LOCATION Indiana Convention Center
DATE November 3, 202111/03/2021 07:00 AM11/03/2021 04:00 PM

Dr. Tererai Trent

Dr. Tererai Trent
Dr. Tererai Trent is one of the most internationally acclaimed voices for women’s empowerment and quality education. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest,” Dr. Trent is an inspiring scholar, educator, humanitarian, motivational speaker, author and the founder of Tererai Trent International.

In 2017, Dr. Trent released The Awakened Woman – Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams, foreword by Oprah Winfrey. That same year we welcomed Dr. Trent as a featured breakout speaker at our Conference. By popular acclaim we are thrilled that Dr. Trent is joining us as our luncheon keynote this year. Through the lens of her amazing life’s journey and ancient African wisdom, she has created a powerful guidebook that inspires women to awaken and ignite their dreams. She is honored to have received the NAACP 2018 Award for Outstanding Literary Work. In New York City, just this past August, Dr. Trent joined ten women, including Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and the popstar Pink for their work championing gender equality. These women, cast in life size bronze sculptures, were honored as “most inspiring women in the world.” The list includes conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock, chemist Tracy Dyson, author Cheryl Strayed and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

Dr.Trent, 54, was kept out of school for most of her childhood because of poverty and being female but she taught herself how to read and write while living with her parents in rural Zimbabwe. She relocated to the US in 1998 after she was discovered by an American non-profit that visited her village. She has since achieved her dreams of getting a masters and a doctorate. Dr. Trent faced domestic abuse in the pursuit of her dreams and continues to champion girls and women empowerment through education. Her inspirational story caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who gave her a $1.5 million donation to rebuild her elementary school in Zimbabwe in partnership with Save the Children in 2011. Dr. Trent continues to lead the global charge in the fight for quality education for all children and for women’s rights. She has become a symbol of hope, and living proof that anything is possible. Her favorite motto is “Tinogona,” meaning, “It is achievable!”
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