Matt McFadyen

Few people have the ability to successfully blend the adventure and the business worlds together like Matt McFadyen.

Matt takes audiences on powerful leadership adventures. Using the latest in interactive technology, the audience makes critical decisions during the unique and compelling journeys.

Pushing toward the ends of the earth, Matt led his team, and leads the audience through the emotional highs and lows, to the extremes of human potential.

This leadership adventure inspires audiences to challenge themselves and their teams to think differently and push for success both personally and professionally.

Keynote Presentations:

Antarctica: a journey to the ends of the earth
As a 22-year-old, Matt and 4 others set sail aboard a 43-foot yacht bound for Antarctica on a 54-day expedition across one of the deadliest and dangerous oceans on the planet.  After a near fatal storm nearly a thousand miles from land, Matt and the teams heroic fight for survival sparked a change in Matt's life and the event became the foundation of his leadership journey.

North Pole: sitting still means going backwards
Matt's brush with death in the icy waters of the Great Southern Ocean ignited a passion to lead others to the ends of the earth. Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole,  returning as an expedition co-leader on 2 more occasions.  Surviving -45oC to battling ice drifts that move the team backwards while dragging heavy sleds, Matt knows the perseverance needed to lead a team through challenge, change and ambiguity.

A journey: to leadership
In 5 short years Matt went from being a 22 year old novice adventurer to co leading his 3rd expedition to the North Pole & partnering with PricewaterhouseCoopers on an 18 month firm wide engagement program.  Join Matt as he delivers the insights into his Journey to leadership. Not only will the audience walk away engaged & inspired but they will gain valuable knowledge & tips to accelerate their own journey to leadership.

Africa: navigating a complex ecosystem
Today, organizations face more and more pressure to successfully navigate their own complex ecosystems. Whether it's within their teams, the wider organization, or with customers, understanding the complexity of a global and interconnected world can be a big challenge.  Matt introduced himself to a new challenging ecosystem, when he paddled 300 miles down the Trans-Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa. Venturing away from his comfort zone of polar regions, Matt had to navigate this new environment with a new team, and after 2 years spent recuperating from an injury.  This powerful story of stepping outside one's comfort zone and facing fear will inspire the audience to manage the complexities of leading through change, collaboration, and courage - to conquer the changing and complex world.


Matt McFadyen was an ABSOLUTE hit. It has been a long time since I have seen a speaker hold the whole audience attention for over 40 minutes. Matt painted a picture which I would align with Picasso brilliance, his style is better then some much older speakers who are well entrenched on the circuit.,If this is where Matt is at 23 and just starting...sell me shares ill invest!!,,...His experience left the audience touched by his open sharing of the emotional highs and lows belonging to such an adventure...Highly Motivating.
- SWAP Australia

Matt was great! He fitted in very well with the group that we had at our conference. After he spoke he sat with us for quite a while chatting more about his trip and answering many questions that we asked of him.,...We thoroughly enjoyed having Matt at our conference...overall excellent.
- NRMA Insurance

The applause that Matt received at the end of his presentation to the National Toastmasters Club was the longest and most sustained that I have ever heard.,,....I have no hesitation in recommending Matt in his ability to deliver a powerful, highly interesting and motivational tale of hardship, endurance and triumph. His presentation also emphasizes the importance of proper preparation and planning in order to achieve success. He delivers an exciting tale with a very definite message to leave with the audience...
- National Toastmasters Club

Matt was the guest speaker at our fundraising luncheon, the entire audience was captivated by Matt's presentation. The way he told his story, the emotion he showed and the message he left us all with was truly inspiring. For a 22 year old to leave the audience wanting more as Matt did is a testament to Matt's ability as a speaker. He is a truly remarkable young man with a huge future.,,...I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt as guest speaker
- Bankstown City Council

Matt sure knows how to transport an audience. By the end of his presentation I could feel the waves and smell the ice. But the most impressive thing about Matt's story for me was not how professionally and confidently he spoke but the honesty and openness with which he expressed his emotional voyage. Matt holds nothing back in his recitation and this was more moving to me than the feat of sailing a 43 foot yacht to Antarctica. Matt doesn't try to preach a lesson, the motivational life lesson emerges from the fabric of his story and it is the more powerful because of that.,,Everyone in our group who heard him speak were inspired by his planning, dedication and ability to keep going even when his team mates would have carried him. This story embodies the principle that the most important thing in life is the journey, not the destination
- ADT Security

Your presentation encapsulated the room, inviting the audience to share in your journey, moving from highs to lows and giving the audience an insight into both the physical and mental strength that it takes to turn a dream into reality. Challenging the audience to accomplish their own goals whilst underpinning the importance of teamwork, the presentation was extremely well received, relevant both in the work place and at home and thought provoking. Your life experiences are testament to your determination in your life journey and we wish you all the best with your future endeavours.
- VISA International

Matt has a fantastic personality - very passionate which really comes across in his presentation. Veritas Event Management
- Veritas Event Management

Grounded, accessible, honest & real.. & yet overwhelmingly impressive & charismatic. He left his mark on our team & will continue to do so for a very long time. We extended our comfort zone, &it was in large part to him!
- Unilever

I was thoroughly memorized by Matt's subject matter, style & engagement with the audience. He is able to bring every one of the participants along with him as he experienced the triumphs & epic challenges of his journey. adding interactive "what would you do" moments into the presentation creates an immersive experience & mandates full attention. Matt was able to skillfully leverage his story of leadership, courage, & perseverance to underscore our core meeting objectives through an entertaining & gripping presentation.
- Hewlett-Packard

Challenging the audience to accomplish their own goals whilst underpinning the importance of teamwork, the presentation was extremely well received, relevant both in the work place and at home and thought provoking.
- Visa

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