Dr. Tererai Trent

Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest,” Dr. Trent is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, author, and the founder of Tererai Trent International, whose mission is to provide quality education in rural Africa. Rooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe. Despite facing many obstacles, she never lost sight of her dreams for an education. Dr. Trent could not have imagined that her steadfast determination, hard work and belief in her dreams would eventually earn her multiple degrees,and a prominent global platform with world leaders and international audiences where she leads the global charge in the fight for quality education and women’s rights. Her new picture book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can, is based on her story of perseverance.


Keynote – The Three Powers in Emerging Women: Great Hunger, Mentorship and Giving Back

Drawing from the precious wisdom of her African cultural roots, and the valuable lessons of achieving success in present day America, Dr. Tererai Trent is poised between the ancient and modern—offering a beautifully unique perspective, privilege to a rare few.

In her talk, Dr. Trent will talk about the importance of cultivating three essential powers of women’s leadership:

1. The Power of Great Hunger: The energy that gives Emerging Women determination and perseverance, which makes us stay focused on important issues in our lives.

2. The Power of Mentorship: How Emerging Women connect and build relationships for personal growth, ultimately impacting communities and societies at large.

3. The Power of Giving Back: How we use our talents, time, money and other resources to build communities, and champion issues whose greatness defines our humanity.

Dr. Trent will share how nurturing these three powers enable women to cultivate legacy leadership while making a positive difference in the world, ultimately, giving a strong voice in shaping our collective future. She will unfold these powers by weaving them with her remarkable story, thereby offering a global perspective that connects women of all ages and backgrounds.