Our Inspiring Speakers

Gregory Smith PhD candidateDr Gregory Smith – Inspirational Speaker

Key Messages: Motivate, Overcome Barriers including Drugs & Alcohol, Homelessness, Upbringing & Mental Health, Inspirational Change, Honesty and Self Awareness, Education and Life Opportunity

All the odds were stacked against him from the start. Experiencing abuse and neglect and surrendered to an orphanage in the 60s, this shaky beginning led to a life of drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and ultimately severe disengagement from society, deciding to live as a hermit for approximately ten years in a Northern NSW rainforest. How Dr Gregory exited the forest to eventually gain his PhD, become a university lecturer in the Arts & Social Science sector and an ambassador for Australia’s ‘forgotten children’ is an awe-inspiring story.

Featured on ABC radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Television’s Australian Story, Sunrise Today and his autobiography released through Penguin Publishing, Out of the Forest, Dr Gregory’s life is a captivating and inspiring story of triumph.

Dr Gregory Smith is the perfect keynote speaker where the goal is to amaze and motivate listeners. Through the telling of his story, he conveys a message that anyone can overcome and beat the odds, no matter what. While his life story is fascinating, Dr Gregory’s pragmatic wisdom and humour is both soothing and useful. His prior speaking engagements have included addressing audiences from the recruitment, mental health and community support industries.

Enquire now about booking Dr Gregory for your next conference or event.

Kerry Tucker2Kerry Tucker – Inspirational Speaker

Key messages: Personal journey, overcoming adversity, female empowerment, education, prison reform, domestic violence, motherhood, transformation.

Kerry was a typical suburban housewife before caught for financial fraud and spending nearly five years in Victoria’s maximum security prison for women. During her time in prison she transformed herself and inspired other inmates through the power of education and upon release she held a Master of Arts (commenced and completed during this period) and a PhD on the study of women in prison as a community.

Whilst incarcerated she was the lead Peer Educator which involved liaising, negotiating and advocating for and on behalf of every woman prisoner for the term of her sentence. She was sole representative for the community of women in appearing with them in Governor Courts, Magistrate and County Court Pleas, Parole Board submissions and DHS negotiations. She was granted her own office in prison where she represented over 4,000 in hearings. For the last six months of her sentence, Kerry worked by day at a law firm in Werribee, returning to the prison at night. Kerry continues in this role since being released and advocates for post-release women in the community. Through her public speaking she continues to support large organisations that benefit women and prison such as Court Network, Wear for Success, Legal Aid and CASA.

Upon Kerry’s release she was employed by Swinburne University Lilydale Campus as a lecturer and tutor in undergraduate Media Studies, Refugees and postgraduate Master of Arts in Writing. In 2011 she was also extended a part-time appointment to Melbourne University students in the Halls of Residence at the prestigious Ormond College eventually becoming full-time. She is currently employed in the University Sector in Academic & Policy executive management roles.

A member of the Australian Speakers Bureau, Kerry is an accomplished stand-up comedian, key-note and plenary speaker, delivering her story with a straight humour and offering a window into the prison world that very few know about. Her story has been published in a book by Penguin, The Prisoner and she was an inspiration and story and script consultant for the successful series, Wentworth. She has featured in many media interviews including Channel 9 Weekend Today Show, Channel 7 Today Tonight, ABC Television’s Australian Story and ABC Radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler and many magazine and radio interviews across Australia.

Enquire now about booking Kerry Tucker for your next conference or event.

tracy-barrell2croppedTracy Barrell – Inspirational Speaker
OAM & 2 x Gold Medal Paralympian

Key Messages: Can do!, don’t Dis on my Ability, Overcoming Barriers, Self Belief, Equality, Thinking Outside the Square, Aboriginal Cultural Awareness

Tracy Barrell is an inspiring, perception-shifting and oft-times hilarious, keynote speaker. She entertains her audiences by providing a frank and extraordinary account of her life journey – “One arm, One skateboard, One me”.

Tracy is very experienced as a corporate keynote speaker, achieving government guest speaking, addressing all ages and ability school students and sporting groups as well as presenting awards at high-end mainstream functions. Her most recent adventures have been in comedy and she made her debut on stage in Sydney 2015, it went down a treat!

Tracy is also an Ambassador for Don’t Dis My Ability, NT community groups and Aboriginal cultural awareness in Australia.

Touching on her heartfelt challenges and inspiring triumphs, Tracy will take your participants on a discovery about disability awareness, overcoming social stigmas, achieving a can-do attitude, and her greatest challenge of all: motherhood. Hear the unique story of an amazing woman – from beginnings where ‘no you can’t’ seemed the given, to a life of ‘yes I can!’ As a toddler in her parents garage, Tracy discovered she could get around better on a skateboard – and she has ever since.

I was born without legs or an arm, I live a very fulfilled life. I see myself as a person living with a difference, it’s people’s perceptions or facilities that put the Dis in My Abilities. I’m a dual Paralympian Gold medallist, Order of Australia Medal holder and a mother of two wonderful boys!” – Tracy Barrell

Tracy loves to share her life story about her trials and tribulations to audiences. She strives to educate students, businesses and community groups about people living with a difference, and to close the gap between the two.

Tracy draws from her personal use of disabled facilities to educate people about the practical side of using these facilities and she strives to instigate change within the wider community.

Enquire now about booking Tracy Barrell for your next conference or event.

 

Jajames-freemantlemes Freemantle – Motivational Speaker

Key Messages: Empowerment, Personal Brand, Leadership Excellence, Team-shaping, Resilience & Mindful Practice, Media Interactions and Presentations that Make a Difference. All designed to disrupt the status quo!

Finding potency in communication has been at the core of James’s career. He’s travelled the world working as a prawn fisherman, windsurf instructor, opal miner, actor and jackaroo, became accredited in behavioural analysis and spent several years as a producer, director and presenter for one of Australia’s most prolific independent TV content companies – featuring on Postcards, Coxy’s Big Break, Bread and Talk to the Animals. His talent and adventurous spirit took him to Moscow as a television anchor for international News channel RT (Russia Today).

Founder of REDgum Communications, James has built a formidable reputation working with individuals and teams as disparate as the AIS AFL Academy, Foodbank Victoria and ‘big four’ banks; Community Organisations; throughout Australia and across 4 continents.

James is a presenter and coach in personal brand, behavioural change, team building and leadership. James tailors presentations that focus on goal achievement through systematic delivery on personal brand ‘promises’ in professional and personal lives.

 Enquire now about booking James Freemantle for your next conference or event.

 

Sharon Styman2Sharon Styman – Business Coach & Motivator

Key Messages: The Full Circle Leader; Channelling Entrepreneurial Attributes; Personal Power; Leading Emotional Intelligence; Operational Advantage; Business Leadership 101; Organisational Strategy; Vision, Mission, Values – how to find them, how to keep them.

Sharon has been playing in the business coaching league for over 15 years, having trained with Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and many of the great teachers of this time.  Sharon brings to the stage thousands of hours of coaching and facilitation experience, working with large and small organisations to empower teams and leadership to work passionately with values in mind and successfully fulfil personal and business missions.

A positive driving force, Sharon inspires people to get the most out of their life and business and to be excited about it! She excels at providing effective steps for moving forward together, while bringing the ‘heart’ back into your work and workplace. In fact, her motto is ‘With Heart You Will Succeed’.

If your business team needs the ‘oomph’ brought back, Sharon is sure to light the firecrackers with her energetic, non-conforming and candid delivery.

Whether in business or in life, Sharon is dynamic and courageous. She approaches everything with attention, focus and a contagious feeling of positivity, empowering all those around her to move forward. I cannot recommend her highly enough

Enquire now about booking Sharon Styman for your next conference or event.