Rikki Arundel

A Remarkable Virtual Keynote Speaker, Specialises In Many LGBT Issues & Delivered Two Successful TEDx Talks

  • Founder and First President of the UK and Ireland Professional Speakers Association
  • MSc in Gender Research
  • First Openly Transgender Professional Speaker
  • TEDx Speaker
  • Selected as one of 50 LGBT Icons for the 2017 UK Pride celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality
  • LGBT History Speaker for 20 years
  • PSAE Speaker Hall of Fame award
  • PSA Comedy Night Winner 2021

When Rikki Arundel is booked for webinars and virtual events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Transgender and Non-Binary Awareness
Rethinking Sex and Gender
Making your workplace LGBTQ Inclusive
Understand Social Identity and Tackling Unconscious Bias
Why LGBTQ History is so important
Mastering the Skill of Storytelling
How to become an Outstanding Speaker
How to engage your audience

Rikki Arundel is a remarkable virtual keynote speaker who specialises in many LGBT issues as part of the community themself. They gained vast amounts of experience working within different industries throughout their career and understand on a personal level the crucial need for change within the community. As a trans feminine non-binary person, Rikki has dedicated their career to educating a wider audience on the issues that the LGBT community will face on a day-to-day basis, and how the stereotypes need to be altered.

Rikki began their professional speaking career in the early nineties following a successful corporate career in sales, marketing, and PR. Having discovered that delivering engaging corporate speeches helps to reach prospective buyers, Rikki implemented this into their own company in 1990. At the same time as their business launched, they became a consultant with the Insurance Trading Exchange where they held monthly conferences throughout the UK. In 2002, Rikki decided to make an admirable career change and announced they were going to become the first openly transgender speaker. Admired for their bravery, Rikki continues to play a significant role in educating society on changes that need to be made.

Having been invited to many speaking events throughout their career, Rikki’s achievements have been recognised through awards such as the prestigious BESMA award. Passionate for implementing change, they have also been part of two successful TEDx Talk conferences which allowed her to share her journey as a trans feminine non-binary person with the audience and support others who may be experiencing similar situations within their own lives.

Rikki Arundel has become a highly sought-after events speaker for both virtual and in-person bookings. As the pandemic reconnected them with their technology expertise, Rikki can deliver an engaging speech on Transgender Awareness, LGBTQ History, Unconscious Bias, and Presentation Skills with audiences around the world. When looking for a speaker who is greatly experienced within the speaking industry and focuses on many different LGBT topics, look no further than Rikki Arundel.

Official Testimonials

Rikki Arundel is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“I invited Rikki to give a talk to my company for International Transgender Day of Visibility. Rikki was a delight to work with from the start – they arranged an initial call to discuss our needs as a company and what Rikki could offer in turn. The talk itself was highly engaging, honest and inspiring! We would recommend Rikki as a speaker to anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge or looking to create a more inclusive workplace.”

Elle - PR Manager, TopCashBack

“Rikki delivered a session as part of our Senior Leaders CPD Days. They were fantastic and provided a detailed and comprehensive presentation around ‘Rethinking sex and Gender’ which got everyone thinking and has since created a solid basis for discussion within individual teams. Rikki is a very talented presenter and storyteller, who is able to share their personal experience and knowledge of the subject with passion and professionalism. It was a pleasure to speak with Rikki from the start- they were professional, friendly and we had some thought provoking discussions along the way! Highly recommend Rikki-fabulous keynote speaker. “

Cecilia, Leadership and Talent Development Manager, Sussex and Surrey Police

“Rikki hosted a virtual event for us during Pride Month 2022, and the impact it had was far and wide. The event was part of our commitment to driving a culture of inclusivity within our large workforce, which Rikki supported by talking around the importance of breaking down barriers and empowering our colleagues to be their authentic selves in work.”

“I wouldn’t think twice when recommending Rikki. By sharing their personal experiences, Rikki made their talk a safe space for audiences to relate and understand the challenges faced by transgender and non-binary people.”

Charlotte – Marketing and PR Manager, Atalian Servest UK & Ireland

“Rikki delivered two sessions of her Rethinking Sex and Gender Workshop at the UK Atomic Energy Authority to members of our HR Team and Inclusion Ambassadors. Rikki was brilliant ! Not only informative in terms of legislation, sharing of interesting historical facts and person experience and perspective. Her impact provoked a real buzz and is still talked about weeks later.”

“Looking forward to Rikki sharing with us again in the future.”

Marce - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, UK Atomic Energy Authority

“Rikki is a truly inspiring presenter – she came to a TedX event at Fidelity last month, and challenged us all to think about Transgender and our attitudes to transgender people. For me personally, Rikki helped me understand – in a way I never have before – what transgender is all about; and why it is such a challenging issue for so many. And she manages to do so without the discussion being polarized.”

“I would come and listen to Rikki again any time – and would recommend that every organization take the time to listen to what she has to say”

Simon – Independent Non-Executive Director, Fidelity International

“The impact of Rikki’s presentation last week has stayed with me and probably will do for a long time. Her main theme was the power and value of including stories in presentations. However we were also treated to part of her main keynote on the the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect.”

“Wow! Her message and impact were amazingly powerful. She was fun, serious, compelling and bewitching. Absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended!”

Mark – Chair, Tax Advice Network

“Rikki spoke at our first Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to a full lecture theatre of NHS staff and external organisations. Rikki was exceptional and received a wealth of excellent feedback from all those who heard her talk. She spoke about ‘Rethinking Sex and Gender’ and thoroughly engaged the audience on what can sometimes be a complex subject to understand. Rikki is inspirational, extremely knowledgeable on her subject matter, personable, and leaves the audience informed and wanting to find out more. I would strongly recommend Rikki to speak at any event and I am very much looking forward to working with Rikki again in the future.”

Sally, Workforce Diversity Manager, University Hospital Birmingham

To enquire about Rikki Arundel for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via agent@virtualonlinespeakersagency.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.