Peter has worn many hats from entrepreneur to author. He recently gave a brilliant presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos where he interviewed Bill Gates. His partner Alissa is a leading photojournalist who brings the wider refugee situation to life.
They will feature in a 60 Minutes special on Sun 26th March issues surrounding the refugee crisis, wildlife protection and conservation in Africa and lessons learnt along their current journey.
Their stories and journey are an inspiration to us all. Find out more about these two here.
As today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, what better time to reflect on the incredible women we represent at Saxton?
The theme for IWD in 2017 is to #BeBoldForChange.
Each and every one of these women embodies boldness, and they are all changing the world.
They are role models who inspire us.
But we all do this in our own way.
Increasingly women’s goals and aspirations are positively reinforced, and young women are encouraged to forge their own path.
Happy International Women’s Day 2017 - and yes, this list could be infinitely longer!
Holly Ransom’s enormous energy will leave you speechless and inspired.
She is the youngest ever Director appointed to the Board of an AFL Football Club as a Director of Port Adelaide, and she sits on the Advisory Board of the Women's League of the AFL.
She has spoken alongside Richard Branson on the topic of value-adding change to 150 of the Virgin Group's top leaders, and is CEO of her own company Emergent.
And this is only the start of her dizzying resume.
Holly joined us recently for The Cutting Edge Workplace Up Close and Personal session at AIME. Keep your eye out for the webinar in the coming weeks.
Here’s a recap of some of Holly’s many achievements in 2016.
Gill Hicks, with her simple yet powerful message of peace, embodies the miracle of life, and the strength of forgiveness.
Her remarkable story still touches audiences, and matters - it is clearly more relevant than ever.
See Gill’s celebrated talk at TEDxSydney - Identity in the Face of Terror.
Rachel Botsman is known around the world for her visionary thinking on how the power of collaboration and trust enabled by technologies will change the way we live, work, bank and consume.
As a speaker she is the epitome of trust herself, having been named one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle.
Watch Rachel’s recent TED talk We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers here.
As a little girl Annabelle Chauncy wanted to change the world... and now, as a woman, she does.
She empowers communities in Uganda through her inspirational organisation School For Life Foundation.
Annabelle was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work, and has raised over $4 million in five years for her organisation.
Annabelle also appeared at Up Close and Personal for the session on The Cutting Edge Workplace and will be appearing in a repeat of the webcast soon.
Kirstin Ferguson is a new speaker at Saxton.
She is founder of the #CelebratingWomen project (@CelebratingWom), which began earlier this year after she wrote an opinion piece on the idea that we needed to see more celebration and less denigration of women online. The project is committed to profiling, and therefore celebrating, at least two women from all walks of life across the world every single day in 2017.
Kirstin is also a professional company director who sits on the boards of some of Australia’s biggest companies, as well as being one of the world’s foremost experts in safety governance.
...who's on the move?
Some of the world's most in-demand business and leadership authorities are coming to our corner of the globe in the next few months.
Booking travelling speakers is a way you can capitalise on world-class talent when they are close by.
Having blown TedX Sydney away with her talk Your Brain is a Remote Control last year, Karen Palmer is back in Australia and available in June and July. In this time of turbulent social change, Karen creates emotional film experiences for a modern age which fuse storytelling, technology and neuroscience to empower the user.
Dr. Jordan Nguyen is a Saxton speaker making waves around the country.
A biomedical engineer with a unique ability to connect with people, in an ABC TV special he teams up with Riley Saban - a 13-year-old kid with cerebral palsy. Together they develop extraordinary, cutting edge technology that gives young Riley superhuman powers.
Stirring speeches can ‘change lives’
Paula Beauchamp | Herald Sun, October 5, 2016
In the late 1980s, the entrepreneurial urge was awakening in Melbourne school teachers Winston Broadbent and Nanette Moulton.
The pair loved their jobs but were eager for a new challenge.
The mother of a colleague was looking to sell her business, Saxton Speakers Bureau, which she ran from home using a Collins diary.
Former governor-general Sir Zelman Cowan was on her books.
From Australian Financial Review 19/9/16
Former David Jones chairman and Fairfax Media director Bob Savage has died aged 74.
Robert (Bob) Murray Savage was born in New Zealand in 1941 and moved to Australia in 1957 where he went on to have a distinguished business career.
He was a Fairfax director, chairman of Perpetual Ltd from 2005 to 2010 and chairman of retailer David Jones from 2003 until 2012. He was director of several companies including Smorgon Steel and managing director and chief executive of IBM Australia from 1996 until 1999. Mr Savage was named a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2010 Australia Day honours for his service to business and commerce in the information technology, retail and financial sectors.
From marrying a stranger in Las Vegas, delivering a baby in Canada and even representing the Mauritian national rugby team at the African Championships (they won!), motivational speaker and now TV host Sebastian Terry first hit international headlines when he created a list of '100 Things' to tick off that would help him relish life following the death of a close friend.
Run with the bulls? Check. Skydive naked - Check. Complete a triathlon - Check. Raise $250,000 for charity - Check.
Sebastian is living his list every day. It’s still not done. Keep up to date and discover what’s on your own list.
On the back of the popularity of our list last year, we thought we'd share with you our top 50 most in-demand business speakers of 2015-16, as determined by your bookings throughout the last year.
mark bouris | executive chairman, yellow brick road
ita buttrose | legendary media editor, businesswoman & former australian of the year
rachel botsman | global expert on the collaborative economy
The first in a new series on the future by Brad Howarth - sought-after Exclusive Speaker and authority on tech at BRW and The Australian.
As a researcher, speaker and writer I spend a lot of time considering the future and the changes that might impact our lives. It is a fascinating pastime, and something I encourage all people to think about my presentations on managing for change.
But there is one problem that emerges when you talk to people about the future. It’s a little like talking to them about a foreign country – one where they have no relatives or business ties. It might be interesting to them, and possibly a place they might like to visit someday, but it is not somewhere that is relevant to the problems they face on a day-to-day basis.
Hence a person might come to understand a little more about what the future might hold, but that most likely won’t help them when it comes to dealing with the problems they face today.
Thankfully however, there are ways to harness the future to help the present, although it took a science fiction author’s words to make me realise it.
Following on from her TedX Sydney triumph, speaker Karen Palmer was recently profiled by the British Council on their Canadian website. She answered questions shedding light on her current practice and the buzz around her work.
Tell us about Interactive Films and what type of work do you create:
I created Interactive Films Ltd as a production company to combine Storytelling and Technology. My work combines, wearable technology, film, parkour, gaming functionality and neuroscience to create an immersive experience for the participant. Currently, I create neurogames. It’s a new and emerging field. I work at the intersection of game play and neuroscience.
What Will History Make of Brexit?
By Satyajit Das
Asked what was the most difficult thing about his job, British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan is reputed to have replied: “Events, dear boy, events”. Brexit may be one such event.
The only known fact is that a majority of those who voted to have elected for Great Britain to leave the European Union. All else is conjecture.
Few political analysts, super forecasters, pollsters, betting shops and financial markets anticipated the result. Undaunted, the same people are now confidently outlining the consequences and likely outcomes. The word ‘historic’ is exhausted. The new trite adjective of choice is ‘uncertain’. Putative prophets may benefit from the advice of William Goldman in Adventures of the Screen Trade: “Nobody knows anything… not one person… knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess, and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.”
On May 25, Gill Hicks gave a moving talk on the TEDxSydney stage.
Her anticipated appearance received a poignant standing ovation and a real outpouring of emotion.
"Walking onto the stage and standing on the red dot was one of those moments I wish I had my legs again” – Gill Hicks @TedXSydney
This Is Your Life is a perennial favourite for corporate events and of course it was the format TV audiences fell in love with for generations.
Mike Munro has announced that in 2016 he will deliver new media training presentations.
The training will provide a mixture of practical skills with the wisdom of Mike’s experience – getting trainees comfortable and confident in any media environment.
Workplaces are filled with burnt-out team members.
It is estimated that workplace absenteeism costs Australian businesses $33 Billion a year.
Sometimes a smart business, like a smart person, stops rushing to take stock and reframe objectives.
Groups from SAP, George Weston Foods, Toyota, and OMD were recently lucky enough to do just that and experience Search Inside Yourself.
Developed and tested at Google and now in Australia, Search Inside Yourself is a professional development programme based on the principles of emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and neuroscience.
Legendary NBC reporter and Saxton Exclusive Speaker Sara James recently hosted the Aim for the Stars Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Melbourne, with a top line-up of speakers including Julia Gillard, Cathy Foley, Megan Quinn, and of course Aim for the Stars Foundation founder Layne Beachley.
“This is a young man possessed of extraordinary courage, but also great sensitivity and respect. To anyone who believes that there are no worlds left to be discovered, I offer up the evidence of this magnificent tale.”
So said Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, of adventurer and fellow author Tim Cope - with his magnificent true story On The Trail of Ghengis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads.
Those who get to see Tim speak are opened up to the world that extends beyond their doorsteps.
"I can't think of one thing that I would change - the team were brilliant."
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