Shola Kaye

Keynote Speaker on empathy, communication and DEI

Each year, award-winning speaker, author and LinkedIn Learning Instructor Shola Kaye creates a featured speech for your International Women's Day audience.

Shola's clients include IBM, Google, The UK Ministry of Justice, Deloitte and American Express. Her talks are interactive and engaging and provide actionable takeaways that you can use immediately.

Shola has a global client base with more than 50% of her corporate customers located in the USA.

Go to to learn more and view Shola's IWD-themed speech descriptions.

For IWD 2023, it's:

***Embrace Equity: Calling In, Calling Out and Speaking UP!***

The theme of IWD 2023 is all about supporting gender equity. The progress of women and marginalised groups has been hit hard by the pandemic and other economic and political factors.

Now, more than ever, we must take steps to redress imbalances and get on the path to creating a just environment for all. The goal: to show up at work (and in the world) as our best selves, and be treated with respect, fairness, compassion and consideration, regardless of our gender and other identity markers.

Each workplace is unique with its own set of challenges so for this keynote, Shola will focus on giving participants the inspiration and tools to rally stakeholders and be catalysts for change.

The keynote will begin by exploring some of the reasons why gender equity is urgently needed in today’s workplaces. We’ll then explore communication strategies for challenging the status quo so that your attendees walk away with concrete tools to encourage and create equity.  

Learning objectives:

Where are we now? Exploring priorities for workplace equity
The importance of taking an intersectional approach – advancing together, not apart
Bias-breaking questions to ask whenever we make decisions that affect others
How to speak up, be heard and challenge others respectfully
Empathetic questioning: techniques for calling out and calling in when you see inequities and bias in action
A step-by-step framework for asking for what you want – it starts with us!
You’ll walk away with practical tools and communication frameworks to make a difference. This is a dynamic keynote which incorporates plenty of opportunities for audience interaction as well as moments to reflect.

Session duration and format:  40-60 minute virtual keynote OR 60-90 minute virtual workshop with breakouts

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What clients say:
‘Shola was perfect in addressing the #breakthebias focus of IWD and provided us strategies and practical ideas on how to manage this in the work place. She was engaging and energetic and was a great speaker even in a virtual format.’

– Wendy Chang Smith, CFO, Glanbia

"Shola recently participated in our International Women's day celebration here at Riverbed, for about 180 people. She didn't disappoint! Shola's delivery displayed a great deal of passion and empathy. The session was both interactive, fun and also compassionate. We received a lot of positive feedback. I would not hesitate in recommending Shola."

- Sumi Shukla, VP, Riverbed Technology

"Shola came to present on the Women on the Wharf Inspire series after being highly recommended. We had a record number of people sign up to the talk (over 900) and turn up (500). Shola managed to navigate an emotive topic with clear, actionable take aways. When we moved into Q&A, she gave attendees space to contribute, share experiences and feedback. She did this all with calmness, poise and respect. Shola was a fantastic speaker and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to work together."

- Louisa Golden, SVP, Citi

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