Shadé Zahrai - About


Shadé is one of Australia's leading millennial experts on building a success mindset, self-belief and self-mastery for emerging female leaders and women in business.

Shadé is a bestselling author, strategy consultant, Harvard-trained leadership coach focussing on female millennials, professional speaker featured on TED and TEDx, and 3x Australian champion latin dancer. As Co-Founder of Influenceo Group, Shadé brings positive psychology and neuroscience research to life through simple, easy-to-apply strategies to boost retention and drive business performance within organisations.

A former lawyer with a background in psychology, marketing and sales, bolstered by experience in leadership and consulting at a Big-4 bank, Shadé is commercially savvy while being very in touch with the human side of business. 

Her passion is to empower women and minorities to challenge unconscious bias, drive inclusion and advance equality for a happier, more productive and more sustainable workplace for all. Shadé is proud to have been shortlisted on the Telstra Women in Business Awards VIC in 2018.

As a keynote speaker, Shadé is renowned for her ability to infuse motivation with practical strategies and solutions to shift mindsets and drive positive action in her audiences. Her high energy presentations are characterised by authenticity, humour and passion, and create maximum impact.

Giving Back

Shadé runs a social enterprise that drives the empowerment of young women in high schools, has volunteered and lived with a remote Aboriginal community in Cape York to deliver a strategic community business plan to secure funding and resources, volunteered at an Indigenous children’s wellbeing festival in remote Alice Springs, is a regular volunteer facilitator with CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program and CareerSeekers New Australian Internship Program and firmly believes in the responsibility we all have to give back in whatever way we can. She offers pro bono keynotes and presentations to Charities and social enterprises regularly, including being a guest speaker for the Banking and Finance Oath Young Ambassadors event in 2019 alongside Phillip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.    


As an instigator of positive social change, Shadé is passionate about empowering our next generation of female leaders who will challenge unconscious bias and take steps to address gaps in gender parity and inequality in the workplace. She believes very strongly in providing equal opportunities for all, and works to address some of the underlying issues that limit women and other minority groups from achieving their full potential.