From Empathy to Equity

Curiosity, Compassion & Communication for Happier Workplaces

From Empathy to Equity


Download Shola’s 2022 white paper Empathy in the Workplace: foster belonging and retain talent
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Inspire and activate your global teams to work better together. Increase inclusion and belonging through better listening, more understanding and higher levels of compassion.

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Reduce churn, improve relations between execs, mangers and teams, create a more compassionate and loyal workplace resulting in increased productivity and engagement.


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Hi, I’m Shola!

We work with organisations and C-Suite execs who are experiencing these issues:

Your D.E.I. programs aren’t going as smoothly as you’d hoped, and you’re struggling to get everyone on the same page.
Remote or in-office, employees are complaining that managers aren’t listening and communication breakdowns are leading to lower engagement.
Employee churn is up, productivity is down and it’s affecting the bottom line.

The number one reason employees leave their organisation is because of their manager.

Replacing an employee can cost between 50 – 60% of that employee’s annual salary, with overall costs ranging anywhere from 90-200%. Not only have you lost the employee but there’s a negative impact on team morale and output. And when a popular employee leaves it can lead to a trickle, or even a flow, of others through the door.
Listening, compassionate communication and empathy skills are areas that many managers and teams don’t find easy.
However, empathy skills have been shown to affect intent to leave, extent of burnout and ability to juggle work and life challenges. Manager empathy also affects feelings of inclusion and psychological safety.
Isn’t it time you trained your employees to be more empathetic communicators?

What makes us different:

As a woman, a person of colour and an introvert I understand, and have lived, some of the struggles your organisation is facing right now. I’ve worked with a range of industries from tech to financial and professional services, media, FMCG, healthcare and beyond.

We break everything down into implementable frameworks and models. That way, as soon as you leave the session you have tools and insights you can use immediately.

I’m a LinkedIn Learning instructor, author of 2 books, and an award-winning speaker with clients located from California to Canary Wharf. People call our work ‘transformative’, ‘engaging’, and ‘easy to absorb’.

What we offer:

Keynote speeches

Empathy Skills for Leaders programs

Empathy, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs & training for all employees

Communication programmes & Team Facilitation sessions

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What your peers are saying:

“Can’t thank you enough for an eye-opening session. A month after the training it’s still so fresh in our minds.”

‘Highly recommended, Shola’s approach is very engaging and effective.’

‘Highly recommend her work. We’re already looking at ways of modifying and improving our communication skills by using the frameworks Shola outlined’

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Compelling research and insights on creating an empathetic workplace

We interviewed 15 leaders from international organisations to find out their thoughts on the value of an empathetic workplace.
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Supported by compelling data from EY, McKinsey and more.

  • COMPELLING RESEARCH on the role of empathy when creating a loyal, inclusive culture
  • EMPATHY & LEADERSHIP – key actions your senior leaders and managers need to take
  • EMPATHY, CULTURE & BELONGING – what you can do to help engagement flourish
  • BUILDING A BUSINESS CASE – step by step strategies to win over your senior decision makers