Shivani Gupta

The world's #1 expert on ‘Tough Love' in the workplace

Shivani Gupta is a business dynamo with heart, vision, values and passion. An engaging keynote speaker and workshop facilitator with a highly infectious personality, Shivani specialises in coaching people to find their true passion and to be better leaders. She works with individuals, leaders and teams to radically transform their thinking and beliefs and help them discover what makes them tick.

Shivani has spoken to over 100,000 people across the globe and is committed to inspiring teams and workplaces to apply tough love. She shares her business and coaching expertise from the many businesses she has worked with to show how to improve business and professional performance.

Shivani Gupta is one of the few female business and leadership speakers in Australia and one of only 500 to be recognised as a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) across the globe.

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Shivani was born in India and grew up in Australia. A qualified engineer, she completed an MBA in her mid-twenties before working as a senior manager for BHP Billiton. After a life-changing trip to Nepal in 2001, she found her true passion and established her own business which now encompasses four businesses and over 50 staff.

She has worked with a range of companies from sole traders to Australia's top ASX200 companies such as Commonwealth Bank, Rio Tinto, Origin Energy and QBE Insurance. She is a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Winner, Enterprising Women's Awards Winner and Golden Key Honorary Member.

Shivani is the author of seven books, including Passion@Work which helps companies and business owners to inspire their workplace. Her work has been published in five countries and two different languages. She has also dispensed her no-nonsense business advice as a Fairfax newspaper columnist and is a former SBS TV business blogger. In 2008 she presented Risking It All a series about small business on SBS. A big advocate of work-life balance, Shivani has also produced a CD - Meditation for Busy People.

Audiences describe Shivani Gupta as passionate, practical and entertaining. She gives people practical tips on getting clear about their vision, values and philosophy so they can take responsibility for being a leader. She will inspire, challenge and transform you!

Shivani Gupta talks about:

• Tough love - As organisations strive for improved productivity and results, successful leaders know they must give their team members ‘tough love'. Shivani delves far beyond ‘employee engagement' to give leaders and managers practical tips on how to get the best out of their teams by loving them but having the tough conversations when necessary, in a safe and controlled manner.

• Creating passionate people - Creating passionate teams starts with a leader who possesses a great level of self-awareness and understands their own highest values. A passionate and inspired workforce increases productivity, happiness and staff retention, and Shivani will show you exactly how to achieve this.

• I love myself - With women now having more opportunities for leadership roles and management positions than ever before, Shivani demonstrates what women need to do to love, nurture and cherish themselves without feeling guilty about putting themselve before others.

Client testimonials

Best speaker we’ve seen in ages.


Your insights into teamwork were very welcome, in particular, confidence building, motivation and the important contribution that each individual makes to team work.

Origin Energy

Outstanding presentation skills, dynamic and passionate about what she teaches.

SA Police

Fantastic speaker, motivating and interactive.

Ernst and Young

You were inspiring for all the women. The suggestions in your presentation were excellent.

Australian Red Cross

You were our highest ranked speaker, which is absolutely wonderful. I thought that your presentation was the perfect way to start the event.

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