Adversity Speakers

Aaron Pedersen

Aaron Pedersen moved into acting after initially training as a journalist at the ABC in Melbourne. His television credits include Wildside, Water Rats, MDA, Territorians, Grassroots, Queen of Hearts, Black Jack and The Secret Life of Us. Aaron's film credits include Dead Heart, Saturday Night, Dark Love Story, Grange, Unfinished Business, Mimi, Mirror Images and De-Evolution. Aaron is an Arrern ...

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Alicia Coutts

Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Telstra Swimmer of the Year and five-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Alicia Coutts star continues to rise. Alicia had overcome several personal health setbacks. Excelling in her junior swimming career, glandular fever stifled her ambitions to qualify for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. When she joined the Australian Institute of Sport health complication ...

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Allana Corbin

Allana Corbin's story is a thriller of adventure, danger, tragedy and love. Allana is an inspirational speaker who delivers a message, which touches the heart of all who listen. Allana Corbin was the survivor of a tragic plane crash in 1990. Prior to the crash Allana was a flying enthusiast. Her passion for flying began at the age of eighteen with her first ride in a hot air balloon. She was soon ...

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Alvin Law

Alvin's story is about real-life challenge and triumph and is one that is impossible to forget. Alvin Law, (CSP, HoF) can be hard to define. It seems obvious when you see him, but when you experience his program, something indescribable takes place. He has no arms, so you think his program must be yet another example of someone overcoming a handicap. But ask Alvin and he'd say it's that very p ...

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Amanda Lindhout

Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, Amanda Lindhout backpacked through Latin America, Laos, In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she travelled to Somalia-"the most dangerous place on earth." On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage fo ...

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Andrew Griffiths

Known for his ability to entertain, to inspire and to energise, Andrew Griffiths has become a highly sought after keynote speaker. Widely acknowledged as Australia's #1 Business Author, Andrew has ten books that are now sold in over fifty countries around the world. He is published by Allen & Unwin and Simon & Schuster, two of the biggest names in the publishing industry. Andrew is also an ene ...

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Anna Meares

Anna Meares is one of Australia's favourite sporting heroes and one of the most talented athletes in the world. She is a three-time Olympian, two-time Olympic champion (gold and silver in London, gold and bronze in Athens, and silver in Beijing), ten-time world champion across four different events, four-time Commonwealth Games champion, and current world champion in two events (the team sprint an ...

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Aron Ralston

All he had was a flimsy pocketknife, but it worked. Aron Ralston will share his harrowing survival story and the leadership lessons learned in his recent experience of beating unbeatable odds. Find out how many corporations and organizations around the world are inspiring their clients and employees through Aron story. ...

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Avis Mulhall

Avis Mulhall is a respected expert on social enterprise and collaborative consumption. She is the co-founder of global social travel network mmMule.com, creator of Sydney's change-maker community Think Act Change and founder of Looloo Paper - a toilet paper business that uses its profits to improve sanitation in developing countries. ...

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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls, the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest at only 23, has a natural talent for communicating and entertaining which has made him a popular personality in his own right. He is not only one of the youngest motivational speakers on the international business circuit but is a keen environmentalist and an author; one of Bear's books, Facing Up soared into the best seller list and has sold ...

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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