Speakers

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw is a Senior Consultant with The Resilience Institute. In her previous career as a lawyer with leading law firms in Sydney and San Francisco, and then a major multinational corporation, Madeleine had up-close and personal experience of the benefits of resilience. Madeleine’s official first steps along the path to resilience began as a participant in a Resilience Institute ...

Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob Nelson is considered one of the world's leading experts on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition and rewards. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company located in San Diego, California that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems. He has worked with 4/5s of the Fortun ...

Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson is a charismatic and unique speaker at any business event. As an entrepreneur, creative business thinker, commercial pilot and brewmaster, in addition, of course, to being the lead singer of Iron Maiden, he is a true renaissance man. Bruce is the man behind Cardiff Aviation, which specialises in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft and the training of pilots. ...

Li Na

Li Na is a former Chinese professional tennis player, who achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 2 on the WTA Tour on 17 February 2014, but retired from the sport seven months later due to chronic and worsening knee injuries. Over the course of her career, Li won nine WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. Li's rise to ...

Trevor Russell

Business Strategist, Sales and Team Trainer, Executive Mentor, Keynote Speaker and Motivational Trainer Trevor is a highly skilled and experienced business strategist, mentor, sales and team trainer, motivator author and professional keynote speaker. He is highly motivated and works to bring the best out in the directors, leaders, and managers and professional executives he works with. Work ...

Jason Thompson

Jason is a Emcee, Host, Presenter, Singer, Impersonator, Actor and Comedian. He does this either as himself or as a one of his many celebrity characters or his original ones. Some of his characters are: Austin Flowers, Dame Edna Average, Queen Elizabeth II, Steve Ir-Winner, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Mad Hatter (Jonny Depp style) and his own female character Shirley Shagwell, an Indian character Vin D ...

Mark C. Thompson

Based in Silicon Valley, Mark is a senior executive leadership coach, a successful business leader, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer - and brings real-time solutions to today's leadership challenges. Mark is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson's network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation ...

Em Rusciano

After belting out tunes in the privacy of her shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for “Australian Idol”, she made the Top Ten finalists during the show’s hugely popular second season, and her star began to ascend. In Idol she showed she had more to offer than solely as a singer, and the media across Australia took note. First cab off the rank was Austereo who snapped her ...

Greg Champion

Greg Champion is a prominent singer songwriter and entertainer, recognised in Australia and abroad for his unique blend of comedy, sport parodies and folk music. Greg has toured nationally & internationally for nearly three decades and his performances have taken him as far as Nashville, New Zealand, France and Fiji. His Australian folk style has led to regular appearances across the nation, as f ...

Rob Carlton

Rob is a market leader in hosting Corporate Events. His range of skills includes hosting debates, 'hypotheticals', think tanks, strategic visioning as well as the usual comedic gala dinners, conferencing and team building days. Whilst studying at the University of Sydney Rob was a champion debater and public speaker. His humour and MC background stems from his work as a professional Theatresports ...

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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