Australia’s 27 Most Influential Female Business and Conference Speakers
From the strongest Olympic athletes to the toughest minds in business, here you can find the most inspiring female figures Australia has to offer. Whether your team needs a pick-me-up or you’re looking for a showstopper for your next event, the talent below will leave your audience feeling motivated, inspired and refreshed.
Anna Meares OAM is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist of all time. She made Olympic history by being the only athlete to win individual medals at 4 consecutive Olympic Games. Anna presents on sportsmanship, success and the power of the mind of the body.
Janine Allis is not your everyday self-made businesswoman. Founder of Boost Juice Bars, now in 15 countries, and Salsas Fresh Mex Grill, Betty’s Burgers and Cibo espresso totalling over 600 stores, her story of perseverance and will to back her judgement is as engaging as it is impressive.
Carolyn Creswell, Carman’s Fine Foods Founder and Managing Director, has single-handedly
grown her business from hand making muesli for a few Melbourne cafes and delis
to a multinational company turning over more than $50 million annually. Her business
success has turned her into a TV celebrity and an Australian household name.
Dr King’s mission is to inspire and transform organisations into purpose driven, sustainable businesses. She is a social entrepreneur, movement maker, globally renowned humanitarian and founder of Tobacco Free Portfolios and Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge.
Carolyn Miller, a Strategic Lead at multiple award winning agencies and a recognised thought leader in the advertising industry, is passionate about bringing ideas to life and helping brands and businesses succeed. She is a regular panellist on ABC’s highly popular TV show Gruen and is an icon in the Australian marketing industry.
Australian former world no. 4 tennis player, commentator and best-selling author of her autobiography, Unbreakable, the story of her life and career. Originally from Yugoslavia, Jelena shares her struggles of being a refugee, dealing with poverty, racism, bullying, and discrimination.
Louise Mahler has a unique understanding of the mind-body-voice connection developed in
her ground breaking, award winning PhD research. This is now used as the basis for
transforming people’s lives. One of her most popular topics is “dealing with difficult
Emma Murray is a master of mindfulness and a peak performance mind coach for top AFL teams and elite Australian athletes. Emma shares how gratitude, empathy and mindfulness are key to achieving and performing better by connecting these principles so her audience leaves focused and empowered.
Australia’s leading consumer futurist, Amanda is the author of five books with a double degree in consumer psychology and marketing. She is a highly regarded marketing consultant and renowned thought leader on the customer experience.
As the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine Nixon APM was the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia, leading 14,000 staff and oversaw an annual budget of $1.7 billion. Truly a titan of leadership, Christine Nixon rose to the top of this male-dominated field.
Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s most beloved actors. In 2013, Magda came out on national TV and has been a high-profile campaigner for LGBTI+ rights ever since. Magda speaks from both a serious perspective and with great humour, and always engages her audience with authenticity.
Australia’s first female Winter Olympic gold medallist, Alisa Camplin AM, famously landed a spectacular triple twisting double somersault at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics just six weeks after breaking her ankles. Alisa shares with audiences her strategy to prepare for success.
Bernadette is the co-founder of a tech start-up that was nominated as one of the Top 20 Hottest Artificial Intelligence companies in Australia. Her two bestselling books about online business are the go-to guides for those wanting to use technology to build side hustles from home.
Dianne McGrath is on a mission to be part of the first human settlement on Mars and is one of only 100 remaining candidates from 202,586 initial applicants. Dianne is a leading authority on sustainability and her presentations are both inspirational and fascinating.
After becoming a quadriplegic through an accident in a swimming pool, Rhiannon Tracey dedicated herself to recovery with a focus on being able to walk down the aisle at her own wedding. Through her amazing story of a positive mindset, Rhiannon helps her audience identify their own struggles and use them as motivation for self-improvement and personal achievement.
Amna Karra-Hassan is an activist and advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender parity. Audiences love her authenticity in helping others overcome adversity, build confidence and resilience, and lead with perseverance and courage.
Born in a Kenyan refugee camp and moving to Australia at the age of 10, Anyier Yuol is an inspiring entrepreneur with aspirational dreams for social change. Is the founder and CEO of Miss Sahara and Anyier Model Management and has lived her dream of improving the representation of minority groups in Australia through sport and fashion.
Before appearing on the most recent series of Australian Survivor, Samantha Gash led a fascinating life as an endurance athlete, social entrepreneur and World Vision Ambassador. Samantha speaks to teams from a wealth of experience around passion, purpose and resilience.
From Olympic champion to champion female role model, Nicole Livingstone OAM truly has an incredible story. Nicole is an expert sports commentator with a strong television presence who is also a spokesperson for women’s health issues. Nicole always proves to be a favourite with corporate audiences.
Passionate, driven and ambitious, Susan Alberti AC has forged paths in areas traditionally dominated by men. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of a large building company, the Chairman of her own medical research foundation and an Ambassador for the National Women’s Football League.
Amanda Gore helps people reconnect to what really matters – the energy and emotional layers that really drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in business and life. In an age of constant disruption, Amanda grounds her audiences in meaningful practices and relationships to find authenticity amongst distraction.
Having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp Pauline Nguyen’s achievements are all the more impressive. As owner and co-founder of Red Lantern, the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world, when she talks of commitment driving outcomes, people listen.
Dr Ali Walker is an expert on the Power of Human Connection. She is the creator of the Walker Profile, a personality assessment to identify how we connect and lead, and what we value. She is the bestselling author of Get Conscious: How to stop overthinking and come alive (2017).
Michelle Cowan is Australia’s leading female AFL coach and the first female in Australia to coach men at a state level. She is the former Senior Coach of the Melbourne Women’s Team and currently senior coach of the Fremantle FC women’s football team.
Jean Kittson is a commentator, actor, comedian, scriptwriter and author, with Logie and AFI nominations and comedy awards. Also, as Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia, to say there is not much Jean can’t do would be an understatement.
Kitty Chiller was a modern pentathlon champion for more than a decade before becoming the Chef de Mission for Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Passionate and informative, Kitty delivers powerful presentations on leadership, strategy and management.
Sadhana Smiles is a CEO, Multi Award Leadership Winner, Author, Podcaster, Migrant, Business and Social Entrepreneur. Arriving in Australia at the age of 16 with dreams of making a mark, Sadhana has blazed her own trail. She has a strong voice on the issue of diversity and shares her challenges and struggles openly.