2018 Future of Leadership Speakers

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Mark Mathews - SYD, MEL, BNE

As one of the world’s most committed heavy-water surfers, there isn’t much out there Mark Mathews hasn’t done. Quietly spoken but calculated, Mark Mathews is more than a big wave surfer: he’s an innovator, a motivational speaker, television personality, and soon-to-be-author to boot. Mark has graced the stages of leading companies worldwide. From companies like Google, Sony, Intel, and MasterCard, he instantly captures audiences with his epic tales and spectacular ocean-themed adventure simulations.

Obsessed with the relationship between personal growth, high performance and fulfillment, Mathews is on a mission: Offer game changing ways to adapt to stress and increase wonder in the lives of others. He has deconstructed, fine-tuned, and personalised emotion and resilience techniques to successfully strengthen ones mindset and sustain long term performance.

As One of the brains behind Red Bull Cape Fear, the Maroubra product has helped big wave surfing emerge from the shadows of its world tour counterpart to become a stand alone attraction in its own right – thanks largely to his dedication to filming deep inside the world’s most dangerous waves at the cost of his own wellbeing. Mark Mathews is nothing if not an innovator, in every sense of the term.

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Julie Cross - SYD, MEL, BNE

As a motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, Julie Cross is unique. She’s not all about reciting cliched quotes and retelling ‘same-old, same-old’ stories. Our favourite queen of sparkle believes in the power of authenticity, of telling it how it is, of sharing her own journey and being both brave and vulnerable at the same time.

While she’s committed to entertaining her audiences, Julie is all about the end result… ensuring audiences leave with very real tips, tools and insights they can apply to their careers, business and personal lives. Her core message is simple- encouraging people to empower up, to know themselves better, take personal responsibility, which will in turn help them to be happier and more productive in their life and career.

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Lisa Mcinnes-Smith - SYD, MEL, BNE

Is Lisa McInnes-Smith a motivational speaker? No!
Does Lisa McInnes-Smith motivate her every audience? Decidedly, Yes!

Lisa’s background is Sport Psychology. She is an expert at Raising Performance, and this is the overarching theme of all her presentations. She is passionate and provocative and a master of shifting behaviour. After twenty-five years connecting with corporations and business people, Lisa knows what it takes for people to change—to change direction, change attitude, change behaviour and change outcomes.

  • Gifted communicator.
  • Has presented to 2 million people across 26 countries - so far!
  • Is the first person outside North America to be inducted into the international Speaker Hall of Fame.
  • Best selling author - just the 7 books so far, plus a few compilations.
  • Started her speaking career by setting (and achieving!) a goal to positively influence 1 million Aussie teenagers.

Lisa knows that how people learn is a key component in the rate of their progress. Her fast-paced keynote presentations take her audience on a journey; a participative experience where they are challenged to try a different way of thinking and influencing. She inspires people to grow.

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A renowned Customer Relations expert helping organisations transform their customer service culture. She has helped thousands of people develop their social intelligence to be high performers in the service sector. She speaks from the heart and you can feel her infectious energy from the stage.

Her latest book; “Creating a Customer Service Mindset “, looks at the future of work, the importance of customer service and the effect of conscious leadership on the success of your organisation. Her work helps participants form rewarding relationships and connect with people in a way that results in desired interactions. Jaquie’s personal and relatable stories show you easy, practical ways how to inspire your workforce to love being in service.

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Darren Hill - SYD, MEL, BNE

A behavioural scientist, Darren Hill knows first hand what’s required to build high performance culture. Along with a client book of Fortune 500 and ASX 200 companies, Darren’s also the co-founder of Pragmatic Thinking—Australia’s premier Behaviour and Motivation Strategy company—that achieved a #33 placing in the 2017 Australian Financial Review's Fast 100 list.  

Darren understands people like few others do. It’s this intricate knowledge of people and culture that sees him delivering kickarse keynote presentations at conferences through to designing, delivering and implementing complex, cross-layered multi-year culture change programs inside organisations. Evidence to this, Darren was also recently awarded 2018 Australian Educator of the Year award by the Professional Speakers Association, a remarkable feat given the only person who can read his writing on a whiteboard is his EA.

Having spoken at every single year of the Future of Leadership, here at FOL we keep inviting Darren back because the post event surveys consistently rate him in the top handful of speakers; that, and it turns out he is surprisingly easy to bribe with a few nice words and the offer of some banana bread at the morning tea break! 

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Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award winning social researcher and an engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media. He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research.

His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and leading international brands. Mark’s highly valued research and reports, presented through infographics, data visualisations, videos, media input, resources, and blogs, have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.

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Kieran Flanagan is a leadership speaker, author and mentor who helps the organisations she works with unlock their genius through Leadership, Change and Creativity.

Kieran believes passionately that in order to make positive change, the change itself must be a positive experience also. She is a bundle of energy who helps professional teams develop creative problem solving as a discipline and a mind set, not an illusive talent and mentors leaders so they see themselves as leading, not just their teams, but their entire industry.

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Dan Gregory is an expert in leadership, engagement and strategy who works with organisations and leadership teams in developing and facilitating behavioural strategies within their teams, in their communities and with their customers.

Dan’s focus is human behaviour - what makes us follow, perform, engage and lift. He is also a former Adman and stand up comedian who makes developing self-awareness, being more engaging in your communications and driving performance by design an experience that is as enjoyable as it is informative

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Yamini Naidu is a leading expert in business storytelling. She is the world’s only economist turned storyteller and consistently voted among the top business storytellers globally. Her work with clients is commercially savvy, results driven and sets them up for professional success. As a key note speaker, she wows audiences all over the world with insights, inspiration and actionable advice. 

Yamini believes that every leader and business owner has been given a gift. The gift is the daily opportunity to impact and inspire team members, clients, customers, and stakeholders in their world. She is passionate about working with leaders and business owners to achieve results using the tools of business storytelling, inspiring presentations and humour which can help them maximize this gift.

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Julie Masters has spent a career decoding influence. Founder of ODE Management, the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency with offices across the USA and Australia. She is now the founder and CEO of Influence Nation, working with business leaders and organisations to become the voice of authority in their space.

Over a 15-year history as a leading authority in the speaking world, she earned a reputation for launching and advising some of the worlds most respected thought leaders. Clients include industry leading CEO’s, speakers, best-selling authors and media personalities – the voices of which have reached millions of people globally through speaking, publishing and digital channels.

Having won numerous communications industry awards across the USA, Australia and Europe, Julie now regularly advises CEO’s, entrepreneurs and executive teams on how to dominate their marketplace by turning their expertise into influence.

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DR. Sean Richardson - newcastle

Have you have ever found yourself wondering how you could... 

 ...be more inspiring?

…get a little more out of yourself and your team?

...be a little tougher? 

...push results even higher?

…yet maintain connected, caring relationships?

Dr Sean Richardson is an expert in the psychology of excellence and high performance, and executive program director at the High Performance Academy. He helps professional and Olympic athletes get mentally tough and perform under extreme pressure. He also helps leaders in business understand how to drive themselves and their teams a little bit harder, but teaches how to do it with both compassion and relentless effort.

Sean has a background as a leadership and culture consultant, an elite competitive athlete, and an academic researcher with a PhD in performance psychology. He works with people who aspire to get more than imagined out of themselves and their teams.

In sport, he is kind of like the coach’s coach - teaching coaches how to read their players so they can win the big games.

In business, he is kind of like the leadership-whisperer - helping you to understand the human stuff of high performance, so your teams can win their big games.

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joel de carteret - newcastle

Joel de Carteret is the founder and chief storyteller at Stories In Motion, a boutique film production company. A documentary filmmaker at heart, commercial director, and keynote speaker, Joel travels the world in the pursuit of human stories.

Joel helps brands, organisations, and extraordinary leaders transform their message into cinematic film. He is obsessed with uncovering what makes people tick, why culture really matters and unpacking the lifelong question “who am I”.

His background in the arts and performance, allows Joel to help people find new and different ways to communicate their message and tell their stories on film. With the saturation of social content and the clutter of hidden sales messages, he teaches people that authenticity is key to building trust.

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Rhiannon Tuntevski - Newcastle

Rhi Tuntevski is your typical millennial, ambitious, romantic, probably a little narcissistic and obsessed with working out how she’s going to change the world. With a background in marketing and communications for some of Australia’s biggest NFP’s, she spends her days managing the Industry Relationships for the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney. Her world is all about how we can change the stigma on millennials entering the workforce, and what kind of impact we can expect the new wave of uni grads to influence the future of work. With a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Newcastle, Rhi is a proud Novocastrian stoked to be joining our card in her home town to bring new insights on the future of work and how to get the best out of your young workforce in an ever-changing environment.



Director of Presentation Skills training company Spike Presentations, Andrew is one of Australia’s most engaged and engaging Professional Conference MC’s. He is also one of this country’s foremost speakers, writers and trainers in the area of Presentation Skills and Pitching for Business.

A former corporate lawyer, Andrew brings his casual yet corporate MC style to proceedings and is well-known on the conference circuit for his revealing speaker introductions, his improvisational skills and ability to adapt to different audiences.

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