Dr. Paula Stone Williams

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Tagline: Gender Equity

Talent Highlights

  • Transcending Adversity: Paula’s journey from a prominent male pastor to a transgender woman showcases the resilience and courage needed to navigate personal transformation in the face of societal norms.
  • Intersectionality in Advocacy: With a background in psychology and theology, Paula offers a nuanced perspective on the intersectionality of gender, religion, and identity, enriching conversations on inclusivity and social justice.
  • Global Impact: Paula’s TED Talks and publications have garnered international acclaim, reaching millions with her powerful message of empathy, understanding, and collective action.
  • Empowering Change: As a consultant and speaker, Paula empowers organizations to cultivate inclusive cultures and dismantle systemic biases, driving tangible progress towards gender equity and LGBTQ rights.
  • Personal Authenticity: Paula’s authenticity and vulnerability resonate deeply with audiences, fostering trust and connection as she shares her personal journey and insights into the human experience.

Keynote Topics

Foundations of Effective Communications and Understanding

Everyone is talking, but is anyone really listening? In a world increasingly divided by walls of fear, multiple-time TED speaker Paula Stone Williams offers a powerful message of hope and connection. As a transgender woman, national leader, and former pastor, Paula draws on her unique experiences in partisan spaces, giving you the tools to truly listen to those from backgrounds different than yours.

A journey of self-discovery and empathy through sharing her own story of living as both a man and a woman, Paula sheds light on the complexities of identity and the importance of listening and understanding differences in perspective. 

In this presentation, Paula provides audiences with actionable steps for effective communications:

  • The problem with assumptions: Assumptions are based on our perspective, not on the truth. Be open to the possibilities of your own bias, look at the facts, and continue to educate yourself for a broader worldview. 
  • It’s not about you: Recognize that humans work from different moral standards. Coming together and hearing each other’s stories, proximity and narrative, can explain those differences and narrow the divide between people and groups.
  • Use words without blame and judgment, toward yourself and others: Listen with grace and understanding. Be clear with intentions. 
  • Do your best: Speak with integrity, and bring your whole self to the conversation. 


Whether your audience is grappling with issues of diversity and inclusion, seeking to navigate the ever-changing landscape of communicating better across genders or generations, or simply yearning for a deeper understanding of the human experience, Paula’s message will foster empathy and better communication across lines of difference.

  • Are men privileged in ways they do not understand?
  • Do women have to work harder to be seen as leaders?
  • Do men empower each other more than women empower each other?

As a transgender woman with a doctorate in counseling, Paula Stone Williams has a unique perspective on how the differences between men and women can affect their everyday life—not only has she counseled in this area, she’s lived it!

Based on her first TED talk (over 7 million views), Dr. Paula Stone Williams speaks about her experience living as a male and as a female, talking about how differently she is received as a woman than she was as a man. And yes, life is much harder as a woman.  

With humor and insight, Paula answers these questions and more, using scientific data, an extensive understanding of popular culture, and her experience in both genders to explore the difference between equality and equity.

Men will depart with a greater understanding of their own privilege, and the opportunities to make a difference that leverages that privilege. Women will understand the importance of standing up for themselves and working together to bring about change.

Both genders will be asked to examine how we bring our privilege with us in all of our interactions.

On the path to gender equity in the workplace, mere awareness of the uneven playing field is insufficient. One must understand how these inequalities manifest within each unique environment to actively level it through thoughtful, nontoxic dialogue.

As a follow-up to Paula Stone Williams’ most requested keynote address on her experience as a transgender woman, this talk delves deeper into the obstacles and opportunities to achieving true workplace parity.

  • How can men be more attuned to the experiences of women and contribute to a more equitable environment?
  • How can women collaborate effectively with men to achieve their professional goals? 

Throughout this session, Paula weaves humorous stories, personal anecdotes, and compelling data to motivate and empower both men and women to become agents of change.

Attendees will not only gain insights from Paula’s personal journey but also be invited to examine their own lives for subtle and overt instances where we internalize and perpetuate cultural messages, particularly within the workplace.

From directly addressing workplace microaggressions to fostering trust and understanding within teams, Paula’s unique insights will equip your organization with the tools to demonstrably increase gender equality.

Fostering Better Understanding

We’re living in a polarizing time in which debates over politics and policies related to hot button topics stay at the top of our news coverage.

  • But what if it didn’t have to be so polarizing?
  • What if we could change the narrative to provide deeper understanding and bring people together?

Change has always begun through proximity and narrative. People do change their minds about deep-seated beliefs, but only when information comes in a non-threatening way. Broaden horizons, understand differences, and change the arc of a narrative. 

In this talk, Paula Stone Williams will use her expertise in narrative communications to unpack the power of storytelling.

Having worked in the past in more conservative spaces, Paula understands how to address radical topics from both sides of the spectrum with candor, openness and facts—not judgment.

She explores the fundamental rules of communication that can break down walls and bring people together. Paula will leave you empowered to bridge the growing divide in our culture and create lasting change.

Finding Resiliency in Difficult Times

Based on Paula Stone Williams’ own journey, this talk focuses on how to maintain resiliency through difficult seasons. In every great myth, the hero gets lost—profoundly lost. What Paula learned in that difficult place is the wisdom that inspires her journey.

Through narrative and the accumulated knowledge of her decades as a CEO and Pastoral Counselor, Paula will imaginatively help the audience identify their own path through the brambles and briars, as they explore the insights gained in the land of the lost, and the resiliency that results.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Being Transgender, But Were Afraid to Ask

In this presentation, transgender activist Paula Stone Williams will provide the audience with a basic understanding of what it means to be transgender.

She will talk about what gender dysphoria is, what it is not, causes of gender dysphoria, suicidal ideation as it relates to gender dysphoria, and why transphobia is such a political hot button.

Almost 600 anti-transgender bills were introduced in State legislatures last year.  Almost 100 were signed into law. Why is there such a backlash against the transgender community?

As a pastoral counselor and national speaker on gender equity, with over nine million TED Talk views and a best-selling memoir about her transgender experience, Paula Stone Williams is the perfect person to help you understand why transgender issues have become such a tipping point in American culture.

With humor, insight, and a surprisingly candid perspective, Paula will increase your understanding, answer your questions, and help you navigate the dangerous cultural waters of sex and gender politics.

Travels from:

  • Denver, CO

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $20,001 - $35,000




Dr. Paula Stone Williams stands as a beacon of advocacy, renowned globally for her tireless work in championing gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and religious tolerance. As a transgender woman, Paula brings a unique and invaluable perspective to her endeavors, shedding light on the profound disparities inherent in societal structures. With a poignant declaration that, “The […]

Dr. Paula Stone Williams stands as a beacon of advocacy, renowned globally for her tireless work in championing gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and religious tolerance. As a transgender woman, Paula brings a unique and invaluable perspective to her endeavors, shedding light on the profound disparities inherent in societal structures.

With a poignant declaration that, “The differences between living as a man and a woman are massive,” she encapsulates the essence of her mission—to dismantle systemic biases and foster inclusivity in all facets of life. Paula’s journey, marked by personal transformation and unwavering dedication, serves as both inspiration and catalyst for change in a world striving for equality.

Dr. Paula Stone Williams | Gender Equality

Expertise and Background

Drawing from a rich tapestry of experiences, Dr. Paula Stone Williams epitomizes resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. With a background in psychology and theology, she navigated the complexities of gender identity within the framework of religious teachings, ultimately embracing her true self and transitioning in her forties. This profound metamorphosis ignited Paula’s fervor for advocacy, propelling her onto the global stage as a sought-after speaker and thought leader.

Paula’s expertise spans diverse domains, ranging from corporate boardrooms to academic institutions, where she delivers powerful insights on the intricacies of gender dynamics and the imperative for inclusivity. As a consultant, she collaborates with organizations to cultivate environments that embrace diversity and dismantle entrenched biases. Her thought-provoking TED Talks and acclaimed publications serve as rallying cries for societal introspection and collective action, challenging ingrained norms and inspiring transformative change.

Why Book Dr. Paula Stone Williams

Event planners seeking to ignite meaningful dialogue and catalyze societal change would be remiss to overlook Dr. Paula Stone Williams. With her unparalleled blend of expertise, authenticity, and charisma, Paula has captivated audiences worldwide, sparking conversations that transcend boundaries and foster empathy. Her ability to navigate sensitive topics with grace and candor cultivates an atmosphere of trust and openness, facilitating genuine engagement and fostering lasting connections.

By inviting Dr. Paula Stone Williams to speak, event planners signal their commitment to fostering inclusive spaces and amplifying marginalized voices. Paula’s compelling narratives and profound insights challenge attendees to confront their own biases and embrace the transformative power of empathy and understanding. From keynote addresses to interactive workshops, Paula tailors her presentations to suit the unique needs and objectives of each event, ensuring a memorable and impactful experience for all participants.

Why Choose Speakers Inc

Event planners entrusted with curating exceptional experiences for their audiences recognize the pivotal role of seasoned speakers in shaping the narrative and driving meaningful engagement. Speakers Inc stands as a beacon of excellence in this regard, boasting a curated roster of dynamic thought leaders and industry experts, including luminaries such as Dr. Paula Stone Williams. With a meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to exceeding expectations, Speakers Inc orchestrates seamless experiences that leave a lasting impression.

By partnering with Speakers Inc, event planners gain access to a wealth of resources and expertise, from personalized speaker recommendations to comprehensive event management support. With a proven track record of success and a dedication to fostering long-term partnerships, Speakers Inc empowers event planners to elevate their events and inspire meaningful change within their communities.

Summary and Conclusion

In a world fraught with inequalities and divisions, Dr. Paula Stone Williams emerges as a beacon of hope and catalyst for change. Through her unwavering commitment to gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy, and religious tolerance, she challenges societal norms and inspires individuals and organizations to embrace empathy, understanding, and inclusivity. With a compelling blend of expertise, authenticity, and charisma, Paula captivates audiences worldwide, sparking meaningful dialogue and fostering transformative change. Event planners seeking to ignite conversations that matter and catalyze societal progress need look no further than Dr. Paula Stone Williams—a visionary leader poised to inspire and empower audiences across the globe.

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