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.

Sonia McDonald

Sonia is known as “The Accidental Entrepreneur” because the path to her CEO and entrepreneurial roles was unexpected and unpredictable.

What she found was a world where ‘leadership’ was a role, not an attitude; a world where leaders didn’t understand themselves, let alone how to manage the different personalities in their teams. Sonia is not one to run from risk, so when she decided that the old concept of leadership needed a good shake-up, she knew she was the right person to do it.

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is co-author with C. Perry Yeatman of Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Woman's Guide to Fast-Track Career Success. She became a vice president at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global PR firm, at the age of 27. She later jumped from vice president to global account managing director after a three-year stint in Asia. By age 34, she was leading the company's fourth-largest revenue ...

Stef du Plessis

Stef du Plessis is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader and team-builder. He grows people and organisations by focusing on self-mastery, teamwork, and leadership at all levels. He also heads up Stef du Plessis and Associates, a people development consultancy with offices in Johannesburg and Sydney. He has delivered more than 2 500 paid presentations on self-mastery, lifestyle management, leader ...

Stephen Denny

Stephen Denny is a competitive strategy + marketing consultant, helping emerging brands define their competitive positioning, communication strategies and implementation plans in the market. He is the author of Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry (Portfolio US & Penguin UK). Apart from writing and consulting, Denny is a frequent speaker on competitive strategy a ...

Stephen Lundin

For the last ten years Steve Lundin, Big Tuna Ph.D., has been living one long fish story. After chronicling the amazing customer experience provided by an unlikely group of fish mongers in Seattle, Steve has visited hundreds of organizations in all parts of the globe that have one thing in common; they are putting into action the old wisdom written about in the book FISH. Each variation is uniqu ...

Steve Donahue

The Sahara is the world's largest and deadliest desert. Daytime temperatures soar while darkness brings bone chilling cold. Blinding sandstorms rage relentlessly as scorpions and cobras await unsuspecting travelers. Yet, in the most dangerous, desolate place on earth you discover stunning beauty and inescapable truth. Steve Donahue draws powerful parallels between his desert adventure and the jour ...

Steve Pratt

Steve has worked in dangerous front-line locations like Rwanda, Cambodia, Zaire, Yemen, Northern Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, managing up to 32 international aid workers and 2000 local staff. Steve worked throughout hostile gun-fire, death threats, bombings, but at the end of the day his humanitarian missions always came through. He is a motivational and insightful speaker on leadership and tea ...

Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh's massive contribution to the world of cricket has entrenched his status as one of the sports most resillient and respected players. To Steve Waugh, being Australian is about "looking after your mates, taking care of your family, being able to have a laugh at yourself". Born in Sydney, Steve still lives in the southern suburbs with his young family. Steve Waugh has played representativ ...

Steve Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc. with Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, fea ...

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