Speakers

Liesl Capper

Liesl's strongest interest is in emerging trends, new forms of connectivity/technology interface between people, and how that impacts society and commerce. She pays particular attention to the impact of technology on the relationship that businesses have with customers. Liesl Capper is co-founder of MyCyberTwin.com and a dynamic and proficient speaker. Winner of the 2012 ICT Woman of the Year h ...

Andrew Morello

It's refreshing to find a successful face in business involved in day to day business and brand expansion. Winning the first season of The Apprentice Australia has set Andrew "Morello" well on this path. It was clear to see that Morello put the summation of his life, learning and impeccable work ethic into the series. Willing to "walk the talk" and standing behind his values he won the hearts and ...

Michael Nagel

There has been extensive conversations and interest around changing brains within adults. But what if we could positively influence our children by understanding their development and the links between neuroscience and education? What impact would we see in the future if our youth are understood and powerfully and guided into adulthood? Associate Professor Michael C Nagel is an educator, motiv ...

Glynn Nicholas

There are not many keynote speakers in Australia who have the breadth of skills and experience as that of Glynn Nicholas. With rare personal warmth, intellectual clarity, and drawing on his 33 years as a Performer, Director and Theatre Producer, Glynn presents one of the most engaging and inspiring keynote addresses in the country. Emigrating alone at 19 to Australia from Wales, he built a ca ...

Bob Pritchard

You can instantly tell when someone speaks through the lens of experience. International Business guru Bob Pritchard is one of those voices. Behind the list of achievements, campaigns, launches, ventures and client recommendations you will find a passionate individual. An Australian who has impacted thousands of individuals and businesses around the globe. Bob has an incredible willingness and ...

Virginia Trioli

Virginia Trioli has won Australia's highest journalism honour, The Walkley's not once, but twice. She has a well earned reputation as a formidable television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with an often wicked sense of humor. Virginia has extensive television and radio experience. She has be ...

John Cantor

Not many people experience failure on as grand a scale as John Cantor has time and again. In 2012 adventurer John Cantor achieved a six-year dream of traversing the Brooks Range solo, a 1,600 km expedition across Arctic Alaska. Considered one of the toughest solo expeditions on earth, John completed the traverse in just 31 days, 10 days faster than any previous attempt. John Cantor has inspired co ...

Ashley Fell

Ashley Fell is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and Head of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst and media commentator she understands how to effectively communicate across diverse audiences. From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms and content creation, Ashley advises on how to achieve cut through in message-saturated times. She is an expert in how to communicate across generational barriers. In addition to delivering keynote presentations at conferences, Ashley is booked to conduct training days for corporate and not-for-profit clients, facilitate panels across an array of industries and deliver workshops across diverse generations. From generational change to responding to technological disruption, from key demographic transformations to social shifts, Ashley delivers research-based presentations dealing with global and national trends. With academic qualifications in communications, an ongoing role in managing the deployment and visualisation of national research studies, and with her position leading the communications strategy at McCrindle, Ashley brings robust, research-based and experienced content to her engaging presentations and consulting.

Topics

The millennial workforce

Creating culture, purpose and impact

Generations Y and Z will soon comprise more than half of the workforce and so understanding their preferred way of work is essential for effective engagement. In this session Ashley will give an overview of creating an engaging culture for a multigenerational workforce.

Digital communications for changing times

Thriving in the screenage and engaging with online communities

In an era of message-saturation, the challenge for organisations is to deliver quality content that will get cut-through. In this session, Ashley Fell, who leads the communications strategy at McCrindle, will share the latest research findings into media consumption, emerging technologies and the key influences on decision-making. She will define the elements of effective communication, means to maximise retention, and the trends in online communities.

Generation Z customers:

Understanding these global consumers

Connecting, motivating and engaging the emerging generations In this session based on the latest McCrindle generational and consumer research, Ashley will share an overview of Generation Z, what defines them, why they are the key brand influencers, and how to best engage with them. This session will deliver a demographic, economic and social snapshot of the under 25’s and give insights into how to effectively connect with these ever-changing consumers.

Gen Z defined

The 5 key factors of this global generation

There are 4.6 million reasons to engage Generation Z, the students of today and university graduates, employees and consumers of tomorrow. They are truly the 21st century generation, with the whole of their formative years lived in this century. They are mobile, digital, global, visual and social. Their lives are post-lifestage, their learning is postlinear and their careers post-structural. In this session Ashley will outline how to best engage with the most formally educated, technologically literate and materially endowed generation in history.

The new world of work

Understanding the emerging workforce, adapting to the new workplace

Over the last couple of years the world of work has undergone a massive transformation. From portfolio careers to teleworking, from the gig-economy to the growth of the start-up culture. How, where and why we work has significantly changed. This session looks at how to recruit, retain, manage and train top talent, and how to create a workplace culture and engage a diverse workforce to bring about greater productivity and engagement.

Bringing research data to life

How to connect & communicate in changing times

For the emerging generations who would rather watch a video explaining something than read an article, and for a busy, easily distracted business audience, you need your data to tell a story, to move, to engage. McCrindle are internationally regarded for their visual communications, from infographics to animated videos and web-based storytelling. As Team Leader of Communications, Ashley manages these strategies and in this session, will highlight how to communicate important information in visual ways, and how to effectively transform your data into a story.

Testimonials

Brilliant! It was very well received, we have had a lot of positive feedback.
- Darebin City Council

Pitched exactly at the right level and very engaging.
- The Agency for Clinical Innovation

Incredibly well received, great content.
- Millennials Marketing Conference

Daryl Elliott Green

Daryl’s life was shattered in 2000 when he was TWICE SHOT in the face and shoulder while on a routine callout to a neighbourhood dispute. Despite critical injuries, he drew his firearm and began searching for the gunman. A year later, for his actions that night, he was awarded for his bravery, but Daryl was only just embarking on his harrowing road to recovery.

Ben Pettingill

Imagine waking up blind. One moment you can see, and in the next moment, your vision is made up only of childhood memories. At the tender age of 16, this became a reality for Ben Pettingill when overnight he lost 98% of his eyesight to a rare genetic syndrome, Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. While the shock, then grief of losing one's eyesight cannot be discounted, once Ben processed his new reality he realised that he had to make a choice that would define the rest of his life. Ben believed that a blind man could see, and his miracle was the activation of ‘True Vision' and 'Limitless Vision'. Vision enabled through purpose, perception and empowered decision making.

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, 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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