Gabriella is that Voice that 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®.
Gabriella’s most popular presentations include:
Overcoming Racism: What Prejudice and Judgment Look Like
As a child, Gabriella van Rij was plucked from an orphanage in Pakistan, raised in Holland, and learned about bullies and racism the hard way. Today, she speaks on how not to be guilty of racism and how to master the art of accepting the cultural differences commonly encountered in today’s increasingly multicultural world.
Stop Apologizing for Who You Are (A Presentation for Women)
Women in today’s workforce deal with pressures that their male counterparts do not. In one example, Gabriella references women in the police force who are expected to look tough on the street, sexy for their husbands, and motherly for their children. In top management, the science and medical field, and fields where the ranks of woman are thin, or anywhere else, Gabriella empowers women to be proud of their uniqueness and to live a life free of invisible constraints.
The Necessity of Kindness: Dare to Be Kind®
A recipient of one amazing act of kindness, Gabriella shares her story and asks the question: “As a society, we have dropped the ball on Human Kindness®. Will you help me pick it up? One moment, one person, one kindness—is all it takes to help someone go from a negative space to a positive place.” BE the difference!
Are We the Bully or the Victim? Practical Solutions
One of her most popular presentations to date, Gabriella provides students and adults with the psychological tools that promote self acceptance. She shares how, by embracing our uniqueness, we can encounter friends instead of bullies. She reveals how bullies and victims are mirror images of each other and how to use this empowering knowledge to help both.
Cyber Torment (Cyber Bullying)—How to Survive and Get the Upper Hand
They see things they should never see… Gabriella teaches parents and educators how to tell if their child is a victim of cyber torment, and how to truly help them navigate in a world where it seems every new social media platform is an avenue for ridicule and humiliation. She reveals how to build students’ self-image to raise a confident, courageous child.
Action/Reaction: Are You a Reactive Person?
Much of life is spent reacting to others’ behavior. Most bullies react to others violently, physically, or verbally, due to fear of not belonging and thus being made fun of. Victims, however, react by not taking ownership of their uniqueness for almost all the same reasons. Once we stop reacting, and start initiating action, everything changes.
As an engaging and provoking public speaker, Gabriella has spoken to audiences across the globe in a variety of venues, including schools, colleges, community centers, businesses and corporations, and places of worship.
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