Motivation Inspiration Speakers

Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. Hendley - a small-town bartender - launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world's freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. There, Doc witnessed a ...

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Don Elgin

Don Elgin was raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal. Being born without the lower portion of his left leg was not a barrier for this boy who would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age. Don went to the 1994 International Paralympic Committee World Athletic Championships in Berlin, where he won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m relay team. Following this event Don?s focus moved from the ...

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Don Meij

Don Meij has been in the pizza business for over 17 years. Starting as a delivery driver for Silvio's Pizza while studying to be a High School Teacher, he fell in love with the pizza industry and took up a Store Managers Position. Since then Don has moved his way through becoming an owner in the Master Franchise to CEO/COO. Following his appointment Domino's Pizza Australia & New Zealand has lifte ...

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Drew Ginn

Drew Ginn is an Olympic Rower with three gold medals behind him despite suffering intense back problems that at one stage forced him to step back from training and competition for two years. Through incredible determination, Drew underwent an intense program of rehabilitation to return to - and succeed in - the sport he is most passionate about. Furthermore, during his period of recovery, he took ...

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Duncan Armstrong

Duncan Armstrong became a household name in Australia when he claimed one of only 3 Olympic Gold medals Australia won at the Seoul Games in 1988. Duncan broke the 200 freestyle world record to claim Australia's 100th medal on Olympic competition. Coached by the unstoppable Laurie Lawrence, Duncan's swimming career spanned 10 years in the green and gold. Duncan received a host of honours out of the ...

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Eddie Jones

Jones began his rugby career at Matraville High School playing alongside future greats David Knox and the Ella brothers. A small and mobile hooker Jones represented Randwick, New South Wales, and the Australian Barbarians before hanging up his boots and concentrating on his career as a teacher and school Principal. Jones began his coaching career at his much loved Randwick Rugby Club in Sydney bef ...

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Edward E Scannell

An active member of the National Speakers Association, Edward E. Scannell has given more than a thousand presentations, seminars and workshops across the U.S. and in several overseas venues. Equally involved in both civic and professional organizations, he has served on the Boards of Directors of a number of groups, including the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, The American Society for Training and D ...

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Elka Whalan

"3% of a nation ever make a national team and 0.8% ever get to stand on the dais. Those stats were a major confirmation for me knowing the Olympics was what I wanted in 2000, regardless of missing out on school formals, not staying out too late or forgetting about indulging in the normal experiments of drinking and boys, whilst others took the path often chosen, I chose the harder route, and what ...

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Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson is a prominent figure in business, fashion, film and television. She oversees one of the most well-known, and expanding, brand names in apparel and women's fashion. Elle is a hugely successful businesswoman and talks with charm, wit and ability on her incredible life story, business success and motivation. ...

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Em Rusciano

After belting out tunes in the privacy of her shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for “Australian Idol”, she made the Top Ten finalists during the show’s hugely popular second season, and her star began to ascend. In Idol she showed she had more to offer than solely as a singer, and the media across Australia took note. First cab off the rank was Austereo who snapped her ...

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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 Sharm, 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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