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Shayla Rivera

  • Comedian featured on Comedy Central, NBC, HBO, and Lifetime Real Women
  • Former NASA Rocket Scientist and Aerospace Engineer
  • Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Breast Cancer Survivor
Fee Range
$7,500 - $10,000
Traveling From
Austin, TX

Shayla Rivera is not just any kind of rocket scientist—she is a hilarious rocket scientist. Who knew science and engineering could be so entertaining? Fascinated with human behavior and having the desire to inspire people with laughter, Shayla Rivera draws on her experience from NASA, education in aerospace engineering and psychology, time in corporate sales,

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Shayla Rivera is not just any kind of rocket scientist—she is a hilarious rocket scientist. Who knew science and engineering could be so entertaining? Fascinated with human behavior and having the desire to inspire people with laughter, Shayla Rivera draws on her experience from NASA, education in aerospace engineering and psychology, time in corporate sales, and life on the road during her comedy club tours to liven up audiences.

Her skills and abilities are not limited to comedy and science. Shayla has delved into both the sales and financial services industry, which has given her the expertise to train personnel for Fortune 500 companies and organizations nationwide. She has also acted and appeared in numerous television shows on major networks, including NBC, HBO, Lifetime Real Women Network, Univision, and Telemundo, just to name a few. She was nominated for Best Lead Actress by the NAACP Theater Awards.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Shayla Rivera is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. She is a recipient of the Mario Moreno Cantinflas award, granted by the city of Los Angeles for her influence in the Latino community. She is also invested in offering comedy and hope to the United States servicemen and women stationed around the world, earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award by the President’s Council on Service Participation.

On top of all that, Shayla is also a breast cancer survivor. With her life experiences, her professional experiences, and her comedy skills, she strives to encourage and uplift others. Shayla currently resides in Austin, Texas as a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M and Director at ENGR[x}, a professional training program for engineering students.

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Shayla Rivera in Media

Speaker Programs

ABC – Awareness Begins Change
Storytelling from her own life experiences, Shayla Rivera unveils the powerful knowledge behind believing that you are in control to open the door to unlimited possibilities. She will open your audience’s eyes to no longer ...more
Storytelling from her own life experiences, Shayla Rivera unveils the powerful knowledge behind believing that you are in control to open the door to unlimited possibilities. She will open your audience’s eyes to no longer being constrained to their circumstances and/or upbringing but to empower themselves to have the courage to change. ...less
Empowerment STEM/STEAM
This keynote focuses on encouraging young women to pursue their dreams in the STEM and STEAM fields. As a female rocket scientist who is still hands on motivating youth involved in science, Shayla motivates young ...more
This keynote focuses on encouraging young women to pursue their dreams in the STEM and STEAM fields. As a female rocket scientist who is still hands on motivating youth involved in science, Shayla motivates young women to not be discouraged by external circumstances or self-doubt but to trust in their inner strength and drive to set them apart in the world of science. ...less
Diversity & Inclusion
As a native Puerto Rican and respected role model in the Latino community, Shayla Rivera speaks to audiences on how to embrace everyone’s differences as opportunities. She will share with your audience how to have ...more
As a native Puerto Rican and respected role model in the Latino community, Shayla Rivera speaks to audiences on how to embrace everyone’s differences as opportunities. She will share with your audience how to have unlimited growth in all areas of our lives, personally and professionally when we are open to understanding and utilizing the diversity everyone has to offer. ...less
Humorist/Comedian Keynote
Doing what she does best, Shayla Rivera infuses hilarity and spunk into her message for your group. Her comedy based keynote can be tailored to various topics and audiences based on Shayla’s life experiences – ...more
Doing what she does best, Shayla Rivera infuses hilarity and spunk into her message for your group. Her comedy based keynote can be tailored to various topics and audiences based on Shayla’s life experiences – from leadership, personal improvement, womens empowerment, human psychology, corporate training, technical sales, to science and aerospace engineering. ...less

Reviews

"Shayla brought the house down with her incredible presentation. She had everyone laughing, crying and thoroughly entertained! One of Shayla’s greatest qualities is that she has a strong charisma and connection with her audience. We received amazing feedback from our attendees regarding Shayla’s presentation."

- Texas Women in Business

“It was such a pleasure having Shayla here. The Hispanic/Latino community & Walmart associates thoroughly enjoyed Shayla’s performance and motivational speech at our events."

- Walmart

"Shayla's unique and fascinating background in science, engineering and entertainment makes her a truly original and engaging speaker. Her blend of inspiration and humor was well received by everyone in attendance. We immediately received a great positive feedback from everyone.”

- Commision on Hispanic Affairs

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