Speaking & Workshops
You have the power of choice in every moment to breathe beauty into your life. - Kena
Meet Our Founder, Kena
Kena Paranjape is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and the Founder of All You Are. She is passionate about inspiring others to live well everyday and harness their creativity to create a fulfilling life.
In 2007, at the age of 30, Kena’s husband became suddenly and mysteriously critically ill. After five months in the intensive care units of several hospitals, he recovered enough to come home but with a permanent condition that needed to be carefully managed. Over the course of the next seven years, Kena and her husband managed his health on a daily basis until his passing in 2014.
Kena experienced first hand how quickly life can change, forcing you to not only adapt but to actively choose how your story will unfold. While there is much we cannot control, we have more agency over our lives than we realize. Through her journey, she also came to understand the power of committing to living well regardless of our life circumstances. This journey inspired her to create All You Are.
In addition to founding All You Are, Kena is the co-founder of BRIKA, an innovative retail concept focused on highlighting and supporting emerging artisans and designers. Kena has 15+ years of experience in retail including creating and managing retail merchandising strategies for Indigo, Joe Fresh and Gap as well as a high-end eco-friendly concept. She currently sits on the advisory board of the David Sobey Center for Innovation in Retailing and Services.
Kena has been described as a wise and courageous challenger who inspires through her compelling personal stories and warm, nourishing style. You can reach her via email at email@example.com.
Kena was spectacular. Her vulnerability and takeaways for the group really inspired me.
– Gather North 2018 attendee
Kena is an authentic and passionate speaker. Whether she is leading an intimate workshop for a small group or speaking to a larger crowd, she brings her presence to the room and connects with the audience.
If you’re looking for an inspiring, engaging speaker to add to your conference or event line-up, you can reach Kena here.
Currently Kena speaks on the following topics:
- 5 Rules for a Beautiful Life
- Living Well (Let’s Stop Calling it Self-Care)
- 10 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Potential
- What No One Can Tell You About Losing Someone You Love (On Grief)
- Retail is Hard (Innovation in Retail)
Past Speaking Events:
WXN Key Note Speaker
Canadian Museum Association Workshop Leader
Speech on Retail Innovation at St. Mary’s University Retail Awards
Keynote Speech on Innovation in Retail at Executive Program at St. Mary’s University
Keynote Speaker at Gather North
Kena is an engaging and inclusive workshop facilitator who leads each and every workshop with her heart. She currently hosts a workshop on 12 Ways to Unlock Your Creativity to both small groups and in corporate or educational environments. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about Kena’s workshops.
I attended one of Kena’s “Unlock your Creativity” workshops in the spring and found her workshop to be refreshing and motivating. As someone who was about to start their own small business, I left feeling inspired and privileged to have made a connection with such a cool and insightful business woman. Kena’s attitude is thoughtful and positive. I would highly recommend taking the chance to connect with her, especially if you are a young woman looking for motivation and inspiration!
– Melanie Hadida, Unlock Your Creativity Workshop Participant