Tracey Spicer AM

Australia - NSW

Specialty Areas

Tracey Spicer AM is a multiple Walkley Award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster, renowned for her exceptional work as an anchor for national programs on ABC TV and radio, Network Ten, and Sky News.

As the pioneering national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey's talents on stage and online have made her one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and emcees in the region. In recognition of her remarkable contributions, she was honoured as the NSW Premier's Woman of the Year in 2019. Additionally, Tracey received the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize alongside Tarana Burke for their significant involvement in the Me Too movement, and she was the recipient of the national award for Excellence in Women's Leadership by Women & Leadership Australia.

Tracey's exceptional achievements continue to garner recognition. In 2018 she was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence, winning the esteemed Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. Women's Agenda also acknowledged her as the Agenda Setter of the Year. To acknowledge her three decades of dedication to the media and charity work, Tracey was awarded the Order of Australia.

Throughout her illustrious career, Tracey has written, produced, and presented captivating documentaries shedding light on the lives of women and girls in countries such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India. She serves as an Ambassador for notable organisations including ActionAid, The Ethnic Business Awards Foundation, Emerge Australia and Purple Our World. Additionally, she proudly holds the position of Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.

Tracey's impact extends beyond her television and radio work. Her debut book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, quickly became a bestseller. Moreover, her powerful TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has amassed over six million views. Her thought-provoking essays have been featured in numerous acclaimed books, including Women of Letters, She's Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.

Most recently, Tracey's invaluable contributions to the #metoo movement were highlighted in the three-part documentary series Silent No More, produced by the ABC. The series featured the stories of hidden survivors, further showcasing Tracey's commitment to amplifying marginalised voices.

Amidst her engagements as an emcee and speaker at live and hybrid conferences, Tracey dedicates her time to corporate media and presentation training sessions. Her new book, Man-Made: How the bias of the past is built into the future, explores the hidden bias and inequity in artificial intelligence.

Speaking topics

Event Host | MC | Panel Facilitator

Tracey is an accomplished and highly sought-after MC who is experienced in hosting events in an efficient and appropriate manner with the professionalism of an experienced television anchor who is utterly at home on stage.

As a panel facilitator, Tracey always ensures that the discussion is both informative and entertaining. She draws on her experience as a journalist to ask the right questions at the right time. Her television and radio background has enabled her to elicit all the relevant information and keep it engaging for the audience.

Man-Made: Best Bots for Business

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence can take your business into the stratosphere. But what about the flip side? Bodgy bots can ruin your reputation and credibility overnight. In this fast-paced, funny and enlightening keynote, Tracey reveals the real story about the technologies revolutionising your workplace and home.

Audience takeaways:

  • How datasets and algorithms are beset with bias, eroding trust in your brand
  • The latest strategies to beat the biased bots, and boost your bottom line
  • Why ‘mindful AI’ is the key to attracting and retaining staff, stopping customer churn, and future-proofing your business

Creating Culture Through Communication

For the first time in history, five generations are working together. How can we effectively communicate across the ages, from the office to the home? In this engaging and interactive keynote, Tracey takes you through some simple steps to build bridges between the traditionalists and Gen Z.

Audience takeaways:

  • How to keep workers of all ages engaged at work, F2F and online
  • Tips, tricks and tools to improve messaging to deepen connection
  • The latest neuroscience on body language, gesture, voice and breathing to break down the barriers

What is Belonging?

The conversation in the corporate world has moved beyond diversity, equity and inclusion to the concept of belonging. In this deeply researched and thought-provoking keynote, Tracey shares the latest tech-enabled strategies that actually work.

Audience takeaways:

  • How to retain skilled staff, strengthen your brand, and support innovation
  • Easy-to-implement, real-world, fresh initiatives for your workplace to boost productivity
  • Navigating an intersectional approach across diversity of thinking, gender, race, ability, age and sexual orientation


Your professionalism and uplifting spirit was a highlight of the night. I know the panellists and patient speakers were grateful to have your calming reassurance on stage and I wanted to thank you for handling the whole night with sensitivity and compassion. Thank you again for sharing your personal story with honesty. It was inspiring and empowering for all of us in the room.
- Elizabeth de Somer, Chief Executive Officer, Medicines Australia

Tracey was spectacular, highly-knowledgeable, engaging, fun to listen to/learn from, flexible and very human. She was instrumental to delivering an event that delighted our guests. To date, we have received excellent feedback!
- Camden City Council, IWD event

With her usual rigour, Tracey Spicer dives into big data and uses of AI, revealing its clear biases and range of inequalities, making this urgent topic easily comprehensible.
- Founder of Silver Sirens

Thanks again for such an extraordinary interview the other night – I’m still having people say how fantastic and nuanced and perfectly pitched you were.
- Sydney Writer's Festival

Thank you so much for being part of our launch. You gave it the professionalism, credibility and warmth we were looking for!
- Nadine McArthurs, Marketing Manager, Alcon

Tracey is truly authentic. She held the attention of everyone in the room. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her. She is an amazing woman who is really making a difference in the world.
- The Children's Doctor

It is always such a pleasure to work with Tracey Spicer, and it was a joy to have her involved as our headline speaker. Tracey was adaptable and agile to our needs when creating the events, and her presentations were always engaging, dynamic, informative, and personable, and her messages resonated with our audiences because they were relatable and honest.
- Event Manager, Women & Leadership Australia

Tracey has hosted World Vision's annual gala Women of Vision Dinner since its inception six years ago, as a major tribute to women's international achievements worldwide. Always a glamorous, engaging and professional MC, Tracey's warmth and passion radiates to all audience members, but is complemented by her highly professional skill in keeping the program moving smoothly, ensuring the event's ongoing success each year.
- World Vision

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Virtual presentations

Virtual presentations

Cliftons Elevate virtual showcase - The 3 R's of Resilience

Cliftons Elevate virtual showcase - The 3 R's of Resilience

Uncovering the bias of AI | Tracey Spicer

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