Chelene Knight is the author of five books including Let It Go: Free Yourself From Old Beliefs and Find a New Path To Joy. Chelene is a certified mindfulness facilitator and creative balance coach. Over the past decade, Chelene has meticulously cultivated a robust portfolio of workshops and custom support for authors and busy professionals. Her unwavering commitment to nurturing community has birthed an empathetic editorial approach and a mentorship-driven ethos that aids emerging writers in their development. Chelene was the previous managing editor at Room magazine, festival director for the Growing Room Festival in Vancouver, and worked as a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency. She has also worked as a professor of poetry at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. She is founder of the Forever Writers Club, a membership for writers focused on creative balance, and is founder of her own coaching studio, Breathing Space Creative, through which she’s launched the Thrive Coaching Program where busy professionals can learn how to manage their energy and make space for all the things they are passionate about. Chelene also specializes in moderating intimate, 1:1 conversations with best-selling authors such as Ross Gay, Natasha Trethewey, Angie Thomas, and Esi Edugyan.

Speaking Topic: 

The Transformative Power of Saying No With Love and Showing Up As Your Best Self

Embrace the wisdom of Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and bell hooks in Chelene Knight’s insightful talk about love. Chelene explores the transformative power of saying no with love and the art of letting go by slowing down and investigating the language we use with ourselves. Let Chelene inspire you by showing you how making intentional choices and calling in self-care can guide us towards self-discovery and ultimately—love.

Ideal for large organizations, this talk is perfectly tailored to enhance team-building initiatives, foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, and promote wellness in the workplace. Chelene’s engaging and insightful presentation is designed to address the unique needs of diverse teams.

Participants will feel inspired to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics, build stronger, more cohesive teams, and create a more inclusive and supportive work environment. Whether you are looking to strengthen team cohesion, advance your DEI objectives, or enhance overall employee well-being, this talk will inspire and empower your organization to achieve its goals.

Other Speaking Topics: 

  • How To Cultivate a More Sustainable Writing Career
  • Curating Space: Calling in Women of Colour as Leaders and Mentors
  • Say No with Love Workshop: How to uncover vital priorities, your authentic self, and find balance through a unique decision-making process in order to generate true contentment and satisfaction in your career and your creative practice
  • Valuing Lived Experience As Expertise
  • Anything else connected to self-discovery, coaching, belonging, mindfulness, wellness

Previous Keynotes and Talks:

  • Live Interview with New York Times best-selling author, Angie Thomas
  • Belonging & Entrepreneurship, Keynote, IDEAS Conference, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Home & Belonging, Keynote, Camosun Fundraiser
  • Home & Belonging, Human Rights and Equity Conference, BC Nurses Union
  • Literary change-makers Indian Summer Festival
  • Live Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Natasha Trethewey
  • Diversity in Publishing MagNet Magazine Conference
  • Where are you really from? On Being Black In Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library
  • Black History Symposium

Relevant Media Coverage:

Toronto Star, Chelene On Belonging and Race

Toronto Star, Chelene Knight: One of the Storytellers We Need Most Right Now

Toronto Star, Chelene Knight Writer’s Trust Rising Star

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