Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. This year’s theme is Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration. In light of the theme we want to highlight some of the best speakers in the industry you can hire and work with.

When planning your programming for a heritage month, you want to make sure that you hire engaging speakers that will not only elevate your culture, but that will bring light to stories, experiences and new ways of working that support all employees.

Part of building a culture of inclusion is to use the platform of heritage months to empower and equip not only your minority populations, but your entire workforce. This is your opportunity to highlight what Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders bring to the table, their beautiful traditions, ceremonies and culture. It is also important to involve your AANHPI population to make sure that you are representing them well. Don’t plan this month without them!

Now, you can trust that we have done all of the hard work to bring forward the best speakers in the industry. The best part too is that all of the speakers we represent, we have the opportunity of modifying and customizing the session to fit your culture, or elevate it. Both ways, when you hire our speakers, your CEO will be impressed.

Terri Trespicio
Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor, Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has surpassed 6.5 million views, and she was named by Hubspot as one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it” (she came in at #2—Oprah was #8), and one of the world’s leading creatives by Creative Boom magazine. A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show. Her work has been featured in Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Prevention, Business Insider,, and She’s also host and co-creator of “Making It Big in 30 Minutes,” a podcast for, by, and about the Emerson College community. Certified in the Gateless method for capturing creative genius, she leads workshops and retreats all over the country to help professionals of all stripes take their stories and ideas from page to stage and beyond.

Tiffany Yu
Tiffany Yu is the CEO & Founder of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise to amplify disabled voices; the Founder of the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, a monthly micro-grant that has awarded $49.5k to 50 disability projects in 8 countries; and the host of TIFFANY & YU, the podcast. She serves on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council and was a 2020 Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit. At the age of 9, Tiffany became disabled as a result of a car accident that also took the life of her father. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and has also worked at Bloomberg and Sean Diddy Combs’ REVOLT Media & TV. She is a 3x TEDx speaker and spoke on 5 sessions at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. She has been featured in Marie Claire, the Guardian, and Forbes.

Nilima Bhat
Co-author, Shakti Leadership – Embracing Feminine & Masculine Power in Business; and My Cancer is Me – The journey from Illness to Wholeness. Nilima is a Conscious Leadership and Integral Health expert. She facilitates personal transformation, gender reconciliation and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has 24+ years of global corporate experience and consciousness-based health and growth training. She has lived in Germany, Singapore, UK and Hong Kong and has spent the last few years between India and the US, serving as guest faculty at the Whole Foods Academy for Conscious Leadership, Bentley University, Babson College and Esalen. She is also actively involved with supporting the Conscious Capitalism Movement and WIN (Women’s International Network). Her client base includes multinational organizations like Tata Consultancy Services, Societe Generale Bank, Microsoft, Vodafone and the YPO.

Elijah Kalā McShane
A Kānaka Maoli (Indigenous Hawaiian) speaker, poet, educator, and student of Hawaiian history and consciousness. Based in Oahu, Elijah shares with us his insights into the real deal Hawaiian history from the Hawaiian perspective, as well as to discuss the significance and cultural context of the ongoing struggle for Hawaiian Sovereignty. Elijah also describes the crucial importance of decolonizing the spiritual and connecting with one’s ancestors.

If you want to work with any of our speakers for AANHPI, email us at or visit our website to see how we can help you design an authentic month.