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Having overcome many barriers, Gayathri has an inspiring message to share with audiences on leading through change and finding belonging. A skilled speaker and facilitator, she masterfully infuses personal stories with practical takeaways, and is regularly sought-after for panel and keynotes  with audiences of 1000+ attendees. While a few of her topics are listed below, all keynotes will be customized for your audience.

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Keynote Topics

Art of Inclusive Leadership

The Art of Inclusive Leadership speaks to the importance of moving from awareness to action on equity, diversity, and inclusion through the strategic use of storytelling. Join Gayathri through engaging storytelling that illustrate how to strengthen personal leadership styles, and practical tips that one can implement right away – regardless of role.

Target audience

Anybody who is part of a diverse team, with or without a formal leadership title.

Key Takeaways

  • Build awareness on the role of empathy in creating trust and belonging.
  • Learn how to authentically engage with people of different backgrounds, through the medium of stories.
  • Gain tangible tips for self-reflection to strengthen personal leadership styles.

Driving Sustainable Transformation

Change can be challenging, yet it’s essential for growth. During this engaging session, Gayathri not only highlights the typical obstacles that hinder the effective adoption of EDIB practices but also provides practical, actionable strategies that can catalyze change. With a focus on fostering a learning mindset and empathy-based practices, this keynote empowers individuals to strengthen their resilience and allyship skills.

Rooted in the successful principles of human-centered design, this presentation encourages employees at all levels to introspectively connect their personal values with those of their organization, ensuring a deeply integrated approach to EDI that transforms theoretical concepts into everyday actionable insights.

Target audience

Anybody who is on a journey of personal or organizational change in their EDI goals

Key Takeaways

  • Build awareness on the role of learning mindset to build capacity for transformation.
  • Share examples of the ways in which empathy unlocks innovation and inclusion.
  • Learn tangible ways to build the skills necessary to create meaningful and lasting change.

Leave a Mark with your Message

In a world of constant distractions, cutting through the noise to deliver a relevant and persuasive message can be a challenge for many. Individuals can often get stuck in the self-doubt of “I don’t have anything worthy to say,” or “I don’t want to rock the boat.” In this keynote, Gayathri’s demonstrates storytelling in action by drawing from her own stories, while offering tangible tips to help you distill your authentic stories. Lean in to hear Gayathri’s unique perspective on how you can harness the timeless art of storytelling to connect hearts and minds, and bolster your communication skills.

Target audience

Anyone looking to share a message with impact, authenticity, and creativity.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how to leverage storytelling to deliver memorable messages that balance logic and emotion.

  • Discuss the role authenticity plays in increasing trust.

  • Gain practical takeaways, rooted in your own life experiences, to help you distill and share the wisdom you’ve gained from life experiences, while remaining humble enough to learn from others.

Previous Events

Below are recordings from several panel events featuring Gayathri. For updates on her upcoming speaking engagements, subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Gayathri has also appeared in various media outlets, including Global News and CBC Radio.

Fireside Chats

Over the COVID lockdown, Gayathri hosted Fireside Chats – an Instagram live interview series with changemakers in the community. We now continue the storytelling over our podcast Hearth 2 Heart. Tune in for nuggets of wisdom that will inspire you to lead with belonging.

– Learning from Life’s Curveballs – Colby Sharma, October 22, 2021
– LGBTQ Youth and Allyship – Pediatrician Dr. Lulu – June 24, 2021
– Allies and Angels – Rebecca Finley-Schidlowski – Mar 12, 2021
– Building Resilience through Diversity – Andrea Torraville – Feb 26, 2021
– Inclusion 101 – Meghana Valupadas – October 17, 2020
– Diversity of skill and thought on Boards – Gayathri with DirectHER’s Laura McIntyre – July 10, 2020  

– Intersection of Art, Engineering and Social Impact – Jyotsna Vaidee – September 18, 2021
– Embracing the career change from HR to Data – Marissa McNeelands, Calgary Young Women in Business – July 9, 2021
– Turning Rejection into Fuel for Success – Jasmine Mian, Olympian and Wrestling Champion – May 19, 2021
– Leadership and STEM in Youth – Raman Sawhney, Apar Initiative Founder – May 14, 2021
– Jumpstarting the STEM Journey – Chrissa Victoria Foscolos, SystemSTEM Co-Founder – January 29, 2021
– Placing the Human in Human Resources, Simran Bhatt – January 15, 2021
– Rediscovering your true nature – Jaishree Subrahmaniam – September 12, 2020
– Creativity and Career Re-Invention – Harpreet Dayal – Love Notes Founder, August 15, 2020 

– Transitioning from engineering to entrepreneurship – Gaurav Gupta, Leela Eco Spa’s – June 30, 2020
– Mental health During COVID – Reynaldo Glombowski & Alison McKenny, Arise and Shine  – August 22, 2020 
– On building a purpose-driven social-impact business, Robin Daultani, Nicerr Founder, September 20, 2020
– On Personal Transformation, Marlo Brausse, Barre Body Studio Founder – October 3, 2020 
– On Building Resilience and Empathy, Agnes Chen, Starlings Community Founder – November 14, 2020
– Mind-body connection in building resilience, Janis Isaman, My Body Couture Founder – December 12, 2020
– From Mindset to Heartset, Trevor and Laura Doram-Cepeda, Arthur Oliver Consulting Founders, December 18, 2020
–  Cultivating Community – Evelyne Nyario, Ellie Bianca Founder – Mar 25, 2021

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