Maggie Hadleigh-West began speaking regularly on the academic circuit in 1991.  To date, she has spoken at hundreds of colleges, universities, organizations, corporations and other venues all over the US and Europe.  For bookings, please contact Maggie at 718 230.0885 or by email at

Keeping It Real

Filmmaker and Activist Maggie Hadleigh-West’s traveled 30 minutes from her home in New York City, to begin shooting “Player Hating”. She ended up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the biggest housing projects in New York State. Four hours after she began her first day of filming, three kids on bikes rode through the crowd of thirty people she was shooting, stole her camera equipment, almost killed her camera man, leaving her shocked, badly frightened and changed forever.

Through the emotional story of Maggie’s film, and her friendship with hip hop artist Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew, the audience will gain incite into a world they might otherwise ignore or at best stereotype. “Keeping It Real: Racism and Being a Part of the Solution” is a compelling program about privilege, racism and how facing our fears can lead each of us to open our hearts and expand our relationships and communities on a daily basis.

Fear Of Rape

“Fear of Rape” will get audiences talking about gender roles, safety issues, sexual harassment, provocation – and possibly even the way women dress.

Through her critically acclaimed film “War Zone”, her humor and personal experience, Maggie Hadleigh-West immerses her audiences in tumultuous discussions about the looks, “compliments,” and judgments that women face everyday from men in public. She stirs up her audience by dispelling the “mating myths” of girl watchers and cat callers and links this seemingly benign behavior to the threat of sexual assault that many women feel on a regular basis.

In “War Zone”, Hadleigh-West turns her camera on men in the same way they turn their aggression on her. In order to capture this explosive footage in the film, she put herself in very real danger by daring to confront the men who engaged her in a sexual way.

In “Fear of Rape” Hadleigh-West shows a 30-minute version of “War Zone” and leads a provocative discussion about how harassment impacts women’s experiences, what they can do to address the problem, and why it’s so important relative to sexual assault and rape—particularly on college campuses.

Be prepared for a shocking look at sexual assault statistics in the host audience, a heated debate about what constitutes harassment and sexual assault, the realities of sexual violence, and what we can all do to create a safer environment for everyone.

Other Topics

Maggie Hadleigh-West presents a wide range of programs, workshops and training’s for schools, government agencies, corporations and organizations. Her presentations include specialized Keynote Speeches, original Take Back the Night programs, academic workshops, location / audience specific workshops and speeches on topics of diversity, racism, gender inequality, relationships (working & personal), eating disorders, sexism, sexual harassment, rape and murder.

Although much of her public presentations focus on issues of social justice, she is a charismatic, articulate and accessible Inspirational Speaker on topics of leadership, health, money, spirituality, 9/11, Katrina, art, filmmaking, the personal journey and more. Have a topic in mind? She’s open to your ideas and topics.