About Captivating Company

About The Captivating Company

MISSION
To operate out of a spirit of  UBUNTU* and to improve and enhance the lives of our team and our clients, by serving them with love and passion, using all our God-given talents. To help them CREATE, COMMUNICATE and CONNECT with greater power and responsibilty.

*African expression of community. Literal meaning: “I am because we are”

VISION
To be the leading Personal and Professional Development organization with a focus on ‘Connected Communication’ with the ultimate goal to bring about a more loving and caring world.

VALUES
Loyalty – We are loyal to one another and our clients
Integrity – We are honest and consistent in our words and actions
Fun – We believe fun is an important part of work
Teachable – We remain humble and open to learn

Captivating Speakers provides communication and leadership skills through our professional development training programs created for corporate leaders, teachers, lecturers, business professionals, and individual skills improvements.

Registered vendor at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) providing Professional Development training for educators for more than 20 years.

Our mission is to provide methods to improve one’s communication skills, and in doing so, improving their lives.

THE CAPTIVATING STORY


Captivating Speakers had humble beginnings, as a small startup created by Chanti Niven, a woman on a mission with a BIG dream.

Planting the seeds…
Chanti was a well-known figure in South Africa, a regular on a popular radio program and as well as a top-rated television show. A successful entrepreneur, she built a number of thriving businesses from the ground up, served as a director of a major charity, all while raising three children and fostering others. Yet, there was something lacking.

The performance treadmill
Up to that point, Chanti confesses she felt like many of us; like she was running on a “performance treadmill” – one that had no off button and was rapidly speeding up. In spite of her success, she was left feeling empty and depleted.

Triumph over adversity
Chanti often shares her remarkable story of triumph over adversity in her keynotes. After a series of tragedies, she was diagnosed with cancer, given a poor prognosis and was blind for three years following treatment.

In 2007 she had two operations to restore her eyesight, was officially cancer free and was ready to take a journey from her lifelong home in South Africa to the United States where Captivating Speakers was born in 2009.

Chanti’s credentials in communication, social and behavioral psychology, and her interest in neuroscience and the workings of the human mind, combined with her years of experience as a successful entrepreneur have contributed to the core principles of Captivating Speakers, a transformative and life-changing program. Chanti Niven is a master communicator and a multiple award-winning public speaking champion whose goal is helping others get to their core so they achieve success and can become greater contributors to the world around them.

Who we are

We are the premier personal and professional development company in the world. The Captivating Company is led by a team of world-class and award-winning speakers.

Captivating Speakers was founded by Chanti Niven (Chanti Niven International), a multiple award-winning public speaking champion and successful entrepreneur, who has founded and developed several multi-million dollar companies.

Captivating Speakers executive team consists of Chanti Niven (CEO), Daniel Mentz (CCO), and David Antonie (CFO), together with their professional team Rodney Johnson, Alain Washnevsky, Tomm Voss, Ramel El, Terry Allen, Peter Kelsey, Kath Hendry, Kelley Van Valkenburg, and Rick Segall.

  • Rodney Johnson
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  • Daniel Mentz
    Daniel Mentz COO

    Daniel is award winning film maker, actor, and speaking trainer in the greater Los Angeles area.

  • Tomm Voss
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  • Alain Washnevsky
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  • Dave Antonie
    Dave Antonie CFO

    Dave is an up and coming speaker in the greater Los Angeles area. Currently holds the position of CFO for Captivating Speakers.

  • Chanti Niven
    Chanti Niven CEO - Founder

    Chanti Niven is the CEO and Founder of Captivating Speakers. Award winning speaker and business owner for the last 20 years.