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Women public speakers in Australia
Our line up of engaging speakers include:
Advancing Australian Women in 2019
Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity. She is also founder of social enterprise and professional women’s network, Women who Get it and cofounder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Workforce’s).
Michelle is determined to contribute to achieving global gender equality in her lifetime, with an emphasis on women working in the sporting sector.
She is has previously held executive leadership roles ASX & FTSE listed companies, NAB, Telstra and Serco and is a Non-Executive director for Williamstown Football Club.
A proud recipient of the 2018 AFR & Qantas 100 Women of Influence Award, Michelle has excellent communication skills (and a sharp sense of humour) a compelling addition to your event.
- How to move gender diversity from conversation to action
- Why diversity is good for the bottom line
- How to advance women and diversity in the work place
- Women in sport: What we know now
Women in leadership – strategic advancement
Jacinta has held executive careers with top ASX 200 companies for the past three decades.
She was National Manager of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and Telstra Small Business Awards for five years.
She even helped market the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
An entrepreneurial thinker and innovator, she’s passionate about changing the game for women.
At NAB, Melbourne-based Jacinta held the position of Project Director, Women and Money – a national role created for her.
As co-founder and Director of Taking Care of Business & Me – she draws upon her expertise in strategy, leadership and business development.
Having already delivered a TEDx talk she’s primed to inspire females within your organisation.
- Essential conversations
- How to encourage more women in leadership
- Immediate steps to elevate your career
- The power of a sponsor or mentor
- The leadership pipeline
- What she knows now that she wished she knew in the beginning
- Can we afford to ignore the female economy?
- Flexible working strategy
EVENT MC or PANEL HOST
International Women’s Day topic – Why women and men are more powerful in unity
Martine Harte founded Engaging Women, to elevate the voices of women, when there was little like it in the space.
She is a dedicated gender equality advocate, who was awarded a prestigious Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill Award for excellence, a Logie award nomination for journalism and judged the 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards.
Media appearances include: as a guest on ABC radio’s Conversation Hour, radio 3AW, Network Ten, featured in The Age newspaper and online, and News Limited. Her work has appeared on BBC and CNN and Sky News Australia.
She recognises the vital role women, men can play ‘together’ to advance gender equality and has strategies for women to step into public life.
- How far we’ve come
- Stepping into our power
- How we can all press for progress, professionally and personally
- Why diversity matters for social progress & the bottom line
- Stepping into public life
” I have had so much feedback on how natural and approachable you are as a speaker. People were inspired by your passion and history of working tirelessly on the topic of gender equality. “Melanie Cornelius – WorkSafe Vic
“Women at Work” event December, 2017.
DR MISTY JENKINS
How to engage girls and women in science
This multi award-winning cancer researcher has an incredible story to share.
A descendant of the Gunditjmara people in Western Victoria, she was the first person in her family to seek a university education and has worked with Nobel prize winner.
Recently awarded the Tall Poppy Science Award recognising the brightest young researcher in Victoria.
Misty is passionate about supporting women and indigenous Australians in science and encouraging every woman to fight for her dreams.
- Designing the life you want
- How sending an email led to working with a Nobel prize winner
- Why science is an exciting journey for girls, teens and women
- How a scientific approach can advance every career
- Latest discoveries in the field of breast cancer research
How to engage our girls as future leaders
Madeleine Grummet co-founded Girledworld, an edtech startup building a new generation of female leaders and founders.
An entrepreneur, innovation facilitator and startup mentor, Madeleine is a passionate advocate for building capability in the female leadership, startup and stem pipeline.
Armed with a Master in Entrepreneurship from the University of Melbourne, she’s an experienced speaker, facilitator and panel participant, and runs startup acceleration for corporates, budding entrepreneurs and early stage enterprise.
Madeleine uses evidence-based research and brings audiences together to challenge status quo.
- Why closing the gender gap is everyone’s business, and good for the future of Australia’s economy
- From ideas to actual: How to use creativity and diversity as an innovation driver
- How to build effective, connected teams and embed values-led culture in the workplace
- The power of active mentorship to build leadership capability, purpose and influence
- How to think like an entrepreneur: Bringing Innovation, Design Thinking and Human Centred toolkits to the workplace
- Why the education system is broken, and how we fix it with real world, industry-backed learning
- How to make a real difference in the educational experiences and learning outcomes of girls
The art of backing yourself
Kemi is committed to shifting the way women feel about themselves and express themselves in the world.
She is an author and ICF credentialed life coach who has worked in the wellness industry for more than two decades.
As a regular media commentator who has been featured on ABC television, Kemi knows how to captivate a crowd.
- The gift of asking
- How to set boundaries
- The journey to self love
- The power of saying ‘no.’
- Steps to personal empowerment
How to communicate with authority
Andrea Clarke can train your staff to nail their communication skills.
She’s a former foreign correspondent who has covered major news events for Al Jazeera English, the Pentagon Channel, the Seven Network and Reuters, including the US Presidential Election.
She also appears on Sky News Australia and Sky Business News as a guest commentator.
As Communications Director for Save Darfur Coalition – the largest grassroots advocacy movement in the world, Andrea excelled.
She is passionate about teaching women to speak with authority, influence outcomes, present with impact and manage difficult situations.
A quick wit ensures your audience will be left informed and entertained.
- How to speak with authority
- How to build confidence in 3 steps
- Be the CEO of your career
- How to recover from an epic hit to our career and personal life
How to build courage
What do you believe? What do you care about? What gives you energy? What does the world need more of? What do you need more of? What will be your legacy? What’s holding you back? What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What can you do? When can you start?
The quality of our life is determined by the questions we dare to ask ourselves, and the courage to answer them with wholehearted honesty. Kylie wants to move people to think more deeply about the things that matter to them in the lives, and to build the courage to act in small ways, everyday.
Kylie is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author of The Leap Stories (book and blog) featuring stories of people who have taken courageous leaps in their working lives, and host of the In The Company podcast, insights on humanising work.
Kylie holds a double degree in psychology and sociology, a Masters in eBusiness and Communication, is an accredited ICF executive coach. Most recently Kylie became an accredited facilitator of Dr Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curriculum, and has undertaken studies in the neuroscience of powerful conversations.
- Choosing Courage
- Work/Life Design
- Taking A Leap
- Brave Branding & Social Media
How nourishment is empowering on every level
Meg has built an excellent reputation as a highly knowledgeable, professional and approachable naturopath and holistic nutritionist.
This mum-of-two young girls walks her talk and has amassed a large following on social media and as a lecturer.
She’s written several e-books, most recently on the importance of gut health.
Meg holds a Bachelor of Health Science , Graduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Applied Psychology and is a warm and generous communicator.
- The value in nourishing number one
- Time-saving ways to nourish yourself at work
- Eating for energy
- Eating for stress – reduction
- Gut health
- Mindfulness at work
DR ELIZABETH CAMERON DALMAN OAM
The original disruptor
At 81-years-old, Elizabeth has a zest for living which has inspired many.
Elizabeth pioneered modern dance in this country by establishing The Australian Dance Theatre despite conservative forces in the 60’s. Choreographer, teacher and performer, she’s often described as the high priestess of Australian Dance.
She still performs internationally, completed her PhD three years ago and is a great conversationalist.
Let her wisdom transform your outlook.
- Discovering your purpose in life
- The benefits of a life filled with creativity
- Being an original disruptor
- Embracing the ageing process
- The relevance and importance of The Arts in our society
How to get clear and find your purpose
Ali has worked with big business: PepsiCo, Siemens, BHP, Bond University, Griffith University and is a sought after keynote speaker.
Her style is engaging, authentic and practical. CEO of AFR Fast 100 company Pragmatic Thinking, Ali is a Psychologist, an award-winning business woman (including winner of 2018 Educator of the Year), an influential keynote speaker, producer and host of Stand Out Life podcast, regular on mainstream media, and a best-selling author.
Ali is an expert on Morning Shows and wrote a real world guide to get clear, find purpose and become the boss of busy.
- How to live a stand out life
- How to motivate your female workforce
The modern parent
Martine has a passionate interest in helping families to safely navigate the modern world of parenting in a way that offers understanding as well as practical and realistic strategies.
She is an accredited speaker with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and has presented to parent groups, schools and teachers.
Martine is a mother of 5 boys, she has a background in secondary education and a Masters in counselling.
Regular workshops with young people also ensures she has the most relevant perspective and info on what it means to be a young person growing up today.
- E safety
- How to navigate the online world
- E safety for women and girls
Engaging Women was built with the mission to elevate the voices of Australian women and to increase their visibility in public life.
Our speaker contact book is extensive; so don’t hesitate to touch base if you are looking for a speaker from a specific field.
The 2019 IWD global campaign theme has not yet been confirmed but we’ll be sure to update you when we find out.
The 2018 theme Press for Progress saw activities across the globe to forge women’s equality.
It’s about challenging bias, supporting the advancement of women and celebrating women’s achievements.