Tayo Rockson

This millennial, cross-cultural trainer, and Third Culture Kid grew up in 5 countries before graduating high school. He is now the CEO of UYD Management. Tayo Rockson inspires us to explore culture and leadership – and why it should matter to us all.

Speaking Options

Cultural Competency for Millenials and GenX’ers

Today, we live in a world of rapid change and that’s due to globalization, mobility, migration, technology and media. What this creates is an environment with the potential for conflict, confrontation and misunderstandings. It also impacts policy decisions made by schools, workplaces, and governments. This talk focuses on ways to mainstream diversity and inclusion in schools and workplaces, strategies for effectively communicating across differences, developing capability, leadership, and fostering inclusion. Tayo shares practical tips for effective cultural competency without focusing in detail on cultural theorists.


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.

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.


Selected Media

Tayo’s Speaker Reel

TEDx Cooper Union (NYC)

Use Your Difference Series


“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

“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 speaker, consultant, and media personality who runs UYD Management – a 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 the number one cross-cultural podcast in the world and his podcast was recently ranked as the number two business podcast in the world by Entrepreneur and CIO.

He has spoken at TEDx multiple times, the World Bank, 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 Ultimate Guide To TCK Living and his ground breaking work on “how to embrace your global identity” was featured in a German School book called ZOOM IN… Globalization. Through his podcast, blog, and video shows, he is heard and read by thousands of people in over 100 countries.

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