Ask about Avril Henry
Key Points
  • Avril Henry is an outstanding speaker; articulate, challenging, informative, compelling, dynamic, inspiring...  being some of the words that clients have used to describe her.
  • Avril has had an extensive corporate career in senior management and executive roles in finance, IT, change management, mergers & acquisitions, human resources and leadership development across multiple industries and countries, winning multiple awards, and recognition, both in Australia and overseas for her ground breaking work.
  • She has completed communication strategies, restructures, organisational values, diversity strategies, employer branding, recruitment & retention strategies, organisational change and leadership programs for ASX200 clients in the corporate sector and local, state & federal government departments, several of which have won awards.
  • Avril has conducted a major ministerial review for the Department of Defence, in branding and recruitment & retention strategies and written several white papers on education, cultural transformation and future workforce planning.
  • Avril is a prolific researcher in the areas of transforming leadership models generational, gender and cultural diversity, effective communication and employer branding.  This research has resulted in the delivery of cutting edge coaching, keynote addresses, workshops and leadership programs.
  • Avril is an experienced and sought after leadership and business coach, coaching at the executive and CEO levels, including recently the Chief of Army, Brigadiers, Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels.
  • Avril is an author and well respected radio presenter and commentator, with television experience, particularly in areas of workplace culture, people and performance strategies, different generations at work, diversity, transforming leadership models and the workforce of the future.
Topics
  • Self-Leadership = The Power of One
    You cannot lead others unless you know how to lead yourself first.  Self-leadership is about choices, self-awareness, self-belief and backing yourself.  It is about taking care of yourself, before taking care of others.  Self-care leads to self-preservation and a greater ability to lead others successfully.  It is about the Power of One.

  • Leading the Future Workforce
    In the year 2050.....rapidly ageing populations and workforces in educated societies over the next three decades, global skills shortages and population growth confined to the 50 poorest countries in the world will create new and complex problems in society and business. Will you be prepared? Technology, science, medicine, agriculture, mining, and the way we live and work will have changed radically and nothing will be as it was. Business models, strategic workforce planning and leadership styles will need to adapt now to ensure sustainable, corporate socially responsible and profitable businesses in the future.

  • The Leader of the Future
    What will it take to lead the workforce of the future?  By 2020 40% of the workforce will consist of Gen Ys, and Gen Zs will then be part of the workforce.  Generation X will be the new senior managers and Baby Boomers will dominate boards in the private sector.  This keynote is based on extensive interviews with over 100 successful leaders and future leaders and will give you a detailed insight into the characteristics required of future leaders.

  • Engaging & Understanding all Generations
    Each generation in the workplace has different expectations of the organisation, career development, learning and development and their leaders, and are motivated by different things. Understanding these differences and harnessing the uniqueness of each generation enables managers and leaders to motivate and manage each generation for maximum employee engagement, productivity and performance.

  • The Recipe for Success = EQ + Resilience
    According to Harvard Business School research, the greatest predictor of success in the future will not be in an individual’s IQ, it will be their EQ (Emotional Intelligence), and their resilience; their ability to pick themselves up from personal or professional hardships or problems, and move forward in a new, positive way.  Their EQ will determine their success at influencing people, building relationships and valuing diversity.  Are your people, and is your organisation emotionally intelligent and resilient?

  • Opening our Minds to Diversity
    Diversity leadership is about understanding the value and strength of difference. It is about harnessing the strengths of gender, age, culture, disability, flexibility, and different ways of thinking, working, managing and leading. True diversity leadership results in creativity, innovation, and an environment where employees are encouraged to be the best they can be. On the other hand, conformity delivers more of the same old attitudes and problems, and cannot solve the problems of the future with existing thinking and methodologies.
Testimonials

Fluent, captivating and authoritive presenter. A five-star performance; the highlight of the Congress. Great help for future reference and challenges ahead.
CPA Australia National Congress

Avril’s presentation was excellent, she had people talking about Gen X and Y for the whole Forum. Everyone was impressed with her knowledge of the topic, speaking without notes. She truly captivated the audience.
Institute of Body Corporate Managers

Avril has conducted a series of management workshops for me aimed at growing and developing management skills, particularly focusing on emotional intelligence. Again, her energy and commitment to develop high quality managers impressed everyone. Avril is very passionate about people development and takes every opportunity to sell her compelling messages to audiences across Australia.
Commonwealth Bank

I now understand fully why you elect not to use a power point presentation. You managed to maintain the full attention of our guests for the duration of your presentation with your wonderful content and style. You are very obviously passionate about your topic and it shows. Your ability to hone in on this particular audience and the relevance to their investments was excellent. The feedback I received was that your presentation was very entertaining and fresh and that the facts rang true with so many present.
Fund Managers

An excellent choice to provide the closing session, as she bought a level of passion and energy that kept attendees engaged till the end.
Australian Public Service Commission

I simply loved your presentation. As a professional MC, I see countless professional speakers each year, many of whom do not live up to the hype. You totally exceeded all the great things I have heard about you from colleagues on the circuit over the years. It was a terrific, insightful, thoroughly engaging presentation and many of the delegates were talking about it for the next few days.
RCSA Conference

Avril has the business savvy that many organisations dream of. Her messages are always challenging and to ignore them, you do so at your peril.
Golder Associates Pty Ltd

An excellent choice to provide the closing session, as she bought a level of passion and energy that kept attendees engaged till the end. Speech was fabulous. I really enjoyed listening to her and think she had a very savvy interpretation of the generations and what they want from work. Outstanding. I perceived her session as the most relevant as Ms Henry gave me the ideas that I can action immediately.

Participants
Executive Leadership Level Annual Forum
Australian Public Service Commission

I simply loved your presentation. As a professional MC, I see countless professional speakers each year, many of whom do not live up to the hype. You totally exceeded all the great things I have heard about you from colleagues on the circuit over the years. It was a terrific, insightful, thoroughly engaging presentation and many of the delegates were talking about it for the next few days.
RCSA Conference

Avril has the business savvy that many organisations dream of. Her messages are always challenging and to ignore them, you do so at your peril.
Managing Director Australasia
Golder Associates Pty Ltd

Avril has been a pioneer in cautioning people – particularly the stale pale males like me – that not all people think alike. The 1960s and 1970s showed the importance of gender, race and multiculturalism. Generational differences are now also significant, as we transition from the Baby Boomers to Generation X and Generation Y. Over the decades Avril has been the warning voice alerting us to the importance of these matters. She is no longer a voice in the wilderness, because much of what she has had to say has now become conventional wisdom. Avril shows once again that leadership matters: leaders make a difference.
Keith Suter
Political Commentator 
Managing Director
Global Directions

Avril is an outstanding facilitator, and is obviously passionate about providing people with the tools and skills they need to make the most of their opportunities in life.  Her ability to motivate and communicate with human beings is without peer.
Leadership Program Participant

Fluent, captivating and authoritive presenter. A five-star performance; the highlight of the Congress. Great help for future reference and challenges ahead.
Delegate
CPA Australia National Congress

A leader in her field, Avril delivers a straight shooting message which must be listed to.
Affinia