Michelle Mone OBE | Speaker | Entrepreneur
Founder of Ultimo Brands International, a leading designer lingerie brand, Lady (Michelle) Mone, Baroness of Mayfair OBE is a global speaker, entrepreneur and women’s fashion advocate. The Baroness is regularly listed as one of the UK’s top female entrepreneurs. She has won numerous awards and commendations for her outstanding achievements. Recently voted the UK’s No 1 female speaker she sold Ultimo in 2016 to global lingerie giants MAS Holdings - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intimates.
"Thank you! Every student was so very very impressed. I would say Michelle was the best speaker we have ever had. Everything that she mentioned was a personal story of her commitment, ambition and drive. Very inspirational to all the students."
BPP Law School
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Baroness Mone grew up in the impoverished East End of Glasgow and at the age of fifteen found herself having to leave school because her father had become a paraplegic through illness. She left without any qualifications to seek full-time employment. But she did not allow this lack of grades stop her. And find a job she did. She did very well and at the age of just 22 she had risen to the position of Head of Sales and Marketing in Scotland for the Glasgow-based Labatt’s Brewers.
However in she was made redundant in 1996 which was a terrifying prospect. A couple of weeks after losing her job Michelle found herself at a dinner dance wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage enhancing bra. It was here the Baroness had an epiphany on what the lingerie industry was missing, and the world famous Ultimo bra was born.
After the launch of Ultimo, Michelle quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s best exports, winning the World Young Business Achiever Award in 2000 at the Epcot Centre in Florida, as well as Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London. Her status as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs was confirmed soon after when Prince Charles invited her to join the board of Directors for The Prince’s Trust.
In October 2005, Michelle attended a speaking event with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, and this lead to her involvement in setting up the Women’s Enterprise Project in the Middle East in support of The Sultan of Oman. It was at this point that she began to realise that her experiences and experience could transform lives and inspire others in the face of adversity.
Travelling across the globe the Baroness has coached and mentored audiences and individuals in over 50 countries over the last two decades. After entering the House of Lords, she was also asked by the then Prime Minister David Cameron and the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, to conduct The Mone Review; an insight into helping start up businesses in deprived areas. The Baroness recently handed her UTAN business over to her eldest daughter Rebecca and has decided to focus on her speaking, mentoring and love of design.
Having already established herself as the leading jewellery designer on QVC, Michelle proceeded to launch a global interior design business and she is already heavily involved in the development of two residential and commercial towers in Dubai. Alongside these ventures and her continued investment in technology businesses, Michelle continues her work with the House of Lords and as start-up business Tsar for the UK government.
1. Fight to the Top (the original Rags to Riches story).
2. The Secret behind creating £1 Billion Media Buzz.
3. How to Build a Successful Brand.
4. No such word as Can’t.
5. Stressed, Fat, and nearly Bust.
6. Innovation, the key to survival.
7. The A-D of Business: A - Aspire, B - Believe, C - Commit, D - Deliver.