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Schools and Education Speakers

Emma Carson
22 Feb 2024

Schools Back! Saxton works with many Speakers whose content resonates strongly with schools, educators and young audiences. Many of these Speakers can adjust and tailor their content and deliver sessions for educators, parents, and students. Check out our Speaker suggestions for schools, educators and parents below and view more Education Speakers on our website.

Browse our top picks for your Schools and Education below!

If you're looking for a Speaker who can tailor their content for students, educators or parent groups, contact our expert team on 1300 799 823 or enquire here for more information.

Brett Connellan & Bradley Dryburgh

Two young men, with two vastly different stories, both connected by a commitment to helping others find purpose in their lives. Brett Connellan and Bradley Dryburgh believe that true strength lies not in the circumstances that befall you but in the unwavering fortitude with which you rise above them.

Brett and Bradley’s conversation covers the below three pillars, incorporating story, experience, conversation, and examples from the latest neuroscience research:
- Overcoming your adversity (whatever that may be) and equipping you with the tools to turn every setback into an opportunity to learn
- Finding, defining, and refining your purpose
- Connection through meaningful conversation and the significant impact this can have on those around us, incorporating the importance of empathy, curiosity and effective listening.

Brett and Bradley will draw your audience into their conversation, engaging them to challenge their belief systems and leave with renewed purpose.

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Kim Mcdonnell

A global thought leader, Kim is the Founder and CEO of Thankful, a social enterprise that is working with influencers, thought leaders, brands, government and organisations to create a systemic impact for communities in Australia and beyond.

She is also the CEO and Founder of Saveful, Saveful empowers you how to make chef-approved food with what’s already in your kitchen. Save food, money, and time with our flexible meal frameworks.

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Chanel Contos

Chanel Contos founded Teach Us Consent, a grassroots campaign in Australia that exposed how many school students experience and perpetrate sexual violence, and advocated for holistic consent education for young people to prevent this.

It started on Instagram and soon evolved to make consent education a political priority. Chanel has worked closely with politicians from across the political spectrum, including sitting and former Prime Ministers to achieve mandated consent education in Australia.

Chanel was the recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commissions Young People’s Medal in 2021 for this work, and in 2023 she was named NSW Young Women of the Year for her persistent efforts towards eradicating rape culture.

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Alex Noble

Alex Noble is a wise 19-year-old, who experienced a traumatic life-changing injury when he broke his neck playing rugby in 2018 leaving him a permanent quadriplegic.

Alex was an academically unmotivated student who solely focused on sports until his injury forced him to adapt to change. While trekking his way through hospital/rehab recovering and learning how to live his new life, Alex was told he needed to complete his HSC over a few extra years and graduate without his year group. By the end of year 12, he graduated with his year group, received a gold certificate for application to studies, received a 96.7 ATAR and placed third in NSW for PDHPE.

Concurrently, they said Alex would lose all movement from the neck down, however, not only has he regained significant movement and strength in his arms and legs, but Alex’s new trick is the ability to partly stand up.

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Jade Hameister

Jade Hameister is the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick - ski to the North Pole, to the South Pole (from the coast via a new route), and a crossing of Greenland - all unsupported and unassisted.

Jade is a student from Melbourne, Australia. She is in her third year of a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Global Studies degree at Monash University and is passionate about business and finding ways to make a positive impact on our environment and society.

Exploration: In April 2016 at the age of 14, she became the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the last degree, unsupported and unassisted.

In June 2017, aged 15, she became the youngest woman to complete the 550 km crossing of Greenland, the second largest ice cap on the planet, unsupported and unassisted.

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Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright is an Australian Paralympic Medallist and ABC journalist with a drive to help people understand what disability is, the issues disabled people face and how to be a better disability ally. Elizabeth was born with a limb difference and, since childhood, has advocated for her right to be included in mainstream schooling, in sports, at university and in the workplace. A master at reinvention and spotting allies and opportunities, since retiring from sport, Elizabeth has been an artist, academic, writer, and magazine editor.

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Elle Steele

Elle Steele is a woman of unparalleled achievements, seamlessly blending the worlds of Paralympic glory, lingerie modeling, entrepreneurship, and psychic energy healing. Her diverse resume mirrors a life shaped by a congenital disability called Arthrogryposis and Amniotic band syndrome, leading to over 30 surgeries and the need to relearn walking five times.

Born with an indomitable spirit, Elle's father, upon learning of her condition, was told by a doctor that she would not only walk but dance. This optimism became the foundation of Elle's mindset - focusing on her capabilities rather than limitations. Throughout her life, this positivity has been a guiding force.

Water, for Elle, holds profound healing power, symbolising transformation and boundless potential. Whether competing in the pool or immersing herself in the ocean's saltwater, Elle finds clarity and endless possibilities. Her dedication to walking into the ocean after each relearning episode signifies her commitment to personal growth.

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Nasir Sobhani

Nasir Sobhani, also known as ‘The Streets’ Barber,’ has earned his affectionate title spending his time taking to Melbourne’s streets offering free haircuts and shaves to the homeless and less fortunate.

His inspirational story of compassion and generosity has received significant attention globally. Nasir was also one of the five people to be profiled as part of the Kenneth Cole Courageous Class Campaign in New York, celebrating individuals who have overcome obstacles in life to become inspiring role models.

He is an inspirational speaker certain to motivate and encourage all those who encounter him to find their own purpose.

Nasir has an exceptional manner of connecting marginalised people with the greater community. Providing a ‘voice to the voiceless,’ he shares the unique stories of the homeless he encounters on social media platforms reaching far and wide.

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Thenu Herath

The question of ‘where are you from?’ was never a simple one for Thenu Herath.

She was born in New Zealand to parents who left their homeland of Sri Lanka. Growing up in South Australia, she listened to Jimmy Barnes anthems alongside the stories of conflict from her motherland. Her multicultural upbringing fuelled her belief in the idea that everyone should have an equitable chance to reach their potential, no matter where they are born.

Thenu’s bold and intersectional approach to global justice, foreign policy and building kinder communities has led to varied speaking engagements. She has appeared alongside figures like former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and spoken to numerous foreign and domestic delegates. However, her biggest passion is connecting with young people. She frequently speaks at schools and university conferences around Australia about her experiences and approach to values-based leadership.

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Ashani Dante

Ashani Dante, also known as Mandy, is a renowned thought leader, speaker, visionary and Founder of Flourish Girl, with a proven track record in the social impact & business space.

Flourish Girl is a mission-driven charity focused on promoting feminine leadership and young women's mental health. With a background in speech pathology and thousands of hours working alongside leading schools, Ashani has become a powerful voice for mental health advocacy among young women and gender-diverse adolescents.

Over the past seven years, Ashani has grown Flourish Girl from an idea into a highly successful charity alongside her team that has impacted the lives of over 17,000 teenage girls and gender-diverse teens across more than 100 schools in Australia. Her work has earned recognition from various organizations, including 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australian.

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