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Shola Kaye

About Shola

Shola Kaye is an award-winning international keynote speaker and author of two communication books. She speaks on Empathy in the Workplace, Inclusive Leadership and Communication. Whether you need an in-person or virtual keynote for thousands, or an intimate session for your senior leadership team, Shola will deliver in her typical engaging, interactive and insightful style.

She has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, completed scientific research in the field of Neuroscience at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and spent a number of years working in the United States in financial services before returning to the UK.

She has also performed on four continents as a professional singer, which is why she values creating programmes that are high energy and absorbing.

Today she blends her background in both the sciences and the creative industries to share clear, effective communication frameworks that help people work better together. These are delivered in a high impact style. Typical events include global company keynotes, leadership development sessions, employee network meetings, women’s summits and industry conferences.

Shola’s writing has appeared in industry publications such as Management Today and HR Zone and she has been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and on the BBC. Clients include Deloitte, American Express and The United Nations.

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What clients say
The team is already looking at ways of modifying and improving our communication skills by using the frameworks Shola outlined.

Maria-Katia Sanchez, HR Strategic Partner, The United Nations Population Fund
A joy to work with. The content was so powerful and authentically delivered, our teams are still raving about it today.

Victoria Morrison, Global Marketing Director, Hotwire PR
Can’t thank you enough for an eye-opening session. A month after the training it’s still so fresh in our minds.

American Express
Highly recommended, Shola’s approach is very engaging and effective.

The Guardian
Our Diversity & Inclusion sponsor on the board of directors contacted me to say he really enjoyed the talk and how engaging it was for the audience.

Natasha Gibbs – Diversity & Inclusion Council, S-RM Corporate Intelligence

Latest Articles


TEDx Talk – Why we need more empathy in the workplace

Published on 08/16/2021 under Culture, Leadership, Management

Shola’s 13 minute TEDx talk on Empathy at work. Shola tells personal stories of her time working in the USA and UK, and the need for more empathetic workplaces.


Does your organisation lack empathy?

Published on 08/16/2021 under Change Management, Culture, Leadership, Management

Understanding others is something you can work on. Empathy – the ability to understand the feelings of another person – has never been a ‘nice to have’. CEOs such as Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Daniel Lubetzky of healthy snack company Kind say that empathy gives their businesses a competitive advantage – business success depends […]


How can leaders create a workplace in which everyone belongs?

Published on 08/16/2021 under Culture, Leadership, Management

“Bring your whole self to work.” It’s a phrase we hear quite often these days, but what’s the likelihood you’ll bring all of yourself to the workplace if you feel you don’t fit or that people like you aren’t welcome? I remember roles where I actually strategised about which parts of me and my life […]


TEDx talk


Preparing for Empathy - PDF Guide


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Recording a virtual vox pop after a keynote


Real time slack comments during a virtual keynote


Panellist at Marie Claire event


A selection of Shola's clients


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