Roxanne Joyal

Social entrepreneur. Women’s empowerment advocate. Rhodes scholar. CEO of ME to WE. Founder of ME to WE Artisans.

Bio

Roxanne’s belief in the transformative potential of social enterprises has taken her from the villages of rural Asia and Africa to the top boardrooms and design showrooms of New York and Los Angeles. As founder of ME to WE Artisans, Roxanne has created an international market for the intricate handiwork of more than 1,400 indigenous women in Kenya, allowing them to lift their families out of poverty and establish themselves as leaders in their communities. Through powerful and authentic stories, Roxanne shares insights that will help you launch your own social enterprise, creating original products, services or experiences that change the world.

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Speech topics


From speaking about female leaders to social entrepreneurism to raising kids who care, Roxanne’s three engaging speeches will inspire audiences of all ages. Each speech can be customized to fit your needs.

The world’s most powerful women: How women are leading change

Suitable for students in high school, university and college, as well as women in business and women’s groups, Roxanne will inspire women to create better futures for themselves and the women around them.

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What does empowerment mean for women and how can it be achieved? In this inspiring talk, Roxanne shares effective strategies that women can use to transform their lives. The first in her rural Manitoba family to consider higher education, Roxanne went on to become a Stanford graduate, a Rhodes Scholar, a clerk at the Supreme Court and one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada. Now a successful social entrepreneur and the CEO of ME to WE, she has dedicated her life to helping uplift women in rural areas of Africa and Asia, bringing their products to market at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Fossil. Roxanne will share stories of the resilient women who are the backbone of ME to WE Artisans—not only providing for their children but emerging as innovative business leaders in their communities, and redefining a woman’s role in the process.

Secrets of a social entrepreneur: How business leaders can make an impact

Thought-provoking and informative, this talk is great for business leaders, social entrepreneurs and students in college and university.

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From the hallways of Oxford to the rural villages in Asia and Africa to the top design showrooms of New York and Los Angeles, Roxanne has demonstrated the true power that social enterprises can have through her work as CEO of ME to WE and founder of ME to WE Artisans. Under her leadership, ME to WE Artisans has created an international market for the intricate handiwork of more than 1,400 indigenous women in Kenya, allowing them to lift their families out of poverty and establish themselves as leaders in their communities. As social entrepreneurship emerges as a leading activity in North America and a dynamic tool for systemic change, her valuable insights will inspire business leaders hungry to create social change through their work.

From one mama to another: Raising kids who care and contribute

This talk is perfect for all audiences who help to shape children’s lives, whether you’re a parent, caregiver, educator or part of a community.

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A groundbreaking social entrepreneur, women’s rights advocate and working mother raising two young girls, Roxanne shares the wisdom of mothers around the world who struggle to not only build a better life for their children, but also to raise children who care about the world. In this powerful speech, Roxanne shares lessons from the mothers she’s worked with in Kenya, Ecuador, India and beyond, and best practices for inspiring the young people in our lives to be socially conscious and caring global citizens.