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POSTED 06 October 2015

Christophe Barriere-Varju has represented Australia four times in the toughest and most dangerous race on earth, the infamous Dakar Rally. The Dakar Rally is a 10,000 km race on motorbikes and Christophe has captured this in a film called DREAM RACER, which has won multiple awards worldwide.

In this article the Education Speaker who thinks of himself as just a regular guy explains how the sports challenges and failures have helped him develop 'his ways'.

POSTED 29 September 2015

Gus Balbontin is the former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer at Lonely Planet. This combined with his background in investing, advising and founding new start-ups has enabled Gus to equally engage with people from the mailroom to the boardroom, from embryonic start-ups to large public corporations. With his ever curious and experimental style, he worked with some amazing people and companies to help Lonely Planet tackle the digital revolution and muscle through a decade of disruption by developing products and technology platforms that contributed to the revolution in travel and media.

Here the Creativity and Innovation Speaker shares with us what it takes to create an innovative culture in the workplace.

POSTED 28 September 2015

At the age of 33, Micaela Drieberg was elected unopposed as the Mayor of one of Victoria’s largest and most diverse cities. She’s also the Chair of a Board, a university lecturer and TV presenter representing an emerging type of leader that is breaking old stereotypes and influencing change. As a high energy and passionate presenter, MC and workshop facilitator Micaela draws on her public health knowledge and experiences as a former Mayor and Government Advisor, to offer insights into women's leadership, navigating government and engaging with communities.

We asked Micaela about her experiences, what inspires her and what she’s learnt along the way. This is what the Education Speaker had to say.

POSTED 24 September 2015

With over 25 years as an elite sports coach, Mick Miller has provided the essential support and vision for athletes on all levels to achieve their goals. Mick has developed and is the Director of Mynds Performance Application – an online app that measures and benchmarks a person's mental state. He has also been involved in six Olympic campaigns in sailing and rowing & has travelled Australia, blogging the experience on Myndstravel, which followed his circumnavigation in a 1968 sky blue VW Beetle named The Rocket.

Here the Sports Speaker shares with us why it is vital to surround yourself with the right people when you’re building a team to reach a desired outcome.

POSTED 10 September 2015

Rabia Siddique is a criminal and human rights lawyer, former soldier, hostage survivor and international humanitarian. She has survived and overcome life threatening illness, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder and went on to obtain justice for others and herself in an international landmark discrimination case against the British Government. Many people and organisations have asked her what the secret is to her ability to exercise resilience and courage when leading in high pressure, seemingly insurmountable situations. Rabia says it boils down to one word - CHOICE!

Here the inspirational speaker shares with us her 4 steps for creating change in your world.

POSTED 07 September 2015

Mike Rolls is living proof that we can not only overcome challenges we face, but reach greater heights using positive focus. Mike is a survivor of one of the deadliest diseases on the planet.

At the age of 18, he contracted meningococcal septicaemia while on a football trip. His injuries were extensive; he suffered multiple amputations, severe internal injuries as well as the mental trauma of the 3 year ordeal. Here the education speaker shares his journey of rebuilding every aspect of his life from scratch.

POSTED 31 August 2015

AFL icon Kevin Sheedy AM was a player and coach for over five decades. He has an unsurpassed record, including involvement in over 1000 games and eight premierships. He was the mastermind of The ANZAC day game and Dreamtime at the G. Kevin is now an inspiring speaker and motivator.

Here the sports speaker shares with us how anyone can be a champion whatever playing field we find ourselves in.

POSTED 20 August 2015

Bernadette Schwerdt is an Online Marketing Strategist; the host of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald’s online video show ‘Secrets of Aussie Online Entrepreneurs’ and the author of a new book of the same name. Bernadette is in a unique position to reveal the inner-most secrets behind how and why these outstanding business owners have risen to the top of their fields and become industry disruptors that have shaken their industries to the core.

Here the Business Speaker shares the 3 reasons women make great entrepreneurs and gives 5 tips for becoming a successful online entrepreneur.

POSTED 17 August 2015

Michael Pope is a professional MC and entertainer of 30+ years and has hosted many a conference, award night and the like. In addition, he is the TV industry’s first call to entertain a studio audience.

Here the MC & Entertainer shares with us the 3 golden rules of being an effective MC and Entertainer.

POSTED 28 July 2015

Jacqui Cooper has represented Australia in the sport of Aerial Skiing for 20 years. When Jacqui competed in Vancouver in February 2010 she became the 1st Australian Woman in history (Summer or Winter Olympics) to represent Australia at 5 Games.

Here the world class Sports Speaker shares with us, her biggest challenge and her long road back to winning.

POSTED 28 July 2015

Jules Allen has been a Foster carer and single mother for over 30 children. She featured on Australian Story in June 2014 and was acknowledged for her dedication and commitment to a life of service to others. She has launched her own charity for Women and Children and is a Specialist Consultant for teenagers in crisis and their families. She is the also an Ambassador for ‘Adopt Change’ with Deborah Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman.

Here the inspirational speaker shares her amazing journey and explains how turning adversity into an asset set her on a path of being dedicated to influencing positive change in the lives of those in need, here and abroad.

POSTED 23 July 2015

At the age of 20 Genevieve won Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, with Be My Brother, a short film made with, for and about people with a disability. In 2009, she co-founded the not for profit organisation, Bus Stop Films, dedicated to helping people from marginalised communities learn about filmmaking. For her efforts she has been recognised as the 2015 NSW Young Australian of Year.

As a teenager Genevieve experienced depression and a profound sense of voicelessness as a result of being bullied at high school. In a poetic twist, Genevieve is now giving a voice to many important social issues through filmmaking. Here the Creativity and Innovation Speaker shares her journey to where she is today.

POSTED 17 July 2015

In 2000, respected sports broadcaster Craig Hamilton was hospitalised after suffering a public psychotic episode and was subsequently diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. This was a huge challenge for himself, his family and his employer. Although the experience was traumatic, Craig decided to speak up and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness. In this post, the respected health, lifestyle and wellbeing speaker shares his experience and his personal journey back to good mental health.

POSTED 14 July 2015

Marty Wilson is a best selling author of 11 What I Wish I Knew books, a regular on TV and a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald wellbeing section, as well as the winner of Australian Comic of the Year.

POSTED 25 June 2015

No Aussie surf icon has captured the hearts and minds of as many people as Mark Occhilupo. The man will go down as one of this country's all time sporting legends.

We asked Mark if he could teach one skill to his younger self, what would it be? This is what the sporting great shared with us.

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