"To only inspire an audience feels like a disservice, so the intersection between action and sustainable growth is where I do my best work."

“When Kemi shares her story and insights on life every audience member is moved and inspired, but ultimately they also leave feeling empowered to fulfil their own potential. As a successful actor for many years, Kemi is extremely comfortable in front of any size audience, from small intimate groups to audiences of 5,000 people. She has an intuitive way of reading an audience, a natural and vital skill when it comes to giving powerful and inspiring presentations and speeches.

She has mastered a style of connecting and engaging with an audience, making each person feel as if she is speaking directly to them.”

– Price Waterhouse Coopers

Speaking Themes and Topics



Working for the last eight years as an executive and personal coach, Kemi knows that the leaders who lead others well are the ones who can lead themselves; they see their personal and professional development as their most powerful leadership tools and aim to empower these tools in their teams.


This keynote session is for organisations who want to build integrated leaders who are able to lead as ‘humans’, and lead others to do the same.

Emerging leaders of the future are required to empower, not ‘power over’. Many come in having created conscious and unconscious ideas of what a leader is, and do not feel that they meet those images. This undermines their confidence and how they lead. Imposter complex is a well-documented phenomenon when it comes to female leadership. Recognising it, and then managing it, is one of the most important tools in the emerging leader’s toolbox.

In this keynote session Kemi will:

  • Explain what drives the imposter complex and the many ways in which it undermines female leaders from the emerging to the very top
  • Share tools to manage and lessen the imposter complex and to use it to lead with an advantage
  • Explore how leaders can own and name their unique ‘imposter’ and use it for growth and connection

This keynote-coaching session will cover three crucial components to build personal and team capability. Before knowing what we are capable of now, we need to understand what capability means, and these questions provide some answers: What has worked in the past? What is missing now? What resources and mindsets will move us forward?

This keynote session supports leaders and teams who want to face challenges and build sustainable capability, together.


The Gift of Asking keynote is based on Kemi’s second book, The Gift of Asking – A woman’s guide to creating personal power. Building a successful coaching practice of female clients over the last eight years has bought to light for Kemi the struggle that many women face when it comes to asking. Marked as the givers in society, where do women have the space to be the askers? Our families, workplaces and communities suffer when women do not know how to ask or how to receive.

In this keynote session Kemi will:

  • Break down the cultural and gendered myths about asking
  • Reveal how asking is a practice that will elevate self-worth and opportunities
  • Share how women can ask for what they need and want, without guilt or apology

In an environment where many organisations are pushing for diversity at all levels, potential female candidates who do not feel worthy enough to step up are a wasted resource. This is a candid keynote based on women’s struggle to see their own worth, either in the work or home environment. This affects the jobs they apply for, the wages they ask for, and how they value themselves in the marketplace, which in turn affects society as a whole.

In this keynote session Kemi will:

  • Uncover the internal and external obstacles which hold women back in the workplace and provide on-the-spot solutions to navigate these obstacles
  • Prove that a woman’s worth is more than being constantly available for others
  • Empower the women in the room to believe that they are ‘allowed’ in any room they want to enter and bring other women with them


The 7 Principles of Well-Being keynote is based on Kemi’s book, The 7 Principles of Raw Beauty. Kemi invites the audience to look beyond what is generally considered to be ‘success’. Are we successful if we are on our way to burn out? Are we living if we are disconnected from ourselves and those around us?

In this keynote session Kemi will:

  • Define the 7 Principles of Well-Being and how they influence the way we work and live
  • Talk through what it is to be a ‘well-being’
  • Facilitate a coaching process which allows each individual to take action towards their definition of well-being

In this powerful session, Kemi’s origin story proves that where we come from does not dictate where we end up. Raised in foster care in 1970’s England, Kemi went on to work, as an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, as a yoga teacher and chef in the UK and Thailand, and finally as an entrepreneur, creating businesses that allow her to bring her life experiences to the service of others.

Kemi shares the choices that she made along the way that influence who she is and the work she does, and argues that no matter where we started, or where we are, we always have choice.

In this keynote session Kemi will:

  • Expose why it is important to have the concept of choice in your toolkit
  • Share the story of ‘The 3 Golden Nuggets ’ and why we all need to access their power
  • Explore how to integrate our full humanity to make a positive impact

Workshops & Masterclasses


Each keynote presentation can be presented in person or online as an exclusive 2-hour masterclass or a longer facilitated workshop. Kemi is well known for providing effective and memorable facilitation that bring her keynotes to life, working with her clients to deliver presentations and programs tailored for them and their organisations.

Add one or more of these workshops to your conference or event to provide a memorable and effective experience, leading to tangible positive shifts and changes in the attendees and in your organisation.


Speaking Enquiries

If you are enquiring about booking Kemi Nekvapil for a speaking engagement, please email us using the adjacent form.