Gabriella van Rij’s adoption should have been a rags-to-riches fairy tale—instead, it turned into a headlong journey through racism and isolation, and sparked a search for belonging that continued throughout the first half of her life. With a brave and honest voice, Gabriella writes as she speaks, touching on the social issues that plague our society and providing practical solutions for those who are facing discrimination or who feel isolated due to their circumstances. With a stark, honest tone, and the same signature humor she brings to the stage, Gabriella inspires readers to shatter their worlds with kindness. #DareToBeKind
Gabriella is the author of three acclaimed books. With All My Might is her mesmerizing memoir recounting one of the world’s first cross-cultural adoptions, and the journey of self-discovery in spite of adversity.
I Can Find My Might is a practical self-help resource for students, parents, and educators. Grounded in Gabriella’s personal experience, the book delivers a boots-on-the-ground approach to bullying and self-acceptance that has been described as “nothing short of magical.” Watch Your Delivery, Gabriella’s latest book, serves as a key training tool for companies and is the basis for her most popular corporate keynotes.
Gabriella also writes on social issues for the Huffington Post and the NY Daily News.