2018 Future of Leadership Speakers


Mark Mathews

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

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

Raising Performance, Thinking and Results. Building the business environment requires everyone to become more effective. It takes individuals that are self-motivated, have a desire to succeed and a strong belief in their own capability and capacity to bring change.

Lisa will inspire your people to step beyond their current capacity through fresh insight into the simple steps you, and they, can take to succeed in their business and personal lives. She will set your people to a strategic pathway of continuous progress by identifying what energises, engages, inspires and motivates. Lisa is a performance catalyst.

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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

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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Whether it’s tools and techniques to solve problems more creatively or giving people new perspectives about themselves and their teams, Kieran helps your audience access their inner genius and develop adaptive expertise.

Kieran is a Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Impossible Institute™, a strategic think-tank created to Make Positive Change & Make Change Positive™! She believes that, in order to thrive, we must all develop more fluid methods of thinking.

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Daniel (Dan) Gregory is an expert in influence and leadership that can give your audience access to the methods and strategies the world’s most skillful persuaders use to engage, lead, sell and ultimately shape people’s thoughts and beliefs.

Co-Founder and CEO of The Impossible Institute™, a strategic think-tank that helps organisations Make Positive Change & Make Change Positive™, Dan is a keynote speaker who inspires, educates and entertains.

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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.

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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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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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