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Facilitator and Speaker

Amanda is a highly experienced facilitator, passionate about creating positive, healthy workplace cultures by advocating for true empowerment and transformational leadership to drive employee engagement and organizational effectiveness.

She has facilitated a broad range of sessions at all levels of the organization from large groups in an outdoor experiential learning setting to small to medium-sized classroom-based sessions, and virtual learning classes. Her deep insight into human motivation and behaviour and resistance to change ensures limiting perceptions are challenged in a way that people can be open and receptive to.  Her deep listening ability, perceptiveness, strategic thinking and understanding of adult learning needs ensures that groups get to the heart of their issues and identify ways forward that they take ownership of.


Facilitation / learning sessions include:

  • vision, strategy and core values
  • team building and development
  • resilience, managing change and uncertainty
  • diversity and inclusion
  • accountability and difficult conversations
  • succession planning
  • emotionally intelligent leadership


Engage Amanda as a Speaker for your Next Event! 

Amanda enjoys sharing disruptive ideas around organizational culture, leadership and HR and has a powerful message about how leadership is a privilege, as well as why a truly empowered workplace culture is very elusive.

Please check out her speaker bio here at SpeakerHub.

Click on the links here to watch her pecha kucha-style presentations at DisruptHR YEG 2.0 and DisruptHR YEG 4.0.


Recent / upcoming presentations:

November 20, 2017 - Executive Women In Texas Government (EWTG) Annual Conference, San Marcos, Texas

Break-out session: Leadership Is A Privilege, Not A Right


April 5, 2018 - International Coach Federation Edmonton Chapter

Teaching session: Getting Back To Adult


May 10-11, 2018 - Top Talent Summit, Niagara Falls

Break-out session: Don't Use the 9 Box: Use This Instead

Closing keynote Day 1: Why True Empowerment Is So Elusive


June 12, 2018 - DisruptHR YEG 4.0

5 minutes / 20 slides: Why True Empowerment Is So Elusive


October 2, 2018 - People for People conference

Leadership panel contributor and moderator


October 10-15, 2018 - Empowered Woman Summit

Online teaching session


October 26, 2018 - Wayfinders Cooperative

Presentation: Leadership in the 21st Century and the Role of Women 


November 14, 2018 - Project Management Institute North Alberta Chapter

Dinner presentation: The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Project Management


February 13, 2019 - CPHR Alberta

Presentation: The Leadership Privilege



Amanda's Bio

Amanda Knight is passionate about creating great workplace cultures by helping leaders recognize that leadership is a privilege, not a right. She has worked with hundreds of leaders across a broad range of industries over the last 20 years to help them transform the way they show up, how others experience them, and how they can then influence the people they lead to be the best they can be.

Prior to settling in Canada in 2009, Amanda was a UK-based practising leadership coach and EI trainer, co-author of the book 'Applied EI' (Wiley 2006), and was awarded a postgraduate accreditation by a UK university for her emotional intelligence-based leadership and coach development certification program.

As an early pioneer of emotional intelligence in the UK, she designed and owns The SRQ - an online assessment and development system powered by a new level of emotional intelligence that helps individuals explore their ability to truly connect, influence, and empower through the lens of non-judgment of self and others.

Latterly, her work in Canada has brought her back to the corporate environment where she has held senior organizational development roles in HR, Marketing and Communications. Working from the inside, she has been able to influence the build of heart-centred people systems and processes, and deliver powerful leadership programming, to transform the employee experience, and to identify what it takes to build a high trust workplace culture.

She now supports leaders, HR professionals, corporate trainers and coaches to create truly empowered workplaces, and shares the principles of The Leadership Privilege as a speaker.

Amanda is writing her second book ‘The Leadership Privilege: The High Touch Habits of Exceptional Leaders that Sustain a High Trust Culture' - to be published in 2019.



Contact Amanda to discuss your next facilitation or speaking requirement.