Samantha is a passionate, charismatic and engaging speaker who seeks to empower women, change company cultures into places where people flourish, and inspire people to create a better world. 

 

She is the CEO of Empower Global, where she facilitates trainings and gives keynotes on issues regarding diversity and inclusion for Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, government entities, and universities. Empower also runs a groundbreaking women’s leadership challenge for small groups of women leaders from around the world.

 

Some of Samantha's keynote engagements include:

 

Corporate Clients - Amazon, Slalom, RB, Monday.com, Verizon, Reaology, Insight Partners, Salsify, Hiscox, etc.

Nonprofits- Halcyon, the DC Bar, Legacy International, etc.

Universities and Bschools – Tufts University, Harvard University, Indian Institute of Management – India, IE Business School, Spain, The Fletcher School, etc.

 

Some of her popular keynotes are:

 

-Breaking the Bias for Women in Tech/FinTech/Finance

-Championing Women in the Workplace

-Ethics and Technology: A Revolution Awaiting

-Real Allyship

-Why Diversity Matters

-Start where you stand: A call to action for Leaders

-How to be Happy

-What Resilience Really Means: Stories of Women's Rights Activists around the World

-Vulnerability, Empathy, and Connection in the Virtual World.

-Inclusive Leadership

-Countering the Great Resignation

-Leading Millennials and GenZ: What You Must Know

-How to Create Sustainable Change on the Things That Matter to You

-The New International Order: Making Sense of the War in Ukraine

 

Samantha also hosts a talk show on international relations, Samanthropolitics, which seeks to bring awareness to conflict and crises around the globe, and make global issues relatable to a Western audience. She has extensive experience living and working abroad, including at the US embassy in Bosnia, training young leaders in Peru, designing Russian civil society activation programs in Prague, etc.

 

She authored a white paper on inclusive virtual facilitation techniques and is very adept in the virtual space, and also is thrilled to give in person keynotes. 

 

She has been described as an inspirational speaker and leader, easy to work with, and a motivating voice for all who hear her.  She is a TEDx speaker.

 

Samantha holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a specialization in global gender analysis and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is a trained mediator and speaks Spanish fluently. She has been published in the Washington Post, Conscious Company Magazine and Women2.0, and is a New America expert.

 

She is currently working on a book about Feminist Leadership. 

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  • What is your favorite quote? "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." - Shirley Chisholm
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? I have significant experience internationally, including managing the gender portfolio for the US State Department in Bosnia, training young leaders in Peru, singing opera in the Czech Republ
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I was trained as an opera singer, and sang professionally in Europe starting at age 16. I love singing Mozart, Bach, and Donizetti and still spin out some arias at concerts in DC.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Madeline Albright. If there had been any woman who was equipped to be president it was Madeline. She's an incredibly sage, astute, and culturally adept woman who made incredible strides given
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I customize each talk to the audience. My goal is to keep people engaged, inspire them, and educate them.
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