Kendra Has Been Featured By
Kendra in Action
Click arrows to scroll or click the picture to to enlarge.
"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
Listen to Kendra
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
Praying for loved ones to come back to the Church? While hope springs eternal, encouragement is always helpful!
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 but was still stressed out, filled with anxiety, oozing with self-doubt and constantly looking for "something more"...
And that "something more" was definitely NOT Catholicism! But after she stepped into the church after being away for decades - her life would never be the same!
Kendra has been transformed by her faith. She now speaks and writes to inspire others to deepen their relationship with God through faith and prayer.
Join Kendra as she shares how she finally found THE answer and wants to help you Find Something More, too!
Praying for your family and friends to come to the faith? It is the number one prayer of all practicing Catholics!
So, how do you reach those who are lukewarm or who do not think they need God - and if they did, they certainly wouldn't run to Catholicism?
Kendra Von Esh was that person and knows first hand how best to connect and inspire action in your loved ones.
Join Kendra as she shares her unique approach to evangelizing or bring her to your parish to lead a workshop on how to develop and deliver your unique and emotional testimony.
Learn how to meet each person where they are and leave fearless with your story in-hand ready to share with passion and inspire action!
Watch the fire ignite and the seeds grow!
If your to-do list is impossible, your stress level teeters on lethal, and you don’t have enough time for sleep let alone pray, this is exactly what you need!
Kendra Von Esh knows first-hand the unrelenting demands of climbing the corporate ladder, caring for her family, and trying to find time for herself. But when she stopped the madness and made time for God, not only did her life become easier, it also became more joyful!
Kendra will share some practical ways to deepen your relationship with God and inspire you to live a more prayerful life in this modern culture!
She will show how keeping God first will help everyone lead a more personally rewarding and professionally successful life.
Join Kendra for a spiritual boost and leave feeling inspired and ready for action!
High school is HUGE! You’re trying to prepare for the next phase of your life but are still struggling with the challenges in this phase! Stressful and emotional only scratch the surface ...
Kendra Von Esh, former Corporate Executive now Catholic Speaker and Author, will reveal the secrets to figuring out your unique path, your God-given talents and how to find purpose, meaning and the courage to chase your dreams.
Kendra has spoken on stages all over the world. She is an engaging speaker who empowers and inspires her audience to action! Her unique approach includes live text polls and social media - smart phones welcome!
Prepping for college is a rare and exciting time of life. You’re waving goodbye to your parents, eager for adventure, and stoked to make new friends. But a new campus, loads of coursework, and all-nighters studying, or partying may challenge your commitment to your Faith. How do you keep your Faith front and center and your relationship with God in tow with the newness of it all, not to mention the temptation?
Kendra Von Esh, Faith-Based Speaker and Author, will reveal the secrets of maintaining daily prayer and devotion to Our Lord in the midst of it all. Learn how you can be a leader, disciple and unique witness of God in any circumstance.
Kendra's unique approach includes technology to engage with her audience using live text polls to cater her message and social media which will surely connect with today's modern audience. Smart phones welcome!
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 corporate ladder.
Kendra's unique approach embraces technology to engage with her audience using live text polls to meet her audience where they are and social media which will surely connect with today's connected audiences. Smart phones welcome!
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 eager and excited to go to work? Do you enjoy spending time with your co-workers? Feel appreciated and loved by your peers?
Imagine for a moment that you could answer with a resounding YES to all three questions – how might that impact your health and happiness, not to mention your career?
Business Owners - Listen Up!
Studies show that a compassionate culture drives higher levels of organizational effectiveness including financial performance, employee engagement and retention, organizational productivity and customer satisfaction - resulting in increased revenue!
Leadership Speaker Kendra Von Esh, a retired CIO herself, will share how when you Lead with Compassion and your faith you will not only drive profits and performance but also personal gratification.
Are you paralyzed, full of fear, self-doubt and feeling you are not good enough in your 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 was filled with stress, anxiety and worry.
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 through faith and prayer.
She shares how her faith has transformed her entire life and how you, too, can live your dreams fearlessly and peacefully. Learn practical ways to to live the sweet life you were made for with God.