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Speakers

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of 8 books. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.

In addition to featuring regularly as a commentator on TV and radio, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations. Having been recently named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Coming from a background in marketing and research, in 2004 Michael founded a consultancy specializing in demographic shifts and social trends called The Nexgen Group.

Kurt Fearnley

Kurt Fearnley is a three time Paralympic gold medalist and two time Commonwealth Games gold medalist. He has won over 30 marathons, including New York, Chicago and London in a career spanning more than 20 years. In 2009 Kurt crawled the Kokoda track, in Papua New Guinea, to raise awareness of men’s health. Kurt was also a member of the winning Sydney to Hobart yacht crew, Investec Loyal, in 2012. He is New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019.

Kurt is recognised as one of Australia’s leading keynote speakers and presenters. He has presented to small and large groups around Australia and internationally, sharing tales of his sporting and life accomplishments with strong themes of building resilience, the importance of a strong team and leading through example.

Josie Thomson

A Conference favourite from 2017 returns in 2022 - neuroleadership expert and internationally acclaimed executive coach Josie Thomson knows a thing or two about resilience. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is living proof that: more than education, more than experience, more than training, more than any one single factor, resilience determines who succeeds and who fails.

Her 28-year journey from being an executive in one of the world's largest mining companies, to twice surviving cancer, to juggling the priorities of being a single mum as well as a multi-award winning coach and entrepreneur has given her a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in life and leadership. And this has brought about her mission in life: to create resilient leaders and communities.

Her presentation style has been described as a rare mix of engaging, interactive, informative and insightful. And her audiences appreciate that she makes the content real, providing them with practical strategies that can be confidently applied immediately.

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