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Ailbhe Keane & Izzy Keane

Multi-Award-Winning Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 Under 30, Disability Activists & Inspirational Speakers

why book ailbhe & izzy?

  • Ailbhe and Izzy turned a college project into Izzy Wheels, a global brand that sells in over 60 countries, collaborating with 100 world-renowned designers and famous brands
  • They have collaborated with major brands including Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, and Barbie, creating the first inclusive wheelchair Barbie doll
  • Their work has culminated in over 20 national awards including the EU Women’s Innovator Award, a BBC documentary, a place on the prestigious Forbes Under 30 list, and most importantly they have provided an outlet for expression for wheelchair users all over the world
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Biography

The story of Izzy Wheels is a personal one that has seen a college project become a global brand. Izzy, who has spina bifida, regards her wheelchair as a symbol of freedom but felt it never expressed her bubbly personality. Ailbhe, who was studying art at The National College of Art and Design, designed a range of colourful wheel covers that matched her sister’s exuberant style. Their tagline became ‘If you can’t stand up, stand out!’.

Overnight, what started as a passion project went viral online (16 million views in one week) and business exploded. Today Izzy Wheels sells to 60 countries and has collaborated with over 100 world-famous artists and major brands including Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, and Barbie. It’s also featured in some of the world’s biggest publications including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Good Morning America, CBS News, TechCrunch, and Oprah Magazine. This has culminated in over 20 national awards including The EU Prize for Women Innovators, a BBC documentary, a place on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list, and most importantly, it has provided an outlet for expression and individuality to wheelchair users all over the world.

The sisters’ success shows what can happen when your business is driven not just by innovation but an unshakeable sense of purpose that brings a level of brand integrity that is compelling – and enviable.

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These are also young women entrepreneurs who are helping to break down the stigma of disability by bringing attention to the personality in the wheelchair instead of the wheelchair itself. And they do so seamlessly, partly because they love what they do, but also because it makes business sense to tap into a market whose potential many others overlook.

As a duo, Ailbhe and Izzy are warm, confident, and inspiring. Their positivity, determination, and sense of purpose are striking. Audiences who hear them speak leave feeling motivated and energised.

Topics

Diversity and Equality

Social Inclusion

E-Commerce

Social Media

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Marketing and Branding

Women in Business

Ailbhe & Izzy Keane

Masterclasses

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

testimonials

“We have had the privilege of having Ailbhe and Izzy Keane speaking at some of our larger events like Inspirefest and International Women’s Day and more intimate fireside chat-style meetings with some of our start-up teams. Ailbhe and Izzy are sensational speakers. They are passionate and driven to make a difference and are above all authentic and utterly sincere in how they go about doing that. They also appeal to audiences on multiple levels from inclusion and diversity to commercial to fashion to people’s interest”

“This combination of passion, enthusiasm, good humor, the fact that they are both tremendous human beings and punchy delivery makes them compelling listening and often left our audiences inspired and a little bit humbled. We would highly recommend them as speakers and look forward to welcoming them into Accenture again in the near future”

Peter Cleary, Innovation Manager for the Leaders of Tomorrow program, Accenture