Iesha Small

writer, thinker, experimenter

Exploring society, education, nature and a meaningful life.


Speaking at the Festival of Education, Wellington College

My speaking experience

  • Keynote speaker
  • Panellist
  • Panel chair
  • Onstage/ on air interviewer
  • Workshop trainer and facilitator

Panellist talking about LGBTQ issues, the law and schools at The National Theatre.

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

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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

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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.