Anna Meares is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist of all time and in Rio became the first Australian athlete to ever win four medals in four different Olympic Games. Anna has collected 18 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 10 bronze medals at Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games level. In February 2015 Anna won women's keirin for her 11th world track cycling title, adding to her 2004 and 2012 Olympic Golds. Anna was Australia's flag bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as being the Team Captain. She truly is a gracious athlete and an inspirational winner.
David Bartlett was Premier of Tasmania between 2008 and 2011. Prior to politics David had a highly successful career in the IT sector as CIO and innovation specialist. For his current work in digital futures, innovation and technology leadership he was recently named as one of Australia’s 50 Most Influential People in Technology. Apart from being an excellent speaker on "Decoding the Future" David is also an outstanding MC/Host who always gets great results for any organisation he works with.
Michael gives a powerful, interactive and extremely moving presentation where you will master the gift of giving and truly begin to understand the real meaning of success. He is one of Australia’s most sought after inspirational speakers. A highly entertaining and thought provoking insight into overcoming extreme adversity’s to live a life of exceptional achievements. Assured to put a tear in your eye and a smile in your heart.
Steve Sammartino is an expert on the digital revolution and disruptive technologies. His latest book "The Great Fragmentation" was launched at the end of July 2014 but by the end of August 2014 was already translated into three different languages. The book is a 'strategy play book for the technology revolution'. Steve was also on the front page of almost every leading newspaper around the world after building a Lego Car from 500,000 pieces. It runs on air!
Andrew MacLeod brings a perspective few can match from a career spanning humanitarian, government and business. He speaks with intimate knowledge on the interface between corporations, government and communities and ways to solve large-scale challenges. He’s worked as a high level humanitarian official with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations through wars and natural disasters as well as held senior roles in major corporations. Having always focussed on the interface between corporations, government and communities and finding ways to solve large-scale challenges his presentations are a tour de force of thoughtful and impactful insights. .
Australia’s first female Winter Olympic Gold Medallist, Alisa Camplin, possesses that rare story telling ability that inspires, entertains and transfers knowledge. Tens of thousands of people have been motivated, laughed and cried, and walked away with a toolkit of skills to create their own success after listening to Australia’s premier female speaker. Learning to ski at just 19 years of age, Alisa broke nearly every bone in her body as she climbed through the ranks, brought home back-to-back Olympic medals and dominated the sport of Freestyle Aerial Skiing. At the same time, Alisa built a global career with corporate giant IBM, leading $200M+ businesses as a senior executive working across brand strategy, sales, business development and service delivery. Proving that success is a choice, Alisa then turned heart-wrenching personal adversity into an opportunity to improve the lives of others, raising more than $1M through her charity Finnan’s Gift. Now leading from the boardroom, Alisa is fresh, honest and deliberate in her pursuits, combining business fundamentals with an authentic resilient attitude in order to succeed. As real as they come, Alisa Camplin is nothing short of amazing!
Mick Colliss’s tale of mateship, creative thinking and sudoku will leave you breathless with laughter. Mick and his best mates travelled to India to take part in the International Sudoku Championships – even though they didn’t know how to play the game.
Justine Flynn is a visionary and the co-founder of trailblazing social enterprise Thankyou. Driven by the single belief that we can end global poverty in this lifetime, the team designed and delivered a sustainable company that give 100% of profits from their expanding range, to helping people across 17 countries. Thankyou works, it’s utterly inspiring and the statistics and anecdotes about the impact of Justine’s work on people in need, from across the world, stay with you long after your ears hear them.
Gus is the former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer at Lonely Planet. This combined with his background in investing, advising and founding new start-ups has enabled Gus to equally engage with people from the mailroom to the boardroom, from embryonic start-ups to large public corporations. With his ever curious and experimental style, he worked with some amazing people and companies to help Lonely Planet tackle the digital revolution and muscle through a decade of disruption by developing products and technology platforms that contributed to the revolution in travel and media. He has now hung up the boots of corporate life and is ready to share his experiences with others. Energetic, enthusiastic, passionate, engaging, practical, frank, big-thinker - words used by those who have worked with or have listened to him present. Gus talks of business disruption and transformation, plus the successes and failures of a media industry that continuously goes through significant reinvention. The lessons he shares can be applied to every industry, business and individual facing the challenges of the 21st century.
Dianne McGrath is one of 100 remaining candidates worldwide from 202,586 original applicants to go on a "one way" mission to Mars. Di's aim is to leave a legacy as she seeks to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.
If you want to know where entrepreneurship, online entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship are heading in Australia, you must hear Bernadette Schwerdt speak. At last count the word ‘entrepreneur’ generated 159 million Google results. Clearly, people of all persuasions, including governments, associations and employer groups want to know the secrets of successful entrepreneurship, and in particular, online entrepreneurship. And who better to lead the conversation than Bernadette Schwerdt? As the host of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald’s online video show ‘Secrets of Aussie Online Entrepreneurs’ (and the author of a book of the same name coming due out this May) Bernadette is in a unique position to reveal the inner-most secrets behind how and why these outstanding business owners have risen to the top of their fields and become industry disruptors that have shaken their industries to the core. Bernadette shares those insights with humour and theatricality and provides relevant, practical and useful case studies, ‘how-to’ checklists, and step-by-step processes on how those lessons can be applied by anyone – SMEs, associations, and corporate teams - to create successful online endeavours.
Daniel Flynn is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Thankyou Group, a business venture he founded at just 19 years of age. Profits from the sale of Thankyou products are used to provide clean drinking water, health and hygiene projects and short term food aid. Last year alone Daniel donated in excess of $2,500,000 to charity. An incredible business and social enterprise success story. Daniel was named Victorian Young Achiever of the Year in 2013, Victorian Young Australian of the Year in 2014 and has recently become a recipient in the 2014 Junior Chamber International 10 Young Outstanding People of The World program. People who have heard Daniel speak are blown away by his entertaining and inspiring tale.
Peter Sharp is genuinely gifted at spreading the ‘power of positive’. His happiness experiments have gone viral receiving more than 100 million views, illustrating how small changes can make a difference. At TEDx Peter used his special brand of persuasion to inspire a dancing ovation; He has instigated global flash mobs, spontaneous dance parties on trains, eye contact social art projects and more via his global network - The Liberators International. Peter can inspire any audience through his charming anecdotes about trust and the value of human connection.
Steven Bradbury truly is a ‘must see’ motivational speaker, MC and entertainer. Having presented at over 800 conferences and events in 15 countries, Steven knows his way around a stage like he used to know his way around an ice rink, and he still loves it. He loves the adrenalin before going onstage and loves that his strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help people. Through combining motivation, comedy and entertainment Steven has found his niche. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
Todd is the Star of ABC's hit TV show the Gruen Transfer and the non-executive Chairman of Leo Burnett, Australia which is now ranked as the seventh most creative company in the world. He is the co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative, which in 2009 saw one billion people participate making it the biggest environment movement in history.
Shane Cortese is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable performers with a multitude of television, film, theatre and music credits to his name. He is best known for his role as Mac in TVNZ hit drama Nothing Trivial, Hayden Peters in five series of Outrageous Fortune, and Loki in The Almighty Johnsons. He is also a very accomplished Singer and MC.
Sir Richard Hadlee is regarded by many people as the greatest cricketing all rounder of all time. He played international cricket for New Zealand from 1973-1990 and was the first bowler to capture 400 Test wickets, and score 3,124 runs. Prior to his retirement Sir Richard held 3 world records (most 5 wickets in an innings (36x); most 10 wickets in a match (9x); most Test wickets (431). Sir Richard was Knighted in 1990 for Services to Cricket while still playing the game. He is an inspirational speaker who talks on how to achieve success.
Allison Mooney is a well known convention speaker who uses her intuitive personality to motivate and inspire people in all realms of life. Allison is the type of convention speaker that will help your staff or members rise above the challenges of life and work together as a unified team. An International Speaker of vast experience, and an established author, Allison has not only gained respect, but built herself as a powerful brand inspiring high profile companies such as Air New Zealand, Pharmac, Fonterra, Ministry of Justice, Commerce Commission, AMP, NZI, ANZ Bank, Drake Int. Toyota, L’Oreal Professional, Harcourts, Works Infrastructure Tourism NZ.
Tarun Mohanbhai has been performing comedy since he turned his back on his dad’s offer to run the family business which was a bustling convenience store in the suburbs of Auckland. He has been performing as a professional comedian for over 10 years with nominations in the Billy T Award and taking out best comedy show in 2004 at the New Zealand Comedy Festival.
David spent 25 years as an executive and director with Smorgon Consolidated Industries, followed by 16 years as the chairman of the Western Bulldogs AFL Club. David is an outstanding speaker who can speak on almost any topic.
Peter Hillary followed his father's footsteps, Sir Edmund Hillary, and climbed Mt Everest, twice. He has also reached the South Pole overland. Peter is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences
Dylan Alcott OAM, is an extraordinary man and dual sport champion. At the Beijing Paralympics, he became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist. He’s also ranked No. 1 in the world in Tennis. An outstanding motivational speaker who appeals to all ages he has already lived a lifetime of experiences - from rapping on stage with the Wu Tang Clan to setting a trend for wheelchair crowd-surfing at music festivals.