The Maine Women's Conference

2018 Speakers

2018 Keynote Speakers

In an effort to truly "wow" our audience at The Maine Women's Conference in 2018, we called upon two of the most inspirational, entertaining women we know to be our keynote speakers.


Caroline Paul

Before launching her career as a bestselling author, Caroline Paul embarked on a long list of unlikely adventures, ranging from flying experimental planes to whitewater rafting unexplored rivers in Borneo and Australia. By day, Paul was one of the first women to work for the San Francisco Fire Department—a job that inspired her first work of nonfiction, Fighting Fire. Her latest book, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, uses stories from her own life as a gutsy woman to inspire girls to break the rules, take risks and accept seemingly insurmountable challenges. It’s Lean In for middle grade girls, set not in the workplace, but on bicycles, tree branches, sea kayaks, and cliff edges.

In 2016, Paul took the TED Women conference by storm, and her TED Talk has been viewed over 1 million times. Whether Paul is speaking to a conference of corporate leaders or a gymnasium full of girls, her message is galvanizing. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What risks—both emotional and physical—would you take? She invites audiences to stop living life in the shallow end and cannonball into the deep, meaningful waters. 

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Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, actress, writer and disability advocate. She is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Networks In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.

As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She walked in New York Fashion Week and is proud to be an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Maysoon is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called "If I Cancan".

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