Motivational Speaker Gabriella Van Rij is Today’s Honoree

gabriellavanrijGabriella van Rij ( was plucked from a Pakistani orphanage at the age of three and adopted by a Dutch family. Raised in Holland, she learned about bullies and racism the hard way, but she refused to remain a victim. Instead, she used understanding and empathy to defeat fear and mistrust. The techniques she pioneered are even more relevant in a country—and economy—that is increasingly global and multicultural. Today, Gabriella is an author and activist who speaks to thousands every month. For the last three years, Gabriella has been seen by millions on Dr. Phil, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.

Gabriella is that Voice for those who cannot speak and shares how each of us is unique and has something to offer the person next to us, and until we start to embrace each other’s unique perspective and talents, we will continue, as a society, to drop the ball on Human Kindness®.

Speaking at organizations, corporate events, and keynotes, Gabriella’s presentations blend humor, original analogies, and her life story to create a rare perspective-shifting experience that speaks to all and that provides the tools audiences need for more productive workplace relationships. The bold vivacity by which this petite woman captivates her audience is packed with her expertise and insatiable yearning to evoke, educate, and empower.

Gabriella not only speaks to the business world. She is frequently invited to speak at school assemblies across the US to address bullying issues with her four-step program “Make Kindness Your Choice.” After assemblies, students have come up to Gabriella in tears, thanking her for understanding what they are going through. Gabriella’s presentation style captures audiences of any age and gives students a chance to take ownership of their uniqueness.

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