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Michelle Mone

Founder of Ultimo Brands International, a leading designer lingerie brand, Michelle Mone, Baroness Mone of Chelsea OBE is a global speaker. She is also a well known entrepreneur and crypto currency advocate.


About Michelle Mone OBE

Michelle Mone 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.  And after taking a subsequent break from the lingerie industry, Baroness Mone launched her very own brand, Michelle Mone Intimates.


Michelle Mone grew up in the impoverished East End of Glasgow.At the age of fifteen found herself having to leave school because her father had become a paraplegic through illness. As a result 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. Further more she did very well. At the age of just 22 she rose 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.

Michelle Mone’s redundancy resulted in in her creating the world famous Ultimo bra.

Following the launch of Ultimo, Michelle quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s best exports. In addition she won  the World Young Business Achiever Award in 2000 at the Epcot Centre in Florida. Furthermore she won Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London.  As a result Prince Charles invited her to join the board of Directors for The Prince’s Trust. which to many connfirmed her  status as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs.

In October 2005, Michelle attended a speaking event with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev.  Inspired by the experience she got involved in setting up the Women’s Enterprise Project in the Middle East with 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.

Michelle Mone’s Global Speaking Achievements

Travelling across the globe the Baroness, in 20 years Michelle has coached and mentored audiences and individuals in over 50 countries. 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.  This was to establish 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.

Speech Topics

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.

Booking Information


"We were extremely excited that Michelle agreed to speak at our recent conferences here at Virgin Media and she really did us proud! During her presentation she shared some really personal insight into her life; from her younger days living in the West End of Glasgow as a 'tough little girl' to present day where she has created one of the most successful and recognisable brands in the lingerie industry. Not only is she interesting, engaging and brilliantly funny, she's also down to earth and just hit the right chord with the delegates that attended the conferences. A superb speaker whom I would recommend for any event."

Virgin Media

"I would like to pass on my thanks to Michelle for a truly memorable day on Friday. Michelle scored 10 out of 10 across the board for her keynote speech; she was captivating, moving, honest, heart-warming, inspiring, funny, and more! The audience absolutely adored her and she was an absolute pleasure to deal with on the day."

Estate Agent of the Year Awards

"Michelle was very inspirational, she gave some key messages for anyone that wants to be successful regardless of sex. She really put across the message to us 'work hard, play hard and give something back'."

Marks and Spencers

Michelle Mone OBE News

Nov 23, 2023

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