Ask about Megan Gilmour
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Key Points
  • A social innovator and big-systems changemaker, Megan Gilmour has co-founded tech start-ups in the global development and assistive robotics sector for education, aged care, disability, health and industry.
  • A TEDx Speaker, finalist ACT Australian of the Year, ACT winner For Purpose and Social Enterprise Telstra Business Women's Award, AFR 100 Woman of Influence and Deakin Uni Alumni of the Year.
  • A Churchill Policy Impact Fellow who pursues lasting and systemic social change at scale and, through the power of human connection, shifts people from passive observers to active changemakers.
  • Achieving a Prime Minister’s Statement of Support on co-authoring Australian-first research for students with serious illness, and a media spokesperson with work generating >200 media articles.
  • She has raised capital for dynamic projects, worked in international development and has spearheaded multi-million dollar initiatives to address complex social development issues across 24 countries.
  • Megan has authored publications on issues of Australian national interest, and designed a national-first innovation to solve social isolation by connecting sick kids to their classrooms through robots.
Topics
  • Education transformation and social connection
    Tells the story of her organisation, MissingSchool, which is responsible for connecting sick kids in hospitals with their classrooms via mobile robots.
  • Technology for good
    Is a presentation about pioneering a social innovation that is positively changing the lives of people in schools, hospitals, aged care, disability, and industry settings.
  • Social innovation and changemaking
    Takes the audience through Megan Gilmour’s six-stage model of changemaking and inspires the art of change agency for people, planet and places.
  • Leadership/Women
    Hear how to translate intention into action and learn strategies on how to shift from passive observer to active changemaker and replenish your determination despite setbacks.
  • Catalysing systemic change
    Using tech to unlock the collective power of government, enterprise, not-for-profits to drive innovative policy change and models to scale solutions to complex problems.
  • Diversity, disability and inclusion
    Panel discussions on new models of care and upholding law and standards for access to education and social connection for children with chronic illness disability.
Testimonials

Megan spoke at our Fire Up Leader Forum in Canberra which is a St. George employee event to support our leaders development. Megan spoke about the amazing work of MissingSchool, how they’re using technology in brand new ways and also how St. George Foundation supported the team to make a difference. Megan is a highly engaging speaker who brings to life just how important the work of MissingSchool is for seriously ill children in Australia, who often miss long periods of school due to illness or treatment. I recommend Megan as an inspirational guest speaker at your event.
General Manager
St. George Bank

I wanted to write to thank you for the work you do in respect of young people and their challenges in respect of schooling, illness, and sociality. It isn’t well understood that these issues require a ‘wrap around’ care response and that in providing this we sustain children and their families through times of difficulty and need. This may seem a little out of the remit of the work of my Office, but, it is certainly a factor in promoting wellbeing and, in doing so, a more sustainable society. I heard you speak about your work and was impressed with the holistic approach you take in respect of these complex issues for children, young people and their families. Your commitment to social change and innovation was inspiring and enlightening.
Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, ACT

I have coached Megan to prepare and present at several major speaking events, including TEDx Canberra, and I can say without a doubt she is the most committed, hard-working and eloquent speakers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Megan puts great thought and heart into her work. She has high standards for herself and never lets herself, or her audiences down. She doesn’t do things by halves. She researches her topic meticulously and integrates the most salient facts with powerful storytelling and soul to educate people and accomplish her mission. Megan is brave and will move and shake audiences to consider possibilities beyond their usual boundaries. She inspires people to follow her lead and identify.
TEDx Speaker Coach
TEDx Canberra

Megan has done an amazing job at our St. George Kick Start hub at TEDxSydney last year. She captured the minds and hearts of a big number of attendees by captivating them with her amazing story and great business insights. Her well-structured narrative took people on a journey of love, life-challenges and persistence, and was delivered with impact and passion from the very start. Megan’s contribution goes beyond one of the most amazing ideas and applied innovation for the greater good of society. Her legacy will make this a better place to live in.
Senior Manager, Business Brand, Planning & Marketing
St. George Bank

Megan is a passionate speaker who presents a compelling story, making an emotional connection with her audience. She has presented to our Board and international guests, speaking with authority and representing our organisation in a most professional manner.
Chief Executive Officer
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Megan Gilmour has spoken at a couple of events I've run recently, both online and in-person. She is extremely engaging, inspiring, open and real. While it's clear she is an intelligent woman who can see the world, people and problems from many different perspectives, she is also down-to-earth and personable. Her messages come from the heart and she truly wants to engage with her audience. Megan is also able to connect with children, teens and adults, which not many innovators and entrepreneurs can do effectively. I believe more people would benefit from hearing about Megan's social enterprise - and very personal - journey and her drive to make a difference.
Business founder & marketing-communication consultant
Canberra Changemakers

Megan led a highly engaging presentation on how to Shift From Passive Observer To Active Changemaker at the Public Sector Women in Leadership Conference. Megan was a fantastic speaker, she made all the attendees feel very comfortable, engaged and delivered a very valuable, honest and insightful session. It was pleasure to work with Megan from the start, female empowerment is clearly a topic Megan is incredibly passionate about. We had great feedback from speakers and delegates alike. I would be delighted to work with Megan again, thank you!
Senior Conference Producer, Australia, New Zealand & Asia
Aventedge
Women Leaders Institute

Megan is a great speaker, powered by purpose and personal experience. Clear messaging which is communicated well to a very diverse audience, Megan can add value and provoke thought. Her expertise around new and emerging technologies and how they can be used for social good is exemplary.
Founder & Creator
World of Drones and Robotics


I had the immense pleasure of working with Megan on the Postcards From Tomorrow online book-launch events, and was immensely impressed by the energy, enthusiasm, experience and expertise she brought to the project. It may be that Megan is unaware of how great a positive affect her keynote had on the global audiences, who had the opportunity to hear her speak at the events - suffice it to say, I have had nothing but commendations and congratulations on having found someone so exceptional to speak. She was, for many, the highlight of the proceedings. Megan is an extremely effective and creative communicator who builds a deep rapport with her audience. She was a joy to work with and I would welcome working with her again at any time. Megan is a ‘Go To’ when looking for wit, wisdom, insight and inspiration in a keynote speaker!
CEO and Co-Founder at Flat World Integration Pty Ltd.,
Award-winning author of Postcards From Tomorrow