Gayathri Shukla

Gayathri Shukla

Calgary, Alberta
Leadership, Diversity and Human Centred Design Expert
Gayathri Shukla is a dynamic, thought-provoking speaker who offers story-based solutions that empower people to become more inclusive and impact-driven. Gayathri Shukla masterfully harnesses the power of storytelling to help diverse teams discover their unique strengths, while building skills in empathy in an inspiring way.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Future Trends
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Conference
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Inspirational


Gayathri Shukla is a dynamic, thought-provoking speaker who inspires individuals to rise to their personal and collective potential. She is the Founder of a social enterprise, where she masterfully harnesses the power of storytelling to help diverse teams discover their unique strengths while building skills in empathy. Gayathri Shukla is known for her keen ability to see issues from different perspectives and unearth creative solutions for business leaders and professionals.

A Professional Engineer with over 17 years of experience in the energy sector, Gayathri Shukla started her career in Fort McMurray, Alberta. As one of the few Indo-Canadian women working in an industrial environment, she honed the practice of navigating diversity early on. Gayathri Shukla stood out not only for her exceptional technical contributions but also for re-inventing her skills multiple times throughout her career. After building hands-on experience in her technology discipline, Gayathri Shukla pivoted into project management and led the schedule integration efforts for Fort Hills, a $17B greenfield oil sands facility. The safe and timely start-up of this facility was seen as an industry first.

Gayathri Shukla also obtained an Executive MBA program at Queen’s University, while simultaneously balancing her duties as a full-time employee and a parent of young kids. In her MBA project, Gayathri Shukla focused on how to unleash innovation by tapping into the wisdom of stakeholders’ lived experiences and stories. This work was recognized at Suncor’s executive levels and informed the creation of a new transformation department. Gayathri Shukla most recently spearheaded digital strategy and innovation programs within this department, which has resulted in game-changing operational improvements for the Mining workforce.

Gayathri Shukla is currently a Fellow for Financial and Economic Inclusion at the Public Policy Forum. She was awarded two grants in 2021, one for a video storytelling project called Unlikely Friends to build empathy amongst differences, and the second for the development of a book, Landed, Transformative Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women.

In her personal life, Gayathri Shukla is a proud mom to two school-aged kids and an active volunteer in the community. She serves on the Board of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. An accomplished Toastmaster, she presents regularly at community and campus events. She has also led Suncor’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative as Co-Chair, curating networking and educational opportunities for over 150 members.

Gayathri Shukla is passionate about championing women in STEAM professions and building cross-cultural connections. Having lived in 3 countries by the age of 15, and travelling extensively to many others, Gayathri Shukla has developed a deeply personal sense of global citizenship and interconnectedness. She currently runs a consultancy agency providing story-based training advisory for women in science, technology, arts, engineering and math.





Calgary Eyeopener Podcast

The Eyeopener

Calgary Eyeopener with Loren McGinnis, Angela Knight

Gayathri Shukla Topic Presentations

the art of inclusive leadership

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • This presentation supports an organization’s EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) goals, by leveraging the power of stories to build a culture of belonging in diverse workplaces. This can be followed up by an optional workshop where participants practice storytelling skills hands-on to reflect on lived experiences and appreciate their diversity.

    Research has shown that companies with diverse workforces are more likely to financially outperform their peers. A study by McKinsey quantified this impact to the effect of 15% and 35% for gender and racially diverse companies, respectively. While diversity is a competitive advantage, it can also bring about challenges in the absence of inclusive leadership. Successful leaders understand that in today’s increasingly diverse workplaces, a culture of trust is necessary for companies to thrive.

    The need to be seen, heard and valued is universal. Learning how to communicate authentically, understand, and listen to employees is thus a critical leadership capability. Ultimately, it shapes a sense of belonging in which all levels of the org chart are empowered to make meaningful contributions.

inside-out transformation

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • This presentation supports an organization’s business transformation goals by inspiring teams to build the resilience required to innovate and sustain change. This can be combined with an optional, hands-on workshop where employees practice an ‘inside-out’ approach to build a learning mindset and empathy.

    Today’s business environment is mired with the perils of uncertainty and complexity. Every business is faced with the need to innovate in order to remain relevant to its customers. It is no secret that change is difficult, yet employees at every level are having to build up their capacity for change. In this presentation, Gayathri shares examples of common pitfalls that impede the adoption of change for employees.

    Gayathri Shukla will share two tangible methods employees can implement immediately from the “inside-out” – a learning mindset, and practice for empathy to help build their resilience. Both these methods are based in human-centered design concepts, and enables employees to connect the dots between their core values and that of the organization.


leverage the power of storytelling

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • This presentation inspires audiences to embrace storytelling as a powerful way to communicate with authenticity and impact. By thinking of communication differently, the audience is educated on how storytelling can lead to improved self-confidence, and trust. In addition, this keynote can be combined with an optional workshop where participants can to practice storytelling techniques to exchange meaningful life stories as well as feedback in small groups.

    Whether you are a professional, business owner, or student, effective communication is central to building trust and credibility. Communication styles today are shifting away from the stoic and hierarchical, to authentic and egalitarian. Given the backdrop of diverse view points, it is essential to communicate in a way that bring people together.

    Individuals can often get stuck in doubt of “I don’t have anything worthy to say,” to “I must appear perfect,” or “I don’t want to rock the boat.” However, a time-tested way to cut across these barriers, and connect hearts and minds, is storytelling. Stories bridge us to our shared human qualities, such as courage and compassion, gleaned through universal experiences of joy and sorrow. Leveraging stories as a part of communication infuses your message with creativity, meaning, and trust.


Thank you for being a part of the Responsible Gambling Council’s (RGC) first-ever virtual conference and delivering an excellent presentation. Discovery 2021 was centred on the principles of reinvention and recommitment. The themes of hope, humanity and courage that were woven into your keynote address were incredibly meaningful. Your use of stories and real-world examples was not only timely but extremely relevant for the gambling industry as well as the communities that we live in.   Not only was your presentation the perfect way to kick off our conference, but you also made it possible for us to reconnect with each other both professionally and personally. You challenged all of us to...

Shelley White

CEO, Responsible Gambling Council (RGC)
Responsible Gambling Council (RGC)

I would highly recommend Gayathri Shukla as a public speaker. Gayathri presented at Scovan Engineering’s International Women’s Day Forum 2021. Gayathri presents with an unrelenting authenticity that grips audience members. Her passion for personal storytelling, through Campfire Kinship, translates with ease in her own storytelling on stage. Speaking from the heart, she uses cadence, pause, and personal examples to hook the audience and has them hanging on her every word. Gayathri Shukla speech has had a major impact on those who had the privilege to hear it. Gayathri has a gift that should be shared with others. I sincerely recommend Gayathri for future speaking engagements where she...

Valerie Stewart

VP Strategy and Development
Scovan Engineering

I could not have found nor experienced a more inspiring message to take with me as I begin this journey we are all on. Thank YOU. I was reminded of your wonderful and inspiring life story as well as the beauty and insightful way you have for sharing that story with others, and how you are and will be an inspiration for many women (and men) whom you come into contact with in your life and through your various vocational experiences throughout your career.

Audience member

International Women’s Day Event

Articles & Media

Unlocking the Power of Storytelling

Ethical Entrepreneur Magazine.

In this increasingly complex world, what if stories held the key to our self-healing? Could stories stitch up our wounds so we could better serve ourselves and others? Gayathri Shukla understands the life-changing power of stories and she is bringing a unique experience to fellow Calgarians who...

Is Storytelling Key to Better Leadership?

Ethical Entrepreneur Magazine.

Gayathri Shukla believes that stories hold incredible power to shape our understanding of ourselves, and our understanding of others. Her social enterprise, Campfire Kinship Storytelling Inc., is utilizing the potential of storytelling in innovative ways to create transformation within individuals...

Gayathri Shukla

Calgary arts development

For Gayathri Shukla, a Calgary-based writer, founder of Campfire Kinship, and EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) strategist, the initial goal was to get between 10 and 12 stories for the anthology. “Once the call was put out, we received over 60 submissions and 37 of those made the final...

‘Falling in love with Canada’: new book tells female immigrants’ stories

Global News

A new book is allowing readers to learn what it’s truly like to be a female immigrant in Calgary. “I’ve been told this book is like an emotional guide to immigration, because of the range of emotions that it covers,” said author Gayathri Shukla. “Women who have come as refugees,...

Global News


Local book highlights journeys of Canadian immigrant women


Landed, Transformative Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women
Landed, Transformative Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women
Landed is a collection of personal stories about the transformative experience of immigration. Written by 37 women from 30 countries of origin, each story is a unique expression of the gritty choices and hard-won lessons to belong and become. Together, the stories highlight the exquisite fabric of...
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