Kyla Sokoll-Ward is a speaker, facilitator, and professional empath who speaks about loneliness in the millennial generation and how millennials can use their emotional experiences as tools for connection. She has shared her message internationally, on multiple TEDx stages, and has facilitated connective experiences for thousands of young adults around the world.
Kyla’s work aims to help millennials upgrade their empathy skill set, ask better questions, and get more curious about what it means to be human. She has interviewed dozens of millennials around the world about their experiences with connection and loneliness and uses this data to inform her content. Through keynotes, workshops, and 1:1 mentorship, she aims to disrupt the status quo of connection and challenge others to connect more intentionally, vulnerably, and empathically with those around them. She’s a firm believer that we’re only one good question away from connecting with the entire world.
Why millennials? Why loneliness?
Millennials have been deemed the loneliest generation to ever exist. This so-called "loneliness epidemic" is claimed to be driven by the millennial generation's lack of social engagement/technology addiction, mental illness, and general apathy toward life. It's not entirely uplifting stuff. Millennials may well be lonely, but what makes their loneliness different from that of other generations? What can we learn from the way that millennials are experiencing (or not experiencing) their emotions?
After years spent coaching, Kyla began pursuing a public speaking career. While she initially began her time on stages speaking about authentic human connection and how this exemplifies us as leaders, she began seeing loneliness as a theme that was emerging in the lives of her clients and audience.
She began conducting informal research called the Millennial Loneliness Interviews where she interviewed dozens of millennials around the world about their experiences with loneliness, how they find community, and what connection means to them.
Based on the results, she was able to design a framework for creating connection and reframing the experience of loneliness in millennials. This formula is relevant in our personal lives, in community building, and in corporate settings looking to engage - and retain - millennial employees.
Through keynotes and workshops, Kyla helps her audience understand:
WHO the millennial generation is and which values they embody
WHY millennials are experiencing loneliness differently than any generation before it
WHAT practices can be implemented - in community or corporate settings - to make millennials feel seen, heard, and engaged