Speakers

Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers has extensive experience in delivery of corporate IT, web and e-commerce solutions for organisations such as AMP, GE and Westfield. She is deeply involved with social media and web 2.0 on both business and personal levels. Over the past few years Kate has worked with marketing teams to deliver integrated digital marketing strategies. Her focus is online collaboration, social media, ...

John Sweeney

John Sweeney doesn't just understand Innovation; he has been changing the human behaviour that drives innovation within the biggest businesses in the world for 15 years. Having been trusted by the likes of Microsoft and Target John can guarantee tangible shifts in the mindset of innovation in your organisations. Owner of America's oldest comedy theatre, John has been featured across countl ...

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander sleepwear has grown from a single man operation on a living room table to an internationally recognised sleepwear business and brand name. Peter Alexander started his own business at 24 after working for four years in the retail industry. He decided it was time to be his own boss. With the support of his parents, Peter began making women's pyjamas for the wholesale market, working ...

Paul McGee

Paul McGee is one of the UK's leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith's business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular con ...

Kyle MacDonald

Swapping one red paper clip for a fish shaped pen seems easy enough, right? A fish shaped pen for a doorknob? Simple. But could you 'bigger-and-better' your way to a house in 14 online trades? Kyle MacDonald did just that. Kyle transformed one red paper clip into a ski-doo, a music recording contract, an afternoon with Alice Cooper - yes, that Alice Cooper - and eventually a house in K ...

Linda Jakobsen

In January 2014 Linda Jakobson became an independent researcher. At the same time she took up the position of Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the Institute's East Asia Program Director. In 2014 Linda Jakobson co-founded China Mat ...

Kim Walker

Internationally awarded speaker and one of just a handful of global experts on the business of ageing. Kim advises businesses and governments how to respond to this unprecedented phenomenon. He's a highly polished speaker who knows how to engage an audience and make his topic relevant to all. Having lived the past 30 years in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore Kim's experience leading mult ...

Mike Wittenstein

Mike Wittenstein has been helping companies solve problems for over 20 years starting with the customers' experience. A human-centered design is proven to exponentially multiply the return to your company in all areas.

The result? Sales increase. Profits increase. Attrition decreases.

Where most companies take a "balance sheet" approach to problem resolution, it is the human ele ...

Adam O'Donnell

Adam O'Donnell has been charged by a herd of elephants, slept on by a yak and shared a trench with a large, and as-yet unidentified, snake - all in a days work for a soldier in the SAS. His service has taken him from peacekeeping in Bosnia to combat operations in Afghanistan, and from the freezing heights of Mt Everest to the scorching heat of Africa. All this as he trained relentlessly to maintai ...

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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