Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, a global public speaker, a consultant and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair . She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame, and equality for women.
In 2014, Lewinsky authored an essay, titled “Shame and Survival”, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped her personal experiences and cultural observations (June 2014). The piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award. In March 2015, she was a speaker at the annual TED Conference in Vancouver. Her speech, “The Price of Shame” has been viewed over 12 million times. She has also spoken at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and gave the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at Cannes Lions.
Originally in partnership with Vodafone, Monica helped to conceptualise and bring to market the #BeStrong Anti-Bullying Emojis for Support — a free, pro-social app to help curb bullying behaviour. For 2017’s National Bullying Prevention Month, Monica created the #ClickWithCompassion campaign and released a PSA in collaboration with BBDO New York which asked people to rethink their online behaviour in an offline social experiment. “In Real Life” was trending on YouTube and has been viewed over 25 million times.
Monica is an Ambassador for The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Program and Bystander Revolution, as well as supporting numerous other organisations in the space. She is a founding board member of the Childhood Resilience Foundation.
Leigh Sales is one of the most respected journalists in Australia.
A Walkley Award-winning journalist and author, she presents ABC’s national flagship current affairs program 7.30 nightly and has two Walkley awards, Australia’s highest journalist honour. She is also the anchor of the ABC’s federal election and budget night broadcasts and has interviewed innumerable world leaders and celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, Aung San Su Kyi, the Dalai Lama, Leonardo Di Caprio, Harrison Ford and Patti Smith.
Leigh has held numerous roles at the national broadcaster, including from 2001 to 2005 a stint as Washington Correspondent, covering the momentous years after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Her first book, Detainee 002: the Case of David Hicks, was published in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize and won the 2007 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism. Her second book, On Doubt, was published in 2009 and a second edition was released in 2017 with an updated section about the Trump post-truth era. Her third book Any Ordinary Day published in October 2018 has already become a No 1 best seller.
She hosts a wildly popular culture podcast with her friend Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3 … about books, television, films and cooking.
Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined, naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the four corners of the earth and impact so many lives.
Samantha took up the sport of running in 2008 as a break from study. After hitting the wall at 32kms and on the verge of quitting, she just managed to complete the Melbourne Marathon that year. Motivated by the experience of pushing her mind and body beyond what she thought was possible, Samantha ambitiously took the ultimate challenge and entered the ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’.
The ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ requires competitors’ to run four, 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth. When all four races are completed in one calendar year, it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet. Samantha made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person at the time to complete the Grand Slam. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award-winning film Desert Runners.
Samantha’s view on what she was capable of changed forever from this point. With an increasing desire to push the physical envelope even further, the following year Samantha found herself entered into a 222km non-stop run across the Himalayas, in an event that had only been completed by one man. The penny dropped during Samantha’s journey across the Himalayas that she wanted to use her capacity to run long distances for a reason outside of herself. The following year, while working as a lawyer, Samantha ran 379kms non-stop across Australia’s Simpson Desert. Receiving national attention, the run took 3.5 days and nights to complete and raise $32,991 for Save the Children Australia.
Within two months after returning from the Simpson Desert, Samantha co-organised a fundraising community running event on behalf of Turia Pitt and Kate Sanderson – victims of the Kimberley ultramarathon bushfire. A race that Samantha was also a competitor in. They raised over $40,000 to support their continuing rehabilitation, to be split between the two ladies.
In September 2014, Samantha ran an average of 61kms for 32 days in a row across South Africa’s Freedom Trail (1968kms in total) with UK runner Mimi Anderson. It was reported that year that almost nine million South African girls aged 13 – 19 missed time at school due to a lack of sanitary products. Mimi and Samantha raised $55,000 on behalf of Save the Children to support a holistic initiative that increased access to feminine hygiene products and provide education around the importance of attending school.
As an Ambassador for World Vision, on Samantha completed a 76 day/3253km run from the West to the East of India. She raised over $150K to fund six education focused programs and visited 18 communities that World Vision support across the country. These stories were shared through a digital platform with organisations and individuals taking part in global peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
Samantha’s experience has made her an inspiring and energetic communicator with a unique ability to inspire people to push through their limitations. She is a dynamic corporate speaker, empowering audiences in Australia and internationally.
Mark Wales grew up in the red dirt of West Australian mining towns in the Pilbara. After deciding he wanted to join the SAS in high school, Mark embarked on a career in the Australian military that would eventually lead him to the battlefields of Afghanistan. As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines. Through this unique and harsh environment, Mark developed his skills in leadership, teamwork and high performance.
Like many in his situation, Mark battled depression and stress disorders after warfighting in Afghanistan. He tackled recovery with the same intensity he applied to Special Ops training. He rigorously researched the fundamentals of neurobiological science and the benefit of skill development. This approach underpinned a strong recovery, and drove personal growth far beyond his previous abilities.
Mark’s successful recovery and growth led him to embark on a high profile career in business. With four attempts of the GMAT, he was accepted into an Ivy League college in the U.S.A, and after graduation he joined McKinsey & Company, a respected consulting outfit also known as ‘The Firm’. He founded a fashion startup Kill_Kaptur, a tough-luxury ecommerce brand. He was a competitor in Australian Survivor 2017, the world’s #1 reality TV show.
An avid surfer, boxer, and cook, Mark stays active and keeps his experiences as varied as possible. He believes that past experience should never be a limitation to embarking and excelling in something new.
Mark loves to reveal the common threads that run through human competition in all arenas, and the importance of a growth-mindset to overcoming mental illness and drive success in future endeavours.
Charismatic & engaging, Lisa is a well known keynote speaker to audiences in New Zealand and Australia.
Lisa is obsessed with people living the lives that they want to live – to be magnificent in their chosen life domain, honouring themselves by being more of themselves.
Bringing new insights and ideas, Lisa creates dramatic shifts in the lives of many people. Having worked in retail, marketing, branding and as a fashion stylist – Lisa has been empowering people her whole life. A mother of 4 – Lisa is the queen of juggling, a high energy multitasker who has he rare ability to inspire people to take action.
With more than 10 years as a keynote speaker, Lisa speaks of the importance of energy, excellent and enthusiasm, the myth of work-life balance and how to live a magnificent life.
Lisa is the author of three books, ‘Look Gorgeous Be Happy’ (2013) ‘Juggling in High Heels’ (2016), ’The Lickable Third’ (2018).
She believes that we all want to be happy, to have energy and to live fully expressed lives – but so few know how. How to have, be and do everything you want while you are alive.
Lisa’s keynote presentations are guaranteed to leave you feeling motivated, inspired and full of energy.
Michelle Gibbings is a change leadership and career expert and founder of Change Meridian. She is the Author of ‘Step Up: How to Build Your Influence at Work’, and ‘Career Leap: How to Reinvent and Liberate your Career’.
Obsessed with unlocking high-impact choices to accelerate meaningful progress, Michelle is enabling a new breed of leader – one that’s fit for the future of work. Through this passion and advocacy for a new way of working, Michelle has built a distinguished reputation as the keynote speaker, advisor and executive mentor of choice for leading edge corporates and global organisations. She is a sought after media commentator featuring regularly in national publications and outlets across the country.
Michelle has Undergraduate Degrees in Communications and Commerce, a Masters in International Trade, Certification by the International Federation of Compliance Associations, and Chartered Manager status.
She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Finsia and the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and alumnus of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program.
Named Australia’s ‘Breakthrough Speaker of the Year 2018’, Mykel Dixon is on a colourful crusade to unleash the Art of You.
A jazz-musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce nonconformist and prolific anti-perfectionist, he leads a new wave of entrepreneurial savants showing forward thinking companies how to stay relevant in a 21st-Century Renaissance.
Blending his unique experience, a bias for action and a magnetic stage presence, Mykel’s keynotes are practical, poetic and full of possibility. Using live music, spoken word, visual storytelling and audience participation, he helps audiences reclaim their creative confidence, rediscover their career potential and reimagine their infinite value in the emerging world of work.
Whether trekking the Argentinian Andes or on surf safari in Southern Africa, breaking month long vows of silence in Indian ashrams or owning beach bars in Cambodia, Mykel has always valued and served his wanderlust, which continues to inspire & inform his ideas, his intent and his art.
Mykel Dixon is the not-so-secret weapon for those of us who need to consistently produce beautiful, meaningful and highly original work. Which nowadays, is all of us.
Alexandra is an experienced EA with over 15 years business experience, and six years of investment-industry experience.
Joining Allianz Global Investors in 2011, Alexandra is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She supports the Executive Office in all capacities, and assists with the organisation and prioritisation of critical issues in order to facilitate efficient decision making. Provides key development and management of senior client and management meetings, including but not limited to, the Global Executive Meetings, US Executive Meetings, US Funds Boards Meetings, annual media reception and supports all internal communications efforts.
Prior to this role, Alexandra worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of DeBeers Diamond Jewellers, part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group. In this role she supported the CEO Office with administrative planning, oversight of logistical development, and was the key point of contact between senior management and stakeholders.
Alexandra has a B.A. in Communications and Public Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
Alexandra is a US Masters Swimmer, and is interested in food, wine and travel. She lives in New York City with her husband, David.
Nyssa is an Advanced Executive Assistant and Federal Government Tender Coordinator at Ernst & Young (EY). Nyssa is Executive PA Media’s 2017 PA of the Year Australasia, and runner up of Page Personnel’s EA of the Year 2017. In her current role, Nyssa supports EY’s Oceania Health & Life Sciences Leader, working as an advisor, managing all aspects of engagement delivery and driving business outcomes.