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Lady (Michelle) Mone OBE, Baroness of Mayfair, is known as one of Britain’s most influential ladies; both an entrepreneur and an advocate for equality for women in business. She is a powerful speaker with gravitas and an enviable business success story.
The key for me with Lady Mone, is that although she sits perfectly well with Ultra High Net Worth individuals and senior learership conferences, she has an honesty and down to earth approch that makes her connect with audiences made of up of the smallest of businesses and even start-ups.
Michelle openly shares her story of becoming the Founder of Ultimo Brands International, the UK’s leading lingerie brand for the last two decades, being honoured with a Life Peerage to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister and an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen, and the simple strategies that got her there.
Recommended for any business-related conferences and keynotes where inspiration and motivation is important.
Baroness Mone grew up in the impoverished East End of Glasgow when, at the age of fifteen, her father fell ill and was subsequently declared paraplegic and wheelchair bound for life. This forced Michelle to leave school without any qualifications in search of full-time employment, sparking her instinct for entrepreneurship. At the age of just 22, she excelled herself to Head of Sales and Marketing in Scotland for the Glasgow-based Labatt’s Brewers, however was made redundant after two short years.
In 1996, after only six weeks out of work, Michelle was at a dinner dance wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage enhancing bra. It was here the Baroness had an epiphany on what the lingerie industry was missing, and the world famous Ultimo bra was born.
After the launch of Ultimo, Michelle quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s finest exports, winning the World Young Business Achiever Award in 2000 at the Epcot Centre in Florida, as well as Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London. Her status as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs was confirmed soon after when Prince Charles invited her to join the board of Directors for The Prince’s Trust.
In October 2005, Michelle attended a speaking event with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to her involvement in setting up the Women’s Enterprise Project in the Middle East in support of The Sultan of Oman. It was then she began to realise that her experiences and wisdom could transform lives and inspire others in the face of adversity.
The Baroness has inspired, coached and mentored audiences and individuals in over 50 countries over the last two decades. Toward the end of 2016, the proud mother of Rebecca, Declan and Bethany proceeded to sell Ultimo to global lingerie giants MAS Holdings - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intimates, with a $1.4 billion turnover and 63,000 employees. And after ofcially handing her UTAN business over to her eldest daughter Rebecca at the start of 2017, Michelle has decided to focus on her speaking, mentoring as well as her love of design.
Michelle continues her work with the House of Lords and as start-up business Tsar for the UK government.
"I would like to pass on my thanks to Michelle for a truly memorable day on Friday. Michelle scored 10 out of 10 across the board for her keynote speech; she was captivating, moving, honest, heart-warming, inspiring, funny, and more! The audience absolutely adored her and she was an absolute pleasure to deal with on the day."
"Not only is she interesting, engaging and brilliantly funny, she's also down to earth and just hit the right chord with the delegates that attended the conferences. As one delegate said of Michelle; "she is a very impressive personality and her ambitious attitude is a true example of persistence, perfection, patience, power and prioritising our passion."Michelle was definitely the highlight of the conferences - which is brilliant, but she is going to be a very hard act to follow at next year's events!"
"Michelle is a no nonsense get on and do it speaker. However, her story and her willingness to share her mistakes show you how we can all be very vulnerable, and also how we can all turn our lives and errors around. Michelle's talk is empowering, moving, motivational and captivating all at the same time... just like her!"