Education Speakers

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 Grant

Andrew has been in high demand as a keynote speaker and facilitator in over 14 countries, and has succesfully worked with over 30 different nationalities. An ability to transcend across cultural and cross functional barrier and address audiences with a message relevant to executives and their teams alike makes Andrew's session valuable to all participants. His stimulating and often humorous and en ...

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Angie Wilcock

Angie Wilcock is a highly regarded Australian expert and speaker on transitions in education and middle years adolescents, and has presented her work at state and national education and parent conferences. She presents to educators, educational professionals and parents on early adolescent development and its impact on behaviour and learning, transition to secondary school, boys and girls educatio ...

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Brene Brown

Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the College's Outstanding Faculty Award. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and has appeare ...

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Casey Conway

Casey Conway is one of Australia’s hottest and most unique properties right now. The former NRL Sydney Roosters player is one of Australia’s few, and most successful, Aboriginal male models, having starred in campaigns for Sluggers swimwear, aussieBum apparel and BLK performance apparel.

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Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory is a Behavioral Researcher & Strategist. An author, educator, and social commentator, he is the President and CEO of The Impossible Institute, an innovation and engagement think-tank founded to make what's not... possible! Dan's specialization is behavior and belief systems - our drives, our motives, the things that make us buy and the things that make us buy ... ...

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Dannielle Miller

Dannielle Miller, a thought leader and expert in girls' self-esteem and body image, started out her career as a teacher and then quickly became a major innovator in education and student welfare. She was responsible for the curriculum, staffing and quality of learning of the English faculty of a dual-campus high school. Dannielle was named NSW Entrepreneur of the Year and was deemed the country's ...

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Dominic Thurbon

Dominic's expertise when coupled together with his accessible and engaging style make him a powerful and provocative speaker, capable of shifting the mindsets of even the most seasoned executives, educators and staff. Covering a range of issues from exciting collaborative technologies, to the role of business process innovation and knowledge management in building a culture of collaboration, Domin ...

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Eric Chester

Eric Chester is the premier expert on school-to-work transition and the emerging workforce. As a former teacher and coach-turned motivational speaker for millions of students, Eric soon became a highly sought after speaker for hundreds of leading companies that needed to know how to manage and motivate post-Generation X'ers. Eric is the Founder and CEO of a speaking, consulting, and training fir ...

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Evelyn M. Field

Evelyn M Field, FAPS is a psychologist, author, professional speaker and media commentator. Evelyn works with children, adolescents and adults. She specialises in understanding, preventing and managing school and workplace bullying. She has an international profile as co-chair of the Therapeutic Practitioners Group, IAWBH, (International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment) and is on ...

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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, 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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