Born an orphan in Pakistan and adopted by a Dutch family, Gabriella van Rij has undeniable insights to share. Drawing from research, her immense cross-cultural experience, and, of course, her signature humor, Gabriella inspires organizations to tap into the power of kindness—the most underutilized skill in today’s world.
Whether in 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. She’s an in-demand speaker and an undeniable authority on matters of diversity, tolerance, workplace harassment, bullying and women’s empowerment. The global kindness authority is also the author of three books. Her latest, Watch Your Delivery, combines original research with business know-how to provide organizations with a powerful guide to stronger communication. She has captivated millions as a sought-after subject matter expert on Dr. Phil, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
Gabriella is a catalyst for change in organizations large and small. Her programs encourage audiences to take action against intolerance, harassment and bias—and her hands-on approach ensures she stays connected to organizations long after stepping off the stage. For those seeking to deepen their transformation, she offers custom programs including immersive workshops and executive coaching.
Gabriella’s harassment programs satisfy California’s AB 1825 training requirements. Discover what meeting planners and audiences are saying about Gabriella’s high-impact programs.
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.
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: HR professionals who want to create a healthy, empowered business environment to minimize staff turnover rates, enhance productivity, and ensure a cohesive, team mindset.
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
Take action to prevent harassment in the workplace
Ideal for: HR departments and managers who want to bridge the gender gap and promote workplace diversity to increase retention and productivity.
Packed with hands-on training, interactivity, and insights, Gabriella’s immersive workshops offer a deeper dive into her keynote programs. Contact Gabriella’s manager for custom programs, or explore these most requested workshops:
Preventing Harassment in the Workplace
Developing Kindness in the Workplace
Fighting Bullies with Kindness
Implementing Effective Communication in the Workplace
Nearly 49% of 4th to 12th grade students report being victimized by bullying. The negative effects on students’ self-image, safety, future, and lives is motivating educators to stand up and say “No More.” In this youth-oriented, immersive program, Gabriella helps students and institutions:
Recognize the often-silent signs of harassment
Develop a safe environment of open, honest communication
Create a game plan to eliminate and prevent future bullying
Showcase how the bully and the victim are mirror images of each other
Target bullying and cyber torment with kindness, respect, and etiquette
Ideal for: Principals, educators, and student groups who want to foster a positive environment of mutual respect and safety.
“Gabriella’s WISE Webinar, Creating a Kindness Culture in the Workplace, helped our members remember that we all have a role to play in creating supportive work environments in concert with our colleagues – and it begins with each individual’s commitment to kindness. Her presentation radiated with an enthusiasm that I found infectious – I couldn’t help but find myself smiling throughout the Webinar. Gabriella lit up our audience’s Webinar screens with inspiring content and a beautiful delivery (her live video appearance made the event all the more interactive and engaging!).”
“Gabriella has some amazing insight in combination with her real life experiences and is a kind, talented and effective speaker. When she spoke of how an entire group can give someone the silent treatment, all knowing what is taking place but not saying anything about it, it really struck home with me, as she explained that too is bullying.”
“In twenty years when I write my book the title will need to be, ‘The Hour that Changed the World.’”
“It was probably one of the most thought provoking and meaningful presentations I’ve been to in a long time. I was never really a bully or was bullied myself, yet she was able to connect so well on a personal level that it left a tremendous impression on me. I walked out of that room a better person than when I came in. It’s been very rare indeed that a speaker will have that kind of impact on me. Although there were a few dozen people in the room, I have no doubt that the ‘pay it forward’ benefits will touch hundreds of others…maybe even just by me alone.”