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Sara Blakely wanted footless body-shaping pantyhose to wear with her cream-colored pants and open-toed shoes, but she couldn't find them anywhere. As a frustrated consumer turned entrepreneur, Blakely took $5,000 in savings and began her adventure in the $2 billion male-dominated hosiery industry.

Two years later, with her first pair of patented footless pantyhose in hand, Blakely cold-called and landed the top retail stores across the country. Selling over 50,000 pair in its first three months from the back of her apartment, Blakelys SPANX revitalized an industry in a ten-year slump. Her SPANX footless pantyhose even captured the attention of Oprah and landed on The Oprah Winfrey Shows Favorite Things list.

Concerned with creating comfortable, slimming garments that minimize figure flaws, Blakely reinvented shape wear with innovative designs and smart features which won the hearts of fashion-loving women from Oprah Winfrey to Gwyneth Paltrow. SPANX has developed and launched more than 60 styleswith names like Bra-llelujah, Two Timin Tights, Power Panties, and Slim-Cognitoall designed to be innovative, comfortable, slimming, and stylish.

Blakely appeared on Foxsetting daring world-records, meeting Nelson Mandela, and leading successful business challengesas a cast member on The Rebel Billionaire: Bransons Quest for the Best. As the first runner-up, she received a $750,000 check from Richard Branson to pursue her dream to start a foundation to empower women, The Sara Blakely Foundation.

Remaining self-funded and profitable ever since Blakely started the company, SPANX continues to show increasing profits, celebrating more than $100 million in retail sales in 2006. SPANX are sold in Americas finest upscale stores and boutiques in the US, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Parisian, as well as upscale boutiques and retailers in Canada and the UK. In 2012, Forbes announced that Sara Blakely is the youngest self-made female billionaire.

As the leader of the shape wear revolution, Blakely wanted to find a way to share her slimming secrets with even more women. With the launch of ASSETS by Sara Blakely, a new brand exclusive to Target, the shape wear revolution will reach new heights, giving better underwear options to women everywhereand giving back. A portion of each ASSETS purchase will go to The Sara Blakely Foundation, dedicated to supporting and empowering women around the world. In 2007, Blakely donated $1 million to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

Sara Blakelys story and SPANX products have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Forbes, E!, and Glamourto Vogue, People, InStyle, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, WWD, and USA Today. Sara has been named Ernst & Youngs Southeast Regional Entrepreneur of the Year and Georgias Woman of the Year.

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    Booking fees for Sara Blakely, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sara Blakely, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Sara Blakely?
    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sara Blakely for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sara Blakely for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sara Blakely or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sara Blakely or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Sara Blakely

Founder & CEO of SPANX

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Sara Blakely Biography

Sara Blakely wanted footless body-shaping pantyhose to wear with her cream-colored pants and open-toed shoes, but she couldn't find them anywhere. As a frustrated consumer turned entrepreneur, Blakely took $5,000 in savings and began her adventure in the $2 billion male-dominated hosiery industry.

Two years later, with her first pair of patented footless pantyhose in hand, Blakely cold-called and landed the top retail stores across the country. Selling over 50,000 pair in its first three months from the back of her apartment, Blakelys SPANX revitalized an industry in a ten-year slump. Her SPANX footless pantyhose even captured the attention of Oprah and landed on The Oprah Winfrey Shows Favorite Things list.

Concerned with creating comfortable, slimming garments that minimize figure flaws, Blakely reinvented shape wear with innovative designs and smart features which won the hearts of fashion-loving women from Oprah Winfrey to Gwyneth Paltrow. SPANX has developed and launched more than 60 styleswith names like Bra-llelujah, Two Timin Tights, Power Panties, and Slim-Cognitoall designed to be innovative, comfortable, slimming, and stylish.

Blakely appeared on Foxsetting daring world-records, meeting Nelson Mandela, and leading successful business challengesas a cast member on The Rebel Billionaire: Bransons Quest for the Best. As the first runner-up, she received a $750,000 check from Richard Branson to pursue her dream to start a foundation to empower women, The Sara Blakely Foundation.

Remaining self-funded and profitable ever since Blakely started the company, SPANX continues to show increasing profits, celebrating more than $100 million in retail sales in 2006. SPANX are sold in Americas finest upscale stores and boutiques in the US, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Parisian, as well as upscale boutiques and retailers in Canada and the UK. In 2012, Forbes announced that Sara Blakely is the youngest self-made female billionaire.

As the leader of the shape wear revolution, Blakely wanted to find a way to share her slimming secrets with even more women. With the launch of ASSETS by Sara Blakely, a new brand exclusive to Target, the shape wear revolution will reach new heights, giving better underwear options to women everywhereand giving back. A portion of each ASSETS purchase will go to The Sara Blakely Foundation, dedicated to supporting and empowering women around the world. In 2007, Blakely donated $1 million to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

Sara Blakelys story and SPANX products have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Forbes, E!, and Glamourto Vogue, People, InStyle, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, WWD, and USA Today. Sara has been named Ernst & Youngs Southeast Regional Entrepreneur of the Year and Georgias Woman of the Year.

Sara Blakely Videos

  • Sara Blakely: Fireside Chat
    A recap with Sara Blakely, Founder, SPANX and Kathy Elsesser, Global Chair of the Healthcare Group and the Consumer Retail Group, ...
  • Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO, Spanx
    Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx, discussed her journey from inventing Spanx to becoming the world's youngest female self-made ...
  • Spanx CEO Sara Blakely offers advice to redefine failure
    CEO of Spanx, Sara Blakely, shares her thoughts on failure and success and how her father helped shape her ideals.

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Sara Blakely Speaking Topics

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Women in Business

  • Giving Back to the Community

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • The Fashion & Hosiery Industry

FAQs on booking Sara Blakely

  • How to book Sara Blakely?
    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sara Blakely for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sara Blakely, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sara Blakely or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sara Blakely?
    Booking fees for Sara Blakely, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sara Blakely, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sara Blakely?
    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sara Blakely for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sara Blakely for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?
    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sara Blakely or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sara Blakely or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sara Blakely is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sara Blakely for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Sara Blakely generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Barbara Corcoran, Randi Zuckerberg, Tory Burch, Kathy Ireland and Sheryl Sandberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sara Blakely for an upcoming event.

Sara Blakely Speaker Videos

  • Sara Blakely: Fireside Chat
    A recap with Sara Blakely, Founder, SPANX and Kathy Elsesser, Global Chair of the Healthcare Group and the Consumer Retail Group, ...
    Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO, Spanx
    Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx, discussed her journey from inventing Spanx to becoming the world's youngest female self-made ...
  • Spanx CEO Sara Blakely offers advice to redefine failure
    CEO of Spanx, Sara Blakely, shares her thoughts on failure and success and how her father helped shape her ideals.
    Sara Blakely, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Founder of SPANX
  • Sara Blakely of SPANX Speaks at The Edge Connection--Atlanta, GA

Sara Blakely Speaking Topics

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Women in Business

  • Giving Back to the Community

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • The Fashion & Hosiery Industry

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