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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - Paralympic Legend Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times. She is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation.

Now retired, Tanni was a consultant to 2012, a Laureus Sport for Good Trustee, a Transport for London board member and an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF. In 2005 she was made 'Dame' Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a "people's peer". With specialist interest in sport, disability, health and youth development she sits on the crossbenches, bringing a wealth of experience and authority to the House.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - Paralympic Legend Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - Paralympic Legend Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, she won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times between 1992 and 2002.

Retirement has not slowed her down and Tanni has gone on to play a prominent role in public life. In 2005 she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a crossbench peer. She takes an active part in debates, with particular focus on sport, disability, health, welfare and youth development. Amongst other positions she is on the board of Transport for London, the board of the London Legacy Development Corporation and is President of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. She was also Vice Chair of LOCOG’s Athletes Commission, is a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador, a UNICEF ambassador and chairs a Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport.

During London 2012 Tanni was a key part of the BBC’s on screen team, presenting on both the Olympics and Paralympics. In the process she became the first Paralympian to commentate on Olympic sport, making the point that the emotions and experiences of elite sportspeople are universal across the board.

Tanni is the ultimate cross over between high performance sport and the high powered world of business and politics. She understands the parallels and has invaluable lessons from her varied career, be it perseverance, team work, adapting to change or breaking down barriers. A very strong communicator, she is brilliant at motivating and inspiring an audience, whether that is a small gathering of CEOs or a large room of employees.

In everything that Tanni does her lively personality and down to earth humour shines through. Only she could divulge behind the scenes stories from the Olympics and give an insight into the somewhat archaic goings on at the House of Lords!

Tanni is available for ambassadorial roles, motivational keynotes, after dinner speeches, conference linking and awards hosting. Areas covered include:

•    Achieving your goals
•    Overcoming adversity
•    Teamwork
•    Adapting to change
•    Society, community and the power of sport
•    Diversity
•    Women in Leadership

Tanni is about hard work, dedication, achievement and fun. A fantastic speaker or dinner guest.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - Paralympic Legend Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

“Her talk was exceptional, perfectly delivered and her message was spot on.She received a standing ovation, which not an easy thing to achieve at an event like this.The feedback from everyone has been fantastic.”IBM

“A truly inspiration and excellent key note presentation at the Towards World Class HR in the North West Conference. Thank you for your valuable contribution.”
NHS North West Conference

“I have never worked with any other athlete who is as brilliant as Tanni at delivering on a brief.”

“Dame Tanni’s presentation was outstanding. She delivered a talk that met the aims of the conference. The audience were completely engaged and hung on every word.  The feedback was positive.  They felt Tanni was an inspiration and felt that her comments about sport were easily transferable to education.”
Jewish Schools Conference

“She was simply excellent”
Johnson’s Paint, motivational speech

“Tanni presented to a room of some 200 Sainsbury’s colleagues. All our colleagues found her stories of her sports career both fascinating and inspiring. Her desire to succeed was obvious and certainly something to think about! Tanni took questions from the audience. Her natural, relaxed style made colleagues feel able to ask many questions across a raft of topics, not least her role on Transport for London.”
CEO, Justin King, Sainsbury’s

 “We’re over the moon. Tanni was absolutely fantastic.”
Welsh Assembly, motivational/diversity keynote

“Just a note to say a big thank you to Dame Tanni for the event yesterday. We were delighted and as ever Dame Tanni was amazing!!!”
Herbert Smith, women’s networking event

Institute of Family Business, 5 October 2012Please accept my sincere thanks for your presentation….the feedback we have received has been very positive describing the event variously as "amazing", "stunning", "great speakers and topics" and "wonderful".

Your presentation on "Extraordinary Performance" was not only powerful but enabled us to close our conference on a high note- inspiring many of the delegates in the room. It also served as a great reminder of the outstanding success of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Blue Rubicon, 29 August 2012

The whole team would like to extend our warmest thanks to Tanni for attending the event yesterday – she was magnificent. You could tell from the reaction of the Community Champions that Tanni’s presence meant so much to them and made their whole experience so much richer.
We really cannot thank you and Tanni enough for fitting us in, particularly given Tanni’s involvement with the Torch and the Opening Ceremony. We were also delighted that Tanni agreed to speak and be part of the group photograph.

Pantheon, 13 June 2012Just a note to say that Tanni was fantastic yesterday.  We really enjoyed having her there with us and she was a great hit with our clients.

BP, New Joiners Conference, 22 May 2012

Tanni was a very good guest speaker and met all of our expectations. Her down to earth attitude, sense of humour and personal story were all well received and matched the tone of the evening and nature of the audience perfectly. We had asked her to touch upon the themes of adversity, diversity, inclusivity and team work and she covered all of these topics well. She also made a very good personal impression and her willingness to answer questions and stay around after her speech were very welcome.  Please pass on the organizing team’s regards and sincere thanks!


I just wanted to thank you for joining us on 23rd June for our Financial Services Dinner. Your presentation was both fascinating and inspirational. So many of our clients also really appreciated the amount of time you spent talking to them both during and after dinner. I was bombarded with emails of thanks the following day and every single one of them mentioned how much they enjoyed talking to you.

Lloyds Banking Group

On behalf of the Group Audit team at Lloyds Banking Group, I would like to thank you for taking part in our Group Audit Conference. The conference was a great success  and your talk on The Art of the Possible was a real highlight, which I hope you sensed from the reaction you generated. I would also like to pass on the thanks of a number of colleagues who were thrilled at being able to lunch with you or spend some time with you while you were away with us.

Gartner Outsourcing & IT Services Summit

We have the results of the delegate evaluations... and I wanted to let you know that Tanni’s keynote was very well received.  One a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is poor and 5 is excellent, Tanni scored 4.77 for her speaking skills and 4.44 for the content of her presentation. These are great scores, just what we’re looking for from a guest keynote.  Some of the comments that we received included:
•         Truly a inspiration, thanks!
•         Good thought provoking session at personal level
•         Absolutely inspirational
•         Great speaker - inspirational
•         Amazing!
•         Thank you and congratulations!

Lend Lease UK, Diversity Q&A, 6 December 2011

Brilliant event, everyone is buzzing about it and Tanni was amazing.

EDF Energy, ‘Safe, Warm and Well’ Campaign, December 2011The PR team have asked me to convey their thanks. Apparently this morning went very well and Tanni was great in communicating the key messaging across along with stressing the importance of the rebate.

Keystone Distribution Holdings, Keynote and Round Table, 2 November 2011I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for all of your support and hard work on this week’s event. From my perspective, it all went very well and we have had nothing but positive feedback from the delegates with regards to your presentation and securing your agreement to take part in the round table discussion was also seen as a massive coup.

Visa, Olympic and Paralympic AmbassadorI have never worked with any other athlete who is as brilliant as Tanni at delivering on a brief

IBM,  Sales Directors Conference, 7 February 2012Everything went very well with Tanni. She is a lovely, warm and engaging and spent time with our executives getting to know them before she spoke.

Her talk was exceptional, perfectly delivered and her message was spot on.
She received a  standing ovation, which not an easy thing to achieve at an event like this.
The feedback from everyone has been fantastic.

Institute of Engineering and Technology, 16 February 2012Please accept my sincere thanks for your splendid, and exceptionally inspirational speech at our Annual Dinner. Your personal story was so entertaining and judging by the high level of engagement and completely unprecedented ovation from our guests, we were left in no doubt as to how well received this was.

Deutsche Bank, 22 February 2012May I express our thanks for your input to our Global MD Induction event this week. The participants greatly enjoyed your closing session, your story is truly an amazing one. Thank you also for joining us on the boat last night, the participants really enjoyed being able to talk to you informally.

UK Power Networks, 3 May 2012The event went really well and Tanni was fantastic.  The level at which she pitched her talk was perfect and it was clear that she had an appreciation of what we did as an industry through mentioning her involvement with the infrastructure planning talks for the Olympics.

Everyone at the event commented on what a great speaker she was and that it was nice that she spoke about her life as a whole rather than just her accomplishments as an athlete which I think made it even more interesting to listen to.  Tanni’s sense of humour was also very apparent and gave a nice change to the slightly stuffy engineering topics that are covered throughout the event.  The fact that Tanni also stayed for some time after her talk to talk to people was noted and greatly appreciated as at the end of the day she would be more than entitled to just do her talk and call it a night.

Ernst & Young's Disability Working Group, South Asian Network and Women's Network, 15 May 2012Thanks for all your help and patience in organising the evening with Tanni.  As expected she was fantastic!

Audience response: best speaker we’ve ever had. I always ask for feedback from the whole event and 99% of the emails start with “Tanni, inspired choice, so great etc.”