Kemi Nekvapil

Travels from: Victoria

Committed to making a measurable impact

Categories: Inspirational, Motivational Speakers, Women in Business

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Sharing her inspirational and motivational life story with audiences, Kemi Nekvapil enables every person to fulfil their own potential.

Having spent her entire childhood in foster care, Kemi uses this experience of disempowerment to inspire others to create their own lives. 

Empowering audiences worldwide, Kemi shares her life stories, opening up about the assumptions people make about her, not just as a woman but as a black woman. 

Described as charismatic, engaging, dynamic and wholehearted, she is able to silence a room using artful storytelling. Kemi connects with listeners deeply as she speaks honestly and openly about moving forward. 

As a successful actor, Kemi engages intuitively and effortlessly with audiences of all sizes, delivering meaningful, authentic and uplifting presentations that speak directly and intimately to all those in her presence.

In a world that is often overcrowded with conflicting and confusing messaging around what it means to live empowered and passionate lives, Kemi brings a distinctive approach that cuts through. 

Kemi’s humorous and unapologetic narrative is refreshingly rare, and her insights around choice and empowerment resonate powerfully with everyone. 

Speaker Topics

Nourish a Thriving Culture
How do leaders create a thriving culture if they are not thriving themselves? Vibrancy and passion cannot be faked and it cannot be sustained when leaders are constantly giving to the team and not to themselves. How do we keep our female leaders thriving?
Surviving or Thriving?
Women did not dream that they would wake up most days wishing they were somewhere else or someone else. Many did not believe that they would feel lost in their own lives, a feeling that life is happening to them. And they definitely did not think they would feel this tired. How do women put themselves on their own to-do lists?
The 5 Barriers to Authenticity
Leaders can only get work done through their teams, and their teams will loyally follow an authentic leader. If we want your teams to communicate well, to be loyal to you and your organisation and deliver promised outcomes, the leaders need to lead with these qualities. The title of leader does not mean one has made it, it means that one has just begun. How do woman lead with authentic power?
The 7 Principles of Wellbeing
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 considered success. Are we successful if we have no sense of purpose? Are we living if we are disconnected from ourselves and those around us?
The Emerging Leader
Emerging leaders of the future are required to empower not ‘power over’. Many come in with conscious and unconscious ideas of what a leader is and they do not meet the image they have created in their heads. 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.
The Gift of Asking
The gift of asking keynote is based on Kemi’s latest book, The Gift of Asking – A women’s guide to creating personal power. Building a coaching practice of female clients over the last seven years has bought to light the struggle many women face when it comes to asking. Marked as the givers in society, where do women have the space to be the askers? How do our families, workplaces and communities suffer when women do not know how to receive?
The Power of Choice
Raised in the foster care system of 1970’s England, this impactful keynote will prove that where we come from does not dictate where we end up. Told through the lens of choice, Kemi shares the choices that she made along the way that influence who she is and the work she does. Highlighting that no matter where we started or where we are, we always have choice and we can always move forwards.
Women and Worth
In an environment where many companies are pushing for diversity in all levels of their organisations, it is wasted resources if potential female candidates do not feel worthy enough to step up. 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, and this affects society as a whole.
Your Values, Your Compass, Your People
Many individuals and organisations are unaware that they set goals to meet someone else’s criteria. The competition. The neighbours. No wonder many struggle to meet their goals, but they also miss enjoying the process along the way. Within a team it is vital that the values of each individual align with the values of the organisation they are working for. This leads to better engagement, a happier team, better outcomes and a loyal workforce.


Kemi’s presentation was absolutely incredible! Extremely dynamic and ¬¬¬¬charismatic, grasping the entire teams attention instantly. Her speech was unique and captivating and she managed to completely change the atmosphere. Kemi brought value to our team and left us feeling ‘warm and fuzzy’, as well as empowered and ready to ask more. There was an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from everyone in the team and I would highly recommend Kemi to anyone interested in a speaker.

Maddocks Lawyers

Kemi’s talk was highly engaging and insightful. Kemi’s energy is contagious, she openly and vulnerably shares her own story and skilfully engages participants, facilitating deep reflections on their relationship to self to gain a better understanding as to how they can effectively lead. Kemi exceeded expectations and feedback from participants was outstanding.

RMIT University

Kemi’s session was engaging, confronting and passionate in teaching how to identify what matters to each of us and how to anchor personal power to influence and achieve what we need and want. In an amazing 90 minute session Kemi shifted and transformed a room full of educators to value, cherish and achieve their worth

Australian Education Union

We engaged Kemi to speak at two educational seminars. Her presentations truly hit the mark. With overwhelmingly positive feedback from clients, we couldn’t be happier with how Kemi’s presentations were received. She lit up the room, kept what can be a tough crowd completely captivated, and was an absolute delight to work with!

Whitbread Insurance

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