Motivational & Keynote Speaking

Need a dynamic &  thoughtful speaker? 

The world’s leading TEDx Signature Speaker of Winning Conversations will ignite, inspire, and empower your leaders and teams to thrive in the workplace and community through impactful virtual or face to face speaking & training services.

Expert On

  • Resilience
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Effective Communication
  • Teamwork/ Team building
  • Stress
  • Leadership
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Experience in

  • Corporate
  • Government
  • Associations
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Education

Virtual Fee Range

$4,000 – $10,000

On-Site Fee Range

$5,000 – $15,000

ABOUT

ABOUT KENSTON HENDERSON

Kenston Henderson Sr. is a breath of fresh air for organizations that need a burst of positive energy and rejuvenation. Kenston inspires people at every level and in every stage of life to connect better with others and lead with vision and purpose. His talks and presentations encompass everything from Maxwell Leadership Certified leadership training to enlightening instruction on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). His winning attitude captivates crowds and has helped countless organizations start those crucial, though sometimes difficult, conversations that expel racism and encourage positive growth. He takes away the fear surrounding inclusivity and instead helps organization members become excited about best practices for talking about race and diversity.

Make no mistake, Kenston can fill a room with his magnetic energy and stage presence. Since the pandemic, his impact has extended across the globe. Kenston’s virtual presence has spread as far as Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. Kenston has delivered hundreds of in-person presentations spanning the U.S., even reaching as far as Nairobi, Kenya, where he was presented with the Dr. Astell Collins Generation Leader Award. He’s a sought-after TEDx Signature Speaker, a Culture Transformation Champion, and author of the go-to book on parenting leadership, Parenting Like a Boss: Intentionally Committed and Winning Conversations Workbook. He’s a devoted father and husband, an advocate for the underrepresented, and passionate about making the world a better place, one organization at a time.

Audience Engagement Guarantee

Kenston stands by his “no-boring speaking and training sessions” commitment. Kenston has a 99.5% engagement approval rating. Meaning Kenston is committed to making sure he utilizes all learning senses to engaged the audience: visual, audio, video, call and response, and animated speaker:).

Your Audience will Leave Ignited Inspired and Empowered with a strategies that can be implemented right away. Kenston also offers a $99 valued Takeaway Worksheet for your participants FOR FREE when you book him for your event.

The Kenston Experience Guarantee

Kenston’s goal is to make sure your conference participants have an experience like no other. That means it will be our job to collect data to custimize our presentation to make sure your attendees’ leave more ignited, inspired, and equipped to be even more amazing then when they came. It also means I will do additional promotions to make sure your event is well attended. Including going live on social media or putting together a promotional video that you can send out to your attendee list.

Kenston is also an accomplished musician with two instrumental albums Breathe (2016) and Oasis (2018). In 2018, he also wrote the book “Parenting Like a Boss: Intentionally Committed” which landed on Amazon’s Best Seller list and author of Winning Conversations: How to Communicate Successfully and Courageously About Race.

As much as Kenston loves speaking and inspiring youth and adults, his ongoing commitments and goals are to be the best husband to his amazing wife and the best father in the world to his incredible son.

Kenston’s Life Quote’s is: “If you’re doing people development alone, you’re doing it all wrong!”

His client list includes global financial organizations, schools k-12, colleges, technology companies, healthcare organizations, government agencies, cities and municipalities, non-profits, and many others.

PROGRAMS

PROGRAM INFORMATION

IMPLICIT (UNCONSCIOUS) BIAS: CONSCIOUS DECISION MAKER: BECOMING AWARE OF YOUR INNER STORYTELLER

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1-2 hour day workshop or breakout”

Did you know workplace bias loss cost is projected at $64 billion annually? When it comes to biases, we must understand that in the absence of details, our unconscious minds will fill in the gaps with information based on our lived experiences and that of others. In this session, participants will learn that we all have inner storytellers-or biases-that should not be exclusively viewed as good or bad. Instead, we need to become more conscious whether the story being told is still relevant, helpful, and positive.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Senior leaders
  • Teams who are new to DEI
  • Organizations who want a more inclusive culture

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Understanding of what Implicit Bias is
  • Understand various types of biases
  • The tools to breakdown what bias is and its effects in the workplace
  • How to address negative bias in the workplace and community

WINNING CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO COMMUNICATE SUCCESSFULLY AND COURAGEOUSLY ABOUT RACE

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1-1.5 hour day workshop” or   breakout session”

Kenston has been on his own speaking circuit with this talk. Organizational leaders who are truly looking to make sure everyone in the workplace is seen, heard and valued are reaching out.Do you avoid conversations about race? Ever imagine that conversation going bad? Or question whether or not you’re prepared for the conversation? Well, the truth is you’re not alone, as a matter of fact most people avoid talking about race in the US and all around the world. But those days are over!

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Senior Leaders who are struggling with leading this type of conversation
  • Senior HR Leaders who are struggling with leading this type of conversation
  • Teams who want to dive in and have this necessary conversation

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Effectively create a safe space for conversations to take place
  • Assess your own commuication skills to make necessary adjustments
  • Say goodbye to the fear/comfort of necessary conversations
  • The art of curiosity
  • The Winning Conversations REM Method

THE POWER OF CONNECTION- YOU MATTER

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1-2 hour day workshop or breakout session”

​I’ve performed this program a lot since the pandemic to help leaders, team members, teachers, and students not only survive but thrive through the power of connection. World-renowned leadership expert Kenston Henderson says if you’re doing life alone, you’re doing it all wrong. The ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential. It’s no secret! Connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional, and family relationships- and you can start now by building and fostering a community that will walk with and support you through life’s many journeys.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Leaders who are struggling to get buy-in from team members
  • Teams that want to communicate better
  • Individuals who want to take their career to a great level

The audience will leave with:

  • ​The ability to connect quickly with others to build rapport
  • How to build a solid support community
  • The value of connection

SELF-LEADERSHIP- STAND UP AND LEAD YOURSELF

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1- 2 hour day workshop or breakout session”

“Self leaders know that unlocking who they are, their talents, where they are going, and their ability to influence themselves–is the key”. Your success in life both personally and professionally ultimately points to your ability to effectively influence yourself. When you are confident, courageous, and have made the decision that you will no longer be passive but you will stand up and lead yourself well, then true self-leadership begins.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Students K-12
  • College students who want to lead themselves well
  • New and Seasoned Leaders in the workforce
  • Team members who want to be more effective
  • Team members who are seeking a promotion

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Knowing what Self-Leadership is
  • What it takes to have a winning mindset
  • Becoming more aware of their emotions and how to control them
  • Actionable tips to lead themselves even more effectively

I have given this talk and workshop numerous of times whether in a school building, college campus, and corporate offices. From teachers to corporate leaders they have all said we need more people to have this skillset. This talk is about the art of Self-Leadership. It will ignite, inspire, and empower the audience to take ownership of their personal lives and careers.

RESILIENCE: THE BOUNCE BACK

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1- 2 hour day workshop” or breakout session”

During COVID this has been a highly sought after session that ignites, inspires and empowers the audience to keep moving forward. 2020 and 2021 has been a year full of multiple global pandemics from COVID to racial unrest, to parents forced to be at home teachers. This talk will ignite, inspire and empower participants to keep moving forward in spite of hard times, knowing there will be an ultimate come back. Les Brown says if you can look up, you can get up. If we can just fall forward, we can keep moving towards our goals, dreams, and be amazing during hard times.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Students during a global pandemic
  • Organizational leaders during a global pandemic
  • Teachers during a global pandemic
  • Teams during a global pandemic
  • Parents during a global pandemic

The audience will leave with:

  • The receipe for Resilience
  • Build and cultivate positive self-esteem
  • The importance of buildling and fostering community
  • Relaxation strategies to build resilience

PARENTING LIKE A BOSS- INTENTIONALLY COMMITTED

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1- 2 hour day workshop” or  breakout session”

Imagine for a moment that your children are screaming at the top of their lungs…”I have the best parents in the world!!” Can you visualize that? I can almost imagine you grinning from ear to ear, chest up, shoulders back, with a smirk and a nod in tow as if to say…. YES I AM!

But then COVID happens…racial unrest surfaces, and a heated political battle all take place simultaneously and you can’t help but slowly wish for a room (or a moment) in your home to hide. Well parents, despite what life may throw at us, it’s time for us to take several deep breaths, pull out our Parenting Like a BOSS capes and make the decision that no matter what comes our way, we will choose to be the awesome parents we were always meant to be.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Parents who may be struggling with parenting
  • Nanny’s who are looking to foster greater connection

The audience will leave with:

  • ​What it means to parent like a boss
  • Tools to parent well even during a crisis
  • Techniques to create a thriving atmosphere
  • The importanced of being an engaged and active parent
  • The benefits of building and cultivating a parenting community

I’ve given this talk a lot due to the COVID pandemic, helping parents not only survive but thrive at home.

PURPOSE: LIVE WITH LYFE INTENTIONALLY

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1- 2 hour day workshop” or  breakout session”

You weren’t put on this earth just to exist or be average, you were put on earth to be amazing. Whether you are a teacher, janitor, corporate leader, or community activist you were created to impact the people around you. Even if you don’t know your purpose, we will help you find your passion and once you find your passion it will lead you to your purpose. The moment you find your purpose you will live life intentional and full.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Students during a global pandemic
  • Organizational leaders during a global pandemic
  • Teachers during a global pandemic
  • Teams during a global pandemic
  • Parents during a global pandemic

BURN OUT IS PREVENTABLE

Format: ​”45-60 minute keynote”, “1- 2 hour day workshop” or  breakout session”

Being certified in relaxation therapy I have conducted many stress management types of seminars to help equip people who deliver personal care. Whether you’re a team of caregivers or corporate leaders your team would benefit greatly from this program.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Teams and leaders looking relieve stress before and during the holidays
  • Caregivers who are caring for a love one
  • Caregivers who are in the healthcare space that find it hard to balance
  • Employees and leaders who lack energy and find it hard to concentrate

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Participants will leave with positive action steps to move past survival mode.
  • Ways to identify what causes burnout
  • They will leave refreshed, renewed, and revived.
  • Being able to determine what’s in their sphere of influence
  • Tools to find balance before burnout
AVAILABILITY

CALENDAR

DATE LOCATION
Aug 31 Orlando, FL
Sep 13 Atlanta, GA
Oct 2 virtual
Oct 14 Columbus, OH
Oct 15 virtual
Oct 15 Columbus, OH
Oct 25 Austin, TX
Oct 28 – Oct 29 Whitefish, MT
Nov 2 Hilliard, OH
Nov 9 Orlando, FL
Nov 13 – Nov 22 Nariobi, Nariobi KENYA
Jan 3, 2022 New Albany, OH
REVIEWS

Some of today’s issues for HR leaders can be hard to tackle including how to have open and honest dialogue around race; how companies can support team members; creating safe spaces for dialogue; and ensuring company practices and policies are inclusive and supportive. Kenston’s “Winning Conversations” workshop provides honest and practical answers for HR leaders. His high energy and passionate approach creates a safe space for all attendees to ask questions and get practical advice.

 N.M.D., VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, ADVOCATE (VERIFIED @ADVOCATEINSIDERS.COM) 
 This event was presented virtually

Kenston was the keynote for our Nationwide Children’s Hospital YOU Matter Staff Support Program Celebration week. He spoke on "The Power of Connection, Curiosity and Winning Conversations. He balanced the stressors of 2020 with the perfect amount of honesty and lightheartedness. He interacted with the group utilizing his energy and the chat box to keep people engaged and connected. Working with Kenston was wonderful. He was clear in how he approaches speaking engagements, modified for a virtual event and knocked the ball out of the park. Given the opportunity I would work with Kenston again without any reservations! Well done Kenston!

 K.B.D.M.L.S., YOU MATTER STAFF SUPPORT MANAGER, NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (VERIFIED @NATIONWIDECHILDRENS.ORG) 
 This event was presented virtually

The Minnesota Public Health Association had the honor of Kenston Henderson, Sr. as a plenary speaker at our 2021 Annual Conference, “Bold and Humble – Engaging in Anti-Racist Public Health”, a statewide conference for public health professionals and interested community members from a variety of sectors. Kenston’s address on the opening of day 2 of our virtual conference could not have been a better start to the day! His energy, passion, and practical knowledge quickly captured, and held, our attendees’ attention. Having discussions virtually is a challenge and he prompted some good responses and audience engagement. Kenston delivered a thoughtful presentation with solid action items, resulting in conference attendees feeling empowered to address racism in their professional and personal lives. We would welcome the opportunity to work with Kenston again for future professional development.

 M.G., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MINNESOTA PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (VERIFIED @MPHA.NET) 
 This event was presented virtually

I recently attended a virtual session of the annual conference of the Government Finance Officer’s Association on implicit bias presented by Kenston. Kenston did a wonderful job discussing this subject. This is certainly a topic that our entire administrative team needs to discuss on a regular basis. I am hoping that we will engage Kenston with our entire group so they can all take a look at themselves as it relates to implicit bias. I would highly recommend Kenston for any presentation/work as it relates to these topics.

 B.W., TREASURER/CFO, HILLIARD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (VERIFIED @YAHOO.COM) 
 This event was presented virtually

I am a member of a networking group for wedding professionals. I had Kenston speak at one of our recent meetings regarding diversity and implicit bias. I knew it’d be a different and potentially uncomfortable subject matter for the attendees; yet I also knew it was necessary in order for our local wedding community to think outside of their boxes and what they’re used to. I have gotten so many positive comments on Kenston and his presentation. He did a wonderful job, was very professional, and knew his subject matter. He was very engaging with the audience and got people thinking. Excellent job!

 A.A.S., CEO EVENT PLANNER, ANDREA’S OCCASIONS (VERIFIED @ANDREASOCCASIONS.COM) 

Kenston Henderson Sr. and the Live with Lyfe team were a pleasure to work with. Kenston took the time to understand our group dynamics in order to incorporate into the event. He worked with us by creating a promotional video to share to garner excitement. Kenston was flexible when our event date and format needed to change. He was prepared and always prompt for our pre-planning calls and the day of the event. His presentation was high energy, relevant, and informative. He kept the group engaged and was able to showcase, through stories and examples, how an attended could take his insight back to ‘real-life’. We had one attendee share that our session was her third webinar of the day and it was the very best one. We would highly recommend Kenston for your next event. Will Engle President, PCMA POWER Chapter Denise Farrell Education Chair, PCMA POWER Chapter

 W.E.D.F., PRESIDENT & EDUCATION CHAIR, PCMA POWER CHAPTER (VERIFIED @MEETINGS-INCENTIVES.COM) 
 This event was presented virtually

During SHRM INCLUSION 2021 I had the privilege of listening to Kenston’s talk “Winning Conversations: Keys to Becoming a Successful and Courageous Advocate and Ally.” I’m striving to be an advocate and ally not just in the workplace, but in my everyday life and interactions. Kenston’s knowledge and passion about this topic left me feeling motivated and inspired. If you have the opportunity to hear Kenston speak, you will be better for it!

 M.H.., SR. HR LAW LEADER, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY (VERIFIED @GMAIL.COM) 

It is an honor to write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Kenston Henderson, Founder and CEO of Live with Lyfe, LLC, author, and TedxDayton Speaker. I have known Kenston for over 2 years, and watched his career evolve from cooperate trainer to motivational speaker. Kenston is a dynamic and engaging speaker who is always able to inspire and lead from the heart. He has a dynamic way of sharing messages that connect to the spirit of all listeners, and he utilizes this strength to make meaningful differences in those who hear him. To see him in action, everyone must check out his TEDxDayton Talk entitled “Can We Talk?” https://youtu.be/RMgCpdnjldc On Monday, February 10, 2020, I had the privilege of having Kenston Henderson present to the student athletes at Ohio Dominican University on the topic of “Stand Up and Lead Yourself”. I was able to witness our student athletes become actively engaged in his presentation while becoming inspired by his message of empowerment through taking ownerships of their individual lives. The students left this presentation energized, motivated, and inspired. Check out the video: https://youtu.be/XSlt_4RMIy8 I would highly recommend any company, community organization, college/university or school district who is looking for a motivational speaker to inspire, motivate, and ignite positive changes to invite Kenston Henderson to come and present to your employees, community members, faculty and staff, and students. Kenston will help everyone to create their own best version of themselves.

 P.N., CAREER COORDINATOR, OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY (VERIFIED @OHIODOMINICAN.EDU) 

I had the pleasure of seeing Kenston speak at the SHRM Inclusion conference and he is just someone who has a way of commanding a room with his positive energy and sense of humor while still getting the important messages across. This work in the DEI space is not easy and Kenston really pushes people to lean in and just do more with where they are right now in their DEI journey. When you attend one of Kenston’s sessions be prepared to feel like you belong and are welcomed as he puts in the extra effort to greet everyone and introduce himself to ensure there is a safe space created before diving in to the more difficult conversations. I found that to be special and that is what makes him so personable and a stand out speaker.

 C.C., DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY INCLUSION & BELONGING, KNOWBE4 (VERIFIED @GMAIL.COM) 

Kenston is an engaging presenter and well versed on the topic of implicit bias. He presented at our association’s annual conference. Given the state of affairs, the event moved from in-person to virtual and Kenston adapted to make sure that we still engaged the audience. He applied different strategies to make sure participants were active in the session. Through various polls, reflection exercises, etc., Kenston made the presentation come to life. Working with Kenston was wonderful as he asked great questions to tailor the presentation to the audience, providing examples that would truly resonate with crowd. I look forward to seeing Kenston present and working with him!

E.F., SENIOR MANAGER, GOVERNMENT FIANCES OFFICERS ASSOCIATIONS
 This event was presented virtually

Our association hosted its first conference since the shelter-at-home order was issued.  And since things are still “hot” across the country, we decided that it would be a VIRTUAL conference.  I had a lot of angst around this decision. “Would our attendees feel connected and engaged after so many hours in front of their computers?”  In hindsight, my worries seem silly now. Kenston marvelously used the virtual platform to interact with our 100+ group.  His energy and humor maintained the day’s momentum and was an integral part of the conference’s success.  Well-informed on the subject matter, Kenston spoke candidly and yet respectfully about the touchy issues.  He did this while simultaneously validating our humanness and vulnerability to err.  When you know better, then you can do better.  Thank you, Kenston… because now we know…better.

R.C., PRESIDENT, GFOA WASHINGTON
 This event was presented virtually
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