Ricky Nowak

Ricky is a highly versatile and intuitive speaker specialising in working with high performance individuals, teams and organisations thought APAC and EMEA regions. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Certified Human Resource Institute professional (CAHRI) Resource Speaker for The Executive Connection (TEC) and CEO Institute, and Women in Business and Finance where she delivers customised Masterclasses and Executive Coaching. In addition, she is a regular presenter for Brave Feminine Leadership, and works with Hargraves Institute of Innovation in collaboration developing new leadership resources. With a background in Performance and Theatre,

Ricky is one of a select number of Australian professionals who has obtained the prestigious Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coach Accreditation enabling her to work effectively in small or large teams. She draws on her diverse experience in many industries to help take the communication drama out of workplaces developing long term relationships with clients such as clients include KPMG, Macquarie Bank, ANZ, Deutsche Bank, RSM, Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper (APAC/EMEA, Balpara Engineering, Engie, Hansen Yuncken Constructions, Linfox, Lloyd's of London Insurance, Insurance Advisor Net, Masonic Aged Care, HLB Mann Judd, Salt Financial, Mills Oakley, Guide Dogs Victoria, and Very Special Kids.

Ricky is passionate about helping good people come great leaders so they can reap the rewards personally and professionally. She is committed to helping clients enhance their reputation, improve their short- and long-term objectives while maintaining their focus on wellbeing.

Ricky is able to assimilate information quickly and enables her to draw out many key messages and details that add value to audiences. She is not only well informed but highly valuable to audiences as she brings together themes and ideas throughout an event. With audiences from New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong New Zealand and throughout Australia and most of the EMEA regions virtually Ricky is recognised as a dynamic, high energy and engaging presenter and thinker who can bring together clients in different cultures and times zones. She has authored four business books, many leadership products, published numerous articles and opinion pieces and is heard in radio interviews on compelling topics of the times.

Speaking topics

AUDACIOUS LEADERSHIP - How to lead with Conviction, Courage and Care

Audacious Leaders are those who are willing to lead with the positive audacity of courage, conviction, and care. There must be no ambiguity about their behaviors, actions, or communication, or clients or staff fail to trust them, their service, or their product. They must go from being well-meaning to proactive visionaries to strategic implementers who demonstrate they genuinely care about their people and clients.

They also know that in this brave new world, they have to maximize every opportunity to connect and collaborate and be effective in their messaging. Their message must resonate, be relatable, and stick with stakeholders. This way of leading must be audacious enough to be bold but not bullish, compelling not contrived, and show a pathway of possibilities not limited to current situations or experiences.

So the question is how can leaders work with an unwavering sense of purpose underpinned by conviction, courage, and care and do it well or risk becoming obsolete?

In this practical presentation participants will dive into the key strengths and traits of a leader's mindset so they are clear, concise, and can communicate at all levels. It covers how to have courageous conversations with those unwilling to listen or e unwilling to contribute. It gives practical ways for participants to work on their leadership style, position, and purpose while giving a voice to their passions and doing it with courage.

Aligning Strategy to Behaviours

We all love the idea of embracing strategy and want it to reflect our values, behaviors, and business acumen. It feels right. Yet what does it take to make it happen in your workplace and more broadly, your clients?

The question of how to build a strong strategy spine that holds you up and ties together the many moving parts of a business can be challenging for leaders as well as staff. Some people find it hard to determine what they are missing, while others simply don't even know if what they are doing is making a difference. Others may struggle with identifying what their responsibility and contribution to the strategy is because they don't understand how they are connected or how the context of their work fits in.

In this practical and interactive session, Ricky discusses the incredible opportunities for leaders and staff when they align behaviors and intent with the objectives and actions of a business strategy. It also looks at some of the unintended consequences of what happens when businesses and leaders fail to connect their people with their strategy.

Find out who really knows what your business strategy is, why it matters to the business, and how to make it come alive.

The Six Steps to the C-Suite

There has never been a more exciting time for leaders to advance their roles as brilliant new technologies and innovations provide unlimited opportunities and options for growth. The challenge however is with things running faster than seagulls eat hot chips, many 'new or aspiring leaders are missing the key skills and understanding of how to lead with a balance of competence and confidence, humility and resilience.

With the new C-Suite leader no longer one-dimensional, but rather someone insatiably curious, impatient, and willing to argue against the consensus, they must consider how to navigate complex situations and people when they know they don't have all the answers but many questions!

This dynamic SIX STEPS TO THE C-SUITE keynote or masterclass is a roadmap for mid to senior-level leaders hungry for career advancement. It includes self-assessment and understanding of key strengths and knowledge to determine transformative growth, strategic vision, and align ambitions with the broader objectives of an organization that also fit into personal objectives. Of course, no session would be complete without considering one's own brand as a leader.

Through this fast-paced and dynamic presentation, participants will emerge armed with practical insights and actionable strategies to accelerate their results and leadership journey to the C-suite and beyond.

Lead With Influence

Whether trying to negotiate a million-dollar project, an agreement with a staff member, or having your child clean their room, everyone finds themselves striking 'deals or partnerships and trying to influence others daily. Some of course are easier than others and some well, it seems like a lost cause!

Yet for some 'people, influencing others comes naturally and people around them respond as requested. It's envious to watch and just seems so easy, right? Those people know that influence has less to do with the ask and more to do with how they communicate or behave. That's not so easy.

They also know that by understanding the motivators and drivers of others, they are more likely to results without the frustration or pushback that happens when people simply don't do what we want them to!

Therefore to become and be known as a leader of influence it's critical to build common objectives and trust while building respectful relationships.

This practical and engaging keynote, masterclass, or keynote helps participants learn

  • Which issue or challenge creates roadblocks and helps determine the best approach to get the required outcomes.
  • How to create experiences not just explanations so people connect to the task and results
  • Understand the impact of their tone, pitch, and body language
  • How to stack ideas so others see the merit in what they are hearing and being asked to do


"At Guide Dogs Victoria, organisational planning is critical to our success and to achieving a shared vision for our future,  across all levels of the organisation. In facilitating this process for us, Ricky brought a level of professionalism, structure and insight that enabled our team to feel completely engaged throughout and ensured that the threads generated out of all discussion topics were captured and summarized, so that nothing was left unresolved.  Her open and dynamic style brought out the very best in our team and delivered a positive and constructive outcome for GDV." Ricky facilitated our planning day and she brought a level of professionalism, structure and insight to the process. Her open and dynamic style brought out the very best in our team, ensured their engagement while delivering a positive and constructive outcome for GDV. Testimonial Content
CEO Guide Dogs Victoria

I loved your energetic style and the way you facilitated a warm environment of support.  You were so relaxed with everyone.  We do need more female facilitators/MCs like you."
ICMI Consultant

"Ricky's presentation style is refreshing and thought provoking. Ricky has a great command of the room whilst encouraging audience participation. The take home message for me - take the generation discussion off the table and encourage the similarities between staff,  as this really gets the conversation happening and has everybody working to their highest skill set. This concept created a complete new way of thinking in how I manage my staff and how we plan the future goals of the organisation and teams.  Thank you Ricky for a refreshing and dynamic presentation that was uplifting and energising."
Australian Legal Industry - Aubury Brown

"Ricky Nowak was a pleasure to work with as lead facilitator on the DFAT Inaugural Returned Volunteers Conference. She helped bring the agenda to life, and brought her professional, creative and leadership perspective to the event. She worked collaboratively with the entire team in the lead up and during the two day DFAT Inaugural Returned Volunteers Conference. During the two days her warmth and positivity brought a great energy to the conference. She was able to keep the event on track, while ensuring that there was a depth to the conference and delegates received tangible outcomes. I hope to work with Ricky on more events in the future."
33 Creative Events

Fab job as MC! Huge Congrats
Centre for Legal Innovation

Wonderful to see Ricky in action at the ALPMA Conference as their three-day MC - certainly refreshing to see such a genuine approach to interviewing Moana Hope,
HLB Mann Judd - Accounting

I would definitely recommend you for conference presentations. You were amazing at ALPMA. I particularly loved how gentle and sensitive you were with the speaker and can only imagine that is your approach with coaching and training too. You did a wonderful job as MC
Willwise Legal

The content you presented at the SBE leadership retreat for women entrepreneurs left a lasting impression on me and all of our delegates. You certainly demonstrate a deep understanding of leadership practices and effectively translates complex concepts into practical insights
Director of Programs, SBE Australia

Trusting the trainer is very important to me and I certainly had complete trust in your ability and this was rewarded with the delivery. I have seen members of this group participating before and never before have I seen them so engaged and their abilities extended."
Linfox Manager

Excellent Session and will definitely improve the group's audacious leadership - absolutely hit the spot and blew out the cobwebs!
CEO Chair

As an MC, Ricky ensured that the conference stayed on point, on time, and on target to deliver maximum value. She has a knack for putting everyone from the organizers to the speakers and panelists and, of course, the delegates at ease facilitating outstanding engagement and value for everyone in the room.
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