Gabriella Van Rij

Drawing from groundbreaking science, her immense cross-cultural experience, and her signature humor, Gabriella van Rij inspires organizations to tap into the power of kindness— the most underutilized skill in today’s world.

Whether in front of a large audience, the boardroom, or a university auditorium, Gabriella is a relentless champion of kindness and its lasting impact on our work lives, our personal growth, and our society.

An in-demand speaker, she has chosen to speak about social topics such as diversity, tolerance, workplace harassment, communication, bullying, and women’s empowerment.

Adopted by a Dutch family from an orphanage in Pakistan, Gabriella’s life story is as inspirational as it is unique. Her story and subject matter expertise has captivated millions on Dr. Phil, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.

Gabriella is the acclaimed author of three books: With All My Might, her mesmerizing memoir about one of the world’s rst cross-cultural adoptions; I Can Find My Might, an inspiring yet practical resource for students, parents and educators; and Watch Your Delivery, based on one of her popular corporate keynotes. The author and speaker are also the trailblazer behind the global #DareToBeKind campaign, which has brought bullying prevention programs to schools, communities, and corporations nationwide.

She writes on social issues for the Huffington Post and the NY Daily News.

Acceptance Is Your Business’s Biggest Untapped Advantage

And how to foster it from the boardroom to the breakroom.

Tolerance is one of the most misunderstood and intolerant notions that exists in the workplace today. In this immersive keynote, Gabriella helps organizations:

  • Understand the immense, concrete benefits of diversity in the workplace.
  • Identify the difference between “tolerance” and “acceptance”.
  • Discover the power of kindness to foster diversity and acceptance.
  • Implement a simple, proven system for measuring success in kindness and acceptance.

Ideal for: HR departments, management teams, and any organization that wants to harness the power of kindness, acceptance, and diversity to gain a competitive edge.

Watch Your Delivery: Secrets to Effective Communication

Optimize your communication for success by developing the habits of top communicators.

Workplace culture and communication has become a crucial aspect of business sustainability, staff satisfaction and retention. Drawing from her popular book Watch Your Delivery, Gabriella delivers an engrossing keynote that empowers organizations to:

  • Understand the difference between opinions and judgments.
  • Improve communication at all levels.
  • Create a transparent and respectful environment.
  • Develop and implement an action plan for preventing workplace harassment.

Ideal for: Professionals in “Fortune 500” companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, sales persons, upper management, and marketing professionals who want to eradicate common communication pitfalls that could be hindering their success. Plus, a simple method to instantly improve their listening and communication skills.

The Price of Harassment at Work

Creating a safe and accepting environment for all employees

Workplace harassment comes with a dire consequence to not only staff but to the company’s culture and its productivity. Drawing from her experience, Gabriella empowers organizations to:

  • Understand the root cause of harassment.
  • Improve communication between colleagues.
  • Create a safe and respectful workplace.
  • Implement an action plan for preventing workplace harassment.

Ideal for: Organizations, businesses, and corporations that want to create a healthy, empowered business environment, minimize staff turnover rates, bridge the gender gap, and promote workplace diversity to increase retention and productivity.

Creating a Kindness Culture in the Workplace

A work environment where inclusion thrives

This keynote focuses on the different methods to develop kindness in the workplace by becoming an active witness, by owning your uniqueness, and by becoming a kindness instigator through addressing the following:

  • The role kindness plays in creating a community and work environment where all feel safe and accepted by others.
  • Hindrances to kindness in the workplace.
  • What kindness looks like in the workplace, practical applications.
  • Empathy and learning to shift your perception to see the other’s perspective.
  • How making it about them, not about you, will help you be a better communicator.

Ideal for: HR departments, management teams, and any organization that wants to harness the power of kindness, acceptance, and diversity to gain a competitive edge. To gain a deep understanding of the importance kindness plays in your work environment where all feel safe and accepted by others.

Women Are Your Organization’s Competitive Edge

How to integrate their skills and culture into the workplace

Women have developed an uncanny fortitude through their long struggle against workplace biases and the lingering gender gap. Yet the biases that continue to exist within office walls have negative consequences for growth and success at every level. Gabriella breaks through gender barriers with this inspiring keynote, empowering organizations to:

  • Identify and incorporate the special skills women bring to the team.
  • Foster respect and appreciation for diverse cultures.
  • Empower women to maintain their own culture to help the company thrive.
  • Act to prevent harassment in the workplace.

Ideal for: Women professionals in “Fortune 500” companies, start-ups, top industry groups, associations, government, and trade organizations who wish to experience a breakthrough at work or at home.

Losing Fear, Finding Purpose

How your pain can point you toward your life’s purpose

Learn how dealing with racism and intolerance led to one woman finding her passion and how you, too, can use your pain to find your life’s purpose. Gabriella’s unique story will resonate with many. It will empower and show those struggling a path to finding their own might through:

  • Embracing your adversity.
  • Discovering how we disengage.
  • Learning how to conform without losing self.
  • Taking ownership of one’s uniqueness.
  • How your pain can become your greatest strength.

Ideal for: Women’s organizations, at-risk youths, university graduation keynotes and organizations who wish to provide their audience with the mental and emotional tools to finding their life’s purpose.