Kendall Antonelli owns and operates Austin business Antonelli’s Cheese Shop alongside her husband, John. As co-founder and co-owner, Kendall has worn many hats, specializing in building an internationally-recognized brand, generating buzz, and creating a customer fan base that feels intimately part of their story.
Combining her mission-driven nonprofit background and philanthropic service with entrepreneurship and small business hustle, Kendall speaks of “Passion with Purpose” at the heart of all they do and in creating a life where the professional and the personal intersect in a way that brings success and joy.
Described as “real, raw, and relatable,” Kendall’s power comes from her vulnerability. She interweaves stories of work, family life, mental health challenges, and perceived flaws in a way that celebrates all of life’s moments as part of the journey. At heart, Kendall is an entertainer, bringing her full self and unique perspective and experiences into everything she does, whether it’s a keynote speech or a food tour through Austin.
Kendall uses her degrees in culture and politics, human rights and conflict resolution, and nonprofit management to empathize with people and create intimate and meaningful connections—whether with an audience or at a table. Kendall is also a Certified Cheese Professional, which comes in handy when trying to impress the palates of her two kiddos Everett and Elia and find the perfect cheese that makes them do a happy dance.
Whether you need a keynote motivational speaker, a food tasting guide, or just a brain to pick about your next business idea, Kendall Antonelli has the skills, network, and personality to provide everything you and your business need.
Learn how Kendall’s Passion with Purpose guided her through her success, struggles, and entrepreneurial journey and leave inspired and equipped to identify your own.
Speaking engagements with Kendall are always guaranteed to be three things: informative, entertaining, and authentically real—often all in the same sentence.
Kendall speaks on topics ranging from her entrepreneurial story to managing a healthy work/life balance to her struggles with overcoming depression to creating a buzzworthy brand. Through it all, she hopes to help audience members be more of their authentic selves in order to find their Passion with Purpose.
Live & Virtual Cheese Tasting
No Antonelli experience is truly complete without cheese. Let Kendall introduce you to all the wonderful cheeses you never knew you loved!
When it comes to the Antonellis, cheese is their bread and butter. And when it comes to cheese, the Antonellis believe it’s not just about the food—it’s about the experience.
A live or virtual cheese tasting with Kendall Antonelli makes the perfect experience for any size group. Let Kendall be your guide through a world of wonderful new cheeses, with the food and fun alike delivered to you on a platter.
MC or Event Host
Need the perfect MC for your next event? Kendall brings the right blend of energy and entertainment to make your event—and cause—unforgettable.
An MC has all the impact on your event that “master of ceremonies” implies. An MC sets the tone for your entire event, and for how people feel when they walk in and when they walk out.
As an MC and former improv troupe member, Kendall Antonelli is a true advocate, spokesperson, entertainer, and cheerleader at each and every event she shows up for—and she knows how to get your audience to show up for your cause, too.
Austin Food Experiences Guide
Tour all the glorious flavors of Austin, guided by Kendall’s food expertise and unique connections to many of Austin’s top dining spots.
Austin’s food scene demands a one-of-a-kind food experience to take it all in. Spend a day with the Antonellis, meeting their favorite chefs and getting behind-the-scenes dining at some of Austin’s most iconic dining spots.
With connections to over 150 chefs in Central Texas, Kendall and John offer a truly unique and personal experience as they travel with you, pour bubbles for your group, and walk you through every flavor you indulge in.
Want business advice, life advice, or tips for balancing both? Kendall is available to lend an ear in a 1-on-1 “pick my brain” consulting session.
As an entrepreneur, working mom, survivor of depression, and overall champion of finding the right work/life balance, Kendall has a host of unique experiences to draw from. Whatever you’re going through, chances are she’s been there, too.
Sometimes you just need real answers to tough questions—and Kendall Antonelli is one of the realest people you’ll ever talk to. Schedule a “pick my brain” consulting session to ask anything you’d like, and you’ll leave equipped with the right tools and network to get you going.
What Clients Are Saying
One of the best food experiences
“One of the best food experiences we’ve done for our team—both in person and virtually. In fact, we’ve done multiple!”Jeff Friedman, Head of Southwest Region at Facebook
Energetic, knowledgeable, and passionate
“I’ve hired Kendall twice – once for a keynote at our nonprofit conference and also to lead a corporate cheese tasting. She is energetic, knowledgeable, and passionate. Everyone had a blast and I’d definitely book her again.”Nora Weiser, Executive Director of the Greeting Card Association
We’ve booked her for dozens of events!
“Kendall is invested in our events and always makes sure to not only celebrate our clients and our team, but also exceed expectations. We’ve booked her for dozens of events!”Erik Day, Senior Vice President at Dell Technologies
Kendall has a way with words
“Kendall has a way with words that just makes you want to listen. Her stories are edge-of-your-seat entertaining while also being poignant and informative.”Julie Niehoff, Director of Education at Local Business Institute
2 is Better Than 1
2 is Better Than 1
While Kendall and her husband John are great on their own, anyone who knows them will tell you that spending time with both Antonellis is a totally different experience. Kendall and John go together like, well, a couple—one that has spent a great deal of time taking risks, succeeding, failing, and laughing together, as well as learning to play off of each other’s greatest strengths and weaknesses.
As perfect complements to one another, Kendall and John are more than the sum of their parts. John offers expertise in business planning and logistics, while Kendall can teach you how to bootstrap your marketing to create buzz and get others talking about you. John’s got the numbers, while Kendall’s got the words. Bringing the Antonellis together allows you to reach even more of your audience as they bring their individual perspectives into one dynamic whole.
With both Kendall and John, you can craft a unique event drawing on all of their talents. Their varied experiences and backgrounds allow them to engage effectively with businesses, philanthropic organizations, and small groups alike. An event with the Antonellis might include a marketing workshop in the morning with Kendall, followed by a cheese tasting with the Antonellis, and then a business development workshop with John in the afternoon. How you choose to use their expertise is entirely up to you!
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