Holley M. Kholi-Murchison
Holley M. Kholi-Murchison

Since 2014, I've hosted, moderated and spoken at corporate events, conferences, summits, festivals and unconventional gatherings in 15 countries. On stage, I use my ability to connect across difference as a conduit for shifting perspectives, igniting action and facilitating moments of genuine human connection.

I love contributing to and learning from experiences focused on social impact, the arts, entrepreneurship, the future of work, lifelong learning, self-development, spirituality, creativity & innovation, leadership, technology and building toward an equitable future. If you’d like to book me for an upcoming event, please get in touch.

on stage

Select Past Engagements


The Next Web Amsterdam • Moderator, speaker 

Thought for Food Summit, brazil • Host + Facilitator


movers and breakers conference, fiji • closing speaker

next conference, hamburg • host, Facilitator

PromaxBDA australia (sydney) • Speaker

encounter camp la • keynote speaker

Shared Living, Better Living?—SPACE10 + A/D/O • panelist

social service club, copenhagen • keynote speaker, facilitator

nestflight conference • Keynote speaker


The Next Web NYC • Host

PromaxBDA Asia (singapore) • Keynote Speaker 

TEDxAmsterdam • Host

PromaxBDA Africa (johannesburg) • Keynote Speaker

Yellow Conference • Speaker 

Teen Do, Wales • Speaker 

MCON • Speaker 

Art + Race Conference • Co-Host

The Next Web Amsterdam • Moderator 

Thought for Food Summit, Amsterdam • Host + Facilitator


Creative Mornings San Francisco • Speaker

Breakfast Series @ Roca Lisboa Gallery, Lisbon • Speaker

Human Habitat Lecture Series, Lisbon • Speaker

Campus Party Netherlands • host + Moderator

Do Lectures, Wales • Speaker

Thought for Food Summit, Zurich • Host

General Assembly SF • Business Foundations Instructor (2013 - 16)


It was a real pleasure working with Holley for NEXT18. Her very personal way of moderating the sessions gave our event a very warm tone. Not only is she able to give speakers comfort on stage, but also she is amazing in connecting with the audience and building connections amongst the participants - even in big theater settings like the one at the NEXT18 venue.

— Ina Feistritzer
Head of NEXT, Chief Editor SinnerSchrader

It was fantastic to have Holley Murchison as our closing speaker at Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Global Summit in Toronto. She is truly inspirational and her personal story and message resonated so strongly with  our attendees from over 16 countries that she received a standing ovation.

— Ingrid Devin
Director of Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)

We invited Holley in to talk because she embodies the spirit that animates WeTransfer and she’s ambitious for what creativity can do. Her talk had the biggest impact I have ever seen from a speaker at WeTransfer. She is inspirational but in a relatable way, which means she doesn’t just move people, she helps them look at their own ideas in a new light. 

— Rob Alderson
Editor-in-Chief/Vice President Content, WeTransfer

We first met Holley at the Better World By Design event, where she was leading a powerful workshop  - We were incredibly impressed and just knew we had to work with her, so we invited her to moderate our Thought For Food Global Summits in Zurich, Amsterdam and Brazil, and to lead breakout sessions on storytelling for our audience of more than 300 next generation leaders from around the world. The energy, professionalism and authentic spirit she represents encourages the people around her to open their minds and hearts, adding a truly unique touch to events that both energizes participants, while also putting them at ease. I can't recommend Holley highly enough - we will definitely be working with her for our future events, she's the best! 

— Christine Gould
Founder & CEO, Thought for Food Foundation 

I hired Holley to speak and inspire at our first annual MAKERS@Mailchimp event. The audience was comprised of both community and company "change-makers" to promote a platform and network of positive change.  Holley's talk "Eight Lessons in Love" helped our audience learn to tell their story and raise their voices not only for themselves but for those who are marginalized. The attendees were highly engaged and asked incredibly relevant questions of Holley.  We plan to create TMAY accountability groups within the company starting in March.  Lots of buzz about this talk two weeks after the event!

— Aynn Collins,
Director, Employee Experience, Mailchimp