My speaking experience
- Keynote speaker
- Panel chair
- Onstage/ on air interviewer
- Workshop trainer and facilitator
Nice things people have said
The insights you shared, your reflections on the teaching profession and working with local communities were fascinating to hear. We have already had excellent feedback from guests.” – Kavina Nijjar, Senior Corporate Development Manager, National Theatre
“Best session of summer training. Iesha’s authenticity and approachability meant that her content landed well. An absolute delight to work with. ” – Sarah Worth, Chief of Staff, The Difference
“Affirming, inspiring, very well delivered. Structure of group discussion was great!” – Work shop participant
Scintillating talk! The power of ‘why’ & integrity in intention. Packaging success? Effecting change? Knowing your audiences? Being true the self. – Jeffrey Boyoake, author and teacher
“Fantastic interviews! I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with you. You’re such a pro and the amount of research you did and content you got from the speakers was superb.” – Hannah Tyreman, Head of Online Learning and Community, Chartered College of Teaching
“100% of feedback rated the event either Very Good or Excellent. I really liked how you talked about your own personal experience in relation to the debate topic – it was real and refreshing. Keep doing what you are doing!” Kate Thomas, Events Officer, UCL
“Iesha Small speaking from the heart, giving us really practical advice about how to avoid burn out.” Professor Sam Twistelton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam Education
“Extremely interesting. The only downside to the event was due to the one-hour time constraint it was perhaps not long enough!” Audience attendee, Birmingham Literary Festival
Watch me in action
Wonder how I sound?
- Hear me discuss the language of power and inequality in education and leadership on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth with author and teacher Jeffrey Boakye
- Listen to me chair a panel discussion at the Festival of Education entitled ‘We need to stop talking about social mobility’.
- Listen to me interview a range of experts across the education sector as main host for episodes 1-34 of The Youth and Education podcast. Interviewees include Geoff Barton, General Secretary of Association for School and College Leaders, Amanda Speilman, HM Chief Inspector, Ofsted, James Turner, CEO of the Sutton Trust, and Dr Tony Sewell CBE, Founder and Director of Generating Genius.
Some places I’ve appeared
My current talks
- You or the job: Noticing burnout in leadership and creating a more sustainable life. (Talk or workshop)
- A different kind of leader: recognising uniqueness to make the most of yourself and others (Talk or workshop)
- Bespoke topics can be discussed on request ( a higher fee will apply)
Recent panel topics
- We need to stop talking about social mobility – inspired by my blog for CFEY
- What if Education Policy were shaped by a commitment to social justice?
- The human side of leadership- inspired by my book The Unexpected Leader
- What was the legacy of section 28 on English schools?- inspired by my article for The Guardian
Want me to speak at your event?
Contact me at email@example.com
Please consider your budget before contacting me. I tend to reject requests to appear for free in a personal capacity. I am also currently rejecting any requests to speak, write or train about racism.