Kwame Osei
Former CFL Player - Resilience Through Change, Mental Health, Diversity & Inclusion Expert
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Kwame Osei is a dynamic professional host & keynote speaker for seminars, corporate & school events, youth & charitable events & non-profit organizations. Kwame Osei's presentations focus on inspiring change, action and growth pushing people to broaden their perspective and take control of their own personal growth. After being exposed to the street culture of Rexdale Toronto, Kwame used the power of sport and the sports mindset to overcome all obstacles to become a CFL player, teacher, football coach, entrepreneur and community leader. Kwame Osei is a dynamic keynote speaker who teaches fundamental tools he learned throughout his life to empower others through diverse lens.

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity

Speaker Types

  • Athletes & Sports
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Career Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Education & Teachers
  • Family & Parenting
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A

KWAME OSEI BIOGRAPHY

Kwame Osei was born in Ghana West Africa. He came to Canada at the age of 4 and resided in Toronto with his parents and sister. They all lived in Rexdale where he grew up and later attended high school at Father Henry Carr. Living in Rexdale Kwame Osei was susceptible to street culture and embraced a perspective on life that resulted in having low expectations of himself. As a result, in his first year of high school Kwame Osei failed almost all of his classes and had a few conflicts with the law.

Kwame Osei began to lose childhood friends due to gun violence and he too was once held by gun point and lost many of his friends to living a high-risk lifestyle.  After a series of life-threatening experiences Kwame Osei decided to turn his life around and make a change. Kwame Osei attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and played football for the X-Men, he was voted team captain for 3 seasons. During his last year of University, he achieved Academic All-Canadian honours. Kwame earned two degrees from St-FX and became the first member of his family to earn a university degree.

After university Kwame Osei had a brief professional football career with the Toronto Argonauts. He then moved to Fort McMurray Alberta and began his career as a teacher and football coach. Kwame Osei helped start a football program that produced various post-secondary student-athletes. Kwame Osei also coached provincially for Team Alberta and for the Alberta Summer Games. Kwame Osei is now a coach for Queen’s University in Ontario. Always staying true to his purpose Kwame Osei also currently teaches and supports inmates at a maximum federal penitentiary in Kingston. Kwame has found a way to be a positive impact on his students who are on their journey towards rehabilitation.

In August 2022, Kwame Osei was recognized an awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ii award. The award is a symbolic statement of the enduring relationship between Canada and the Crown, as personified by Her Majesty the Queen, Canada’s Head of State. those who have made a significant contribution to their community. Kwame was recognized for his achievements as a teacher and mentor to incarcerated individuals in maximum security at Millhaven Institution in Kingston.Additionally, he is the co-owner of the athletic apparel company, Triumph Elite and co-founder of the non-profit, Northern Elite Football. Kwame is also a part of a mentorship trio called Perspective on Mentoring, which aims to bridge the gap between adults and youth. In 2018, he took to the screen as a cast member on The Amazing Race Canada: Hero’s Edition.

Kwame has been featured in various TV commercials and has perfected the mastery of event hosting. Recently, Kwame has taken to more public speaking engagements, where he “plants seeds” to help others grow and succeed. Kwame Osei has a passion for motivating, educating, empowering and transforming individuals through a term he refers to as “seed planting”. He has had speaking engagements with teams, schools, corporate teams, non-profit organizations and charities. Kwame’s goal is to inspire change and growth in every individual he meets, he does this through sharing his life experiences and incorporating metaphors as means of helping to create a perspective shift for his audience.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

  • In this presentation, Kwame will dive into personal stories involving diversity and inclusion. Kwame recalls firsthand experiences he had in his life involving the lack of diversity and inclusion, telling raw and authentic stories of the effects this had on his mental, social and emotional health. Kwame thoroughly explains what an inclusive workspace looks like, and he teaches his audience how to create a diverse environment to produce cultural competence and cultural understanding. Book Kwame now and find out how you can create a culture that permeates inclusion and diversity.

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ADAPT AND CONQUER

  • Kwame uses the art of storytelling from his life to inspire his audience to adapt and conquer every obstacle that comes their way. Kwame urges his audience to understand that after stress comes success and from struggle comes strength. Kwame has learned this through the course of his life, as he overcame the negative environment, he lived in. He overcame the stereotypes placed on him, countless situations in which he could have easily lost his life or been incarcerated. Kwame urges his audiences to not only find their passion but to also place themselves in the right environment to truly grow to their full potential. Find out how Kwame turned his obstacles into triumphs and turned lead into gold.

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GROWTH MINDSET

  • Kwame will help his audience understand that the differences between successful people and unsuccessful people is simply the way they perceive the events of life. Kwame acknowledges that dealing with internal and external change can be difficult and hard to manage. Kwame will teach his audience how to embrace change and find comfort in the midst of chaos. In this presentation Kwame will breakdown the importance of having a growth mindset and how your life can be completely altered in a positive way if you choose to have a positive mindset. In order to overcome adversity you must have a growth mindset which will build the resilience you need to never give up when life becomes challenging. Kwame passionately believes that perception is everything in life. Book Kwame now and find out how his perception helped him at critical times in his life.

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POWER OF CHOICE

  • In this presentation, Kwame outlines how the decisions in his life no matter how substantial or minuscule they may have seemed to be at the time ultimately played a role in determining his destiny. Kwame shares stories from his life to drive home this message. The decisions we make accumulate over time whether it means simply choosing to be positive in the face of adversity or embracing diversity and inclusion, the bottom line is we all have a choice.

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AFRO-CANADIAN LIVING

  • In this presentation Kwame will empower BIPOC audiences to strive for greatness in life.  He will teach them how to combat racism and injustice. Kwame urges his audience to know their human rights and fight for social equity. Kwame uses various stories from history to drive home his message of BIPOC empowerment. Kwame discusses the generational trauma that many people are hindered by and how to overcome it.  Kwame’s goal is to inspire BIPOC audiences to be the generation of change. Book Kwame now and find out how you can become the change you want to see.

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MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT

  • Kwame like many people has had to endure many traumatic experiences. In this presentation Kwame will open up about his mental health battle and provide the audience with tools they can use to ensure they prioritize their mental health. Kwame understands that Covid19 has had negative impact on the mental health people in our society. There are many people who are silently struggling with anxiety, stress and depression. Kwame believes we all need to have someone we can talk to because a silent battle can me the most deadly battle. Kwame wants to help break the stigma around mental health and encourage his audience to remove the stereotypes that we have ben deceived into believing. Book Kwame now and have a mental health moment with him.

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TEACHING: THE UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH FOR THE UNCONVENTIONAL LEAERNER

  • There are many young learners who fall through the cracks of the education system, these learners are often the ones who can be deemed frustrating and challenging to work with for
    educators. Kwame was once this child and almost fell through the cracks however today Kwame has gone on to become an educator. He has worked in education for a school board for8 years in Alberta and now teaches at a Federal Maximum Penitentiary in Ontario. Kwame compares and contrasts the duality of these experiences and provides educators with a new perspective on how to approach the unconventional learner.

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EVENT HOST & EMCEE

  • Kwame is as authentic as they come, and brings a positive energy, charisma and life experiences to liven up your event as the host or MC. With the ability to transition on the fly and strong creative background, Kwame helps becomes a team player to help host your event to keep things on track and amplify the outcomes for the audience members. Kwame offers a special rate to keynote and host the conference bringing a unique approach to the event, full of learning, laughter and fun.

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North Island College had the pleasure of hosting Kwame for a virtual talk where he shared his thoughts and experiences related to the Power of Choice. Kwame’s outgoing and energetic presence made for an engaging event and provided the NIC community with a much needed boost of hope during these uncertain times. Kwame’s use of storytelling to convey his message of adapting to change is captivating.

Dean Martin, M.Ed

Manager

Student Life North Island College

Kwame spoke to employees of Library and Archives Canada on Diversity and Inclusion in March 2021. From our first meeting, I notice that he was invested in the subject and easy to work with in order to plan and ensure the success of our conference. He is sincere, humble and approachable. Kwame captivated our audience with his inspiring words and stories, as well as his passion and energy. We could have listened to him all day! Thank you Kwame!

Rachel Amyot

Senior HR Advisor

Library and Archives Canada

My club, the Queen’s University Black Academic Society, had the absolute privilege of booking and being blessed to learn of and reflect on the motivational stories and messages that Kwame had to share, at an annual conference that we hold at the University. Every head in the building was locked on Kwame for the entire message, and every eyeball in the room grew wider and wider with focus and anticipation for the gems that he would drop next. Even at his young age, Kwame has lived an extremely interesting life and has both failed, been challenged, and overcame a number of times.

He accounts for every failure and challenge along his journey, as he makes clear that they are the opportunities in life to pivot and elevate. Kwame’s vast success is due to his unique perspective in life, and the passion and energy with which he shares that perspective make it impossible not to internalize. I know Kwame made an impact on myself and my cohort and we look forward to inviting him to events in the future.

Rasheed Tucker 

Queen’s Black Academic Society

had the pleasure of working with Kwame Osei as our Emcee for the Keyano College Gala 2018.  He brought his energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of the project.  Kwame was very good at reading the audience.  He used his humour and a jovial approach to maintain guest attention during key program moments.

Kwame also went above and beyond the usual Emcee duties by participating in some promotional opportunities for our event.  He was very well spoken and candid in interviews, willing to have fun with some social media sneak peek videos and worked with us to create an entertaining entrance video.

I have received many compliments on just how well the formal stage program was executed and how we were very lucky to have Kwame join us as Emcee for our event.  I look forward to the next opportunity I have to work with him again!

Lauren Thomas 

Events Coordinator

Kwame Osei was a speaker at our Youth Symposium held in Nov 2017, themed ‘Champions of Tomorrow’. It was organized to bring local youths together, to inspire, elevate and guide positive life choices. Kwame’s tailored message to the audience was spot-on!

With his interactive, genuine, relatable message of overcoming hurdles and building perseverance. Kwame’s professionalism showed, both on and off the stage, where he spent time and interacted with other attendees even before he began his talk. We were looking for a speaker who would be able to connect, be an expert on his message and leave a lasting impression. Kwame delivered all that and more!  It was great working with him.

Abena Twumasi-Smith

Program Manager

We had the pleasure of having Kwame Osei speak at the Black History Youth Social Event. We received a lot of feed back from the youth expressing how much they loved their encounter with Kwame. He was very engaging with the youth and very relatable. Kwame talked about his own struggles as a young black man and how he was able to over come his struggles and turn them in achievements.

He reminded the youth how important it is to be proud of your culture and embrace who you are. On behalf of the Rehoboth Alliance, we would like to sincerely thank Kwame Osei for his positive words of encouragement to the youth. We wish him all the best and hope to have him again in the future.

Anita Awuakye

Rehoboth Alliance

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Kwame Osei CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Team Building & Teamwork

Speaker Types

  • Athletes & Sports
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Career Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Education & Teachers
  • Family & Parenting
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Safety
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
  • Youth Leadership & Students
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