If ever there were the ideal speaker for the challenges and contradictions of our times, Dr. John Smith is it. At once a business anthropologist, and bikie gang leader, this former teacher and minister is one of Australia’s most unusual and unorthodox speakers. The charismatic founder of the God’s Squad, Dr. John Smith commands not only the respect of Australia’s outlaw bikie gangs, including the Hell’s Angels, but also corporate Australia. John is unique, not least of all, because he is welcome in most of the outlaw club houses in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
John Smith’s message is as powerful as his Harley Davidson at full throttle, and he is as committed to transforming businesses, as he is to helping youth and society’s outcasts. John is a passionate story-teller, who has lived on the fringe, and co-authored five books.
In 2002, he completed six years of doctoral studies in the United States, focussing on cross-cultural studies, including corporate culture, charismatic leadership and globalisation. He offers powerful historic, economic and ethical perspectives on modern business. Keynote speaker, Bikie, Preacher, Businessman, Anthropologist, Author, Advocate – these are all Dr. John Smith
John Smith’s life has been extraordinary. He was gaoled and nearly executed in the Philippines for defending peasant people, addressed a full hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and has been an advocate for the marginalised peoples of Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
As founder and Executive Director of five highly successful youth outreach organisations, Dr. John Smith has turned young lives around. As pioneer of the ‘Values for Life’ schools seminars, John has spoken to students in more than 4 thousand Australian high schools. The ‘Handbrake Turn’ training and rehabilitation program boasts a success rate of 85% in reducing youth offender recidivism. His founding of the ‘Care and Communications Concern’ organisation has been recognized in 2003, with the awarding of the Governor-General’s Centenary Medal.
John Smith’s message goes to the heart of those in business who are seeking not only sustainability and success, but also a great sense of direction in their working lives. His message is entertaining, engaging and relevant to Christians and non-Christians alike.
Dr. John has appeared as a regular commentator on Australian television and radio, and as a guest on the BBC, including an appearance with General Schwarzkopf on the ‘David Frost Show.’ John Smith and his organisations have appeared in feature length articles in leading newspapers throughout Europe and Australia. John was also a regular columnist for The Age. John Smith is passionate about blues music - describing popular art as ‘the nerve ends of our culture.’ He is married to Glena Fay, and has two daughters, a son and ten grandchildren.
John Smith travels from Victoria Australia
- Darth Vader in the Board Room
- Feeling Good About Doing Bad – Time for a Corporate Reality Check
- Investing in Social Capital – Surprising Dividends
- Rebels, Outlaws, Misfits … and other Resources Your Business Can’t Afford to Ignore!
"I liaised with Nina and Tamie and both were incredibly helpful and supportive in our planning process. They were the ones to initiate a lot of contact to make sure that planning was on track and any questions or queries I had were dealt with promptly."
The Association of Independent Schools of NSW Ltd
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