Arti Shah

Arti Shah, a British Asian woman, was born with a condition called ‘pseudoachondroplasia’. Arti believes that no one should be labelled and put into a box.
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In-person: £1k-£3k, £3k-£5k

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Arti Shah’s early life seemed ‘normal’ until the age of 14 when, Arti had stones thrown at her and was called names which almost lead her to have leg lengthening surgery.

One week before the surgery, Arti pulled out as she released that she was only doing this to fit into what she believed society expected of her. Arti realised that is she did not love who she was, how could she expect anybody else to accept her. Arti has been breaking down barriers and stereotypes since then.

But what is normal? Arti came to realise that she was doing this to fit in for others’ benefit, and not for hers. This was a turning point for her, she then knew that if she did not love who she was, then how could she expect others to accept her? As she grew up and became more comfortable with herself, she acknowledged that being unique and standing out from everyone else can be a positive attribute. Which she encourages others to think this way.

As a successful business graduate, her career began in Media Sales and Recruitment, she then set up her own business in London before following her lifelong dream to pursue a career in acting which has since taken her around the world. She is an Actress & Motivational Speaker and has worked on the recent ‘Star Wars Trilogy’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows’ films & ‘Attack the Block’. On top of all these achievements, Arti is also a wife and proud mother to a young son.

Arti’s acceptance of who she was has lead her to live a life full of positivity, yet with so many challenges and it’s how she overcomes these challenges which makes her stand out. Her achievements have only just begun. She is creating a path where she is changing perceptions. She has first- hand experience of overcoming stereotypes and what obstacles need to be removed to allow inclusion. Arti delivers her colourful and thought-provoking life story with energy, positivity, and honesty.

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Arti share’s her personal experiences and life challenges through motivational and inspirational speaking with the aim of inspiring others in their own life, work and personal struggles.

Arti is a firm believer in the mantra, “Hard Work, Sheer Determination and Self Belief” with this always in mind, she believes that anything you put your mind to, can be possible.

Featured Topics Include:

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Overcoming challenges –

Overcoming my condition of pseudoachondroplasia as an example and not giving up – everyday. In the work place and in society. Giving examples adapted to each talk for each relevant group.

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Breaking down barriers and stereotypes -

Because of the way you look, this should not define where you belong.

3
Diversity & Inclusion –

The importance of why this should not be a tick box task & how to make everyone feel included and adapting situations.

4
Unconscious bias –

How the media plays a big part in the rewiring our brains. Also being aware to surround yourself with a diverse environment. Educating yourself to help remove unconscious bias.

5
Equality –

How we are all equal and deserving. Overcoming the stigma that any one group can be superior.

6
Belonging –

Not just feeling the need to belong, overcoming your negative thought process and also being aware to make sure the environment is belonging for all.

7
Confidence –

Advice on everyday confidence, how to develop the inner confidence and radiate it. Believing in yourself.

8
Overcoming imposter syndrome –

We all deserve the good things we have; we deserve the achievements. To talk yourself up and not down.

9
Creating a positive mindset –

My mantra and talking about self-assurance. Turning negative thoughts into a positive. Why you should not let strangers comments affect you.

10
Feeling heard and involved -

We can all do this and how we do this will be beneficial for us in the long term. Using your voice again, being an ally, getting an ally. You are not alone.

1
Overcoming challenges –

Overcoming my condition of pseudoachondroplasia as an example and not giving up – everyday. In the work place and in society. Giving examples adapted to each talk for each relevant group.

2
Breaking down barriers and stereotypes -

Because of the way you look, this should not define where you belong.

3
Diversity & Inclusion –

The importance of why this should not be a tick box task & how to make everyone feel included and adapting situations.

4
Unconscious bias –

How the media plays a big part in the rewiring our brains. Also being aware to surround yourself with a diverse environment. Educating yourself to help remove unconscious bias.

5
Equality –

How we are all equal and deserving. Overcoming the stigma that any one group can be superior.

6
Belonging –

Not just feeling the need to belong, overcoming your negative thought process and also being aware to make sure the environment is belonging for all.

7
Confidence –

Advice on everyday confidence, how to develop the inner confidence and radiate it. Believing in yourself.

8
Overcoming imposter syndrome –

We all deserve the good things we have; we deserve the achievements. To talk yourself up and not down.

9
Creating a positive mindset –

My mantra and talking about self-assurance. Turning negative thoughts into a positive. Why you should not let strangers comments affect you.

10
Feeling heard and involved -

We can all do this and how we do this will be beneficial for us in the long term. Using your voice again, being an ally, getting an ally. You are not alone.

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Arti delivered a heartfelt personal story about her many different experiences and having her speak so deeply about issues faced and how she has navigated them, provided colleagues with unique insight and understanding. As well as discussing tools and techniques to deal with these encounters, and sharing her knowledge of what obstacles need to be removed to allow inclusion and remove unconscious bias. We highly recommend Arti as an inspirational speaker to inspire, educate and engage.”

Emma Day, Chair, Women@Stantec ERG

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Arti kindly agreed to speak at our Junior School Awards event. Her enthusiasm, energy and passion for life was apparent from the moment she stepped up on stage. She captivated her audience from the outset and spoke from the heart. Her message was one which was extremely relevant and her experiences and words inspired all that listened to her. A very natural and charismatic speaker, Arti has a real gift in motivating those who have the privilege in listening to her speak. Finding a speaker next year that comes even close to Arti’s standard is going to be a tall order. A warm thank you to Arti from all at Quinton House Junior School.

Matt Capuano - Head of Juniors

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