Diversity Speakers

Arishma Singh

Arishma is a globally certified and accredited EFT practitioner, facilitating change for her clients by working with their mind, psyche and identity. She is passionate about bringing true personal growth to the corporate world, using the effective mind-body techniques developed as part of her copyright THRIVE model.

With over 20 years of corporate experience with multinational corporations and start-ups such as American Express, Nielsen Media, Google Australia, Pivot Software and Experian, Arishma has been known as a top performer, a ‘pocket rocket’ and a woman to watch. Her first upcoming book “The Respected
Salesperson” is a must-read for anybody who wants to redefine what it means to be successful in sales.

Casey Conway

Casey Conway is one of Australia’s hottest and most unique properties right now. The former NRL Sydney Roosters player is one of Australia’s few, and most successful, Aboriginal male models, having starred in campaigns for Sluggers swimwear, aussieBum apparel and BLK performance apparel.

Damien Thomlinson

The story of Damien Thomlinson, an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is one that continues to evolve and inspire people around the world.

It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Damien's life was changed forever. In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated. The damage to his body was so severe his medical team claim it is a miracle he wasn’t killed, and there were many times throughout his immediate treatment and beyond that medical staff did not think he would pull through.

Damien’s incredible journey of triumph over adversity, positive attitude and ambition for the future stands as proof that no challenge is too great and that the ANZAC spirit truly is alive and well. His is a story of reinvention, of embracing change and of approaching life with a mindset of positivity.

Danielle Dobson

Danielle Dobson is a powerful speaker who guides audiences to consider societal perceptions of gender roles in relationships, workplaces and communities. She connects with her audience in a relatable, engaging way and uses her warmth, passion and knowledge to spark curiosity to break the Gender Code and recreate their own.

Dr Ellen Joan Ford (Nelson)

Dr Ellen Joan Ford (Nelson) is terrifyingly ambitious about changing the working world, for the betterment of people and organisational performance. And when you see her track record for tackling the seemingly impossible, and bringing people along with her, you will find it difficult to fault her logic. As a speaker, facilitator and consultant in the leadership space, Ellen helps organisations to improve staff wellbeing, retention, leadership, productivity, innovation and business performance. Ellen provides a fresh perspective, delivered authentically with high energy, for how leadership can be done differently.

Gaby Natale

Gaby Natale, a triple Emmy-winning journalist and bestselling author, is an industry leader in entertainment, uniquely owning her media content and television studio. She's known for breaking barriers, becoming the first Latina author published by HarperCollins's leadership division in 2021. Her debut book, The Virtuous Circle, instantly topped Amazon's charts in Business, Inspiration, and Self-Help. Named one of the “25 Most Powerful Latinas” by People magazine in 2018, she's the only Latina to win three consecutive Daytime EMMYs. She's also a successful entrepreneur, founding AGANARmedia, which serves Fortune 500 companies with a focus on Hispanic audiences. Holding degrees from the University of San Andres and Columbia University, Gaby once taught Communication and Journalism at the University of Texas.

J-MILLA

J-MILLA is a proud member of the Marranungu people, who are the traditional landowners of the Litchfield National Park in the NT. Born in Darwin J-MILLA's life started hard from the get-go, yet he managed to find a way to stand outside the intergenerational trauma pathway that affects so many Aboriginal families. Losing himself in music and storytelling got him through and it was this part of his culture that he clung to. When J-MILLA noticed the power of narrative and its influence on those around him; mainly his brothers and sister - J-MILLA’s passion for writing lyrics and telling his own stories began. J-MILLA used this passion as a weapon to maintain a healthy mental state for himself and his siblings. His lyrical content swings between deep societal commentary and bangin’ club vibes. 

Kemi Nekvapil

Regarded as one of Australia’s most sought after speakers and facilitators, and recognised as a leading coach for female executives and entrepreneurs, Kemi is known for her unique ability to empower meaningful action and sustainable growth. Having trained with Dr. Brene Brown, she is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and a powerful advocate for courageous leadership in life.

Michael O'Loughlin

Michael O’Loughlin, former AFL star and founder of CMC Indigenous Services, is celebrated for his dynamic playing style, marked by his agility, speed, flair, and aerial skills. Over a distinguished 20-year career, he played 303 senior AFL games for the Sydney Swans, earning All-Australian honors twice and representing Australia in International Rules.

An influential and engaging keynote speaker, In 2016, Michael established CMC Indigenous Services leveraging his extensive leadership experience to advance Indigenous education, engagement, employment, and opportunities.

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