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Women in Business Speakers

Catherine Plano

Catherine is known in her community as an innovative leader and creative entrepreneur who specialises in helping people achieve their goals and dreams. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their highest ambitions and live a life that is fulfilling and rich. She is a strong advocate and a leader by nature. Catherine thinks BIG, encourages possibilities, and honors individual wisdom and strengths, and is valued for helping leaders build stronger and more effective teams that come to think strategically and engage in meaningful conversations that allow for reflection, change and growth.

Chelsea Pottenger

Chelsea is a leading authority on mental health. An international motivational speaker and accredited mindfulness & meditation coach, Chelsea has worked with many of the world’s leading brands such as eBay, Google, Telstra, CBA and Macquarie Bank to improve team wellbeing. Chelsea combines science and personal stories to share practical tools for your team to build a positive, high performance mindset.

Consent starts with a conversation

Australia is currently experiencing a time of reckoning with regards to sexual consent. The approaches being taught in schools have failed young people, and the consequences have been allowed to flow through to our workplace and social environments unchecked.

At Ovations we present three speakers who are experts in the field of consent training. Our speakers invoke the much the needed discussions using the latest research on the subject of sexual consent, and provide a catalyst for all organisations in all sectors to make the much needed changes to enable people to understand and get better at sexual consent.

Dr Ellen Joan Ford (Nelson)

Dr Ellen Joan Ford (Nelson) is terrifyingly ambitious about changing the working world, for the betterment of people and organisational performance. And when you see her track record for tackling the seemingly impossible, and bringing people along with her, you will find it difficult to fault her logic. As a speaker, facilitator and consultant in the leadership space, Ellen helps organisations to improve staff wellbeing, retention, leadership, productivity, innovation and business performance. Ellen provides a fresh perspective, delivered authentically with high energy, for how leadership can be done differently.

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.

Heidi Dening

Heidi Dening is an award-winning businesswoman, author of the bestseller Her Middle Name Is Courage, and an engaging storyteller who has dedicated her career to inspiring thousands of people all over the world - from small children on remote Pacific islands to professional teams across 19 different industries.

Her goal is to elevate the professional resilience of audiences so they can make better decisions, be more innovative, have more energy, optimism and empathy, and successfully deal with change, stress, and uncertainty.

Holly Bryar

Crowned Miss Sydney Australia (2016) at the 6th annual sustainability pageant, Holly was determined from a young age to chase her dreams of working behind and in front of the camera.

After High School, she secured early entry into Charles Sturt University undertaking a double degree in TV Production & Graphic Design. It was during those four years Holly developed her love for creating children’s content within film, television and design.

Upon completing her degree, Holly relocated to Sydney taking time to pursue her passion for acting. She completed various short courses at NIDA under the guidance of Don Christopher, Brendon McDonnell & Serhat Caradee (AFI/AACTA nominee). Soon after she was accepted into NIDA’S part-time course - Advanced Screen Actors Studio with Writer/Directors Elissa Down (Black Balloon) and Craig Boreham (Teenage Kicks).

Holly has worked alongside the talented production teams of much-loved children’s programs Giggle & Hoot and Play School at ABC Kids TV. She currently works freelance and still continues her passion for performing arts.

 

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