Gabrielle Scrimshaw Sagalov, Storyteller, Strategist, Indigenous

Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Gabrielle Scrimshaw, inspiring indigenous speaker

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Biography

Gabrielle Scrimshaw Sagalov is an Indigenous professional with a passion for creating social impact. She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. 

Gabrielle is the founder of The Scrimshaw Group, a consultancy with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous economic development. Based in San Francisco, Gabrielle is a sought after expert on Indigenous issues and inclusion by North America’s largest national media outlets and corporations.

Growing up in a rural Indigenous town of 800 people, Gabrielle was raised in a single parent household and is a proud citizen of the Hatchet Lake Denesuline Nation. A first generation student, she has studied international business and policy across 6 continents. Gabrielle is the Co-Founder the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada, a non-profit considered a global thought leader in Indigenous leadership.

​When not on the road, you can find Gabrielle in her garden or trying to bake the perfect sourdough loaf.

Indigenous Leadership & Education Expert

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is an inspiring indigenous speaker with a passion for inclusion, education, and leadership. She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Growing up in a small Indigenous community in North Central Saskatchewan, Gabrielle was the first in her family to get a post-secondary education. Raised by a single father, she lived in a community challenged by substance abuse and suicide. Having a career that spanned the private, non-profit, and government sectors, Gabrielle has the ability to connect and inspire diverse audiences of all sizes.

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Topics

Workplace Inclusion | Building an Inclusive Culture

How, if at all, does building an inclusive workplace for Indigenous peoples differ from building an inclusive workplace for other employees? In this informative and inspirational talk Gabrielle will share insights and data on what Indigenous professionals want in the workplace, and compare it to equity and inclusion best practices. Gabrielle will explore the future of inclusion and tools to help managers better support and develop all employees.

Key Takeaways:
• Supporting Indigenous employees is in line with supporting employees of other backgrounds.
• Insights on how the Indigenous workforce is changing in Canada, and why that matters.

Education | Supporting Educators on their Reconciliation Journey

Many educators want to teach their students about reconciliation, but often feel that they are lacking the training and resources to do so in a way that’s done respectfully towards indigenous communities.  Gabrielle Scrimshaw will help them do so.  As a sought after expert on Indigenous education around the globe, she’s worked with Indigenous communities and organizations around the world.

In this Presentation Gabrielle will provide a framework that empowers educators in teaching an Indigeous curriculum. Gabrielle will leave audiences inspired and give them actionable tools to implement reconciliation in their classrooms and beyond.

Key Takeaways:
• Case studies of classrooms implementing Indigenous reconciliation.
• A toolkit for educators to learn about Indigenous history and develop their curriculum.

Innovation | Technology & Indigenous Futures

In a world where rapid change is being brought about by AI, decentralization, and smartphones, what does the future hold for the diverse array of Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional ways of life? Gabrielle explores the role technology plays for Indigenous communities in reconciling the past and transforming our shared future.

In this informative presentation, Gabrielle shows audiences some of the powerful ways Indigenous communities are adapting to new technologies to create new opportunities. Participants will leave empowered to pursue new forms of possibility by leveraging technology.

Key Takeaways:
• The best practices of innovative Indigenous communities leveraging technology for change.
• How to be more collaborative with Indigenous communities when developing new technology.

Inspiration | The Maybe Principle: Planting Seeds of Change

Born into a northern Indigenous community, Gabrielle had some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was eleven times more likely to be reported missing, three times more likely to be unemployed, and she was more likely to drop out of high school than finish it.

Through random acts of kindness and strangers planting seeds of “maybe”, Gabrielle was able to change her life and transform her community. In this inspiring talk, Gabrielle will share the Maybe Principle. A simple idea that saved her life, allowed her to become a first-generation student, and start a national non-profit, eventually earning master’s degrees from both Harvard and Stanford.

Key Takeaways:
• How each one of us has the power to transform a life.
• Techniques to motivate those within your community to achieve great things.

Reconciliation | Indigenous Reconciliation in the Workplace

Indigenous inclusion and reconciliation in the private sector have progressed, but still have a long way to go. Achieving this goal is paramount to build a more inclusive Canada.

In this presentation, Gabrielle will establish links between the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In addition, Gabrielle will explore case studies from companies like Nike and Twitter, and give managers tools to explore reconciliation for their teams and workplaces.

Key Takeaways:
• How a reconciliation mindset plays out in relation to Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, CSR, and community collaboration.

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Workshop | Team Building & Goal Setting
Gabrielle has worked with Indigenous communities, facilitating workshops bringing in leadership lessons (with an Indigenous lens) from her time at Harvard and Stanford. From goal setting, visioning, to team building, Gabrielle has the facilitation experience to help bring your team to new heights.
Workshop | Understanding Indigenous Voices
Many people need a safe space to learn about Indigenous history, and this workshop provides that. Gabrielle will provide a primer on Indigenous communities, and facilitate a safe-space Q&A to help your team understand topics like reconciliation, residential schools, and Indigenous inclusion.

Testimonials

Gabrielle was incredibly well received. She got a standing ovation from the crowd, and there were some people whom she obviously moved as there were some people with tears. People are still talking about her, and I know some people have told colleagues in other Canadian jurisdictions that they should probably hire her to talk at their seminars.-
Coordinator, Labour Market Training Labour Development & Standards, Education, Culture & Employment
I just wanted to let you know how much people enjoyed your moderating the panels at our convention last week. The panels were very engaging and people really enjoyed the flow.
– Canadian Labour Congress
Gabrielle was so inspirational for our event! She received a standing ovation… and most importantly, she made me cry! And it was beautiful! She has such a personal way of connecting with her audience, and all of it comes from her heart. Gabrielle was truly moving.-
Events Director, United Nations Association in Canada

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