Tracey Spicer AM

Australia - NSW

Tracey Spicer AM is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News.

The inaugural national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and emcees in Australia. In 2019 she was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, accepted the Sydney Peace Prize alongside Tarana Burke for the Me Too movement, and won the national award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership through Women & Leadership Australia.

In 2018, Tracey was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, winning the Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey has been awarded the Order of Australia.

Highlights of her outstanding career include writing, producing and presenting documentaries on women and girls in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and India. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, the Ethnic Business Awards, Emerge Australia, the Australian POTS Foundation and Purple Our World, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.

Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted almost seven million views worldwide. Tracey’s essays have appeared in dozens of books including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.

The ABC highlighted Tracey’s #metoo work in the three part documentary series Silent No More, which featured the stories of hidden survivors. Her new book, Man-Made: How the bias of the past is being built into the future, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2023. It has since been longlisted for a Walkley Award, and won the Social Responsibility category in the Australian Business Book Awards.

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


Tracey was excellent, candid, refreshingly down to earth, interesting, thought-provoking, and funny too! We thoroughly enjoyed listening to her and loved the stories of her life, career and family.
- Manager, ADCO Constructions

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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Best Bots for Business | Tracey Spicer

Best Bots for Business | Tracey Spicer

Creating Culture Through Communication | Tracey Spicer

Creating Culture Through Communication | Tracey Spicer

What is Belonging | Tracey Spicer

What is Belonging | Tracey Spicer

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