Gabriella van Rij

Drawing from groundbreaking science, her immense cross-cultural experience, and her signature humor, Gabriella van Rij inspires organizations to tap into the power of kindness—the most underutilized skill in today’s world.   

Whether in front of a large audience, the boardroom, or a university auditorium, Gabriella is a catalyst for change in organizations large and small. Her keynotes encourage listeners to take action against intolerance, harassment, and bias.   

An in-demand speaker, she has chosen to speak about social topics such as diversity, tolerance, workplace harassment, communication, bullying, and women’s empowerment. For those seeking to deepen their understanding of an issue, she offers follow up and executive coaching.

Adopted by a Dutch family from an orphanage in Pakistan, Gabriella’s life story is as inspirational as it is unique and has provided her with undeniable insights to share. Her experiences and background have spurred her to become a relentless champion of kindness and an expert on its lasting impact on our work lives, our personal growth, and our society.

Her story and subject matter expertise have captivated millions on Dr. Phil, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.   

This global kindness authority is also the author of three books. Her latest, Watch Your Delivery, combines original research with business know-how to provide organizations with a powerful guide to stronger communication.


  • Acceptance Is Your Business’s Biggest Untapped Advantage

  • Watch Your Delivery: Secrets to Effective Communication

  • The Price of Harassment at Work

  • Creating a Kindness Culture in the Workplace

  • Women Are Your Organization’s Competitive Edge

  • Loosing Fear, Finding Purpose

  • Youth Programs


(Note: Keynotes can be tailored to meet event requirements and audience interests.)



What is the #DaretobeKind movement?

The #DaretobeKind movement was founded by Gabriella van Rij, public speaker, author, and kindness expert. Its overarching goal is to show how kindness can be used in practical ways to build safer communities and healthier relationships. Gabriella uses the following 3 methods to achieve its purpose: 

  • Gabriella brings her 4-step “Make Kindness Your Choice Program” to schools, community centers, and corporations across the US.

  • Gabriella creates webisodes and conducts interviews, talks, events, and solicits media coverage that educates and raises awareness on the necessity of kindness.

  • The #DaretobeKind site was launched in early 2018. The site's strong user-oriented platform places an emphasis on sharing stories as the key to acceptance. "Because it is through this sharing of stories we become aware: (a) we are not alone (b) we are capable and (c) we are the solution," says Gabriella.

Video Clips


Gabriella’s WISE Webinar, Creating a Kindness Culture in the Workplace, helped our members remember that we all have a role to play in creating supportive work environments in concert with our colleagues – and it begins with each individual’s commitment to kindness. Her presentation radiated with an enthusiasm that I found infectious – I couldn’t help but find myself smiling throughout the Webinar. Gabriella lit up our audience’s Webinar screens with inspiring content and a beautiful delivery (her live video appearance made the event all the more interactive and engaging!).”

—Christine Regan Davi, VP, sales, Product Quest and WISE professional development committee member



“Gabriella has some amazing insight in combination with her real life experiences and is a kind, talented and effective speaker. When she spoke of how an entire group can give someone the silent treatment, all knowing what is taking place but not saying anything about it, it really struck home with me, as she explained that too is bullying.”

“It was probably one of the most thought provoking and meaningful presentations I’ve been to in a long time. I was never really a bully or was bullied myself, yet she was able to connect so well on a personal level that it left a tremendous impression on me. I walked out of that room a better person than when I came in. It’s been very rare indeed that a speaker will have that kind of impact on me. Although there were a few dozen people in the room, I have no doubt that the ‘pay it forward’ benefits will touch hundreds of others…maybe even just by me alone.”

For booking information contact:


Stacy Anderson

(949) 544-1410