Speech Descriptions

From company-wide keynotes, to leadership training, to small-group strategic action sessions, Shola’s programmes are customised, relevant, and actionable. She’ll sit with you, taking the time to discover the nuances of your organisation, ensuring that your speech feels tailor-made for your audience.

Shola delivers virtually, and has a global client base. She’s culturally sensitive, understanding that different audiences respond better to different examples, analogies, and stories.

Her programmes are super-engaging and highly interactive, as Shola loves involving her audiences through polls, Q&As, and chats. She likes to call her speeches ‘conversations’ and, because of the high levels of customisation and interplay, no two sessions are identical.

Expect inspiration, interaction, and insight!

CULTURE, D.E.I., Leadership: Elevating Empathy

– To increase inclusion, productivity and engagement (Suitable for all employees and delegates)

Creating a workplace where everyone feels that they belong is more important than ever before, but how can you build supportive, cohesive environments within your organisation?
This is a high-impact, inspiring keynote. You’ll walk away with the tools and the inspiration to become a more compassionate and effective leader, manager, or individual contributor. It can be modified for senior leaders, management, and whole-company keynotes. We’ll look at the important themes of  curiosity, courage and being a catalyst and you’ll understand the vital components of empathy, how to be compassionate while avoiding burnout, and why skills like emotional intelligence are in high demand.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the different types of empathy and their impact on your well-being
  • Find out how empathy can have an effect upon diversity, inclusion, engagement, retention, innovation, and happiness
  • Walk away with a simple three-step framework for being empathetic in nearly every situation
  • Watch a live demonstration or (optional) participate in a short breakout to discuss and practise the strategies
  • Optional workbook (available for an additional fee per employee): The 30 Day Empathy Plan, contains conversation starters, empathy frameworks and ongoing strategies to help you keep the momentum up, providing reminders and prompts to take action

Keynote or workshop

This keynote may be adapted with additional content to suit any of the following themes:

  • empathy + inclusion
  • empathy + racial awareness
  • empathy + burnout reduction for medical and caring professionals
  • empathy skills for the virtual environment
  • empathy skills for leaders

Virtual session? We’ll use chat and other forms of interactivity to encourage engagement.

What people say: ‘An incredible keynote speech. The combination of D.E.I. and Empathy really spoke to our workforce.’ Reckitt
Are you ready to implement a company-wide Diversity & Inclusion program? Find out about ‘The Empathy to Equity Blueprint’, Shola’s comprehensive D.E.I. offering of workshops, keynotes and video content.

The Empathy to Equity Blueprint is a series of high impact sessions that cover essential topics such as: Empathy skills for leaders; Running inclusive meetings; How to break bias; Challenging conversations; and Microaggressions.

Book a keynote to raise awareness and then let us partner with you to create lasting behaviour change with our workshops and other content.


Give your people the tools to challenge bias and create a more equitable workplace

Unconscious bias training often gets a bad rap as it’s seen as divisive and ineffective. This empowering session goes beyond that, giving your people practical, accessible tools and strategies to challenge bias when they see it. It can often be hard to call out biased behaviour – especially when it’s from managers and clients.
This session will help you initiate conversations grounded in curiosity, empathy and a desire to learn, which ultimately may help you achieve more than an off-the-cuff ‘put down’ or quick rebuke.  You’ll also discover ways to set up your teams for success by creating conditions that favour bias-free decision making. If you’re just getting started on your D.E.I. journey, this session, or the keynote on Empathy, is a great place to begin!

Learning objectives:

  • Common examples of bias and the damage they cause
  • Practical tools for breaking bias at individual and systemic levels
  • Calling out vs calling in – and how to decide which is appropriate, given your situation
  • Common examples of biased behaviours, with strategies for responding to aggressors
  • Bystander interventions for allies and anyone who wants to help fight bias
  • Recognising and understanding intersectionality: the overlapping of different biases and discriminatory behaviours

60-120 minute virtual or in-person keynote/workshop + optional ‘Bias Resource Sheet’ PDF takeaway

What people say: ‘The most thoughtful and useful of all the sessions I’ve attended over the years. Concrete suggestions for opening conversations. It’s given me courage to aim for change.’ The World Health Organization


Equip your leaders with the skills and knowledge to combat bias and foster belonging

It’s 2022 and, more than a year after Covid hit, we know that many workplaces will never be the same again. That’s why leaders need an expanded repertoire of skills and know-how to ensure staff are engaged, happy and productive. In this highly impactful programme, leaders are given the skill set to flourish in today’s complex work environments, managing ever more diverse and demanding teams.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of listening and empathy for building trust and engagement
  • Recognise the importance of DEI initiatives, from a human and business perspective
  • Discover what it takes to develop an environment of psychological safety 
  • Walk away with strategies to improve emotional connection during virtual communication
  • Recognise the most prevalent biases in the workplace and how to break them
  • Review the employee life-cycle, including recruitment, hiring, development, and promotion, learning practical strategies to increase equity at each stage
  • Understand microaggressions, their damaging impact and how to respond to aggressors
  • Learn about allyship and go beyond by becoming an accomplice

60 – 120 min virtual workshop or half-day/full-day seminar

What people say: ‘Brilliant thought leadership about staying curious and the importance of inclusion to foster better decision making and higher performance.’ Oracle


– Develop the skills to support and co-create your colleagues’ success (Session is suitable for all employees, not just managers)

At work and in our personal lives, delivering effective feedback is a valuable skill. Delivered in the right way, feedback can be empowering, inspiring and can drive an individual, and their team, towards fantastic success. 
However, delivered in the wrong way, feedback can be divisive, demotivating, and destructive. And when we avoid giving feedback to spare someone’s feelings, the eventual outcome can be just as damaging. 
So what’s your intention as a manager? Is it to break or build? To crush or to co-create? Do you restrict your feedback to the obligatory once or twice a year, or do you feedback continuously, increasing the motivation and confidence of your team members?
This interactive, high energy keynote contains insightful stories,  impactful data, and valuable tools  you can use again and again. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of providing ongoing, tailored, empathetic developmental feedback
  • Explore the repercussions of poor feedback styles such as The Drive-by, The Comparison, The Public Humiliation, and The Wrecking Ball
  • Discover the four elements required to create psychological safety so that your feedback is well-received
  • Take away an effective strategy for delivering feedback as an individual contributor
  • Learn three different feedback frameworks and the pros and cons of each

Keynote or workshop

What people say: ‘Thought-provoking and educational. Our employees have given us great feedback about their experience.’ Nexthink


– Essential leadership skills, tools and mindset changes for a successful, sustainable company culture (Session is suitable for senior leaders, managers and emerging leaders. It may be adapted to suit all employees)

This essential keynote is designed for organisations that want to thrive during our current challenging times, developing a culture of engagement, belonging, collaboration and success.
Command and control leadership styles no longer work. But how do we go from a top down, transactional environment to one that’s transformative and sustainable? Your leaders need an updated mindset and skillset. They must view today’s shifts and demands as opportunities for growth, innovation and inspiration rather than burdens on top of an already challenging workload.
This interactive, high energy keynote provides opportunities for interaction and reflection as well as practical tools and recommendations.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognise the desperate need for a change of leadership behaviour in today’s workplaces
  • Understand why the old approach, based on efficiency, KPIs and SLAs is no longer the most effective way to lead, motivate and inspire
  • Learn the key behaviours modern leaders must demonstrate, including learning agility, being a leader-coach, creating a value-based culture, and an environment of belonging
  • Develop the mindset of a future leader including being compassionate, collaborative, curious, courageous and connected 
  • Reflect on your current skillset as a leader and why someone would choose to follow you
  • Get inspired about the future and identify key areas you need to develop

Keynote or workshop

What people say: ‘Excellent feedback on your session, especially from our executive leadership team.’ Liftoff