Are you looking for a business speaker who speaks from current experience, not theory? Someone who has access to some of the best company and consumer research on the globe? Someone who can tie it all together in a compelling and relevant presentation specific to your event? Leonard Brody is one of our most successful speakers.

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The Great Rewrite

The Great Rewrite

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Our reasons you need to consider Leonard Brody for your next event:

  • One of the most highly regarded speakers on conference programmes. Leonard has been the number 1 ranked speaker at every conference he has spoken at 99% of the time
  • Two time Emmy Nominee for Digital Innovation
  • He is not a theorist, he has built 5 companies, raised over 350 million dollars and created 6 billion in market capitalization.
  • He works with some of the worlds biggest brands like EA, CAA, Pepsi, Forbes.

Leonard was called “a controversial leader of the new world order”. He is an award winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and a 2 time Emmy nominated media visionary. He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date. After selling his company in 2009, Leonard became the President of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anschutz Company, one of the largest live sport and entertainment businesses in the world owning assets such as stadiums like the O2 Arena in London and Staples Center in LA; sports teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Galaxy and the Los Angeles Kings, and today, one of the premiere concert promotion businesses in the world seating hundreds of millions of people a year. He is also one of the proud owners of Coventry City Football Club in England. Leonard also acts as principal in several venture capital funds throughout the world and is behind the financing and creation of 20-30 companies a year. A highly sought-after public speaker, Leonard has lectured at institutions such as Stanford, the G8 and the United Nations. His insight has been requested by companies such as The Financial Times, Warner Music, Dell, Visa and Pepsi, as well as, the governments of countries such as India, Israel, Ireland, Russia and South Africa. His work has been featured in such publications as Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and the New York Times. He is co-author of the best selling books, “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java” and “Everything I Needed to Know About Business...I Learned from a Canadian” both published by John Wiley and Sons. Currently, he is authoring a new book in partnership with Forbes Magazine, entitled, “The Great Re:Write” coming out in the next year. If that wasn’t enough, Leonard was asked to run for Mayor of Vancouver in the last election. Leonard holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Program at the Harvard Business School.

Leonards style is conversational, approachable, confident and quick witted. He is a great Thought Leader who speaks, because he a business mind first he is well respected for his opinion and presentations. Leonard is current, cutting edge and can evidence his concepts and ideas. He has been able to shine the light on topics such as digital media, shifts in technology, leadership, demographics, innovation, adaptation and our changing behaviours.

Speaking Topics

The Great ReWrite

The Great ReWrite is a project in conjunction with Fobes. The keynote looks much further than innovation and disruption, arguing that innovation is already out dated and obsolete. We need a new narrative. The Great Rewrite explores how every single industry in the world is going to be ReWritten and how to adapt to this new world order. Backed by some of the best research and consumer insight on the planet Leonard interprets this data in a compelling presentation. Leonard can tailor this presentation for any audience and business sector.

We are living in a unique moment in history, when revolutionary change is occurring at a frenzied pace. Whereas the Industrial Revolution took over a century to cement, widespread change now happens in decades, or even in just years. In fact, the last five years have been some of the most tumultuous in history, coming on the end of the financial crisis and giving way to huge bounds in technological advancement in every sector.

While change used to happen from the top down, through governments and management, change now happens from the ground up, with savvy entrepreneurs dictating everything from new technology, to currency, to banking practices, to what’s being called “the internet of things”.

This massive scale of disruption has understandably left organizations on shaky footing, struggling to engage consumers and employees alike and stay relevant.

Those that learn to adapt to this rapid pace of change, that allow themselves to be “rewritten” for the modern day, will survive and prosper.

Leonard Brody explains the answer to this widespread uncertainty, and how to harness it in your organization.

Unrecognizable - The New Us: How the Web and Social Media Have Fundamentally Changed Our Behaviours

We are living through one of the most complicated and transformative times in human history; a period in time which will be seen to be a magnitude more significant than any other period before it. We have experienced more change in the previous 17 years than we saw in the critical 195 years from industrialization to the end of World War II. There is no doubt technology is a big part of the metamorphosis we have gone through. But it is not the complete explanation.

As a two-time Emmy nominated entrepreneur that has been building companies in the space for over a decade, Leonard will teach you not only some of the fundamentals of the genre and tricks of the trade, but more importantly enlighten you about the intricacies and changes of the most important currency in social media - human beings.

The Monumental Shift: An In-Depth Look into the Future, Technology and the Changing Workforce

Our personal and professional worlds have gone through more dramatic change than any other period in time. We are not the same people we were a decade ago. Those that do not understand these underpinnings will simply be left behind. We have truly entered an era of a global dialogue. Not joining the conversation will mean difficulty in hiring and retaining talent. More importantly, it will create massive dissonance between an enterprise and its customers. Do you know the new rules and trends to watch for?

365 Days From Now

We are standing at one of the most challenging crossroads in human history. One that may not enable our past to predict our future. It is easy to feel disoriented, if not dismayed. Futurists are going to continuously be challenged by the pace of this metamorphosis thereby struggling in being able to predict where we are headed. Ten year, and even five year plans, is almost impossible. There are three drivers in this maelstrom that, if properly understood, can help you. This presentation will help you put a plan together to master these concepts, to navigate the world around you and, most importantly, to be prepared for the next 365 days of your life.

The Myth of Generations

Science and pundits have been pre-occupied with dissecting, analysing and dividing us into generational buckets. Gen Y, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Zoomers, Millenials.The truth is, that there are certainly differences between age groups and much of the discussion around this is very valid. However, it misses a very important point. For many reasons, for as much as we have dividing us by generation, there is even more uniting us - particularly a shifting sense of values which seem to be shared across generational lines. This isn't a world that wants to be led anymore. That doesn't mean that we don't need leaders, it simply translates into the reality that we are all leaders now. The question is how we will handle the task when called upon.

You Rising

Everyone fails. The world's most recognized leaders, celebrities and business people have setbacks both large and small on a daily basis. The problem is that most people don't have the skills to get past the hurdle and drive it through to its destined completion. Every organization suffers deeply when it's members fail and have no means to overcome it. It manifests itself in many forms of paralysis in the workplace. Learn how navigate any setback (personal or professional) towards innovation and growth.

Is this Mike On?

As mainstream media declines in its authority and reach, communications and marketing professionals are realizing that getting their messaging delivered and understood is becoming exceedingly difficult. Not only is it challenging to manage a new environment where everyone is a media channel, but news is able to spread at an unprecedented pace. How do you manage your brand and voice, when you and all the employees of your company are also part of the media ecosystem itself?

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Pippa Hallas

Ella Baché is a respected skin care brand revered across the country. You may think you know its story, but there’s so much more to this brand than meets the eye.

It all started with a bold woman, a pot of wax and the decision to stand out in the foyer of David Jones.

Now, for the first time, CEO Pippa Hallas is opening up about the journey behind the brand, the disruptions, the innovations, the mistakes, the risks - and what it really takes to steer an 80 year old business through a rapidly changing world.

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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