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Key Points for Jessica Watson OAM
- At age 16, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world.
- In 2011, Jessica was awarded the prestigious Young Australian of the Year title.
- Also in 2011, Jessica skippered the youngest crew ever to compete in the iconic Sydney to Hobart yacht race, finishing second in their category.
- Jessica received an Order or Australia Medal in 2012.
- Jessica is the co-founder of marine start-up and has completed an MBA, authored a second book - a middle-grade novel titled Indigo Blue, and is a management consultant within Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice.
- True Spirit, a film adaptation of her incredible story based on her best selling book, was released by Netflix in February 2023. It went to number 2 movie in the world on Netflix, with over 30 million viewing hours in the first 10 days of its release.
Topics for Jessica Watson OAM
- Overcoming the odds
Testimonials for Jessica Watson OAM
Jessica's talk was very inspiring. As this was an OH&S conference Jessica tailored her talk and focused on the risk management elements of her journey and did an excellent job in engaging the audience. Feedback that we received during the day was that Jessica's presentation was not only thought provoking but inspirational, especially coming from someone so very young. I’m sure with all her achievements, she has met very many important people, but she came across as being absolutely down-to-earth, extremely approachable and incredibly charming. Would have her speak at events without hesitation.
Jessica Watson and Macquarie Life share the same passion for challenging the status quo and we’ve been delighted to be supporting her for the last two years. Jessica’s achievement of becoming the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world is an amazing feat and one that really shone a spotlight on what can be achieved with determination, passion and energy. As we have taken Jessica around Australia to share her story with our clients, what really connected with the audience was herself belief and positivity. In all her presentations, it was also her humility that really endeared her to the audience and she also demonstrates a maturity beyond her years in her ability to respond to questions and interact with people of all ages. Jessica is one of Australia’s most inspiring and impressive youth leaders and is proof for us all that with the passion to succeed, people, like businesses, can achieve great things.
Head of Business Services
The theme of our conference was Inspire to Lead. Jessica certainly fulfills that theme in what she has achieved in her life to date. Her story of determination and following her goals and dreams was truly motivating for us all. The confidence she displayed combined with her charming personality was fully visible in her most entertaining presentation. Jessica explained that whilst she was the figurehead of the effort, she would not have been able to achieve success without planning and backing by a professional support team. Everyone present was left feeling that if you believe in yourself and your support team nothing is impossible. Our company also values the worth of individual effort backed by a good support structure. We wish to thank Jessica for a wonderful presentation and wish her all the best in the future.
Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd
Jessica’s field trip to Laos with the World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted exactly why she was chosen by the UN to be a Youth Ambassador for WFP. Jessica gave presentations to under nourished children in schools in villages in the remote south of Laos and also in Vientiane, at Government level. Her ability to adapt and communicate to such a vastly different audience, is a credit to her. Despite the language barriers, Jessica managed to overcome the communication barriers and made a huge impression with the people of Laos. She continues to raise awareness of WFP and assist with fundraising efforts, in her role as Youth Ambassador and is an absolute delight to deal with.
Marketing & Communications Manager, Australia
We definitely enjoyed Jessica’s presentation and her stories, she was engaging and extremely unpretentious. In fact, as she is so humble and modest at times, she diminished how inspirational she actually is. It was a delight to have Jessica join us. Please pass on my thanks to Jessica as well.
Year 10 Coordinator
Brigidine College, Sydney
On behalf of TNT Express and all those gathered at our official depot opening on Wednesday, 23 February 2011. I would like to extend our sincere thanks for your attendance and contribution on the day. For an individual of your age to display the grace and composure you do, is truly remarkable. Having encountered that equanimity in person, and bearing in mind your inspirational achievements at the helm of Ella's Pink Lady, I am left with no doubt that you are a truly deserving recipient of the title of Young Australian of the Year. To have you open the depot and lend your name to our official plaque is an honour that TNT will be proud of for many years to come. We looked forward to charting your success as you continue on this extraordinary journey and we wish you all the best with your future endeavours.
TNT Express Australia, New Zealand Pacific Islands