Opening Keynote speaker Shola Richards from the University of California, Los Angeles Health will be presenting “The Spirit of Ubuntu: Three Questions to Change How You Work, Live and Lead”

Shola is a dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author, a workplace positivity expert, an award-winning Director of Training & Organizational Development for UCLA Health, and a positivity blogger with a passionate worldwide following. His articles have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous publications all over the world who recognize him as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement.

As a speaker, Shola has shared his transformative message with top universities, Silicon Valley, leading healthcare organizations, the motion picture industry, and in his greatest honor to date, as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. under the Obama administration—three days before the 15th anniversary of 9/11 (September 2016).

Last, but certainly not least, Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility is extinct from the American workplace.”


This highly-engaging, memorable and actionable keynote will introduce the audience to the transformative African word known as Ubuntu—and show how this word can be used to sustain continuous positive change on any work team. Additionally, Shola will introduce the three powerful questions of Ubuntu that will positively change how we work, live and lead—starting today. Lastly, Shola will share an innovative approach to help the participants to deal with the disruptive change and challenges in their lives (professionally or otherwise), while also introducing a new mindset  to ensure that the participants stay committed to putting these concepts into action long after the keynote ends.