Keynote: Lead Like You

Embrace Your Strengths & Own Your Leadership Style



For decades, we’ve been told there is a specific path to success and happiness that is determined by the number of digits in your bank account, your fancy job title or by the letters that follow your name in your signature. And, in order to achieve those things you had to play the part. To step into the “role of a leader” -- rock the pantsuit, perfect your sturdy handshake, speak loudly and deeply, power pose and leave your femininity at the door. The time has come for change, now more than ever we are hearing the call for new leaders to step up and make change happen in this world. 


Nikki Innocent, former path-follower turned humanity activist, entrepreneur, women’s leadership and diversity & inclusion advocate, will be sharing her journey from building a “successful” career to blazing her own path to leading life authentically, her way. This keynote focuses on getting familiar with your strengths, identifying & overcoming seemingly immovable internal & external obstacles and embracing your unique path to discovering how to authentically lead as YOU!


  • Download this GIF

  • Post it on your favorite social media platform

  • In the caption, add your intention

    • ex. “I will trust my gut over my fear.”

  • Tag @nikkiinnocent

  • Use the hashtag #LeadLikeMe

BONUS: Invite & encourage your friends to join you in setting an intention to lead as our authentic selves




Imposter syndrome: that sinking feeling that you will be found out as a fraud, that you are not qualified, that you don't belong, that your successes are undeserved and based more on luck, timing or other factors outside your control rather than your skills, contribution and strong performance

Limiting belief: something you believe to be true about yourself, about others, or about the world that limits you in some way. These beliefs may hold you back from taking chances, keep you blind to opportunities in your path, prevent you from accepting gifts offered to you, or simply keep you stuck focusing on the negative aspect of your circumstances

Burnout: a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;

  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job;

  • reduced professional efficacy.

Sistering: (in architecture) to affix a beam or other structural member to (another) as a supplementary support. Sistering joists means beefing them up with additional material. Doing so strengthens weak joists and can help straighten sagging joists.


These are the materials referenced during the talk for you to dive into and get a deeper understanding of the topics that were covered & the trends that were discussed and some that may not have been but will be great source of background information to understand the landscape to lead like YOU.


Break the Rules in Life, Then Re-write Your Own | TEDxBU

Embrace Your Other, Activate Your Superpower | TEDxBentley

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