Shadé Zahrai Praise


Shadé is so inspiring! Positivity spreads positivity – everyone left taking something away... especially around how to articulate what drives us. We all wanted more!
— Fatima Khan, Melbourne


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"Without question, each and every one of the 90 people in the audience were both mesmerised at your passion and your energy. When I asked the team about the event the first thing they spoke about was the session on Empowerment and thought your part of the day was one of the highlights. It set the tone and the bar for the event which was a hard act to follow. Thank you."

– Nathan Luck, Head of Corporate Systems

“Shadé was a delight to work with and really took the time to understand our business… She really captivates the audience and has an energy that keeps you engaged. The material truly resonated with our audience of senior leaders from across the business… from equipping our leaders with essential resources and skills to manage change with agility, to leverage it as an opportunity to thrive and to be influential change-makers transforming our teams and business… Thanks Shadé, you were awesome.

– Maria Robbins, Chief People Officer, Winc.

"Shadé is one the most incredibly accomplished young speaker's I have ever met. Shadé tackles every topic with a refreshingly vibrant approach and backs it up with the perfect amount of data and science. I have had the privilege of attending several of Shadé's key notes on mindfulness, positivity and the powerful impact it can have on our personal and professional lives, and have always left learning new things about myself and how I can make a bigger difference."

– Chris Tate, Deputy CEO, Careertrackers

"Thank you Shadé. We really appreciate you taking the time to attend the event. The students have commented on how much they enjoyed and learned from the activities. Your insights and encouragement were extremely helpful for our students."

Dr Jason McGovern | General Manager, Southern Cross University Sydney and Melbourne Campuses

"Yet again Shadé delivered a highly engaging session as part of our pre-employment program. She has a wonderful ability to make an unfamiliar group feel comfortable and willing to contribute. Her sessions are consistently rated very highly by our participants.”

– Ash Nugent | Deputy CEO, CareerSeekers

"Thank you so much for taking the time to encourage our students to keep striving for excellence and chasing their passion at our Asia Pacific Summit. Your presentation was eloquently executed and captivating. I look forward to working together in the future."

– Sunnefa H Penning | University Relations Officer, Golden Key International Honour Society

"Shadé is outstanding at engaging with a young audience and delivering content in a very inspirational and motivating way. Her content, coupled with her confidence is empowering and a great asset to the Global Leadership Program audience."

– Sarah Schooley | Program Ambassador, Macquarie University

"I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for your guidance, advice support and inspiration last night. The event was a great success. The feedback from all concerned is extremely positive."

Jon Hopwood | Director, Social Agility

“Thank you for speaking at yesterday's Summit. The 500+ students really engaged with your story and the dancing contribution rounded the event off perfectly."

– Colin Hyde | National Operations Manager, High Resolves

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"Shadé Zahrai was our keynote speaker for our Leadership Development Series. Through her relatable stories, her highly engaging presentation style and content that was very relevant to the audience she was able to inspire and empower students with a new perspective on success. One student commented that "it was the best keynote that we have had." The students greatly resonated with her story and appreciated how, in addition to offering some very interesting perspectives around happiness, resilience, success and the importance of being your authentic self, she also provided the tools to assist them to change their behaviours and attitudes."

– Victoria Menzies SFHEA Manager, Griffith Honours College

“Shadé Zahrai was our Guest Speaker at The Banking and Finance Oath (The BFO) 2019 Young Ambassadors event… Quite simply, Shadé captivated the room with her insights on what it means to work with purpose and put personal values in to action. She spent considerable time researching the objectives of the event, understanding the purpose of The BFO and who the audience would be, and tailored her message accordingly. Shadé brought the perfect combination of passion, energy, storytelling and knowledge to our event. The feedback we got from our 2019 cohort of Young Ambassadors and other senior leaders in the room was that Shadé brought to life with great clarity and poise, how they can consistently align their purpose and values to do good in society and be fulfilled in their careers.”

– Jodi O'Callaghan, Executive Officer, Banking and Finance Oath

“Shadé was the Keynote Speaker and panel facilitator at Cognizant's Outreach Event. I cannot emphasize enough on how well she delivered her speech on emotional intelligence and its influence on leadership and happiness. Her style is engaging , relaxed and extremely professional. Shadé took keen interest in understanding what Cognizant as an organization wanted to achieve out of the event. She recommended we do connect sessions prior to the event to ensure we are fully prepared for the messaging at the event. She researched our panel thoroughly and carved out questions that truly made our panelists comfortable, and brought out a lot of information. Shadé is a lovely individual, very easy to work with and someone I would love to bring back at Future events at Cognizant.”

– Radhika Achwal, | Lead Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, Cognizant

"The feedback from your session has been fantastic, the team loved it and found you extremely engaging! In fact they wish you went for a longer period of time! They were all referring to things you said throughout the rest of the day which was great – means they really absorbed what you said… Thank you once again for being an inspirational part of our Strategy Day!"

Anna Wajzer, Senior Sales Manager, Rockpool Dining Group

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“We chose Shadé to present the final session of our conference. This was an inspired decision. Her presentation style and content struck exactly the right note. The feedback we have received from numerous sources, whilst complimenting the entire program, identified Shadé’s session as a highlight. As a result, we are now fielding requests for a repeat of Shadé’s presentation.”

Fleur Harriton, Deputy Manager | Internal Audit, NSW Health

“We invited Shadé to wrap up the event with a motivational speech on happiness. I expected Shadé to be fantastic, as her reputation preceded her. Shadé had everyone absolutely transfixed - a very hard act to achieve, given students can lose attention quickly and she was last on the agenda. Shadé is so accomplished and her messages for the students were brilliant at a time when so many students struggle with the pressure of school and home life.”

– Besa Deda | Chief Economist of the St George Banking Group and Committee Member of the Australian Business Economists


Praise for Shadé from a wellbeing Retreat in Puerto Rico in 2017 where she attended as resident Empowerment Coach and delivered seminars.


Other Endorsements

Shadé is the ultimate professional. She has a depth of knowledge, brought about through her psychology background combined with her extensive business and financial acumen. Shadé is engaging and passionate and she is able to connect with her audience on multiple levels; I would highly recommend her as your keynote speaker at your next conference or team building day.
— Kathleen Tracey Marketing Manager, Business CRM&D
Shadé is an incredibly dynamic and engaging presenter and one of the best professional speakers I have heard. I have heard Shadé present to a range of audiences and she is able to effectively adapt her content and style to ensure relativity and value to the audience. The brain behaviour components of the content I found extremely useful and was able to take away a number of key learnings which I am now practicing both in my professional and personal life. I would recommend Shadé to any group!
— Joshua Anderson, Senior Analyst, Westpac Group
Shadé brings great passion and energy to her presentations. She understands the barriers to success that young people commonly face, such as self-limiting beliefs, and by sharing her own personal experiences she engages the audience in something highly relatable. With a deep knowledge of psychology and organisational behaviour, Shadé provides meaningful and personalised frameworks to overcome challenges and develop skills in communication, relationships and leadership.
Very impressive session that was run in a light hearted but very informative manner. Great content that helped to clarify why the people we work with on a day to day basis can view the same things we see from a totally different perspective.
— Michael Kelly, Senior Manager, Financial Services
I thought the material was perfectly delivered – it touched on all of the ‘psych’ elements without being too technical, and at the same time got you thinking about personalities and individual styles of working which was really insightful and relevant to the audience. Shadé engaged the audience really well and there was lots of animated discussion about the content.
— Joshua Toyer, HR Professional
Shadé was a very interesting and confident motivational speaker. She made us think about normal things we do e.g the way we stand, the way to attend to a task. Her background in Psychology gives her very interesting insights into a person’s behaviour and those insights can make us tolerant of other people in workplace. She was a fantastic presenter and very attentive. Loved it.
— Arti Mathur, Senior MIS
Shadé was the guest speaker at a recent large corporate event. In an entertaining, interactive and fluid way, Shadé helped to facilitate greater self-awareness in the attendees by uncovering their brain patterns, their personal preferences, where their anxiety lay with regards to changes in the external environment and how to navigate through change in the workplace.
The feedback was amazing. Her presentation was easy to understand, informative and very interactive. The flow from personal brain patterns to personal preferences, then to interactivity and communication was brilliant and very engaging. Shadé’s presentations skills are phenomenal - she is energetic, clear, coherent and very funny too! The team rated her presentation as the best part of the event. We cannot thank her enough.
— Hanoch Ben-David, Agile Coach