Shola Kaye

Author and communication expert, helping women express their value in the workplace with power, precision and authenticity

Shola Kaye is a communication expert, author of two books and an award-winning international speaker. She shares frameworks and models to help women communicate with confidence and clarity.

Talks are interactive, high energy and you will walk away with new tools and skills you can use immediately.

Shola has been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and on the BBC and recent clients include Oracle, Target and Google. She works extensively with clients throughout the USA and Europe. She is a LinkedIn Learning instructor with tens of thousands of students worldwide.

Shola has a variety of speaking topics. Go to to learn more and view Shola's IWD-themed speech descriptions.

For 2023, Shola's featured IWD speech is called:

***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

***WATCH SHOLA'S VIRTUAL DEMO REEL and TEDx talk on inclusion and communication at

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Feedback on Shola's speeches includes:

I was looking for a speaker for international women’s day. Shola was extremely professional, the feedback we received off the back of her talk was fantastic… the audience were inspired and constantly engaged throughout the session, making this a great way to open our event.
- NatWest

Shola was perfect in addressing the #breakthebias focus of IWD 2022 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

One of the best workshops I have attended, it was fun, engaging and, most importantly, since then I have been able to apply what I learnt in my HR practice and pass the knowledge on.

“The team is already looking at ways of modifying and improving our communication skills by using the frameworks Shola outlined.” - The United Nations Food and Population Agency

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