Journalist Speakers

Bill Birtles

Bill Birtles was the ABC's China correspondent in Beijing from 2015 to 2020, his posting coming to a sudden end when he was rushed out of the country by Australian diplomats in an unprecedented diplomatic standoff. Reporting from both major cities and remote provinces throughout the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he covered an era-defining period of change, upheaval and diplomatic tension as China asserted itself on the world stage.

Gaby Natale

Gaby Natale, a triple Emmy-winning journalist and bestselling author, is an industry leader in entertainment, uniquely owning her media content and television studio. She's known for breaking barriers, becoming the first Latina author published by HarperCollins's leadership division in 2021. Her debut book, The Virtuous Circle, instantly topped Amazon's charts in Business, Inspiration, and Self-Help. Named one of the “25 Most Powerful Latinas” by People magazine in 2018, she's the only Latina to win three consecutive Daytime EMMYs. She's also a successful entrepreneur, founding AGANARmedia, which serves Fortune 500 companies with a focus on Hispanic audiences. Holding degrees from the University of San Andres and Columbia University, Gaby once taught Communication and Journalism at the University of Texas.

Jacinta Tynan

Jacinta Tynan is a renowned TV journalist and news presenter, columnist, five times published author and speaker. Jacinta is regarded as a commentator for her generation with her popular and candid columns and regular TV, radio and podcast appearances. She has been a regular columnist with Sunday Life Magazine and Body+Soul and contributes to various publications on motherhood, life and the meaning of life.

Laura Jayes

Laura Jayes has been a journalist and broadcaster for almost two decades. She hosts Am Agenda on Sky News - the channel's highest rating day time program, committed to politics, current affairs and challenging debates. 

Laura has covered every leadership challenge and election since 2010. She's covered the biggest breaking news stories in the world - Brexit live from London, the Queensland floods, the war in Afghanistan from Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt, Donald Trumps' election win and inauguration in Washington, the US Mid Terms and the death of Queens Elizabeth (to name a few). She is also one of the only journalists to be granted access to Nauru to report on the Australian funded detention centres. 

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria, one of TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018 and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news”, and attempts to silence the free press.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones is a master storyteller, brand strategist and author of Beliefonomics - Realise the true value of your story. He believes those who tell the stories change the world. He has more than 25 years' professional storytelling experience as a journalist, speaker and CEO working with iconic brands across Australia, the Asia Pacific, USA and Europe. Mark is a big picture thinker who loves connecting ideas and sharing inspiring stories. His passion is helping people discover how their purpose leads to impact through impactful keynotes, workshops, events and coaching.

Mark Readings

Mark Readings is one of the state's most respected journalists, presenters and MCs, having spent 35 years in the media industry.

In 2003 Mark was presented with a Logie Award and a Walkley Award for his coverage of the Bali bombings. He was one of the survivors, having been in the Sari Club and inside Paddy's Bar during the first explosion. It's a remarkable story nearly 20 years later.

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