"When I found myself sitting in my attic during Hurricane Katrina with rising flood waters rushing into the house, I realized that change was upon me.
Five days later when I was airlifted out of New Orleans and placed on a plane going who knows where, I knew I was starting a new chapter.
When I arrived at a Red Cross evacuee camp and saw the chaos around me, I knew life would never be the same.
When I made the decision to get involved, I felt I could make an impact.
When my efforts created successful outcomes, I knew I had found my sweet spot."
~Keisha A Rivers
Keisha A Rivers survived a harrowing Hurricane Katrina experience to become a successful speaker, change agent and learning leader. She facilitates successful outcomes by equipping people to manage change. Her work centers on three main areas: Engagement, Learning and Leadership. Keisha has over 14+ years of experience in the strategic consulting and organizational development space. She works with clients in the consumer goods & services, retail, hospitality, government and education industries.
An educator at heart, Keisha focuses her approach on teaching clients to understand and create their own unique vision of success. From there they work together to develop the foundation and framework for processes that will create dynamic, inclusive learning communities and empower their teams to take ownership and lead from within. The goal is not just to achieve outcomes and solve problems, but to equip her clients to sustain their success.
Her journey of organizational, leadership and team development stems from a combination of her business and education training, along with her first-hand experience in a variety of leadership positions. Keisha has served as executive director of a private foundation, general manager of a minor league soccer franchise and developed programs and professional development initiatives for large organizations, companies and school districts.
A gifted and engaging international speaker and presenter, Keisha establishes an immediate connection with the audience. In her sessions, participants are transformed from passive recipients of information to active creators of knowledge. Keisha's approach empowers participants to immediately apply concepts and create real-world solutions. She has presented at conferences and led training for companies across the country.
Keisha's educational background includes a BA in Elementary Education from University of Pennsylvania, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Leadership & Development from University of New Orleans and a Women in Entrepreneurship Certificate from Cornell University. She is a member of the Network of Executive Women and National Diversity Council.
Keisha gives back to the community through her 501c3 nonprofit, The KARS Institute for Learning and Collaboration. The organization provides opportunities for collaboration, training and development to new and emerging community groups and nonprofits. In her spare time, Keisha enjoys traveling, reading, riding her motorcycle and exploring new ways of learning, growing and being.