Tayo Rockson

Diversity & Inclusion speaker, Tayo Rockson grew up as a “third culture kid” in five countries before beginning college. A four-time TEDx speaker, Tayo’s new book, Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural World, was published in 2019. Tayo inspires us to explore culture, masculinity, diversity & inclusion – and to create action around it.

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Speaking Options

The Intersectionalism of Blackness In The 21st Century
To understand blackness is to understand history – the history of humanity, commerce and socialization. How does this history translate in our institutions today? Through media, workplaces and education. How do we advocate and celebrate blackness in a way that doesn’t leave it relegated to one month of the year or tokenism? Tayo uses the acronym B.L.A.C.K to illustrate: Boldly Call Out Your Biases, Love Intersectionally, Actively Seek Stories, Call In Appropriately, Keep The Movement Kinetic
Use Your Difference To Make A Difference

Photo of Tayo Rockson, Diversity & Inclusion Expert on MasculinityHave you ever wondered why you aren’t achieving your truest potential or a living a life of fulfillment? Tayo Rockson shows us how we can do just that in this talk. Tayo offers a powerful new approach to going through life by using and developing the skills you already have. As someone who grew up in two military dictatorships, escaped a near death experience, and found himself living in five countries and four continents by the time he was 17, he learned what it was like to own his identity at a very young age and tell a brand story that translates across cultures. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or you’re an international student or a seasoned entrepreneur who doesn’t feel like you’re making an impact in this world, Tayo offers a step-by-step process to becoming a recognized difference maker in your field and includes real-world examples from his personal life as well as high-profile thought leaders across 6 continents.

Redefining Masculinity – A Cultural Perspective

The current definition of masculinity that we have today is very limited and small minded. It lowers the standards for men and doesn’t create room for growth. It essentially says that masculinity equals dominance, violence, coercion, and invulnerability. Tayo’s talk focuses on reevaluating the icons of masculinity we have uplifted and strive to go beyond the two dimensional images that we have created. His talk encourages ways men today can be authentic, vulnerable and respectful.

How To Connect Effectively Across Cultures
Connecting across cultures can be enriching and educational, yet also challenging. Markets, worldviews, customs and traditions often become barriers that prevent people from developing cross-cultural relationships. Tayo provides a framework for understanding our internal and external strategies as well as several strategies that allow us to overcome barriers to connecting across cultures. According to Tayo, the type of people that know how to effectively connect across cultures do three things. 1) They educate. 2) They don’t perpetuate. 3) Instead, they communicate. In this talk, Tayo dives into just how we all can learn how to do that!
The audience will be more self-aware of their own communication styles, communicate more clearly, and, think through how to act more appropriately with people that come from different environments.
Tales of a Non-Immigrant Student Journey: From Nigeria to the US

Tayo Rockson has had a very non-linear journey to entrepreneurship in America. It’s one of intrigue, drama, obstacles, conflict, and opportunities. Tayo highlights how he learned how to use his difference to make a difference from growing up in four continents and five countries, nearly losing his life, being in debt, getting fired twice, switching his visa, and building a platform in over 100 countries. His story is one of embracing identity and turning Obstacles into Opportunities.

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Tayo Rockson Speaker Reel

Tayo Rockson “Use Your Difference” Series

The Seed of Life (A talk for youth at the NSLS conference)

Tayo Rockson Melibee Global Interview


“Tayo Rockson is an engaging and dynamic speaker and we felt so lucky to have him join us for our National Summit. Tayo’s knowledge on harnessing data revolution for sustainable change resonated with our members and allowed them to embrace the sustainable development goals. He shared some key strategies that allowed our members to embrace our core values and by sharing that with their chapters at home, effectively engage and motivate others. I would highly recommend him to any organization!” — Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess, Director of Member Services, United States Junior Chamber

“Tayo easily ties together the issues of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination bridging cultural differences with innovative ideas of communication, leaving the room assured by Tayo that there are no excuses not to take action, and every single individual has the power to create change and make a difference.” – Elizabeth Anna Resch, United Nations Global Compact

“My organization was looking for a spokesperson who could help us deliver a universal message with eloquence and conviction. Tayo Rockson was the only person we considered for the job. His passion for global citizenship mixed with his dynamic delivery was exactly what our international organization needed. Simply put—when Tayo speaks, people listen.” – Taylor Cruz, Innovation Specialist at Pact

“As an activist and cross-cultural expert, Tayo collaborated with World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Kim, thought-leaders in the international development industry and more than 150 global mobile World Bank Group staff members and their dependents on cross-cultural communication techniques and best practices. Through his motivational speaking style, he offered incentivized and tangible examples on how best foster cultural transparency.” Claudia Koerbler: Policy Development and Outreach Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

“Tayo Rockson is a transformational leader who seeks to build a more just and inclusive global community. His presentation on cultural intelligence provided our university with the essential tools required for building bridges across difference, managing conflict, and promoting team-building.” Dr. Artika R. Tyner: Associate Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion University of St. Thomas

About Tayo

Tayo Rockson was raised in Nigeria, Sweden, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, and the USA, He is a diversity and inclusion speaker, consultant, and media personality who co-founded UYD Management strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. A millennial Third Culture Kid, Tayo (pronounced TIE-OH) has lived on 4 continents, allowing him to become an certified authority in communicating effectively across cultures. He hosts a top cross-cultural podcast called “As Told By Nomads” and it was recently ranked as the number two business podcast in the world by Entrepreneur and CIO.

He has spoken at TEDx four times, the World Bank, the Global Summit for the International Youth Leaders Assembly (IYLA) at the United Nations, The United Nations Foundation among many other places and his work has been seen on NowThis News, Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Among Worlds Magazine as well as Global Living Magazine. He is the author of the upcoming book “Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural World” (available September 2019). Through his podcast, blog, and video shows, he is heard and read by thousands of people in over 100 countries.


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Tayo Rockson, As Told By Nomads Podcast

Tayo Rockson’s As Told by Nomads Podcast

The As Told By Nomads podcast features interviews with global nomads, Third Culture Kids, entrepreneurs and multicultural individuals who are leaders in business, culture, travel and global affairs to discuss what it takes to embrace your global identity and become a global leader.

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