Shirin Etessam


  • Speaker
  • Workshop Facilitator

Shirin Etessam merges her extensive background in entrepreneurship and media with deep insights into human potential and play, offering a blend of storytelling and actionable insights for transformative personal and professional growth.


Play is a fundamental catalyst for growth and transformation across all aspects of life.

Business Leadership Collaboration and Team Trust Collective Consciousness Conscious Leadership Cultural Equity Diversity and Inclusion Speakers Diversity and Inclusion Workshops Emotional Intelligence and Empathy Equity Consciousness Executive Leadership Coaches Grief Coaching Human Potential Leadership Keynotes Leading with Vulnerability Speakers Mindfulness Mindset Negotiation and Self-Worth Neuroplasticity Healing Neuroscience and Business Personal Empowerment Purpose Consultants Self-Care for Leaders Social Impact Transformation Speakers Transformational Leadership Women in Diversity Women in Leadership Workplace Wellness

Popular Talks

The Science of Play: Unlocking Creativity and Innovation in the Adult Brain
Explore how play activates unique parts of the adult brain, fostering creativity, problem-solving skills, and innovation. Delve into recent neuroscience and psychology studies that illustrate play’s profound impact on cognitive functions and workplace productivity.

Play as a Pathway to Emotional Resilience and Mental Well-being
Discuss the role of play in building emotional resilience, reducing stress, and improving mental health. Highlight how playful activities can serve as therapeutic tools, enhancing emotional intelligence and fostering a sense of well-being in our personal and professional lives.

Fostering Community and Connection Through Play
Examine how play can bridge cultural and generational gaps, creating stronger, more cohesive communities. This talk could cover examples of play initiatives around the world that have brought diverse groups together, promoting inclusivity, understanding, and collaboration on a global scale.

Workshops, Coaching, & Consulting


Online Course – “Recess”
Recess is an innovative online course designed for adults seeking to reclaim the joy and creativity of play. This transformative program guides participants through understanding their unique play personality, unlocking creative potential, and incorporating play into daily life for enhanced well-being and personal growth. Whether you’re looking to spark creativity, reduce stress, or simply find more joy in your everyday, “Recess” offers the tools and insights to achieve it.

“Creative Spark” Company Workshops
The Creative Spark Company Workshops are tailored experiences designed to ignite creativity, foster team collaboration, and boost engagement within the workplace. By leveraging the power of play, these workshops offer practical strategies for problem-solving, innovation, and effective communication. Perfect for teams of any size, “Creative Spark” workshops not only enhance productivity but also cultivate a more enjoyable and fulfilling work environment.

Advisor to Organizations on Play Integration
As an advisor specializing in play integration, Shirin Etessam partners with organizations, startups, companies, and corporations to weave play into the fabric of their culture. This consultancy service focuses on implementing play-based strategies to unlock greater creativity, engagement, and productivity among teams. Through personalized recommendations and actionable steps, Shirin helps organizations create a vibrant, playful culture that drives success and fosters a happier, more motivated workforce.

Coming Soon…

Drawing on a rich tapestry of experience as an entrepreneur, media executive, and master storyteller, Shirin Etessam combines her groundbreaking work in film, television, and digital platforms with a decade-long journey of self-discovery and research in human potential, personal growth, and the transformative power of play. Her unique approach, informed by leading projects for industry giants and pioneering in diversity and digital storytelling, positions her as an authoritative voice in play, personal development, and professional innovation.

Shirin’s launch of ‘FREE TO BE: A Six Week Guide To Reclaiming Your Soul’ in June 2023 marks the culmination of her expertise, offering a transformative path for adults to unlock their full potential, blending her storytelling prowess with actionable insights into the essence of play.

Let’s collaborate to ensure a transformative experience.