Najwa Zebian | Activist, Author and Poet Encouraging Equity and Inclusion

Najwa Zebian

Activist, Author and Poet Encouraging Equity and Inclusion

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Najwa Zebian
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Najwa Zebian is a 3x best-selling author of Mind Platter, The Nectar of Pain, and Sparks of Phoenix. She is also a creator, activist and educator. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves; to live, love, and create fearlessly. She began writing as a means to heal her first students, a group of young refugees. Since self-publishing her first collection of poetry and prose in 2016, Najwa has become an inspiration to millions of people worldwide - many of which have chosen to have her words tattooed on their bodies. Her ability to articulate soul-deep feelings is what sets her apart from the rest of the world. That uniqueness coupled with her extensive knowledge on educational pedagogy and teaching in a manner that effectively educates makes her a powerhouse in the field. Through her three books, her podcast (Stories of the Soul) and her own digital school (Soul Academy), she continues to give a voice to countless souls out there aching to be heard. Her passion for language was evident from a young age, as she delved into Arabic poetry and novels. The search for a home--what Najwa describes as a place where the soul and heart feel at peace--was central to her early years. When she arrived in Canada at the age of sixteen, she felt unstable and adrift in an unfamiliar place. Nevertheless, she completed her education, and went on to become a high school teacher, where she spoke at multiple schools about poetry, diversity, inclusion, education, equity, culture and more. She has a Bachelor in Education, Masters in Education and is currently a Doctorate in Educational Leadership candidate, on leave from teaching. Since self-publishing her first collection of poetry and prose in 2016, Najwa has become a trailblazing voice for women everywhere - name dropped by the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and CBS News, among others. She has also creatively collaborated with Google, RBC, Kohl's and Cirque du Soleil. Mantra: These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.

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The Art of Emotional Resilience
Mastering Emotional Intelligence at Work


Transformational, Inspiring and Life-Changing. This keynote presentation aims to completely transform both the personal and professional lives of participants at all organizational levels to become the masters of their own path.

What if the trick to effectively leading others lies in your ability to harness the power of your emotions? What if working cohesively in a team requires being in touch with your own feelings?

There is a myth that there is no room for emotion in the big leagues. Whether we want them to or not, emotions guide how we do almost everything, not just how we handle failure. Our feelings dictate how we manage our time and energy. They help us navigate conflicts, take responsibility for our actions, communicate with others and adapt to changes under stress. All these skills are required to be a good leader, teammate, or employee. Instead of focusing on one skill at a time, we can strengthen our emotional intelligence and build resilience that enables us to handle anything that comes our way.

For anyone to reach their full potential professionally, they must go through many ups and downs – they must learn how to be resilient. Resilience doesn’t come from not feeling the pain of failure- it comes from understanding and truly feeling that pain. When we have room for emotions, we process that failure more effectively; our ability to say “I’m going to try again” comes from being able to truly feel and work through that pain. Unless we examine our pain and truly feel it, we cannot feel the joy of success as keenly.

How can our personal and professional lives improve through emotional resilience?
As participants engage in this presentation, they will personally reflect on their own experiences and stories to deconstruct what’s standing in the way of their emotional resilience and use that as a starting point to set goals. They will use the analogy from one of my poems: These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.

Keynote Presentation Goals:
Increasing awareness about emotional intelligence
Removing barriers to maximized employee performance
Developing practical emotional resilience skills in the workplace
Challenging the status quo and stigma surrounding emotions in the workplace
Fostering a culture of cohesion and support in the workplace

Added Benefits:
Creating a positive work environment
Creating a safe space for employees
Destigmatizing mental health in the workplace
Increasing productivity in the workplace

Available Options:
– Keynote: 45 min. / 60 min. / 75 min. / 90 min.
– Keynote + Workshop: ½ Day / Full Day
– Custom Training: ½ Day / Full Day
– Moderating/Facilitating ½ Day / Full Day
– All services are available in English and/or Arabic

Custom Keynote Title:
Clients can choose to change the title of the keynote to correspond to the event’s main theme.

Facilitating A High-Performing Workplace
Creating Workplaces on The Foundation of Diversity and Inclusion


Challenging, Life-changing and Revolutionary- This keynote presentation aims to change the culture of the organization from the root upwards instead of the conventional top-down approach to significantly impact a team’s performance, productivity, and results.



Instead of creating space for diversity and inclusion, the organization must be built on a foundation that combines the two. These buzzwords often end up as posters on a wall or as a newsletter highlight, when they should be seamlessly incorporated into every aspect of the organization, from policy to practice. Instead of perpetuating the perception of these two words as a burden, a trend or a band-aid, this presentation offers the organization practical ways to authentically implement practices that, at their core, serve the true holistic meanings of diversity and inclusion.

Packed with knowledge from years of experience in the educational field and planning for a differentiated approach that caters to the needs of employees at every level of the organization regardless of their background, this presentation promises to infiltrate the organizational structure in a way that enhances productivity, creates a positive work culture, and encourages equity.

Keynote Presentation Goals:
Empowering every employee to reach their potential
Unleashing untapped prowess by removing barriers
Implementing practical techniques that serve all
Changing the perception of differences as divisive to inclusive
Creating a culture that authentically celebrates diversity and inclusion

Added Benefits:
Detaching the stigma and challenging the status quo surrounding diversity
Encouraging acceptance and respect
Reconciling employee attitude, mental health, and retention
Enticing employees to invest in the vision of the company
Positioning the organization at the forefront of its industry

Available Options:
– Keynote: 45 min. / 60 min. / 75 min. / 90 min.
– Keynote + Workshop: ½ Day / Full Day
– Custom Training: ½ Day / Full Day
– Moderating/Facilitating ½ Day / Full Day
– All services are available in English and/or Arabic

Custom Keynote Title:
Clients can choose to change the title of the keynote to correspond to the event’s main theme.

Walking Through the Mirage of Fear
The Metamorphosis of a Leader


Invigorating, Inspiring and Moving - This keynote presentation aims to empower participants to step into the leaders they are each meant to be.

Designed for employees, entrepreneurs, and managers, this conference explores the importance of moving from a top-down approach to leadership to a distributed type of leadership. What does a workplace where every employee is a leader look like? What does it feel like? And how could it transform both the professional and personal lives of every employee to be more productive and fulfilling? Najwa brings both her knowledge on leadership from her graduate studies and her expertise as a leader to this life-changing talk.


Participants, whether in conventional leadership positions such as management or CEO or not, will reflect on their own understandings of leadership and their application of it in the workplaceand in their personal lives. They will also learn strategies to break through their existing fears that are hindering them from becoming the leaders they are meant to be.

Keynote Presentation Goals:
Deconstructing fear and using it as a springboard for change
Bridging the gap between personal and professional perseverance skills
Fostering a sense of distributed leadership
Understanding that servant leadership is the most effective
Highlighting humility as a key leader characteristic
Moving away from the race to compete and moving toward excellence

Added Benefits:
Defining fear as an ally instead of an enemy to growth
Instilling mindfulness skills that allow for constructively using fear
Practical strategies on going from “I” to “We”
Fostering a team spirit by empowering each part of the team
Ensuring that every person feels valued and valuable

Available Options:
– Keynote: 45 min. / 60 min. / 75 min. / 90 min.
– Keynote + Workshop: ½ Day / Full Day
– Custom Training: ½ Day / Full Day
– Moderating/Facilitating ½ Day / Full Day
– All services are available in English and/or Arabic

Custom Keynote Title:
Clients can choose to change the title of the keynote to correspond to the event’s main theme.

Authentic Influence - Moving A Million People with A Message


Real, Raw and Authentic - This keynote presentation aims to open the eyes of participants to the dangers of falling into influencer culture with no vision or purpose. Real impact begins with real, hard work.

In a world where recycled content is used to increase views just for numbers, how do you succeed and stand out with original content?

This presentation is designed for entrepreneurs, influencers, brand-builders, social media managers, and anyone who wants to create impact through social media. Participants will engage in activities geared towards them reflecting on their real purpose and intentions behind seeking growth and recognition on these platforms. They will also be guided through an analysis of profiles of current influencers who are effecting real change and ones who are only seeking recognition. As someone who’s paved her way in this field through authentic, real and intentional content creation, Najwa will share her secrets on effecting impact that ripples through millions.

Organizations as a whole can learn to strategically position themselves to create long-lasting influence that creates brand loyalty, increases conversions, and makes them stand out amongst the crowd.

Keynote Presentation Goals:
Dissecting the meaning of authentic influence
Creating an assessment framework for goal setting
Highlighting the importance of credibility and originality
Emphasizing mindfulness in content creation and decision making
Planning a social media strategy that aligns with the end goal of the organization

Added Benefits:
Embracing originality over numbers
Relieving the pressure of competition
Fostering a sense of community
Removing the fear of risk taking
Increasing engagement and reach

Available Options:
– Keynote: 45 min. / 60 min. / 75 min. / 90 min.
– Keynote + Workshop: ½ Day / Full Day
– Custom Training: ½ Day / Full Day
– Moderating/Facilitating ½ Day / Full Day
– All services are available in English and/or Arabic

Custom Keynote Title:
Clients can choose to change the title of the keynote to correspond to the event’s main theme.

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