Speakers

Phill Nosworthy

Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, social impact strategist and speaker in the areas of the future of work, career acceleration, personal mastery and modern leadership.

Graeme Cowan

Graeme worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Morgan and Banks, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can build our own resilience and mental fitness to thrive through change. He has now devoted his life t ...

John Maher

John was the manager in Bendigo of a large Life Insurance company when he was involved in a horrific car crash. In that crash he received life threatening injuries, and from those injuries, he was classed as unemployable at age 42.
Thankfully John had Income Protection, and this became his and his family’s financial saviour for the next 16 years.

Andy Masters

Andy Masters is an award-winning author and international speaker who has written 5 books, earned 4 degrees, and presented hundreds of programs on a variety of sales/service, leadership, and personal development topics. Andy has earned the prestigious "CSP" designation of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, in which l ...

Jean-Patrice Keka

Jean-Patrice Keka Ohemba Okese is a Congolese scientist (Congo-Kinshasa) who has designed and launched a series of rockets made with recycled materials. This scientist studied at the Institut Suprieur des Techniques Appliques (ISTA) in Kinshasa. In 2005 DTA (Developpement Tous Azimuts), the company he manages, designs a space exploration program called "Troposphere" that aimed at launching five ...

Don Elgin

Don Elgin was raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal. Being born without the lower portion of his left leg was not a barrier for this boy who would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age. Don went to the 1994 International Paralympic Committee World Athletic Championships in Berlin, where he won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m relay team. Following this event Don?s focus moved from the ...

Cyriel Kortleven

Over the years he has become a master at creating an open and informal atmosphere, ideal for bigger events and conferences. In a very practical and simple way, he enables the participants to experience the power of creative thinking and doing. His presentations are highly interactive (even when working with big groups) and are always tailored to his audience by using innovative examples from thei ...

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay is an award-winning book author and senior editor at the Economist. He is an accomplished public speaker and provocateur. Observing “he does not shirk taking on tough topics,” the Financial Times declares him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” ...

Brian Solis

Heralded as one of the 'top 10 people to know in Silicon Valley', and considered "one of the most important thought leaders of our time," Brian Solis shares his vision, research and experiences through keynotes at conferences and events worldwide to help people understand and embrace the dynamics defining the rise of digital transformation, innovation, connected consumerism and digital lifestyles. He is consistently ranked as one of the top speakers at some of the biggest events around the world including the Telstra Digital Summit in Australia, BDL Accelerate in Beirut, SXSW in Texas, Le Web in Paris and so many more.

Mark Fuda

Mark is the founder of the ‘story’ consultancy and production company Seven Stories. He has over 15 years experience in storytelling and high end production, having enabled numerous blue chip companies to bring their stories to life, including the Australian Tourism Commission, Telstra, Berlei Australia, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Beiersdorf ...

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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