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Welcome to, your resource for booking outstanding women speakers, a division of VOICES.

VOICES is a lecture management company in Portland, Oregon, founded by Francine B. Read in 1993. Our company offers the services of three divisions:

Our mission is to bring women’s voices to the podium and to empower women to greatness. Our company is unique as we are the only speakers bureau that promotes women speakers as well as hiring women speakers for the VOICES Lecture Series. We have personally worked with near 80 of the world’s most famous women and know what it takes to have sold out events with standing ovations.

We are a full-service speakers bureau working closely with clients and the speakers; negotiating fees, travel arrangements and contract details, insuring the program is a success.

Topics include motivation, communication, business, leadership, life balance, humor, women’s health and many more. We assist Fortune 1000 companies, large and medium-sized corporations, government entities, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations bring world-class speakers to their audiences.

This is how we work with our clients:

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    We quote the same fee the speaker quotes and save you the expense of researching, locating, contacting, contracting and verifying all arrangements. With Great Women, one call does it all.
  2. Our services are free to you. You incur no extra cost by consolidating your planning process through Great Women
  3. Speakers keep us posted of their itineraries. As such, we may be able to save you the cost of expensive air travel by providing you with a speaker who is either local to your meeting site or who just happens to be in town for another meeting.
  4. Since we only represent the best speakers, our prescreening can save you hours of verifying if the speaker you are interested in is really as good as the speaker’s brochure claims.
  5. If we do not have a speaker in our database or that speaker is exclusive with another bureau, we can co-broker with most bureaus in the world.

We look forward to working with you.

Francine B. Read, President is a division of VOICES, INC

Francine Read was selected by The Portland Business Journal as one of its Women in Business Orchid Award recipients for 2010!

In 2007, Francine Read was named "One of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Town" by the NW Women's Journal.

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