Leela Bassi

Leela Bassi is a worldwide trilingual speaker and a overcoming adversity & inclusive leadership expert.
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Leela Bassi is a worldwide trilingual speaker and a overcoming adversity & inclusive leadership expert.

After surviving an Arctic Expedition in minus 43 degrees as part of an initiative to challenge how people think about diversity and inclusion, Leela founded her own organisation: Above & Beyond Resilience, speaking on the topics of overcoming adversity which encompass areas such as: Beyond Resilience, Turning Failures into Success,​ Growth Mindset and Conscious inclusion.

Specialist in strategic thinking, compelling communication, planning and execution, Leela achieves extraordinary results including a focus on excellence, a collective commitment, a high degree of autonomy, trust and individual initiative, individual accountability, integrity and humility. Leela leads by example, nurture by leadership and whilst inspiring others has often been referred as a “Gritty Leader”. 

​Leela Bassi is a distinguished “Beyond Resilience” thought leader, a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and a Keynote Speaker who presents in English, French & Italian. ​She has trained top-level executives throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Asia & Middle East and has equipped the leadership teams both locally and cross-culturally, with winning solutions to the practical challenges leaders face in implementing change. ​Leela has spoken to leading organisations such as Unilever, Gucci, BT, Ocado, Microsoft, The Body Shop, Takeda Pharmaceutical, and many more to inspire their leaders and their teams to overcome adversity and go above and beyond. ​

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Leela is driven to inspire business leaders and individuals to adopt the principle that “overcoming adversity” is a key focus for every company as it will benefit both their employees and business. Known for her determination, drive and focus, Leela displays how digging deeper takes us further regardless of our background, expertise or social style. 

Leela is a prolific keynote speaker providing captivating, powerful and inspirational speeches for company conferences, annual meetings and associations. As well as small, elite teams, Leela addresses the specific challenges faced by larger, more diverse organisations today: the impact that female leaders can have in a male dominated environments, having explicitly lived and breathed it herself. The various challenges of engaging Gen Z, to re-setting standards and embracing vision-setting as well as resilience in adversity in order to rebooting a winning culture and mindset.

Leela has spoken at 500+  events in 30countries worldwide; she is highly regarded for her ethical values and her integrity. 

Featured Topics Include:

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ABOVE & BEYOND RESILIENCE

Unbreakable- dig deep dig deeper.

Resilience is not a trait that people either have or don’t have. Resilience is being able to adapt to stress, crises, and trauma and find ways to bounce forward.

After life has beaten you and broken you into pieces resilience is the gift which allows you to find the discipline to dig deeper and use that inner strength we never knew we had until we have to use it. It is a life skill that can be learned and developed overtime. And like many things in life - the more we practice what we are stiving to achieve, the faster we discover the resilience that was hiding within us.

After surviving an Arctic expedition in temperatures down to -42 C, winds of up to 80 KM per hour, sleeping in tents on ice with emergency help over24hrs away, pushed right to the limit, Leela’s outlook on life completely changed. From that moment on, her mindset was transformed.

Leela talks about how she found the strength deep within to overcome fear and what seemed impossible at the time; how she gained a “beyond resilience state of mind” along the way. Leela believes that we are all unstoppable and anything can be achieved when you challenge yourself.

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GROWTH MINDSET

Unlearn & Re-learn to achieve Growth & Success.

Available as 30-60 or 90-minute interactive session, speech, keynote that can be very specifically tailored to your business context.

Growth Mindset is all about autonomy and being in control of your destiny whilst with a fixed mindset the belief is that you can't change your destiny and you don't have autonomy to change your situation, or any setbacks that come your way.

If you can accept that acquired qualities, characteristics, or skills are learned or developed over time based on your experiences rather than being innate then not only you will achieve anything you set yourself, but you will also gain skills, self-understanding, and social experience that will lead you to go wherever you want to be. So, take time to celebrate your mistakes as these will help you to promote a growth mindset.

Leela delivers an interactive, challenging and transformational insight into how and why you can’t afford to ignore growth mindset as this is an incredibly powerful tool for businesses.

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INCLUSION IN DIVERSITY

Bias? Who me??

Available as 30-60 or 90-minute interactive session, speech, keynote that can be very specifically tailored to your business context.

Meeting Leela for the first time will automatically give away her ethnicity. Though, if only heard, she may seem French. If seen, she may seem Indian. But, where does the truth lay? We all have unconscious preferences, biases or mental shortcuts, created and updated in our unconscious brains since the second we were born. These may lead to stereotyping and prejudicial or discriminatory behaviours in ways that are considered unfair even though we don’t mean to do it. It is simply the reality of how the human brain works. So where will your unconscious bias take you?

Leela is a respected thought leader with a unique blend of honesty, authenticity, and simplicity. Working with some of the best-known brands in the world, she has been described as a “passionate advocate.” Leela shares her own experiences with individuals, teams and organisations to harness the power of a diverse workforce by shaping their approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Leela inspires Business Leaders to adopt the principle that diversity is about difference but it is inclusion that is about excellence.

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TURNING FAILURES INTO SUCCESS

Failure is inevitable, embrace it, don’t avoid it!

Available as 30-60 or 90-minute interactive session, speech, keynote that can be very specifically tailored to your business context.

Failure isn’t fatal, never be afraid to fail because that's an opportunity to learn, progress and develop.

Never allow anyone to tell you that you’re not good enough, smart enough or talented enough to achieve greatness in whatever capacity you are seeking. When we tackle obstacles, when we face adversity, conflicts and failures, it is only then that we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we didn’t even know we had!

So, identify how you can transform your past or current circumstances into opportunities.

Leela will demonstrate ways of how you can choose to never give up hopes and dreams, leave the past failures behind and how you can achieve anything you want to if you put your mind to it. Leela explains why she always keeps striving for more, she’ll show how we can all build our own mental toughness and grit whilst overcoming challenges and obstacles whether it is personally or professionally to complete tasks that will immediately develop confidence, focus, determination and resilience.

1
ABOVE & BEYOND RESILIENCE

Unbreakable- dig deep dig deeper.

Resilience is not a trait that people either have or don’t have. Resilience is being able to adapt to stress, crises, and trauma and find ways to bounce forward.

After life has beaten you and broken you into pieces resilience is the gift which allows you to find the discipline to dig deeper and use that inner strength we never knew we had until we have to use it. It is a life skill that can be learned and developed overtime. And like many things in life - the more we practice what we are stiving to achieve, the faster we discover the resilience that was hiding within us.

After surviving an Arctic expedition in temperatures down to -42 C, winds of up to 80 KM per hour, sleeping in tents on ice with emergency help over24hrs away, pushed right to the limit, Leela’s outlook on life completely changed. From that moment on, her mindset was transformed.

Leela talks about how she found the strength deep within to overcome fear and what seemed impossible at the time; how she gained a “beyond resilience state of mind” along the way. Leela believes that we are all unstoppable and anything can be achieved when you challenge yourself.

2
GROWTH MINDSET

Unlearn & Re-learn to achieve Growth & Success.

Available as 30-60 or 90-minute interactive session, speech, keynote that can be very specifically tailored to your business context.

Growth Mindset is all about autonomy and being in control of your destiny whilst with a fixed mindset the belief is that you can't change your destiny and you don't have autonomy to change your situation, or any setbacks that come your way.

If you can accept that acquired qualities, characteristics, or skills are learned or developed over time based on your experiences rather than being innate then not only you will achieve anything you set yourself, but you will also gain skills, self-understanding, and social experience that will lead you to go wherever you want to be. So, take time to celebrate your mistakes as these will help you to promote a growth mindset.

Leela delivers an interactive, challenging and transformational insight into how and why you can’t afford to ignore growth mindset as this is an incredibly powerful tool for businesses.

3
INCLUSION IN DIVERSITY

Bias? Who me??

Available as 30-60 or 90-minute interactive session, speech, keynote that can be very specifically tailored to your business context.

Meeting Leela for the first time will automatically give away her ethnicity. Though, if only heard, she may seem French. If seen, she may seem Indian. But, where does the truth lay? We all have unconscious preferences, biases or mental shortcuts, created and updated in our unconscious brains since the second we were born. These may lead to stereotyping and prejudicial or discriminatory behaviours in ways that are considered unfair even though we don’t mean to do it. It is simply the reality of how the human brain works. So where will your unconscious bias take you?

Leela is a respected thought leader with a unique blend of honesty, authenticity, and simplicity. Working with some of the best-known brands in the world, she has been described as a “passionate advocate.” Leela shares her own experiences with individuals, teams and organisations to harness the power of a diverse workforce by shaping their approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Leela inspires Business Leaders to adopt the principle that diversity is about difference but it is inclusion that is about excellence.

4
TURNING FAILURES INTO SUCCESS

Failure is inevitable, embrace it, don’t avoid it!

Available as 30-60 or 90-minute interactive session, speech, keynote that can be very specifically tailored to your business context.

Failure isn’t fatal, never be afraid to fail because that's an opportunity to learn, progress and develop.

Never allow anyone to tell you that you’re not good enough, smart enough or talented enough to achieve greatness in whatever capacity you are seeking. When we tackle obstacles, when we face adversity, conflicts and failures, it is only then that we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we didn’t even know we had!

So, identify how you can transform your past or current circumstances into opportunities.

Leela will demonstrate ways of how you can choose to never give up hopes and dreams, leave the past failures behind and how you can achieve anything you want to if you put your mind to it. Leela explains why she always keeps striving for more, she’ll show how we can all build our own mental toughness and grit whilst overcoming challenges and obstacles whether it is personally or professionally to complete tasks that will immediately develop confidence, focus, determination and resilience.

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Leela provided an amazing talk on the topic of diversity and digging deeper at a recent Women's Network event we held in Rome. what an impact! Delivered with true authenticity & passion. The audience was noticeably moved and inspired. Leela is an enthusiastic and engaging presenter who transfixed the room. She remained at the end of the talk to deliver a Q&A session where she answered the questions of the audience with honesty and relevance.

Suzanne Jude, Head of Business Development Air Dominance at MBDA

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Leela was the opening speaker for the AICMA & CIMA Women’s Global Leadership Summit, an annual conference for finance professionals. Leela’s passion and energetic stage presence really set the tone for the event, focusing on personal resilience and the hidden factors behind success. We may not all be Arctic adventurers, but by asking and exploring the question ‘What kind of attitude did I choose today?’ Leela reminded us all that we are never powerless and encouraged us to think differently. Her session motivated us to change the way we approach challenges, reframing the way we view them. Definitely an inspirational start to our day!

Rebecca McCaffry FCMA, CGMA - Associate Technical Director - Management Accounting AICPA-CIMA

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