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"Kendra Von Esh overflows with enthusiasm and passion as she tells of her recent conversion and reversion and immersion into the Catholic faith! Her joy is contagious."
Rev. Francis J. Hoffman (Fr. Rocky)
Executive Director / CEO of Relevant Radio
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What Audiences Say About Kendra
"Kendra is a passionate and engaging speaker. Relevant Radio recently invited her to speak at our event to share her personal journey to the faith. It was apparent from the beginning of her presentation, Kendra’s professional background in the business world makes her comfortable speaking in front of large audiences. Soon, she had our listeners and supporters leaning forward in their chairs, hanging on every word of her story of conversion. By sharing the critical role Relevant Radio played in her faith journey, Kendra gave the audience that day an invested interest in her story. Suddenly, they became characters in her true tale of conversion."
"Storytelling is both an art and a science. The ability to tell great stories, especially true stories, is a gift. Kendra has that gift."
Chief Programming Officer, Relevant Radio
We were so blessed to have Kendra Von Esh at our parish this Lent. She gave a wonderful joy-filled witness that touched the hearts of my parishioners. Her zeal and energy are contagious. She reminded us of a basic truth, we lose nothing when we give our lives to Jesus Christ, in fact, He deeply enriches us.
Pastor of Holy Cross Church, Batavia
“It was a busy day, lots do to, checking off the list for the kids before Monday came back around. My 15 year old went to his confirmation class and I settled in to listen to what I thought was going to be "another boring speaker!" And then Kendra started talking! Kendra's ora sparkled! I was engaged the entire time she spoke. She shared a story that was REAL! Her story is real! And it connects to anyone attending. It was as though my guardian angel put me exactly where I needed to be to listen to her story! I am still moved by her talk! I grabbed her book and can’t wait to finish reading it. I am sharing it with my sisters and family. I needed this talk! Go now, do not hesitate, go see her speak, you will be glad you did!”
Mom, Wife and Restaurateur
“I had just completed Kendra’s amazing book when Holy Family announced she would be speaking on our campus. Kendra brought her book to life and made me think about my spiritual life and how it has been neglected. She is an inspiring speaker and held the attention of the audience throughout. I do believe she is going to be a role model for those of us working our way back to the Catholic Church and better serving our Lord.”
We were so very blessed to have Kendra speak at Holy Cross—her authentic, honest and humorous testimonial was a beautiful inspiration of being open to God calling us in the midst of where we are. Her faith journey will resonate with many—those who grew up Catholic, who converted or have reverted, and those who are searching for truth.
Holy Cross Church, Parish Secretary
Though your presentation in its entirety was wonderful, the best part of the whole experience, for me, was your 'style,' which touched me to the soul. I thought "oh my gosh, I have found a person who I can completely relate to..."
Parishioner, Holy Cross Church
Kendra's story is very moving and really speaks to so many of us who are lost in materialism and the great "rat race." She shows that Christ is really a way to be free in a world enslaved to materialism.
Father Richard Simon
Relevant Radio Host, Father Simon Says™
Having seen Kendra in hundreds of speaking engagements on stages both large and small, I can attest, if you want compelling audience experiences ... she delivers every time!
Former EVP Global Sales, Coupa Software
"Kendra inspired our audience with her honest and powerful message about change, transformation, and faith at our Hack the Dream event on MLK Day. Kendra has such a relatable story of leading with compassion and speaks to our hearts as well as our heads as she tells the story of her career as a CIO and the uncharted journey ahead. We received so many thank yous from our audience for bringing such a grounding to the event and connecting the dots between who we are and what we do!"
President and Co-Founder, i.c. stars
“Listening to Kendra speak about her deepening relationship with God is like sitting down for a chat with a good friend over coffee. Kendra’s warm, welcoming personality and self-deprecating humor draw the listener in. Her honesty about the Holy Spirit’s work in her life reminds everyone that God also invites us to an ever-deeper relationship with him.”
LCMS Northern Illinois District, Mission Advocate
“Kendra Von Esh radiated the joy that comes only from knowing Jesus. She shared with transparency how her life before coming to faith was empty--even though she had the success and lifestyle the world tells us will make us happy. It was only when she accepted God's invitation to a real relationship with Him that she found joy. Kendra's presentation reminded me not to take my relationship with the Savior for granted and to share the joy!”
Speaker and Author
“We all know someone who has fallen away or left the Catholic faith, and it hurts, especially when is it a family member. I attended Kendra’s talk at Holy Family Parish in Rockford. Kendra has a gift of inviting those “fallen away or don’t think they need God” back to table! Knowing it is their personal journey in faith, Kendra touches the hearts of those whose journey may be similar to her experience. She is real, frank, honest and totally “in” for Christ. I came away from her witness inspired to grow deeper in my Catholic faith. Amen…Alleluia!”
Co-Author of Light of the World Retreats (lotwem.org), NCCL Board Member (2015-2018), DRE-Saint Margaret Mary, Algonquin
“I believe Kendra was placed on my path by God. I had been praying for God to help me or send someone to help me with the questions I have been struggling with in regards to the church’s teachings and perspectives on a variety of topics. Many of those topics make me feel shame and like a hypocrite when I sit in the pews and take my children to church each week. Relaying this to Kendra, after her talk, she offered an opportunity to share answers she has found in her own search to understand the Catholic faith. I am looking forward to hearing what she has discovered, and I pray it can give me the peace I am longing to have.”
Cradle Catholic; Holy Family Parishioner
“Kendra captured the entire audience with her fascinating story. When she was lead back to confession after 26 years I wanted to clap but didn’t want to break her chain of thought. That was the Lord working to bring her back and she was open to hear His call. God bless her honesty and candor about her journey.”
DRE, Holy Family Church
“Kendra did a great job! She hit a home run! I can see Kendra really touched a lot of hearts Saturday night at our Religious Education gathering. Bringing back to church those fallen away Catholics is our top priority and Kendra certainly address that audience in a dynamic and engaging way.”
Reverend Phillip Kaim, S.T.L.
Holy Family Church
“Kendra's talk was so interesting and engaging! Her reversion to the faith is a testament to the Holy Spirit...He's got this! Keep praying for those that have fallen away and He'll find a way - even a most unexpected way - to bring them back!”
PR & Promotions Coordinator, St. Thomas
“Upon initially meeting Kendra Von Esh, I was drawn in by her enthusiasm and zeal for life. I was enticed and wanted to know her story. So I attended her Saint Thomas speaking event. I learned that this was due to a 180 turn back to the Church after attending Mass and seeking out a confession after 26 years. Her candor, about the effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, alone was enough to fill my heart with Hope. May God bless her work, and what God will do with her story.”
Wife and Mother
“Hearing Kendra speak was inspiring. Her story is one that I think we can all relate to. At some point in our lives we find that we are lost and are looking for something more. Often we expect some big sign from God to show us the way, but Kendra’s story of reversion shows that it's little things, the “God-Incidences” as Kendra often refers to them in her book. Kendra is proof that if we just learn to open our ears and recognize that God is speaking to us in these moments, we can all find our own path to God.”
Wife and Mother
"Kendra brings a realistic and energetic viewpoint to rejuvenating your Catholic faith journey, especially for those of us who feel as though we are in a rut and need a booster shot to remember that we are not left to do this on our own. Through her story we can relate to something similar in our own lives and see through the weeds as to how the Holy Spirit is working on us all. Her book continues to point to Christ and the Holy Spirit's interventions and that He continues to meet us where we are. She inspires us to continue on with our own journeys and to stay strong!"
St. Mary Church Woodstock Adult Education Volunteer
Kendra delivered a heartwarming testimony of her awakening and longing to be closer to Christ amid the current of life and the waves of distractions which carried her away from the anchor of true happiness—being in the state of grace and leading a sacramental life. Thanking Relevant Radio’s donors for their contribution to outstanding programming, Kendra’s words were warm, welcoming, natural and inviting to anyone who longs for a deeper relationship with Christ. Kendra, you have many hearts to reach—Godspeed
Relevant Radio Luncheon Guest
Kendra is an authentic leader who understands that technology sales are not at all about the technology, rather the people. We relied on Kendra to represent our company and our solutions not only with clients but with analysts, the media and on the public stage. She has a way of making complex topics simple, even funny, and her audiences love her. I have every confidence that if she brings that same level of passion and energy to her next endeavor, she'll knock it out of the park.
President and CEO, Coupa Software
Kendra Von Esh was an Executive in Corporate America for decades and has spoken on stages all over the world, both large and small. She is an engaging Speaker who empowers and inspires her audience to to "Find Something More."
Frequently Requested Keynotes
Men & Women Groups | Parishes | Conferences | Retreats
Praying for loved ones to come back to the Church? Don't lose HOPE!
Bring your friends and family for a lively, funny and heartfelt testimony from Kendra Von Esh, a former Corporate Executive who thought she had everything!
Kendra bought into what this world said would make her happy - money, prestige, power and fell into the culture of 'me' ... Until God found her and flipped her reality upside down and transformed her life.
Kendra left her executive career to help others deepen their relationship with God and the Faith for TRUE acceptance, love, peace and joy.
Join Kendra as she shares how she finally found THE answer and wants to help everyone Find Something More!
We all need forgiveness, but when it comes from God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation it is life changing!
Join Kendra as she shares the 'out of body' supernatural experience she received from God when she walked into the confessional after 26 years with MANY mortal sins on her soul. Kendra shares the graces she received on Divine Mercy Sunday and how this pivotal day catapulted her deep into the Faith.
She opens her heart with her struggles to forgive herself and how surrendering to God was the only way to let go of her pain, shame and find true peace.
Kendra also fought to forgive her very own brother who suffers from an addiction. She shares how God got her through the disdain she felt toward him and how their relationship has been completely transformed. A true miracle!
Leave inspired to indulge in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as she does every week, to be a forgiving and loving person to yourself and to others. God's mercy is never ending!
"Stay close to the body of Jesus," Kendra once heard from a spiritual companion in a chapel and it thrust her desire into over drive for the Eucharist.
Kendra was already on the fast track with her Faith, the Holy Spirit lit her on fire and she was in love with the Eucharist - or so she thought.
Join Kendra as she shares her journey from non-practicing Catholic for decades to a faithful servant who craves Adoration, attends daily Mass and lives her life around The Blessed Sacrament.
Leave inspired and more in love with the real presence of Jesus like never before!
"Mary, Mary, Mary"...like Jan used to say on the Brady Bunch "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"
Kendra was learning everything about the Faith as a non-Catechized revert in 2013 and she really struggled with Mary and her role in the Church.
"Why would I go to Mary when I can go to Jesus?"
Join Kendra as she shares her struggles to find the love for Our Blessed Mother - even after numerous consecrations and many recitations of the rosary.
She shares how her heart was slowly transformed, the direct messages she received from Mary and how proud she is to be a devoted soldier of Mary's army defending the Church and all of its truths.
Leave inspired and more in love with Mary like never before!
Kendra grew up with no men in her family life who were faith-filled. Her father, brothers and husband truly love her, but there was no guidance to build a relationship with God.
For most of her life she didn't know the true love and acceptance that only comes from God and that she was his beloved daughter.
Bring Kendra to your Men's Conference or Association/Group so she can share her struggles, shameful behavior, and regrets living life without a positive male influence of faith.
And she will share how a few Christian men impacted her life both personally and professionally toward God's mercy and compassion.
This emotional talk will inspire every man to live their faith with every woman you meet.
Do you feel like you are stumbling along on your journey of faith all alone? Or maybe you found God but your friends and family are not where you are...
Kendra walked most of her journey by herself, in the back pew, seeking the truth and experiencing the graces of God and the trials of life pretty much on her own.
It wasn't until she left her Executive Career to share her faith as a Speaker and Author did she meet some amazing spiritual companions. Some who became her "besties" and true prayer warriors who are always there, no matter what.
Join Kendra as she shares some of the amazing moments with her spiritual companions - men and women of all ages. They have brought her from the brink of despair, never judged her, shared many tears and have supported her through prayer and the love of Jesus.
Leave inspired to reach out and connect to others and build some life long friendships with the common thread of God - and find that nothing compares.
Business | Professionals | Universities | Conferences
Entering the “real world” as a college graduate is exciting but it can be stressful and downright daunting… as they say “adulting is hard!” So how does faith come into play as you grapple with the demands of building your career?
Kendra Von Esh, former C-suite Executive, will share how faith and daily prayer got her through some of the most intense and stressful times of her professional career. Learn how God can give you peace and joy while climbing the proverbial ladder and how living your faith at work is paramount to success.
Leave inspired to follow your dreams and manage the delicate balance of life in the real world and your faith.
One of the most difficult and important decisions in a person's life at any age is choosing, pivoting or transforming your career. It is never too early or too late to find your passion!
But how do you know the profession you are choosing is aligned with your purpose and meaning, your God-given talents and the best one for YOU?
Kendra Von Esh, a former Corporate Executive who pivoted her career to Catholic Speaker and Author, shares some practical ways to assess your calling in life while while being true to your faith and your "fearfully and wonderfully" made self.
Leave feeling armed with the knowledge and courage to live your dreams and the sweet life God has planned for you!
Are you paralyzed, full of fear, self-doubt and feeling you are not good enough in your personal and professional life? So you change nothing, you stay in your rut, unhappy and without meaning or purpose...
Kendra Von Esh suffered with all those haunting thoughts as an Executive in Corporate America and in her personal life. She was filled with stress, anxiety and worry. She always compared herself to others and was "never good enough"...
When she found her faith and surrendered to God, through His grace, she found her purpose, passion and the courage to leave her career to inspire others, as a Catholic Speaker and Author to deepen their relationship with God and the Faith.
She shares how her faith has transformed her entire life, how her family and friends view her transformation and how you, too, can live your dreams fearlessly and peacefully.
Learn practical ways to live the sweet life you were made for with God.
Are you unsure how to live your faith at work? Living your faith does not mean you whack people over the head with your bible, try to catechize everyone and quote endless bible verses.
Kendra Von Esh, former Corporate Executive, shares how her faith transformed how she managed her professional life.
Join Kendra to learn how her colleagues, team members and executive peers were impacted by the way she lead with compassion and united her organization.
It starts with YOU. Leadership happens at all levels and is a result of respect, forgiveness and compassion that can only be received through a relationship with God and His graces.
Leave inspired to change the way you interact, pray and surrender to God throughout your work day and watch the love and happiness of those you work with begin to grow.