Shola Kaye – Keynote Speaker

Сommunication and inclusion specialist, an award-winning speaker and the author of two books

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Specialist Subjects

  • Inspire Inclusion: A journey towards compassion and engagement
  • Embracing Self-Inclusion: Unlock high performance with the power of asking
  • Creating an Inclusive, Speak-Up Culture: Encourage, empower, evolve!
  • Choose to Challenge: The D.I.V.A. Way
  • Delivering effective feedback with emotional intelligence
  • Inclusive Leadership: Develop cultural awareness, create psychological safety and unleash the potential of your global, remote teams
  • Human skills for the future-ready workplace
  • Elevating empathy: The power of effective listening

Language

  • English

Biography

Shola Kaye helps global organisations prepare for the future of work using the power of emotional intelligence, effective communication and inclusion nudges. Shola’s work is frequently described as practical, easily implementable and inspiring.

She shares frameworks, accessible case studies and valuable insights gained from working with clients across a wide range of industries. What truly sets Shola Kaye apart is her unique journey as a professional entertainer, having performed on stages worldwide. Prior to this, she spent time as a scientific researcher at the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and worked as a management consultant and corporate executive in the UK and the USA. Her background infuses her keynotes with a unique, engaging energy that captivates audiences, keeping them actively involved and encouraging introspection and interaction at every turn.

Successful companies are seeking to create environments of compassion, collaboration and inclusion, supporting their ever-more diverse, often remote, teams. They call on Shola to support their employees, helping them increase innovation, bolster belonging and develop engaged, loyal, productive environments. Shola’s clients include American Express, Deloitte, Google, Meta, IBM, Nestle, Henkel, GSK, Reckitt, HSBC and Oracle.

Shola Kaye is the author of two books (How to be a D.I.V.A. at Public Speaking and Big Talk, Small Talk) and has written for a variety of industry publications.

Popular Talks by Shola Kaye

Inspire Inclusion: A journey towards compassion and engagement

Practical inspiration, helping you create a culture of belonging. This empowering, interactive keynote delivers practical frameworks and moving stories that will help you build an inclusive environment. You’ll walk away with the understanding that everyone can be an ally, whatever your situation. We’ll explore the importance of taking action – however limited – rather than feeling that you don’t have the power to make a difference. Discover a source of renewed vitality and enthusiasm for the important task of creating an inclusive workplace.

Learning objectives:
– Explore the power of empathy and curiosity
– Understand the importance of being an ally and calling out bias
– Learn useful sentence starters to call in and engage across differences
– Navigate the dimensions of allyship and understand the various roles needed to create a sustainable DEI movement
– Uncover the value of compassion for the self, and for others

Embracing Self-Inclusion: Unlock high performance with the power of asking

This interactive and insightful speech focuses on personal inclusion and the benefits
that come from asking for what you want. This talk motivates those hesitant to seize opportunities to confidently go for their goals. It’s well-documented that women are less likely than men to apply for roles more senior than their current position. The reasons for this are complex. This talk highlights the transformative impact of actively seeking what one needs, from support to opportunities, and how this can foster personal and community growth. The presentation shares real life stories, offers practical strategies for effective asking and provides insights to help move past the fear of rejection. The session also explores the role of questions as a way to include, empower and inspire others, spurring them to embrace greater challenges and pursue their aspirations.

Learning objectives:
– Explore the concept of self inclusion as a means to empower oneself and others.
– Learn a framework for confidently requesting help, information, and opportunities, at the right time and in the right way.
– Discover how well-placed inquiries and encouragement can inspire others to achieve their full potential.
– Understand and tackle the psychological and social hurdles that prevent people from asking.
– Combat the fear of rejection with Shola’s 5Rs framework

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