Gabriella is the founder of the #DaretobeKind movement, a kindness expert, and a keynote speaker who delivers talks that provide the groundwork for lasting change. Drawing from groundbreaking science, her immense cross-cultural experience and her signature wit, Gabriella inspires organizations to tap into the power of kindness—the most underutilized skill in today’s world.
Gabriella van Rij (pronounced "ray") was plucked from a Pakistani orphanage at 3 and grew up in Holland. She learned about bullies and racism the hard way, but she refused to remain a victim. Instead, she used understanding and empathy to defeat fear and mistrust. The techniques she pioneered are even more relevant in a country that is increasingly multicultural.
Today, Gabriella speaks to thousands every month and has been seen by millions on Dr. Phil, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
The mission of “#DaretobeKind - a Global Movement” is to reveal how Kindness can be used in practical ways to build safer communities and healthier relationships.