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Dr. Tererai Trent            

Internationally Recognized Voices for Quality Education and Women’s Empowerment; 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. Growing up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, Trent always dreamed of getting an education, but limited by traditional Zimbabwean culture, she was married with three children by the time she was eighteen. Undeterred by traditional roles and cultural norms, Trent determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks. From those humble beginnings, Dr. Trent has become a world-renowned scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, mentor, and inspiration, leading the global charge in the fight for quality education for all children.

So what makes Dr. Trent Oprah Winfrey’s “all time favorite guest?” While still a young mother without a high school diploma, Trent decided to take control of her destiny. She wrote down her dreams of going to America for higher education, sealed them in a tin can and buried them under a rock, thereby redesigning the blueprint for her life. Dr. Trent’s steadfast determination, hard work and belief in her dreams would eventually earn her multiple degrees. Today, Dr. Trent is a senior consultant with more than 18 years of international experience in program and policy evaluation, and has worked on five continents for major humanitarian organizations. With a desire to give back to her community and the firm belief that education is the pathway out of poverty, Dr. Trent founded Tinogona Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to build, repair and renovate schools in rural Zimbabwe. Through strategic partnerships with Oprah Winfrey and Save the Children, Tinogona is helping build nine schools, improving the lives for nearly 4,000 children.

Using her prominent global platform in conjunction with world leaders and international audiences, Dr. Trent tirelessly speaks on behalf of children without an access to education. On top of sharing her remarkable story, Trent appeals to international businesses to invest in equal access to education. She empowers women to be leaders in their communities, imparting the lessons she learned along her incredible journey. A warm and engaging speaker, Dr. Tererai Trent lights up audiences with her enduring spirit and strength, and leaves everyone motivated to fight not only for their own dreams, but also for the dreams of others.

Speech Topics

Building A Transformative Company: How Identifying & Filling Your Company's 'Great Hunger' Can Ignite Success

Aligning corporate strategy with a higher calling - one related to identifying and hyper-focusing on WHY your company exists, what core problem or challenge it solves for your customers - and connecting that to your company's 'Greatest Hunger.' The end result? Your company will be doing its biggest and best work in the world.

Daring Dreamer: The Incredible Story of Tererai Trent, Oprah's Favorite Guest of All Time

Inspirational keynote, practical advice on setting and achieving INCREDIBLE dreams & how Dr. Trent did it, from teen mother & wife in rural Zimbabwe to sharing the stage with Oprah as her favorite guest of all time and gaining her support to fund several schools in Zimbabwe) Can be tailored to a children's audience, too, and supplemented by her children's book: The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can Emphasis on the catalyzing power of education and literacy - and how that equals freedom for those who obtain those gifts.

The Awakened Woman

Aimed squarely at women who desire to build a supportive network for themselves and each other, set astonishing goals, achieve them, and amplify their voice and impact in the world - in meaningful ways.


How She Went From 11-Year-Old Bride To International Inspiration ...
Several decades ago, Tererai Trent was a little girl growing up in a remote village in Zimbabwe. Raised in a hut, she had no running water, no electricity and little ...

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