Seconde Nimenya is an international award-winning author, a dynamic speaker and diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner who engages her audience with her storytelling in her authentic, empathetic, and relaxed style. 



“Seconde, thank you so much for joining our group again. It was a great presentation and discussion session. I appreciate the warmth, humor, and inclusiveness that you bring to your sessions!” Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Maine Health


“Seconde is a thoughtful and gracious speaker and leader – that definitely makes an impact and leaves a positive lasting impression. Using her own life story, research, and best practices, she does an incredible job of relaying the concepts of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) from the simplest to the most complex of situations. She is a great collaborator, instructor, and speaker for thought and diversity leadership practices.”– AC Disaster Consulting


“Seconde, On the behalf of South Puget Sound SHRM, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your message with our chapter members. You are a powerful and entertaining speaker; and every time I hear you speak or read your work, I gain both knowledge and happiness. Thank you for being You!” South Puget Sound SHRM


“Dear Ms. Nimenya, Your talk was just what I was hoping for after our phone conversation a few days before the Student Leadership Conference. Everyone in your audience was especially impressed with your humility combined with candor. You showed everyone the importance of intentionally opening oneself to new and different people and how learning about their ideas and experiences can enable us to come together and find shared purposes. This expands the number and kind of people we can potentially serve as leaders in our communities.” Howard Prince, PhD., Professor, the University of Texas at Austin 


Seconde is a wonderful speaker! She’s very captivating and thoughtful, yet very real and down to earth. I would definitely recommend her as a guest speaker to anyone looking to broaden their horizon on Diversity & Inclusion and would love to have her back to speak at my company again in the future.” Financial Recovery Technologies


What Participants Are Saying About Seconde’s Presentations: 

Thank you for such a wonderful, thought-provoking meeting. I feel so inspired and ready to work!!”

What an amazing personal story and journey.” 

– “Very inspiring.” 

– “Her message was timely, very strong, and thought provoking.”

– “I was happy to see that the material dived deeper into race relations.” 

– “Seconde was great and well-loved, and her message thought-provoking.”

A TEDx speaker, international award-winning author, diversity trainer and advocate, personal and professional leadership development strategist, Seconde Nimenya has been delivering powerful presentations to diverse audiences all around the world.

Seconde’s reputation as a speaker is built on her ability to explore difficult topics with integrity, warmth and wit. She is a thought-leader on diversity and inclusion, leadership and personal growth. Thought-provoking with powerful insights, Seconde Nimenya’s presentations will impact how your audience learn, live and lead; getting them to think in new and creative ways. In her presentations, she inspires audiences and leaves them with deep insights and powerful strategies to transform from inside out.

If you are interested in booking Seconde to speak at your next event, submit your inquiry on this link.



Seconde uses her varied cultural and educational background to deliver inspiring and empowering presentations. Through her unique approach, she equips leaders with advanced cross-cultural communication skills, and helps them to improve team dynamics, by bridging the cultural gap and increasing diversity consciousness for an inclusive workplace and educational system.



  • Race in America: How to Remove the Big Elephant in the Room with Meaningful Conversations

  • Improving Cultural Diversity Competence to Disrupt Inequities

  • Managing a Diverse Workforce and Increasing Employee Engagement

  • Evolving Through Adversity in Times of Uncertainty

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Seconde, thank you for joining us. The feedback for your presentation was all positive!

Danelle B.

Event Coordinator, Association of California School Administrators

Seconde, we cherish the gifts of your wisdom and journey that you shared with us. Thanks for visiting us on “sacred” ground in the territory of our collective spirits. It was a special two days!

Joanne DeMark, Ph.D

Leadership Development Specialist, Western Washington University

Thank you Seconde for coming to my class. I think you sensed the interest you stimulated in the students. Your story and your presentation is very inspiring. Your perspective on American race issues was also very insightful. I was pleased with the way you drew all of the students into the discussion.

Walton Johnson Ph.D.

Professor, Rutgers University

Dear Seconde, thank YOU for your great presentation and compassionate interaction with my students! I asked my students for some feedback and here is what we came up: Seconde was able to understand and appreciate students’ comments and took a collective “we” approach to our conversation about race and other identity constructs aimed at developing dialogue. Seconde’s style of presenting validated the variety of perspectives people brought to our discussion. She was able to hold space for discomfort and waited for us to be brave enough to say something, but she did so in a way that was relaxed and compassionate that made everyone feel like they had something to contribute and something at stake in the conversation.”  

Karen Stout, Ph.D.

Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership & Director, Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership , Western Washington University

Hi Seconde, what a fantastic UNE-community collaboration! Thanks so much for coming to Maine and inspiring our community. I’m so looking forward to continuing work with you in Portland.

Donna G. Jarvis

Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity, University of New England

Seconde, it was beyond wonderful having you speak here at our conference! I’ve heard only rave reviews of your presentation from all!!!

Rhonda DeWitt

Coordinator – Employee Professional Development, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

We received a lot of really positive feedback about Seconde Nimenya’s presentation; she certainly stood out! She did an outstanding job and incorporated personal stories which definitely touched a chord. She was amazing and inspiring!

Tasha Richardson

Vice President, Human Resources, WYNDHAM Vacation Ownership

Ms. Nimenya, thank you so much for coming and sharing with our students. One of our goals we established for our school is that every student feel a sense of belonging at Bella Vista. We have a long way to go, but I know you have impacted hundreds of our students to see themselves as unique and wonderful as they are. Hopefully they also see that they need to accept every other individual in the same way – like you say, in the end, we are all the same more than we are different; we want to be accepted for who we are.

Peggy Haskins

Principal, Bella Vista High School - Sacramento, CA

Hello Seconde, I used your TED Talk in all five of my sophomore classes last week to kick off small group discussions about acceptance (what does it look and feel like? How important is it?). Next, groups discussed race and culture in our school (did they think students felt comfortable here? What problems or successes did we have in these areas?)  Finally, each group decided on 3-5 guidelines or norms for how our class should function together. These ideas were posted to an online discussion board where, once I gather patterns, we will follow up by voting on our top choices. We thought your talk was powerful. All my teens were attentive. I teach many students of color who, it seemed to me, appreciated your compassionate yet direct approach.

Laura Hansen

Teacher, Lake Washington School District

“Ms. Nimenya is an author, speaker and trainer. She has demonstrated her expertise around overcoming adversity, cultural sensitivity, and equity. She is a calm, confident and credible speaker. She brings an effective and authentic manner as a presenter and speaker. Her delivery is smooth, easy, and thoughtful. She interacted with audience members in a way that heightened the experience for them. She more than met our expectations and delivered a powerful talk.”

Ken Harvey

Communications Director and TEDx Organizer, Sno-Isle Libraries

Seconde, just now had a chance to watch your TED talk and loved it. Keep doing what you do and I look forward to what new trails you will blaze during 2017.

Dr. Renee Collins

Associate Dean of Students, Western Washington University

Hello Seconde, I had the pleasure of hearing you speak at the United Way in Everett for the Diversity Labor Exchange. It was my first time attending one of their events, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about you and your suggestions for how to move forward in an ever-changing labor market.

Aleta S.

HR Manager, Cascade Companion Care

Seconde’s storytelling was a powerful experience. An amazing woman who through her life experience is helping others to love themselves, travel your unique journey, and return to share your newly found knowledge with others. Who knew that Adversity could be a source of inspiration. Thank you for your visit to WWU.

Daniel D.

MBA Candidate, Western Washington University

I am so glad to have heard your story and to implement all the notes from your talk into my personal life. I am truly grateful.


Deborah O.

Student, A&M Texas University