“You teach people how to treat you.” But many young people hesitate to ask for what they want because of a fear rooted in the hypothetical of “what if?”. This silence can lead to breakdowns in relationships, career paths, peer pressure and more all because nothing was said. Nova worked in the hip-hop industry for over a decade, a space where wallflowers get stomped out. Speaking confidently becomes easier once the voice of your ‘inner evil twin’ is identified. Learn how to give a solid first impression with body language, speak mindfully, project authentically and start getting what you want!
Statistics show that 90% of students feel overwhelmed by the pressure of academics, finances, health and relationships. Without proper coping tools, the life of a young person can be sent into a tailspin of depression, anxiety, substance abuse or end in suicide. We start by shifting the focus from ‘what they do’ to ‘why they do it’, encouraging personal accountability. Next, discuss the potential of a health culture on campus, where young people can connect over shared experiences, release shame and isolation, resources. Nova has been that depressed student and candidly shares her process of getting out and going on with life.
Ladies Night on Campus
Ladies Night’s on campus create an opportunity for women to see each other, instead of watch one another. When they realize they are more alike than different, cliques fizzle, comparisons stop, experiences validated and the hugs and tears come organically. By reflecting on lessons learned with vulnerability and humour, audiences connect on topics of Self-Care, Toxic Relationships, Girlfriend Drama and Trauma Survival. Nova speaks with the love and frankness of a big sister, and as a survivor, she creates a space that is safe to reveal and heal.
View more of Nova’s Youth& Campus presentations here.
Available as Keynote or Workshop | Workplace Wellness For A Better Bottom Line
Within the workplace, the process of executing towards a goal can feel all-consuming. When burnout sets in and productivity declines, passion is snuffed out by resentment, dread, and stagnation. 6 out of 10 Canadians claim work to be their main source of stress, and that stress quickly seeps into all areas, physically, mentally, emotionally and in time, financially. In this presentation, Nova offers insights on self-care, assertiveness, and work/life balance. Her actionable takeaways will help audiences get more out of their personal and professional relationships, while organizations will learn new ways to encourage wellness at work.
COCA | Best Lecturer Award
Diversity Advancement Network | Black Canadian Role Model Award