slaughter and sometimes were even skinned alive to supply the fashion and toy trade in Europe.
Heather has picked up a number of awards and accolades along the way
Some of these include - Animal Rights Activist of the Year 2008; UNESCO Children In Need Award; Irvine Award; International Advocate for Children with Disabilities; UN Goodwill Ambassador; and disabled-skiing World Cup Gold-Medal Winner
On Saturday, 16 August 2008 in Washington, D.C., USA the world‟s oldest and largest animal rights conference sponsored by (FARM) presented Heather with the prestigious “Animal Rights Activist of the Year” award for her leadership, and passionate commitment to the animal liberation and welfare movement. Citing her numerous legislative, regulatory and campaign successes Farm Founder and President, Alex Hershaft thanked Heather for all of her accomplishments on behalf of the nearly 1,000 conference attendee‟s representing over 60 different animal protection groups from nine countries.
Heather has won numerous accolades and awards over the years including, the inaugural UNESCO Children in Need Award. The University of California honored Heather with the Irvine Award and has established a Fellowship in her name. She also received an Open University Doctorate in 2004. In 2009 she was named an International advocate for Children with Disabilities for her work counselling children and helping to fit thousands of children with prosthetic limbs since the loss of her own limb in 1993. Heather lectures before audiences ranging in size from 30 to 3,000.
Heather truly is a shining example of how a positive attitude can overcome adversity and she has the power and ability to instill enthusiasm and positive thinking into others. Her attitude is contagious. Over the years Heather has developed into one of the best motivational speakers on the circuit as it is not just those that have experienced severe trauma that can benefit from Heather‟s particular brand of motivational magic. Heather developed into a renowned Keynote speaker contacted regularly by businesses, societies and various groups to give inspirational talks, to a wide range of audiences. Lasting from twenty minutes to two hours her ability to address the work force or membership of any field on a universal theme has taken Heather as guest speaker to meetings all around the world.
Broadcasting and Investigative Journalism
Heather has appeared both as a guest and as a presenter and journalist on various television shows and channels. In the USA, these include - Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, Jay Leno Tonight Show, Ellen de Generes, Oprah Winfrey, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollwood, Matha Stuart, Good Morning America, Matt Lauer Show, Katie Couric, MTV, Dancing with the Stars, Dancing on Ice. In the UK, these include - GMTV, Panorama, Newsnight, BBC Breakfast, Trevor McDonald, Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio and various appearances on the BBC networks.
In December 2001, Heather made an emotional return to modelling with a difference. After hearing her speak, when accepting an award at the Mothers & Shakers Awards in New York, American clothing company INC, of Macy‟s, realized that Heather, rather than just being a speaker, was someone who stood out and had a positive inspirational effect on those around her. They then asked her to front their “International Concepts of Inspiration” campaign. The successful campaign raised awareness and funds for landmine removal and prosthetic assistance. To date INC have donated $100,000 to the charity.
Over the years Heather has done much Television and Radio work. On the 13th August 2009 Heather guest hosted Richard Greene‟s show "Hollywood Clout", on Air America. Heather lined up some very distinguished guests including Sir Richard Branson, Dr Micheal Klaper and Professor T. Colin Campbell, the author of “The China Study”, for what proved to be a fascinating discussion of the most pressing issues relating to health and the wellbeing of our population And our planet. Topics included the impact diet and nutrition has on human health as well as its impact on our environment. Sir Richard Branson has now given up beef.
Heather was also invited by legendary chat-show Host Larry King to guest host two of his shows. "Larry King Live with Heather Mills and Paul Newman" was broadcast worldwide on CNN, April 17th 2004. Larry King was thrilled with Heather's interview. Subsequently, following Heather's impressive debut, she was asked to cover the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, conducting live interviews around the world with various guests. The show was a resounding success.
A selection of public speaking highlights
Heather has given inspirational and motivational speeches and broadcasted for many different companies. Below are a selection of them.
Below, a selection of testimonials from the many that Heather has received.
You were rated as the best speaker that they had ever had and I received the following delegate comments:
"The speaker was refreshing and stimulated a fresh set of values"; "The speaker was brilliant"; The speaker was "An Inspiration"; "I thoroughly enjoyed the speaker – very approachable and down to earth and speech very entertaining"; "I enjoyed the speaker, she knew what she had to say and got on with it, her ability to tell her story continuously was remarkable, she kept the audience captivated". The coordinator of the event added – ‘...as you can see everybody thought Heather was brilliant. The ratings were between 8 and 10, nothing lower.
Andrew Macdonald, Speakers for Business
Heather's life story and her honesty about her own background provided a heartening role model to those who attended. The description of her physical dilemmas in such a down-to-earth, and sometimes amusing, manner created an admirable background for her innovative strength of purpose concerning the landmine problem. Probably the most common word I heard used to describe the event was "inspirational." Also, I thought "this woman is superhuman" and then she would say something that proved she is human, and that humans can do great things. Heather is an excellent speaker with an engaging style, and her remarks were very well appreciated by UCI's students, faculty and community friends. I know that I speak for all those at UCI who were privileged to attend Heather's talk, when I extend our thanks and appreciation for her visit.
Ralph J. Cicerone, Chancellor, UCI, Irvine
I had the great pleasure to be in the audience at the Cardiff International Arena when you addressed the IBS/Amway distributors. We have had many fine speakers covering all fields of physical, courageous and momentous achievement in our excellent programme of motivational seminars... and whilst marvelling at their achievements, I have never been as impressed and moved as I was by you. We have been involved with Guide Dogs For The Blind as puppy walker/ fundraisers for many years, and have 2 adopted children, and I consider us very caring people. I have never worked for anyone other than myself for the last 30 years since the age of 20, and am not impressed easily, but you humbled me in hearing what you have achieved despite all the difficulties and setbacks to become the wonderful person that you have become. A better example to the whiners of this world could not be found for taking control of your own destiny and changing, leading and motivating others to be the best that they can be. I know that your journey has a long way to go, and I realize how much I still have to do to even come close to a small amount of what you have achieved so far, but I now know I have to try harder and work faster.
Peter Metcalf, IBS/Amway
A heartfelt thank you for taking the time out of what I appreciate is a rather gruelling schedule at the moment and for coming to Ljubljana to be part of what has been a most successful conference. We couldn’t have been more grateful. Your presentation was perfect for the close of the conference and was just what was required as a finishing note. You have lived an amazing life and carried out most valuable work and we thank you for your passion for the welfare of animals.
I wish to thank you for giving such an admirable address at our AGM. It certainly aroused a great deal of interest and so did your book. We are very grateful to you for giving the time when I know you are so busy.
I am delighted to say our Conference was a great success with many compliments from delegates regarding Heather Mills’ speech. She was an absolute tonic; her talk was interesting, humorous and yet was delivered with great humility. Our delegates were very pleased to be able to talk to her during lunch – this made it much more personal and she made everyone feel at ease.
Deborah Burrows, Rotherham Junior Chamber of Commerce
People were very quiet after your talk, which concerned me for a while until I gradually realized that you had made a huge impact, and they were just thoughtful – I guess I am just not used to our delegates being that quiet.
Mike McGee, Landmark
The evening was a huge success, and you went down a storm. I have had a lot of great feedback from people, many who wish they could achieve as much as you have in such a short time, me included.
Vanessa Hemingway, Barnsley and Doncaster
“Initially when you meet her, you just wonder if she’s too good to be true. All she talks about is good causes, ways of helping other people. When I first met her, I must admit I thought is there a side to this that I’m missing, but I suppose that’s because people in Britain are brought up to be slightly cynical and years and years and years later she’s been completely consistent and I don’t believe there is a side. I really do believe she is 100% genuine and I would kill for her, and I think anyone else who got a telephone call would kill for her, and when I say for her, it’s for the other people that’s she’s fighting for.”
"Heather Mills is a dynamic personality with a wealth of knowledge about global humanitarian issues. She is passionate about her focus on nutrition and healthy living, animal rights, AND her life's story is both riveting and remarkable.“
“I think she has an extraordinary personality, engaging personality, very magnetic personality. It is a story of determination, it is a story of perseverance. What she has gone through in her life, and what she has been able to accomplish is positively mind blowing and so I think people want to hear about someone who can have a lot of adversity and come back and turn that into such positive things”
“She helped to organise the benefit concert in New York to raise so much money for the families of the fire-fighters, police officers and other rescue workers who sacrificed their lives on September 11th.” “Through her vital work to keep people safe from landmines and in her devotion to other causes that matter so much to so many she has touched and transformed the lives of literally thousands and thousands of people around our world.”
“She has accomplished so much and she has inspired so many people along the way. But she’s also great fun. She’s just someone who lights up a room when she walks in.” “She combines the seriousness of her mission with the understanding of the fleeting nature of life and the need to enjoy every single minute of this beautiful gift that we’ve been given. And through it all she never forgets, there are many children and many men and women that don’t have anywhere near the blessing that we enjoy today.”
"Heather has received the highest ratings at many of the venues; Limra International awarded her 4.7 out of 5, the highest they have given, when speaking at the same conference as Mark McCormack and Neil Armstrong”
“Your talk was truly inspirational, in the achievements you have made from a turbulent childhood, I think you have every right to feel very proud of your achievements for both yourself and the charity you support so vigorously... Once again, can I thank you, and on a personal level, if I ever have the opportunity to listen to you speak in public ever again I will take that choice, I could have listened to you all day!”
“Your contribution to the conference was invaluable, your speech made a great impact on the younger members of the audience, who I feel took your words that ‘everything is possible’ away with them. Without the support from figures such as yourself, we would have a much harder task in generating interest into what is such an important topic.”
“I am writing to express my grateful thanks to you for coming to our transplant games on Sunday. We appreciated having you with us and the competitors enjoyed receiving medals from you. I hope you enjoyed meeting the transplant recipients. They have had their share of troubles in the past and have a bravery similar to the people you help.”
“You made a terrific impact not only on the governments there but also on the landmine survivors, who all really appreciated the time you spent with them. Government representatives referred to your speech during the first session the following day, so they were listening!”
“I have felt compelled to write to you after being privileged to hear you speak at the Conference for the Institute of Healthcare Management. My husband is the outgoing President and I have been fortunate to attend most of the conferences over his time in Office. I have to say I have never heard anyone who has moved me as much. I hope you don’t find that remark patronizing as it is from admiration I speak... I can only say that you are a wonderful source of inspiration to us all not to accept less than is possible and to strive for the improbable but with belief in ourselves... You deserve to be happy and loved for the very rare and special person you are.”
“Thank you for agreeing so readily to come on board and be our headline speaker. I admired you before the event I’m bowled over now... The response from people and organizations has been fantastic and we wanted to let you know the admiration and inspiration due to your personal contribution has been immense. So often people say ‘we couldn’t have done this without you’. This is absolutely not a cliché. Thank you so much for being courageous in taking the mike and being a role model supreme.”
“We have already started to review some of the delegate feedback and there have been many positive comments about your input. ‘Heather Mills for Prime Minister’ and ‘wonderful, inspirational climax by Heather Mills’ are just two of the many enthusiastic comments made by delegates following your presentation.”
"Heather's talk was fantastic. Heather is able to do a number of quite remarkable things in a very short period of time. She comes across as very real, totally unpretentious, and deeply committed. She inspires people in a very direct and immediate way. At one level people are aware that Heather is wholly unique and has packed several lifetimes of achievement into less than half a lifetime. But at the same time, listening to Heather these same people experience a very real sense of their own potential--I can make a difference. She is funny, quick and clearly very intelligent and focused. Because of this she comes across as trustworthy and reassuring. When she says, this is possible, she is completely believable. I have given and attended hundreds of talks in my life--from nervous graduate students to accomplished leaders like Queen Noor and Bill Clinton. I have never seen anyone win a group over so quickly and so completely. I have never seen a crowd leave a room expressing such enthusiasm for making the world a better place. I felt honored to be standing beside her.”
"Heather Mills was a delightful Guest Speaker at The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraiser in Houston, Texas. She entertained the audience of 500 with stories of her childhood as well as her adulthood and how she lives life daily as a “Strong Woman,” the theme of our event. She was a pleasure as a guest and was a definite drawing card that helped us sell out the room on this, our first time event!.”
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