Adam is an expert commentator and consultant specialising in partnership development and network building in and around schools. Adam is a Board Member of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), regular Education Analyst for Channel 10's 'The Project' and a contributor for the Australian Financial Review. As former CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and Education Foundation Australia, Adam has a background in non-profit leadership and has generated in excess of $20 million in philanthropic and corporate investment in Australian schools. Adam is passionate about promoting equity and excellence in all schools and encouraging additional philanthropic support of school education. Adam was named Young Executive of the Year by BOSS Magazine.
 
Adam's current clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute, Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership, Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Koshland Innovation Fund.

Adam is an inspirational and insightful Speaker, Consultant, Facilitator and Master of Ceremonies. Having addressed close to 100,000 people in more than 15 countries including Australia, The United States, Finland, The United Kingdom, India, Qatar and Hong Kong, Adam is recognised and celebrated as a young, dynamic leader, thinker and advocate.  Adam has appeared regularly on a range of television programs, in radio interviews and has published a range of articles and compelling opinion pieces.

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  • The journey to becominng a young CEO - peaks and pitfalls
  • Too much too soon - the changing face of leadership for Generation Y
  • Generation Y leading in a Baby Boomers World
  • Harnessing the power and potential of Generation Y
  • Corporations changing communities - examples of corporate Australia creating social impact
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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