About Nikki Bush: speaker, author & thought leader

Inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, is highly regarded among business people, educators and parents alike as she helps them to manage, educate and parent talent for the new world of work.

Her work is fueled by her passion for play, connection and relationships. She is fondly referred to as a Creative Parenting Expert in parenting and education circles and is gaining a reputation as a Talent Whisperer in the corporate sphere.

She is the co-author of three bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child (Penguin, 2008) co-authored with Dr Graeme Codrington, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) co-authored with Ilze Alberts and Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) co-authored with Arthur Goldstuck. She is currently writing Raising Entrepreneurs (Bookstorm) with Allon Raiz and Talent Redefined with Raymond de Villiers,

Nikki is widely respected for her trusted, independent and informed opinion about a wide range of issues related to raising the next generation of talent including: the future world of work, technology, disruption, human behaviour, generational theory, education, child development and work-life balance. She helps parents, educators and business to redefine what talent means.


Nikki provides talent interventions for companies in association with TomorrowToday Global, helping to increase engagement and retention levels with their Millennials/young talent. She also champions parents in the workplace with her legendary Parenting on the Run® workshops which approach work-life balance in a poignant, practical and creative way. Her play-based team-building Get Outta Your Head sessions are guaranteed to break down barriers, provoke laughter and shift perspective, helping teams to connect as human beings rather than human doings. Click here for a complete list of Nikki’s talks and workshops.


Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)csp logo

Nikki Bush was awarded her CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the NSA (National Speakers Association) in the USA in 2016 (one of 600 in the world). She is the 10th South African and 4th SA woman to be awarded the CSP.

Talks and workshops


Nikki builds bridges of understanding between parents, teachers and learners helping them to connect better against the backdrop of a fast-changing world.
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Nikki helps parents build great relationships with their children while future proofing them to thrive in a fast changing world.
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Nikki helps businesses with challenges concerning young talent, while also helping parents in the workplace with work-life balance issues that impact on their productivity and performance.
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Nikki has a very large digital footprint and mainstream media presence. She is a regular guest on radio and TV and is often quoted in the print media, averaging well over 100 appearances every year. She is the parenting expert on SABC3’s Expresso, the resident family and parenting expert on 702’s Redi Thlabi show (every Monday 11 – 12) and is on the advisory team for Living & Loving magazine, among others. She has her own online TV channel – just Google NikkiBush.tv.

Nikki is a guest lecturer at Wits Business School, GIBS & Henley. She is a professional member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa of which she is also a founding member. She is currently on the Gauteng Chapter committee and will take on the national deputy-presidency in April 2016 becoming national president in 2018.

Nikki has been married to Simon for 25 years, they have two sons aged 16 and 20 and they live in Johannesburg. Her children are the light of her life and the inspiration for much of her work.



Client Testimonials

  • Dear Nikki, Thank you for sharing your expertise at our school’s Empowered Parenting Seminar. Your talk about Parenting on the Run was engaging, interactive and so relevant for today’s parents who are faced with so many difficult challenges. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in crafting a presentation that related so well with the parents of our school. We also appreciate your approachability and professionalism. We have received only great reviews and feedback from the parents and teachers about the Parenting on the Run talk. The parents left the seminar feeling energised and empowered to apply all the practical ideas they received about connecting authentically with their children. Thank you again for ending our parent seminar on such a high note. We hope to work with you in the future!

    Jabu Nkosi Deputy Principal, Woodbridge Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa
  • As our children become increasingly technically proficient and preoccupied, it is vital for adults, parents and teachers to be aware of the world they frequent! Tech-savvy Parenting is a comprehensive, practical and insightful guide to understanding the possibilities and perils of this world, how to make it safe for our children, and how to embrace the opportunities it presents.

    Keith Wilke College Head, HeronBridge College, Johannesburg
  • As respected authorities in their respective fields of parenting and technology I am thrilled that Nikki and Arthur have collaborated in offering their profound knowledge, experience and expertise. The need for assistance in navigating the minefield of our high-tech world with our children is paramount. The timing couldn’t be better. Tech-Savvy Parenting is an essential read that combines parenting and technology in a most unique and accessible way that will inform, guide and help you gain a balanced perspective. Nikki and Arthur tap into the essence of being a connected family member, both online and offline.

    Dorianne Cara Weil (Dr D) Clinical Psychologist
  • “They say that all good things come to those who wait, and whilst we have done so, we have been truly blessed as the Penzance Family in having you share your expertise and wealth of knowledge with us. Thank you Nikki.”

    Colin Madgin Principle, Penzance
  • A big thank you to Nikki for attempting to keep us sane – from fun on the run, future-proofing and everything in between – it simply works!”

    Charmaine Johnston
  • Thank you for an amazing morning. It was very special to have you as a keynote speaker for our preschool teacher’s conference at Play-With-A-Purpose. I especially appreciate the manner in which you were able to simplify your talk without diluting the content. In this way you were very effective in making complex information accessible to everyone present.  I was also thoroughly impressed how you made such a serious topic so much fun with the games you played with the audience. We really appreciate all you do for us as we work at making a better future for our country.  Once  again many thanks

    Robyn Wienand founder, Play-With-A-Purpose, South Africa
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