Shola Kaye is a communication specialist, award-winning speaker and author and speaker on empathy in the work place.
Shola spent the first part of her career in IT consultancy in the U.S.A., consulting at household name investment banks, and in the U.K for global clients in aviation and finance. Her struggles to communicate and gain visibility in the workplace -as a black woman and an introvert – led her to develop an interest in learning to create inclusive workplaces with open, supportive communication.
Shola eventually left the corporate world for a while and built a career for herself as a professional singer, appearing on stages around the world. She entertained clients on four continents for more than 15 years, performing at venues from The Savoy Hotel to outdoor festivals with thousands of people. Shola has a unique interactive delivery style that combines the energy and engagement of a performer with the insights and actionable communication systems of a scientist or technical expert.
Today she blends her STEM and. entertainment background to share clear, effective communication frameworks that help people work better together. These are delivered in a high impact style. The word most frequently used to describe Shola’s work is ‘engaging’. Clients often comment that her interactivity, and encouragement of the audience to transform during her presentation, makes her a stand-out speaker who gets results and delivers work that will be remembered long after the event is over.
Her keynote and masterclass topics include communication for diversity and inclusion, workplace communication – in particular for technical teams – and workplace empathy. She also speaks about how to create a more inclusive environment for introverts, especially within the technical/data/STEM work space.
Shola Kaye has been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and on the BBC and is often called upon to chair and facilitate conferences and events. Her work has been mentioned in Forbes and she regularly writes for industry publications such as HR Zone and People Management. In her role as a communication specialist, Shola hosts a popular podcast, and has created a top 10 rated weekly video blog. Shola’s first book was an Amazon.com number one bestseller and her second book will be released soon. Shola is a LinkedIn Learning Instructor and has tens of thousands of students around the world who have enjoyed her programmes.
In 2016 Shola Kaye won the Jenny Seagrove Speaking award. She has also presented a TEDx speech on Empathy in the Workplace. Her speeches and programmes are in demand and she is frequently rebooked or tasked with running the same programme at multiple client locations. Shola provides keynotes, masterclasses and consulting.
SAY IT with Empathy – Harness the power of EMPATHY to boost inclusion, well-being and engagement
How can you build supportive, cohesive environments within your organisation? In the light of current events – racial tension and the prevalence of remote working – emotional intelligence, and the ability to create a workplace where everyone feels they belong, are more important than ever. This talk will provide you with practical and effective strategies to inspire a sense of equity and inclusion.
COMMUNICATION : Expressing your personal brand at work as a woman or minority – Articulate your value, develop your brand story, and shine! For women and minorities, speaking up in the ‘wrong’ way can lead to the perception that we’re angry or have a chip on our shoulders. This can hamperprogress at work, keeping us from reaching our full potentials. In addition, we may be reluctant to share our stories of overcoming challenges out of fear of being seen as too pushy or boastful. So, how do we communicate our worth in the workplace? How do we convey the important work we do and achieve the recognition we deserve? This speech shares valuable tools and mindset shifts to help you move ahead with confidence, shoring up your foundations with the understanding that you’re putting your best foot forward and presenting yourself as a person of influence and value.
SAY IT with Gravitas – Be at your best in the boardroom and pitch like a pro with these essential personal impact skills
The way we move and carry ourselves. The intonation in our voices. The rate at which we speak and our articulation. These factors may seem unimportant, but when combined they are powerful influencers, letting our listeners know whether we should be taken seriously or disregarded. In this talk you’ll discover easy to implement but vital insights that will give you the edge when persuading others and communicating in high stakes situations. Perfect for technical and STEM teams preparing for promotion, managers and mid-level employees about to step into business development, senior management and other high profile roles.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION : Create a workplace of respect and belonging- Develop your listening, courage, and compassion to build an environment of trust and inclusivity Bring our whole selves to work? How is that possible when we may not be accepted and valued by our colleagues? This inspiring keynote speech shares stories, tools, and interactive exercises to help you see the value of ensuring everyone feels they belong. 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.
Shola conducted a wonderful and engaging Webinar session on communication in Diverse Teams for UNFPA! Her method of using the chatbox on Zoom to make sure everyone was engaged was super helpful for those who were not comfortable speaking up with the large group of people she was presenting to. Shola was very well-spoken and kind and I would highly recommend her work to any organization looking to improve communication skills between colleagues and teams.’
— Helin Alcinkaya - United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
A great company-wide virtual keynote on Empathy in the workplace. It was a fascinating subject, and I think it was the most engagement I have seen with a topic – clearly it gave people food for thought and resonated. Our HR team has already said that they would like to incorporate some of the tools you gave us into the updated manager training programme. Our Diversity & Inclusion sponsor on the board of directors even contacted me to say that he really enjoyed the talk and especially how engaging it was for the audience – which I consider a great success!’
— Natasha Gibbs – Diversity & Inclusion Council, S-RM Corporate Intelligence
‘Shola is a big impact speaker and compelling story teller. Her contribution to a critical event was arresting, memorable and inspiring. Be warned: her energy and positivity are highly contagious.’
— Paul Keenan - President Bauer Media Audio