Speakers

Darren Mara

Darren Mara is a journalist and presenter with SBS, building on considerable experience across print, digital, radio and television news

Duncan Wardle

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen has the skills to connect with her audience in a profound way – she helps awaken and focus people to change their own story for a better future.

Amanda Johnstone

Amanda not only communicates the future of thought leadership via social audio, media and live on stage - she goes beyond other futurists and directly builds award-winning social impact products that make the world a better place.

Quick-witted and compelling, she warmly engages with audiences, motivating them to be better as both individuals and corporate entities. Amanda’s message is universal - and she shares it with the authenticity of a young leader who is a genuine role model for change.

She is an altruistic pioneer whose inventions are directly playing a role in lowering the suicide rate globally. Her inspiring approach to the intersection of emotion, empathy, vulnerability and technology make her an exceptional leader and a captivating evangelist for the positive change toward mental wellbeing for all. Her passionate life purpose is to provide access to care for those who don’t feel they deserve a place in the world, by modeling vulnerability. Her work and personal life enable her to live that into action.

Her most requested topics for keynote speaking and boardroom briefings include Modern Leadership, The Future of Technology, AI and ChatGPT, Demystifying the Metaverse and Web3, Empathy and Role Modeling Vulnerability, Women in Leadership and her Founders Journey - Preventing Suicide One Swipe at a Time.

Richie Harkham

Richie is a serial entrepreneur who owns several businesses including Energy Alliance, the Australian College of Physical Education and Harkham Wines based in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Leanne Christie & James O'Loghlin

With practical and friendly tips for every sort of gathering both in the real world and virtual, Leanne and James take you through each of the stages of presenting and show you how to keep your audience sitting up and eager for more. 

From researching your topic to adding humour and interest, from using your voice effectively to conquering your nerves, The Virtually Brilliant approach will see even the most inexperienced speaker improve their skills enormously.

Michelle Bowden

Michelle Bowden (CSP) is an authority on presentation & persuasion in business.

Michelle Pascoe

Michelle lives and breathes her passion for customer service, mystery shopping and team motivation. She is an experienced businesswoman and a “retention” specialist in every aspect of service operations and processes and their impact on the customer experience. In 1994 she founded one of Australia’s most respected training companies, Optimum Operating Procedures and Services Pty Ltd (OOPS).

Phil Preston

Phil is a globally recognised expert on purpose trends and strategies who helps individuals, teams and organisations build resilience and growth with positive impact, having previously managed high-performance global teams during his corporate career. He is the author of Connecting Profit with Purpose and host of both the The Purpose Edge and Business Purpose Trends podcasts, and has worked with a wide range of blue chip clients across all sectors.

Kristy Goodwin

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a global thought leader and award-winning speaker and researcher on digital wellbeing and digital peak-performance. She decodes the neurobiology of peak-performance in a digital age. She combines the latest research from neuroscience, psychology and technology and translates this into practical brain-based insights and strategies to help employees and leaders thrive in the digital world. Kristy has delivered keynotes and has consulted to some of the country's biggest organisations, including AMP, ANZ, Westpac, HSBC, JP Morgan, Cisco, Sparke Helmore & the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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