Oprah Winfrey's "All-Time Favorite Guest"
One of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment, Dr. Tererai Trent is a symbol of hope for children around the world. Her new picture book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can (October 2015), is based on her story of perseverance. Read More >
TEDTalk: Forgotten Women and Girls
Horizons for Homeless Children
Having a Dream
UN Global Leaders Summit 2013
Speaking on MLK Day
Loyola University Commencement Address
And to you, sister, what silences your dreams? What are the words that define or limit you? Do you hear these words—even things that concern your own life; you are not thin enough to fit the mold, you are not good enough as you are; you are too old to be in the public eye, to achieve your dreams you have to satisfy the powers to be. The voices that define, discourage, allure and silence us also propel us toward pursuing an unfulfilled life. The awakening of what silences us is not only central to the achievement of our dreams but also to the world's healing. Read More >
Never has there been a more critical time for women to explore who they are, lift one another up, turn to one another for support, learn from one another, explore new ideas, and to embrace their power and take on leadership roles and create a world order that stands for peace and recognizes the dignity of all people and the environment.
Drawing from the precious wisdom of her African cultural roots, and the valuable lessons of achieving success in present day America, Dr. Trent gracefully communicates her universal message of the awakening of women, using her own extraordinary life experience, she guides listeners on a journey into the depths of their hearts and spirits to discover their dreams, identify the greater meaning of their lives, and tap the courage and resources necessary to make those dreams a reality.
Poised between the ancient and modern, in this speech, based on her new book, The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams, Dr. Trent offers her listeners intimate, and evocative guide that teaches nine essential lessons to encourage women to re-examine their dreams and uncover the power hidden within them—the power to forge a brighter path. Read Less ^
Dr. Tererai Trent has a story to share about a little girl with big dreams. All the girl ever wanted was an education. But in Rhodesia, education for girls was nearly impossible. So, she taught herself to read and write with her brother’s schoolbooks and to count while watching cattle graze. Read More >
When the girl became a young wife and mother, she wrote her goals on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can — an ancient ritual that reminded her that she couldn't give up on her dreams. Would her dreams ever come true? Dr. Trent’s true story of perseverance, based on her new picture book The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can (October 2015), is sure to inspire audiences of all ages and focus on the importance of education. Read Less ^
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. Read More >
In her talk, Dr. Trent will talk about the importance of cultivating three essential powers of women's leadership:
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. Read Less ^
Do we truly have the right to dream? What drives our hunger to dream? Asking these questions and honoring their answers was a sacred process that formed the foundation of Tererai Trent's dream for an education. Read More >
Married young, having three children by the time she was eighteen, and without a high school education, in this talk, Dr. Trent takes us on a journey that changed the narrative of her life and, ultimately, inspiring millions of girls worldwide. In her talk, Dr. Trent exemplifies what happens when hardship is overcome by the power of belief and how opportunity and the power of those who believe in education can change individuals’ destiny. Her strong belief that education gives meaning to life and defines our survival as a community asks us to examine how society must better manage the choices it offers to women and girls.
More importantly, in this remarkable speech, Dr. Trent offers her audience a powerful lens to gain a global perspective and action for universal education and gender equality. She inspires and make us realize that we, as a global society, have a moral responsibility and a choice to be the fertile ground for access to quality education that positively impact the dreams of millions despite gender, class, and background. Read Less ^
"Tererai was the best speaker we have ever had! She is the only speaker who has ever gotten a standing ovation."
"We were thrilled with her presentation! She was so genuine and clearly customized each speech to address the particular audience. We wish we had had even more time with her!"
"Tererai Trent was absolutely amazing last night! She had our audience hanging on her every word. You literally could have heard a pin drop. I think she received two standing ovations and at least another four spontaneous outbursts of applause. Women laughed, cried, and thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of hearing her words. Many attendees came up afterwards to say she was “the best they’ve ever heard” – no small praise considering the caliber of speakers that have been featured over the past 15 years. I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts in arranging her as our speaker. Please pass along our gratitude to Tererai for sharing her stories, her courage, and her insight. She’s delightful."
"Our event was fabulous and we are delighted to have featured Dr. Trent as our keynote speaker. Our community is still raving about her remarks and how touched they were by her connection to what we do at the Nevada Women's Fund to support women and families. If you ever need referrals for other organizations that are looking at Dr. Trent as a speaker please feel free to give out our contact information."
"The event was so successful! Tererai was absolutely awesome, people were really touched with her presentation!"
"I must tell you what an amazing experience we had with Dr. Trent. We have never had such a full house and such a remarkable speaker! She is so cordial and accommodating, and that alone was wonderful. But her presentation today topped anyone I have ever heard, which seemed to be the sentiment of many who attended (they told me!). The challenge for us now is to find a speaker for next year who may (attempt) to equal Dr. Trent—I have never had such a glorious experience in my life. Thank you for all your work and support to make this happen. We are absolutely thrilled with our ability to share such a remarkable woman with the community."
"Dr. Trent’s passionate message about the power of education resonated with the graduate students during a critical time in their studies. Her moving story of hope and determination inspired our students to think differently, ask questions, and explore how they can effect positive social change within their professions, communities, and, quite possibly, the world. Dr. Trent is an eloquent speaker whose extraordinary story inspires audiences to believe they have the power to make a difference."
"Dr. Trent was one of our keynote speakers for our Community Leaders Conference in 2012. I didn’t know much about her until that time – and, now I will not forget her. She is one of the most inspirational speakers I have had the privilege of hearing. Her story is one of perseverance and hope – an extraordinary journey. She came from an environment in Africa where young girls were not given the opportunity to be educated and achieved her lifetime goal. She broke free of the poverty she lived in, went to school – eventually earning a Ph.D and then has devoted her life to helping other young African girls achieve their goals."