Inspirational Speaker (aka The British Oprah)
Jaz Ampaw-Farr is an inspirational speaker who overcame incredible hardship during her early life but has gone onto become a TV Presenter, author and trainer who has consulted governments worldwide.
Born into poverty, sexual abuse and neglect, Jaz Ampaw-Farr believed that she was worthless. During her life, though she encountered five teachers (and, importantly, one pimp) whose belief in her literally saved her life.
Jaz has spent the rest of her life paying them back and qualifying as a teacher in 1994, she is a respected literacy expert, coach, and author of Because of You, This is Me.
She shares her fantastic journey of how saying yes first allowed her to progress from a council estate and foster care to advising international governments on education policy.
Her passion for the potential we can uncover in ourselves when we are just 2% braver and her insight into how to remove the barriers that hinder connection between us and those we seek to influence make Jaz one of those people you will never forget.
There are many messages leaders take away from listening to Jaz as she shares her story across the UK, in the US (where she’s being called ‘The British Oprah’!) and elsewhere.
Jaz also embodies the idea of bravery and the willingness to be defined by what you’ve tried even if you fail, rather than by what you could have done.
Both her (very) brief stint on TV’s The Apprentice and her career as a stand-up comedian are good examples of this. Moreover, she shows that a human being can be subject to the worst depravities of her fellow humans and not only survive but thrive – and do so without anger or bitterness.
Full of practical advice, her message is neatly summed up in her own words to those five teachers from her past and the title of her best selling book – Because Of You – This Is Me..
Jaz Ampaw-Farr shares ideas and insights from her life in her work with leaders and educators with humour, energy, honesty and an unswerving optimism in people and an authentic connection in particular.
Her topics include –
• Embedding Ambitious Resilience
• Re-branding failure
• Inclusion and diversity
• Well-being – mental health and mental wellbeing
• Being 2% Braver
• Living your values every day
• Courageous Leadership
• Unpicking unconscious bias
• Overcoming Adversity