Adversity Speakers

Judy and Tim Sharp

Tim and Judy Sharp are break-through speakers who share their inspirational story of how a boy diagnosed with severe autism went on to become one of Australia's best-known international artists.

At 11 years of age Tim created a superhero called Laser Beak Man and became the first person with Autism to have his work developed into an animated TV series and theatre production. Tim shares his sense of humour and unique way of looking at the world through his colourful art. His originals are in high demand from collectors and have been exhibited Australia and globally.

Julie Cross

Julie Cross understands that there is much more to connecting and inspiring an audience than speaking at them and repeating and reciting tired cliches and quotes. For inspiration and motivation to have a life beyond the conference some genuine and authentic connection is required! Julie is an expert in the power of connection and within the first few minutes of her being on stage you will ...

Justin Langer

Until the announcement of his retirement from test cricket in 2007 Justin was one of Australia's great top-order batsmen. Originally playing at number 3 he moved to opener in 2001 and played 105 test matches scoring 7,696 runs including 23 test centuries. Justin's success is the result of hard work and a strong determined will. His presentations includes a bridge between the business world and th ...

Karla Grant

Karla Grant has dedicated a huge part of her career to working in Indigenous news and current affairs, witnessing and reporting on the shifts in policy and attitude towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Karla has spent the last decade on Living Black, further demonstrating her commitment to giving Indigenous people a voice. Karla started at SBS over 16 years ago, as a presenter, pr ...

Karni Liddell

Karni Liddell has already established herself as one of Australia's most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers of our time. Karni's journey to success began a lot differently than the typical elite athlete. Karni was diagnosed at birth with a degenerative muscle wasting disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Many Doctors and specialists told her amazing parents that their first-born c ...

Kevin Biggar

Kevin Biggar is a modern day adventurer, author and an award winning speaker with a passion for sharing the insights from him experiences. Drawing on learnings from his adventures and professional career Kevin shares proven tips and techniques for fearlessly facing challenges, energising and uniting teams and taking peformance to the next level. Whether it's to a small group of senior management ...

Krystel Keller

Krystel Keller is a professional singer songwriter/ Keynote Speaker. When Krystel was 6 months old she was diagnosed with Bilateral Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eyes). By the age of two Krystel had become completely blind as a result of the cancer. However, her disability has not stopped Krystel from pursuing her ambitions - if anything the obstacles have made her even more determined to accompli ...

Kurt Fearnley

Kurt Fearnley is a three time Paralympic gold medalist and two time Commonwealth Games gold medalist. He has won over 40 marathons, including New York, Chicago and London in a career spanning more than 20 years. In 2009 Kurt crawled the Kokoda track, in Papua New Guinea, to raise awareness of men’s health. Kurt was also a member of the winning Sydney to Hobart yacht crew, Investec Loyal, in 2012. He is New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019.

Kurt is an accomplished corporate speaker, a published Author (Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons and Kokoda), host of Tiny Island podcast and host of 2020 ABCTV’s One Plus One.

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy

The Tuohy's life, as chronicled in Michael Lewis' New York Times number one best-seller, The Blind Side, went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office and became the number-one opening weekend for a sports film in history. The Tuohy's continue to make an impact with their own New York Times best-seller and establishing their charity ...

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