Female Keynote Speaker – Inspiring Business Development Speaker Hilary Fordwich

Female Keynote Speaker—Inspiring Business Development Speaker Hilary Fordwich

A proven global business development leader with a career spanning more than 30 years and expertise that includes building practices, client firms, and her own successful consulting firm, Hilary is a woman who truly knows business development. She is an inspirational female speaker with an impressive list of accomplishments and events.

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Combining her media and business development background, she Hosted Government Contracting Weekly on W*USA- TV9, the Washington DC affiliate of CBS.

For more than a decade, Hilary served as head of global business development for international accounting and consulting firm KPMG where she worked in a number of the firm’s offices including Manhattan, Long Island, and Washington, as well as overseas in Amsterdam. Stateside, she has held other high-level positions at leading firms including Beers & Cutler, PLC (the largest DC regional accounting firm) where she directed marketing and technology provider James Martin & Company (now Headstrong) as Vice President of Global Marketing and a member of the firm’s Executive Board. Hilary has also served as Managing Director at Qorvis Communications, LLC, a full service PR, IR, and Public Affairs firm.

Experienced Female Keynote Speaker

Hilary’s keynotes are perfect for corporate or association events where attendees learn how to improve leadership and increase business through her unique approach gaining and retaining clients. While highly inspirational and motivational, her sessions are also both tactical and practical. Hilary has presented as a female keynote speaker at leadership, trade, and professional conferences for multiple organizations, some of which include:

  • Fortune 1000 Professional Service Films
  • The World CongressHilary Fordwich events
  • NCMA
  • The US Chamber of Commerce
  • United
Professional Sales Association
  • Women in Technology (WIT)
  • The
American Marketing Association
  • National Press Foundation
  • The PGA Merchandise Show
  • The Information Technology Services Marketing Association
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade,
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Microsoft’s Annual Marketers Conference
  • The Legal Marketing Association
  • The Society for Marketing Professional Services

Business Golf Expert & Golf Commentator

A 9-handicap golfer who competed in the US Women’s Southern Amateur and has won three Club Championships, Hilary was a business and golf expert speaker on ABC’s Capital Golf Weekly as a regular commentator of Hilary’s On Course, as well as Golfing with Hilary on Washington Post Radio’s Metro Talk, 107.7FM (watch TV media highlights and read her business golf articles). She also lectured and helped design the curriculum for the University of Maryland’s “Golf for Business and Life” program, a PGA sponsored 3-credit course offered to graduate business students. She is currently a Contributor on The 19th Hole Golf Radio Show for CBS Radio, an official GolfWeek National Course Rater and serves as a Senior Advisor and Partner to UrCart, delivering found revenue to the golf industry. She uses her golfing passion to perform as an inspiring keynote speaker and a fine example for women in business.

Published Writer

In addition to being one of the top female speakers in the business, Hilary has written a Washington Business Journalmonthly expert opinion column on business development for the Washington Business Journal. Her advice has been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN Fortune, Chicago Tribute, NPR’s Marketplace, USA Network, CBS Marketwatch, Legal Times, AOL Sports, The Wall Street Journal, CareerBuilder.com, and many other national and regional media outlets (print columns and press coverage).


Hilary serves on the boards of The First Tee, Easter Seals and Junior Achievement and holds many leadership positions with a number of organizations including, American Heart, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Leukemia Foundation, American Air Museum in Britain, the March of Dimes, the British American Business Association (BABA), and the Special Olympics.

Born in England, she became a US citizen in 1982 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UVA at Mary Washington College. She resides with her three children in the Washington, DC area.


“I must say that I really enjoyed listening to Hilary the most, and got the motivation to develop my network further in the Washington DC area….”

Ipek Tunca, Senior Business Strategy Analyst, Microsoft

“Hilary gave practical (and often humorous) advice to leaders in the area when she spoke on the topic of ‘resiliency’ at the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women. Hilary is a dynamic presenter and infuses energy into the room when she speaks. It is clear that she has encountered many challenges in her career and life but has conquered these with her perseverance and tenacity. The participants could not say enough about her ability to provide frank and honest perspectives in an entertaining manner.”

Tracy K. Kenny, Partner, KPMG

“First let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed the course that Hilary Fordwich presented on Gaining and Retaining Clients. I am currently implementing the techniques with my client, coworkers, and friends. I feel that intentions when communicating are often misunderstood. The techniques taught in this class go a long way to ease and inform the manner and method of conversations that we use with clients, coworkers, and others. This is especially true when the conversations that we are having are tough ones.”

Mike Donoghue, Director, PWC