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Carol Polis

First Female Professional Boxing Judge in the World

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Carol Polis Biography

When "Million Dollar Baby" won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2004, it became clear that the world had fallen in love with a heroine so devoted to the historically male sport of boxing that she was willing to give her life to it. With the same determination and spirit, Carol Polis has also devoted her life to the sport of boxing.

Having played a pioneering role in the history of boxing, Carol Polis -- the first woman to judge professional boxing -- is in a unique position to tell her story of breaking barriers, surviving in a man's world, and serving both as a witness to and participant in the most memorable era of one of the world's most popular sports. And as if that is not enough, she also raised four kids and a grandson single-handedly and is a cancer survivor as well.

While there have always been women role models, the emergence of Michelle Obama as First Lady, an achiever and independent htinker, represents the crowning moment in a new era. There have never been more women serving and performing more prominently in mainstream society than today.

It is even true in sports where athletes like Sheryl Swoopes, Mia Hamm, Dara Torres and Danica Patrick are standouts who have been preceded by trailblazing women who knocked down barriers and opened doors.

One of those doors opened quietly in 1973 when Carol Polis became the first female professional boxing judge in the country. Polis has served continuously for 36 years in this capacity -- traveling to nine countries and officiating at 27 title fights. Having seen both professional sports and gender politics from the inside for nearly four decades, she is well equipped to speak about sports and women's experiences as well as serve as a role model for those needing a lesson in courage.

Some have said that no town is tougher on its local athletes and celebrities than Polis' hometown of Philadelphia. Perhaps no town is more loyal to these people either. In fact, Polis is a local hero in the city of brotherly love, the fifth largest media market in the country. Greater Philadelphia serves as a perfect fit and an ideal springboard for Polis' delivery of memories and messages.

Standing 5' 1/2" and weighing just enough not to be bowled over in a stiff wind, Carol Polis, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, packs more punch in what she has to share than just about any boxer you can name.

When people are around Carol Polis, they should never let their guard down. She'll steal hearts and leave people on the canvas thinking about how "with courage, anything is possible." The reason? The Lady is a Champ!

Speaking Topics
  • The Lady is a Champ

    As the outcome of any fight can change in a split second with a surprise punch, Carol B. Polis' life has at time followed that same trajectory. Based on her book The Lady is a Champ, this speech depicts how her battle with cancer gave her strength and courage she never knew she had, how her travels throughout the world were filled with surprises---some good and some bad, and how her life as a happy single mom, raising 4 children and then her grandson, has forever been changed. When people are around Polis, they should never let their guard down. Why? She'll steal hearts, because the lady truly is a champ!

  • With Courage Anything is Possible

    Decades prior to the emergence of Oprah and Hillary Clinton, Carol B. Polis was a female pioneer who broke down every barrier in the male dominated profession of boxing in 1973. She became the first woman to judge the professional sport. Now, she shares her personal story and the biggest battle she ever fought, that of breast cancer. In this speech, she explains her unique position, how she learned to cope through courage and that cancer is not always a death sentence. With hard work, following the doctor's orders and believing anything is possible, she was able to come out on top!

  • Topics: Sports, empowerment, womens subjects, family, overcoming adversity

  • Being investigated by the FBI, and appearing as a contestant on What s My Line and To Tell the Truth.

  • Memories of finding herself at the center of a riot at Madison Square Garden, the fans reaction to a female boxing judge, the great Don King

  • Appearing in the motion picture Rocky.

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The Lady is a Champ

The Lady is a Champ

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  • HOW TO BOOK Carol Polis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carol Polis for both live and virtual events 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Carol Polis, 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 Carol Polis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Carol Polis?

    Speaking fees for Carol Polis, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Carol Polis charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The 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 Carol Polis, 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 Carol Polis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carol Polis 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 Carol Polis 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 Carol Polis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carol Polis 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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First Female Professional Boxing Judge in the World

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Carol Polis Biography

When "Million Dollar Baby" won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2004, it became clear that the world had fallen in love with a heroine so devoted to the historically male sport of boxing that she was willing to give her life to it. With the same determination and spirit, Carol Polis has also devoted her life to the sport of boxing.

Having played a pioneering role in the history of boxing, Carol Polis -- the first woman to judge professional boxing -- is in a unique position to tell her story of breaking barriers, surviving in a man's world, and serving both as a witness to and participant in the most memorable era of one of the world's most popular sports. And as if that is not enough, she also raised four kids and a grandson single-handedly and is a cancer survivor as well.

While there have always been women role models, the emergence of Michelle Obama as First Lady, an achiever and independent htinker, represents the crowning moment in a new era. There have never been more women serving and performing more prominently in mainstream society than today.

It is even true in sports where athletes like Sheryl Swoopes, Mia Hamm, Dara Torres and Danica Patrick are standouts who have been preceded by trailblazing women who knocked down barriers and opened doors.

One of those doors opened quietly in 1973 when Carol Polis became the first female professional boxing judge in the country. Polis has served continuously for 36 years in this capacity -- traveling to nine countries and officiating at 27 title fights. Having seen both professional sports and gender politics from the inside for nearly four decades, she is well equipped to speak about sports and women's experiences as well as serve as a role model for those needing a lesson in courage.

Some have said that no town is tougher on its local athletes and celebrities than Polis' hometown of Philadelphia. Perhaps no town is more loyal to these people either. In fact, Polis is a local hero in the city of brotherly love, the fifth largest media market in the country. Greater Philadelphia serves as a perfect fit and an ideal springboard for Polis' delivery of memories and messages.

Standing 5' 1/2" and weighing just enough not to be bowled over in a stiff wind, Carol Polis, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, packs more punch in what she has to share than just about any boxer you can name.

When people are around Carol Polis, they should never let their guard down. She'll steal hearts and leave people on the canvas thinking about how "with courage, anything is possible." The reason? The Lady is a Champ!

Carol Polis Speaking Topics

  • The Lady is a Champ

    As the outcome of any fight can change in a split second with a surprise punch, Carol B. Polis' life has at time followed that same trajectory. Based on her book The Lady is a Champ, this speech depicts how her battle with cancer gave her strength and courage she never knew she had, how her travels throughout the world were filled with surprises---some good and some bad, and how her life as a happy single mom, raising 4 children and then her grandson, has forever been changed. When people are around Polis, they should never let their guard down. Why? She'll steal hearts, because the lady truly is a champ!

  • With Courage Anything is Possible

    Decades prior to the emergence of Oprah and Hillary Clinton, Carol B. Polis was a female pioneer who broke down every barrier in the male dominated profession of boxing in 1973. She became the first woman to judge the professional sport. Now, she shares her personal story and the biggest battle she ever fought, that of breast cancer. In this speech, she explains her unique position, how she learned to cope through courage and that cancer is not always a death sentence. With hard work, following the doctor's orders and believing anything is possible, she was able to come out on top!

  • Topics: Sports, empowerment, womens subjects, family, overcoming adversity

  • Being investigated by the FBI, and appearing as a contestant on What s My Line and To Tell the Truth.

  • Memories of finding herself at the center of a riot at Madison Square Garden, the fans reaction to a female boxing judge, the great Don King

  • Appearing in the motion picture Rocky.

Carol Polis Videos

  • Carol Polis - With Courage Anything is Possible - YouTube
  • The Story of Becoming the First Female Boxing Judge - YouTube
  • Carol Polis talks about her new book "The Lady is a Champ" on Fox ...

Carol Polis Books

FAQs on booking Carol Polis

  • How to book Carol Polis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carol Polis for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Carol Polis, 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 Carol Polis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Carol Polis?

    Speaking fees for Carol Polis, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Carol Polis charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The 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 Carol Polis, 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 Carol Polis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carol Polis for clients worldwide for more than 20 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 Carol Polis 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 Carol Polis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carol Polis 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.

Carol Polis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Lady is a Champ, With Courage Anything is Possible, Topics: Sports, empowerment, womens subjects, family, overcoming adversity, Being investigated by the FBI, and appearing as a contestant on What s My Line and To Tell the Truth., Memories of finding herself at the center of a riot at Madison Square Garden, the fans reaction to a female boxing judge, the great Don King and Appearing in the motion picture Rocky.. The estimated speaking fee range to book Carol Polis for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Carol Polis generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shannon Miller, Rachel Balkovec, Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, Chaunté Lowe and Marlen Esparza. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carol Polis for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Carol Polis Speaking Topics

  • The Lady is a Champ

    As the outcome of any fight can change in a split second with a surprise punch, Carol B. Polis' life has at time followed that same trajectory. Based on her book The Lady is a Champ, this speech depicts how her battle with cancer gave her strength and courage she never knew she had, how her travels throughout the world were filled with surprises---some good and some bad, and how her life as a happy single mom, raising 4 children and then her grandson, has forever been changed. When people are around Polis, they should never let their guard down. Why? She'll steal hearts, because the lady truly is a champ!

  • With Courage Anything is Possible

    Decades prior to the emergence of Oprah and Hillary Clinton, Carol B. Polis was a female pioneer who broke down every barrier in the male dominated profession of boxing in 1973. She became the first woman to judge the professional sport. Now, she shares her personal story and the biggest battle she ever fought, that of breast cancer. In this speech, she explains her unique position, how she learned to cope through courage and that cancer is not always a death sentence. With hard work, following the doctor's orders and believing anything is possible, she was able to come out on top!

  • Topics: Sports, empowerment, womens subjects, family, overcoming adversity

  • Being investigated by the FBI, and appearing as a contestant on What s My Line and To Tell the Truth.

  • Memories of finding herself at the center of a riot at Madison Square Garden, the fans reaction to a female boxing judge, the great Don King

  • Appearing in the motion picture Rocky.

Carol Polis Speaker Videos

  • Carol Polis - With Courage Anything is Possible - YouTube
    The Story of Becoming the First Female Boxing Judge - YouTube
  • Carol Polis talks about her new book "The Lady is a Champ" on Fox ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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