Speakers

Jessica Gallagher

Dr Jess Gallagher is no doubt one of those rare, inspiring individuals who with humility and humour affects any audience with her message.

What is unique but probably not surprising is the relevance her message has for the business world of today as we all face greater volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The VUCA world might be new to us but to Jess its standard operating procedure. It’s somewhat ironic then that the expert who might lead us into this future is one with low physical vision but an acute foresight around what it will take to thrive in this rapidly disrupted workspace.

Caroline Miller

For almost three decades Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP has been a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth. In 2015, she was named “one of the ten Positive Psychology coaches to follow.”

Dr Louise Mahler

Her skills as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming pull together her academic study and years of professional performance on the European opera stage to put her in a league of her own.

Bill Walton

Bill Walton has a passion — for his work, for family & friends, for music, for life and for greatness! As a speaker Bill Walton brings his outsized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and beyond. Walton speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds – on the court and off – to persevere and win. As entertaining as he is insightful, Walton is widely considered one of the best speakers from the world of sports.

David Meerman Scott

David Meerman Scott is a master of the new rules for growing business, spreading ideas and generating attention in our always-on, Web-driven world. Advance planning is out – speed and agility are IN! Scale and media buying power are no longer a decisive advantage. Instead, Real-Time is the mindset for the future where content is king! Those who embrace these new ways will leap ahead of competition.

John Bell

Recognised as a Living National Treasure, John Bell is a trailblazer in the development of Australian theatre, with leadership lessons to share of Shakespearian magnitude.

Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams has become a certified favourite amongst audiences of CEOs looking for innovative ways to lead their organisations in current times. In her successful career as a speaker and consultant, the MD of Firehouse (incorporating her creation 'Disruptive HR') has started to knock down the HR profession's old, crumbly walls and replace them with new, pragmatic models well-backed by evidence.

Sonia McDonald

Sonia is known as “The Accidental Entrepreneur” because the path to her CEO and entrepreneurial roles was unexpected and unpredictable.

What she found was a world where ‘leadership’ was a role, not an attitude; a world where leaders didn’t understand themselves, let alone how to manage the different personalities in their teams. Sonia is not one to run from risk, so when she decided that the old concept of leadership needed a good shake-up, she knew she was the right person to do it.

Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett is a long-time advocate and campaigner on a range of local and global issues. A member of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful bands, he served as a cabinet minister in the Rudd/Gillard Labor governments from 2007-13.

Nathan Strempel

Nathan is already an accomplished MC and host, known extensively in Melbourne for his work with a wide variety of corporates and sporting organisations. As well as MC’ing their corporate functions, Nathan is the on-ground host for a variety of AFL, Rugby and A-League teams among many others

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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