Leadership Speakers

Leaders are not born, they're made. Ovations helps industries inform, enlighten and inspire their top leadership and future leaders alike. Whether you need your team to take the lead in climate change or tackle other oncoming obstacles, we help you prepare to perfection.

Jim Soorley

Jim Soorley was born in northern NSW in 1951. He was educated at the local primary school and then as a boarder at Woodlawn, outside of Lismore, run by the Marist Fathers. After completing high school, Jim went to Sydney to train at the Marist Seminary at Hunter's Hill and was ordained as a Marist priest in 1976. While at the seminary he studied at Macquarie University, graduating with a Bachelor ...

Jim Whitt

Armed with a degree in animal science and a rope which he uses to corral audience members, this consultant, author, speaker and one-time cowboy applies what he learned about punching cows to provoking people. Makes them laugh while helping them rise above their animal natures to reach their full potential. Do not let his disarming charm and humor fool you. Considered dangerous to status quo and pe ...

Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson has drawn from his experiences as one of the world's most successful and respected mountaineers to become a leading author. "Touching the Void", the story of his amazing survival, having shattered his leg and been left for dead in a crevasse high in the Andes, has sold over a million copies worldwide. He now brings his knowledge and powerful stories to the corporate sector in an amaz ...

John Bertrand

John Bertrand AM mastered the principles of leadership as a result of a long international apprenticeship. This journey took him through three America's Cup Challenges - 1970, 1974 and 1980 - and three Olympic Games teams before he had assembled enough leadership, knowledge and skill as skipper of Australia II, to finally succeed in winning the 1983 America's Cup. In August 2013, John was appo ...

John Cantor

Not many people experience failure on as grand a scale as John Cantor has time and again. In 2012 adventurer John Cantor achieved a six-year dream of traversing the Brooks Range solo, a 1,600 km expedition across Arctic Alaska. Considered one of the toughest solo expeditions on earth, John completed the traverse in just 31 days, 10 days faster than any previous attempt. John Cantor has inspired co ...

John Connolly

John Connolly is a rugby union coach and the former head coach of the Wallabies. Connolly has in the past worked with the Queensland Reds, Stade Francois, Swansea RFC and Bath Rugby. As a player, Connolly played hooker for the Brothers club in Brisbane.. Connolly took up a coaching position within the Queensland Rugby team and served as an Australian selector. During his time with Queensland, the ...

John Coutis

John P. Coutis is an exceptional person. Born with a severe disability that rendered his legs useless, John defied medical opinion by refusing to die. Today John speaks all around the world to tens of thousands, very enthusiastic and eager people, whom he leaves breathless. John was a guest speaker at the 1997 World Masters of Business Seminar where he shared the day with some of the world's fore ...

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