Dr Samantha Collins
Women’s leadership speaker and advocate, social entrepreneur and author
Dr Samantha Collins is the founder and CEO of ASPIRE, an internationally-recognized and award-winning leader in leadership development, diversity and social responsibility for women leaders.
Samantha is an inspirational speaker and addresses women's conferences, corporate and entrepreneurial events and workshops. She has worked with over 10,000 women business leaders over the past 13 years and has contributed to The Financial Times, CNN, The Times and the BBC Global Business Report.
Samantha was named one of the Top 200 Women in the UK to Impact Business & Industry by HM The Queen of England. She is also the winner of an Ogunte Women's Social Leadership Award in the category of Leader in the Workplace and was shortlisted for the Women in Marketing Award. Her PhD thesis examined the future world of work for women as leaders and she is the author of a soon-to-be published book, 'Aspire - Your Life, Work and World'.
Samantha is passionate about making a difference for women both in and outside of the boardroom which is why she started The Aspire Foundation. This not-for-profit foundation offers pro-bono mentoring, fundraising and campaigning for women in charities, social enterprises and community projects that are making a difference to women and girls across the world.
Prior to founding Aspire, Dr Collins worked for many years in Global Corporate Training/HR for prestigious cruise lines, hotels and restaurants.
She qualified 12 years ago as an Executive Coach from The Coaches Training Institute, one of a select group of coach training schools that are accredited with the International Coach Federation, the leading standards and accreditation body for coaches worldwide. She is also a former Council member of the Association for Coaching (a leading professional coaching body). She currently serves on a number of advisory and non- executive boards including the ‘Conscious Leadership Connection’ in the USA.
Originally from the UK, Samantha followed her dream and now lives in California, near the ocean, with her husband and 2 sons.
aspire clients say...
"Inspires women to have vision and think big, to have confidence in their own personal skills and attributes, and to reach out to others to make things happen. A hands-on, honest and down to earth approach from the coaches takes the stuffiness out of coaching and training so that people can genuinely "be themselves" and define and achieve their own specific goals. Furthermore, the opportunity to meet and be inspired by others within the wider Aspire network provides a framework for continued personal growth and building of relationships. "
Rachel Flower, Consultant, Serenwood Ltd