Seconde Nimenya is an International Award-Winning Author, and Recognized Inspirational and Diversity Speaker and Advocate Who Engages Audiences With Her Authentic, Compassionate and Relaxed Style.

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 the inquiry form on this link, and submit your request.

Please see below a sample of Seconde’s speaking topics.



Speaking on Diversity, Belonging and Inclusion

“Our differences– be it in the workplace, in school, or in our communities should be the diversity drivers of business. How your organization attracts, retains and empowers your clients and employees makes a huge impact on your overall business success.”  — Seconde Nimenya

Seconde Nimenya is an international award-winning author and diversity & inclusion expert who has more than twenty years of experience in multicultural diversity leadership, and a leading speaker, trainer and advocate on diversity and inclusion. Her focus is on racial and cultural diversity leadership as drivers of organizational innovation.

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.

As a Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Trainer, 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 to improve team dynamics by bridging the cultural gap and increasing diversity consciousness for an inclusive workplace and educational system.



  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

  • College/University Diversity Leadership

  • Insights for a Culturally Competent Team 

  • Increasing Employee Engagement

  • Personal/Professional Leadership



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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 T. Prince II, Ph.D

Clinical Professor, University of Texas at Austin

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 F. 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

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

Hello Seconde, I watched and thoroughly enjoyed your TED Talk. Your point of view, delivery and personality really resonate with the kind of viewers we have and across borders.
Karen Juve

Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, The Africa Channel



Association of California School Administrators








Her reputation as a speaker is built on her ability to explore difficult topics with integrity, authenticity and humor. She is a thought-leader, storyteller and advocate with the ability to inspire audiences and leave them with strategies to become the best versions of themselves.

Contact her at: to customize a topic for your particular organization or audience. She is available for Motivational/Inspirational Keynotes, Leadership Workshops and Retreats. 









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

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

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

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 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 Parcell Springer

HR Manager, Cascade Companion Care

Thank you for sharing your TED Talk. I found it both grounding and inspiring.
Ericka Cox

Inclusion Manager, King County


Dear Seconde,
Thank you for making the time to address our Global Women’s Leadership Forum Corporate Members this morning. The webinar content was excellent and your personal story is truly inspirational. Our listeners stayed on the call throughout the entire webinar which is always a sign of interest and engagement.
Diane Wolf

Executive Strategist, Global Women’s Leadership Forum

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 Dickinson

MBA Candidate, Western Washington University

Hi Seconde, I have heard nothing but positive reviews about you. I talked to many people who really liked your presentation. Personally, I thought you were great!

Cameron Cassidy

Education and Employment Navigator, Workforce Snohomish, Washington State

“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”

Conference Participant

Student Leadership Conference