Author PhotoABOUT SECONDE NIMENYA


Seconde Nimenya is an international award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and a diversity and inclusion advocate. A touching and captivating speaker, Seconde is a focused storyteller who facilitates personal and professional transformation, inspires, and moves people to action. Having the remarkable ability to customize each presentation for her particular audience’s needs, Seconde’s presentations foster compassion and motivation that produce lasting results.

Seconde is passionate about helping others learn how to overcome adversities, discover their passion, and live to their full potential; thus creating a ripple effect of authentic global impact- making leadership. Seconde Nimenya has emerged to become an internationally-recognized inspirational speaker, corporate diversity and inclusion consultant, and a leadership coach. While serving organizations throughout the world, her life story—has inspired audiences everywhere.

Seconde Nimenya travels the world sharing an inspirational message of tolerance and peace, working to bridge the gaps between multicultural communities. Watch her TEDx on Race and Identity in our global society.

SECONDE NIMENYA is a native of Burundi, in East-Central Africa. She holds a B.A from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She lived in Canada more than 10 years before moving to the United States, where she now lives with her family in Seattle, Washington State.

Seconde Nimenya is the author of three books, a noted motivational speaker and diversity and inclusion advocate. Her memoir, Evolving Through Adversity: How To Overcome Obstacles, Discover Your Passion, and Honor Your True Self is the story of her life journey, growing up in Burundi, and her inspiring journey of immigrating to North America; escaping her war-torn country of Burundi. The book won the 2014 International Book Awards, and has been hailed by readers as the most inspirational book ever read.

Her second book, A Hand To Hold, is an inspirational fiction story of love, healing and redemption. In her third book, A Leader’s Companion Workbook to Evolving Through Adversity, Seconde shares with a leadership transformational model on how to evolve through adversity.

With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of multicultural diversity leadership and empowerment, Seconde gives practical insights into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of our contemporary global community. Seconde’s presentations go beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity and diversity; she provides specialized work in the areas of personal and professional resilience, leadership, and cultural competence education.

Seconde’s presentations have been praised as the most energizing and inspirational; offering audiences new perspectives and insights on the topics of culture, race relations and global social issues.

She inspires people with her own life journey, and the life lessons she has learned along the way.

“I believe we’re all born with a purpose, and that the universal truth is: EVERYONE goes through adversity one way or another, because it is through challenges that we discover who we truly are. How we respond to life’s adversities can make us or break us! But you can choose to be the hero in your own story – the story featuring you!” – Seconde Nimenya

Seconde has lived a multicultural life on two continents and three countries, and she inspires people worldwide on how to overcome personal hurdles, discover your passion, and honor your true self. She shares life skills you can take back and empower yourself and others in your family, your work, your community, and your world!