Guest Appearances

Equity and Equality In Fundraising Leadership

 Gender, Equity in fundraising and any organisation must be intentional about creating leadership pipelines for women.  In this video, Kathy Rabon,  member of the AFP Women’s impact Initiative Committee, talks to Tesse Akpeki FCG, strategist and leadership coach about the concept of compassionate accountability and why it’s important to show support for yourself and to others.  

World Values Day event Governance and Values 21st October 2021

Please allow me to introduce you and thank you so much for your enthusiasm for this panel discussion about Governance and Values as part of the programme for World Values Day. The topic has certainly received attention recently with stories about KPMGRICS and others so fingers crossed for a good level of interest for the event.

The stimulating panel discussion hosted by Alan Williams took full advantage of the diverse and deep experience of our panel guests – Ed Mayo, Charlotte Valeur, Tesse Akpeki (Host TesseTalks)  and Pete Westall who provided such a wealth of open and honest insight.

The framework:  Questions for Discussion 

  • What does Governance mean (look/sound/feel like)?
  • How do you engage current and, perhaps more challengingly, potential future employees with governance principles and application as an integral part of their day to day work? 
  • Consider the function of a top down decision making body when you want to foster a can-do, bottom up culture. If you have to rely on governance what does this say about the way your values are being lived… or not?
  • What is the advice for leaders to avoid governance being seen as some sort of ‘exam’ that must be passed?
  • What are significant challenges to navigate in the governance and values space: the size and breadth of many organisations is one and another is the common focus on high performance and a results-based environment. So how do you ensure authenticity and consistency of both governance & values at all levels? 
  • When have you seen very good governance in practice?
  • The question of governance is often focussed on organisations and yet, in light of recent events, in US and elsewhere, what is the relevance of robust governance for nations’ governments and even governments collectively?
  • What are you encouraged to do differently about governance and values as a result of this  discussion?

What are the vital elements for building an effective team?


The HGA spotlight series is a three part segment that explores whether there is a team (as opposed to a group) in the board room.   Bill Musick. President of the Hospice Governance Academy (HGA) put the spotlight on Tesse Akpeki (FGA), Leadership and Governance Strategist and Podcaster, Tesse Talks.

Do you have a team in the boardroom touches on ways of dealing with uncertainty, how a coaching approach can create a safe place and space for dialogue and effective decision making in turbulent times.  Pivoting in an environment of change can build resilience and sustainability as organisations explore ways of leading and governing well.

Each segment is 10 minutes broken into smaller chunks that look at (i) governing for the future: governance and emergence (ii) governing with care, compassion and commitment (iii) building board culture while focusing on a team building and enhancing impact. 

Highlighted are the importance of a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset). practical tools , resources, facilitative techniques, effective chairing  and self awareness in ensuring that there is good team working in the boardroom.

Segment 1 

Segment 2  

Segment 3  

Tesse has made  guest appearances  on several shows. One of them  is Job Searching Success. The link to all 3 sessions is listed below