Leilani speaking at REVEL, a benefit for Rainforest Action Network at the California Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco in 2014. Leilani has been a keynote speaker at over 125 events and has spoken at the United Nations in both Geneva, Switzerland and New York City.

Leilani speaking at REVEL, a benefit for Rainforest Action Network at the California Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco in 2014. Leilani has been a keynote speaker at over 125 events and has spoken at the United Nations in both Geneva, Switzerland and New York City.

“Leilani’s speech was incredible. That was incredible - really moving.”

— Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

“I was completely captivated and inexplicably on the verge of tears the entire time she was speaking.”

— Beverly Lewis, LifePoint

Leilani has been a keynote speaker at over 125 events receiving frequent standing ovations. She speaks about courage, motivation, dedication, diversity, integrity, perseverance and the reward of facing your greatest fears. As a successful woman in a male dominated sport and an environmentalist in motorsports, Leilani has unique insights on why standing up for what you believe in is the greatest reward, and why sometimes it's good to be different in this world.

Leilani shares her transformation from biology graduate to professional race car driver and environmental activist. With humor and touching inspiration, she tells the story of her journey from the short tracks of southern California to the high banks of Daytona and Capitol Hill to fight for environmental legislation. By the end of her speech, you will understand her motto: Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.

Leilani has had the honor of speaking at the United Nations in both Geneva, Switzerland and New York City. She has also been a guest at The White House on two occasions. If you are interested in having Leilani speak at your event, please contact us.



"Leilani's talk was incredible. That was incredible - really moving."

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX (Elon gave Leilani a standing ovation at her speech at Teslive in 2013)


"Leilani absolutely rocks. Her content is both engaging and impactful, a rare combination. The C2 audience raved about her, and she ranked at the top of our post-event survey. She is welcome back at C2 anytime."

Nadia Lakhdari, Chief Creative Officer, C2 Montréal


"An inspiring presentation."

Goodlifer (on her speech for Opportunity Green at UCLA)


"Leilani was speaking to hundreds of women at Tory' Johnson's Spark and Hustle conference last week. She didn't pace, raise her voice or try to be anything other than what she is as she held a tired audience on the edge of their seats and earned a standing ovation. As for me, I was completely captivated and inexplicably on the verge of tears the entire time she was speaking. (The first time in 26 or so speakers.) She has been on my mind all week, so now I have to write it out.

 I've been considering the dynamics of what took place as she owned the stage that day. She is an intensely focused woman on a mission, doing what she is designed to do and keeping her head high as she ignores a large camp of critics. I've concluded that it is the strength of her convictions, her clarity and her excellence in articulating what she is passionate about that made her stunningly effective and memorable. Tory joked about the "Leilani effect" as the response to her challenge to observe a  "Meatless Monday" to conserve energy was immediate. The vegetarian lunch option had been shunned by most until that day when they were snatched up first. And yes, I'm making changes to stop wasting energy through "vampire power" and reduce my carbon footprint. But the real impact for me was not saving the earth, since I've been a "tree-hugger" since before she was born.

 I was fascinated by the fact that in a matter of 20 minutes or so, Leilani won the loyalty and avid support of an audience of movers and shakers. Which has caused me to take another look at my own level of clarity. On a scale of 1 to 10, Leilani scored a 10. If given 20 minutes to express your mission, passion and purpose, how would you score?

 I love hanging out with people who cause something deep inside of me to rise up, pulling me to step into the next level.  Thanks, Leilani.  And you can bet, I'll "never under-estimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car." You are making a difference."

Beverly Lewis, LifePoint


"We were thrilled to have Leilani give a Keynote presentation at The 25th Annual Energy Fair in Custer, WI. The feedback on Leilani's keynote was fantastic, including a well deserved standing ovation at the end of her inspiring presentation.   Leilani's fantastic message of determination to work for what you believe in was the perfect tone that really connected with The Energy Fair audience. The renewable energy industry, much like racing, is a male centric one and we heard from many women of all ages in the audience that Leilani was an inspiration for them to pursue their dreams no matter what the barriers.  Leilani even took time after her presentation to visit our Clean Transportation Area of The Energy Fair and visit with other electric vehicle enthusiasts.  Leilani and her team were an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.  Prior to her Keynote at The Energy Fair Leilani made herself available for local press and did a fantastic job of promoting her presentation to her large social media following on Twitter and Facebook.  I would absolutely recommend Leilani to any organization or event looking for an inspiring presentation from a truly amazing woman! "

Doug Stingle, Midwest Renewable Energy Association


"In the eleven years we've been putting on WorldFest - L.A.'s Compassionate Living Music and Food Festival - Leilani's speech was one of the standout highlights.  This is a woman with a powerful message, the street cred to back it up, and the ability to draw the audience in to listen to her message.  While many in our audience may not have known who she was at the beginning of her speech, as time went on the rounds of applause grew and by the end she had the entire audience cheering her on and fully understanding her ideas for making the world a better place.  As she says - She has a voice and she's going to use it.  I couldn't have been more proud to have her on our main stage and be a voice for WorldFest as she embodies our mission of compassion, environmentalism, and health.  And - she does it as a person with whom most Americans really identify themselves."

Billy Hulting, Entertainment Director and Co-Producer of Worldfest LA


"Leilani has spoken for my clients several times and gets rave reviews.  Her passion the sport of racing gets people's attention. However, her personal story of perseverance, hard work and creativity inspires the audience. Leilani is as passionate about the environment as she is racing, and she knows her stuff. Her talks are inspirational and educational.  I have seen Leilani talk to senior-most corporate executives and college sports teams, her message touches them all." 

Brian Hackett, Director of The Leadership Network


"Leilani inspired attendees on many different levels beyond just supporting clean energy.  Many have commented how she made them reflect to a more personal level.  Most of them wanted to hear more from her! Thank you to Leilani from the bottom of our hearts for making a difference in our conference and in the world at large."  

Kathleen Fleming, NC Sustainable Energy Association



DC Environmental Film Festival - Washington, DC - 2019

Natural Products Expo West - Anaheim, CA - 2019

Utah Film Center - St. George, UT - 2018

Atlanta VegFest - Atlanta, GA - 2018

University of Georgia - Athens, GA - 2018

Asheville VegFest - Asheville, NC - 2018

Triangle VegFest - Durham, NC - 2018

United Nations - New York, NY - 2018

SXSW - Austin, TX - 2018

Winnipeg VegFest - Winnipeg, Canada - 2017

Oahu VegFest - Honolulu, HI - 2017

Creating Equilibrium Conference - Lake Tahoe, CA - 2017

Animal Rights National Conference - Washington, DC - 2017

Tesla Factory - Fremont, CA (3rd appearance) - 2017

Project Green Schools - Boston, MA - 2017

EarthX - Dallas, TX - 2017

Sustainability Symposium - Orlando, FL - 2017

University of North Carolina Asheville - 2016

Daimler - Portland, OR - 2016

Vegan Festival Adelaide - Adelaide, Australia - 2016

Saving Nemo - Adelaide, Australia - 2016

Circle V Festival - Los Angeles, CA - 2016

DC VegFest - Washington, DC - 2016

National Drive Electric Week - Asheville, NC - 2016

Sun Valley Forum - Sun Valley, ID - 2016

Animal Rights National Conference - Los Angeles, CA - 2016

AREDAY - Aspen, CO - 2016

Bonnaroo Festival - Manchester, TN - 2016

Sustainable Brands - Cape Town, South Africa - 2016

Earth Day Texas - Dallas, TX - 2016

Houston Green Film Series - Houston, TX - 2016

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Q&A - Avon, CO - 2016

Nicolas Valley Elementary School - Temecula, CA - 2016

Tesla, Q&A for Racing Extinction - Cupertino, CA - 2015

CleanTech Open SE - Atlanta, GA - 2015

Utah Clean Energy Trailblazers - Salt Lake City, UT - 2015

3form - Salt Lake City, UT - 2015

Mill Valley Film Festival, Q&A - Mill Valley, CA - 2015

Captain Planet and Cool the Earth - Marin, CA - 2015

National Drive Electric Week - Los Angeles, CA - 2015

Commerce + Creativity - Montreal, Canada - 2015

Aspen Ideas Festival, Q&A - Aspen, CO - 2015

Tesla Factory - Fremont, CA (2nd appearance) - 2015

Tesla Headquarters - Palo Alto, CA (2nd appearance) - 2015

Palace of Nations, United Nations - Geneva, Switzerland - 2015

DC Environmental Film Festival, Q&A - Washington, DC - 2015

Boulder Film Festival, Town Hall - Boulder, CO - 2015

Sundance Film Festival, Q&A - Park City, UT - 2015

Davidson College - Davidson, NC - 2015

Better Future Conference, Sundance Film Festival - Salt Lake City, UT - 2015

LanzaTech - Chicago, IL - 2014

SpaceX, Benefit for The Kitchen Community - Hawthorne, CA - 2014

Rainforest Action Network, REVEL - San Francisco, CA - 2014

Flying Car - Milwaukee, WI - 2014

Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair - Custer, WI - 2014

Pegasus Captial Investors, Investing in Renewables - Portland, OR - 2014

Charlotte VegFest - Charlotte, NC - 2014

The Humane League - Charlotte, NC - 2014

NC Sustainable Energy Association - Raleigh, NC - 2013

Solar Power International - Chicago, IL - 2013

Arise Music Festival - Denver, CO - 2013

AREDAY - Aspen, CO - 2013

Tesla Factory - Fremont, CA - 2013

Tesla Headquarters - Palo Alto, CA - 2013

FOO Ignite at O'Reilly Media - Sebastopol, CA - 2013

Teslive with Elon Musk - San Jose, CA - 2013

Joint Legislative Women's Caucus - Raleigh, NC - 2013

Earth Day Dallas - Dallas, TX - 2013

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival - Miami, FL - 2013

Sustainatopia - Honors - Miami, FL - 2013

Keeping Northern Illinois Beautiful 25th Anniversary - Rockford, IL - 2013

San Diego State University GreenFest - San Diego, CA - 2013

Green Inaugural Ball - Washington, DC - 2012

Women's Issues - 2012 Obama Campaign - Daytona Beach, FL - 2012

Frack Free Colorado - Civic Park on Capitol Hill - Denver, CO - 2012

AREDAY Gala at St. Regis - American Renewable Energy Day - Aspen, CO - 2012

Foo Camp - O'Reilly Headquarters - Sebastopol, CA - 2012

Earth Day on the National Mall - Washington, DC - 2012

Oklahoma Green Expo - Ada, OK - 2012

USGBC - United States Green Building Council - Charlotte, NC - 2011

National Wildlife Federation - Raleigh, NC - 2011

AREDAY - American Renewable Energy Day - Aspen, CO - 2011

Spark & Hustle - Atlanta, GA - 2011

Usher's New Look World Leadership Conference - Atlanta, GA - 2011

Oklahoma Green Expo - Ada, OK - 2011

Benefit for The Cove with Bob Weir - San Rafael, CA - 2011

Jabil Corporate Event - Clearwater, FL - 2011

Worldfest - Los Angeles, CA - 2011

Green Schools Summit - Boston, MA - 2011

Captain Planet's Earth Day Kids Fest - Atlanta, GA - 2011

Salem College - Winston Salem, NC - 2010

Warren Wilson College - Asheville, NC - 2010

United Way/NextEra Energy Women's Leadership - Palm Beach, FL - 2010

2010 Fall Ethanol Summit - Woodland Park, CO - 2010

Project Management Institute - Tampa Bay, FL - 2010

Endicott College - Beverly, MA - 2010

Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards - Washington, DC - 2010

California Center for Sustainable Energy - San Diego, CA - 2010

International Stadium Managers Conference - Dallas, TX - 2010

Go Green Expo - Philadelphia, PA - 2010

University of Wisconsin at Green Bay - Green Bay, WI - 2010

Social Media Motosports Summit - Charlotte, NC - 2010

NextEra Solar Energy Conference - Phoenix, AZ - 2009

Opportunity Green at UCLA - Los Angeles, CA - 2009

Hawaii Conservation Alliance's Conservation Fair - Honolulu, HI - 2009

The Nature Conservancy - Honolulu, HI - 2009

Warren Wilson College Mtn Green Sustainability Conference - Asheville, NC - 2009

Maricopa Community College & Estrella Mtn Community College - Avondale, AZ - 2009

Charleston County Earth Day Festival - Charleston, SC -2009

Honda - 2010 Honda Insight Presentation - Las Vegas, NV - 2009

US Military - Women's History Month - Honolulu, HI - 2009

Women of Independence - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 2009

Powershift 2009 - Washington, DC - 2009

Sustainable Mobility Summit - Art Center in Pasadena, CA - 2009

National Engineers Week - Raytheon in El Segundo, CA - 2009

Wachovia Women's Conference - Charlotte, NC - 2009

CleanTech Group - Washington DC - 2008

Kent State University - Kent, OH - 2008

Carolina Clean Air Coalition - Charlotte, NC - 2008

National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting - Keystone, CO - 2008

Net Impact - Charlotte, NC - 2008

Davidson College - Women's Lacrosse Team - Davidson, NC - 2008

Leadership Network - Kennametal in Pittsburgh, PA - 2007

Institutional Financial Forum - F1 Race Factory in Phoenix, AZ - 2007

American Heart Association, Go Red for Women - Rochester, MN - 2007

ABN Amro Bank - New York, NY - 2005

ABN Amro Bank - Chicago, IL - 2005

Leadership Network - General Motors in Detroit - 2004