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Vice President of the Geelong Football Club

Great lives and organisations are built from purpose, planning, action and grit.

Diana Taylor is leader, lawyer, business owner, company director and consultant with over two decades of business, legal and sports administration experience.

Current Work:

Diana’s experience as an administrator of the game of Australian Rules Football for more than two decades is unmatched. Diana was the first woman to hold the role of President of a men’s metropolitan football league, the first woman appointed to the VFL Tribunal and in 2019, Diana became the first woman in 163 years to hold the role of Vice President of the Geelong Football Club, one of the oldest sporting clubs in the world and the winners of the AFL 2022 Premiership. Diana has been a Director of the Geelong Football Club since 2010 during a period of sustained success.

Diana cares deeply about people and the community. In the past 12 months she has established one of the largest community palliative care centres in Australia at Deakin University and leads aspects of the City of Greater Geelong’s revitalisation as chair of the Geelong Authority.

She has also successfully established and run her own business for over a decade, Diana Taylor Legal Consulting.

Diana is also the author The Playbook - Crossing the white line to success in life, business and the AFL.

Previous Experience:

Diana was the inaugural General Counsel of Netball Australia from 2018 to 2021, applying her commercial and legal skills to fight for sport and gender equity from another side of the sporting table.
Diana has worked for some of the largest law firms and companies in Australia, was the 2016 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award Winner (Victoria - Corporate & Private).

Talking Points

Keynote Presentations

Diana is able to customise her Keynotes to suit the themes and objectives of your organisation. Key areas she can focus on are:
- Creating a strong culture to lead with purpose, integrity and without ego
- Building leaders, character and resilience
- Women in leadership and building influence
- Sport and the power of female leadership
- Turning blue sky thinking into real life achievement
- High performance success factors and the 1%ers
- Sports’ lessons for life and business
- Understanding the rules of engagement for life, business and sport
- Embracing failure to build success
Diana is an exceptional speaker who is able to draw on a vast array of experiences backed up by intimate knowledge of elite sport, legal decision making and significant community programs contributions - the rich tapestry of life is delivered with a balance of emotion, care, intellect and above all real lived experience that living a full life only ever provides. Geelong Football Club

Diana was engaged by FRV to deliver a series of workplace behaviour training sessions for senior operational and corporate leaders including FRV’s Executive. Diana has a confident, assertive and inclusive speaking style when presenting to senior operational and corporate leaders and has the ability to read the room and make adjustment in the moment to engage with participants and to enable input and full participation. Diana’s deep subject matter expertise, delivery and approach has fulfilled the FRV brief and the relevant strategic objectives and outcomes for the workshops.

Fire Rescue Victoria

Diana speaks from the heart and is an inspiring and engaging speaker. Her very personal style makes it feel like she is having a direct conversation with you. Diana’s core beliefs, experience and values cross over into business, not-for-profits, and the sporting community. She leaves you with a sense of empowerment.

The Geelong College

Over many years I’ve had the honour of hearing Diana Taylor speak on diverse topics at significant events. As a speaker, Diana is engaging, thought-provoking and extremely-well researched. In 2020, Diana was the Committee for Geelong’s keynote speaker at our International Women’s Day event. The audience was in awe of her deep experience, authenticity and passion for equity in our community. Diana’s opinions are in high demand as a well-respected, award-winning executive and not for profit Board Director.

Committee for Geelong

Diana understands what her audience wants from the presentation: an understanding of their key drivers, clear guidance to inform their ideas and new ways of looking at their opportunities.

Property Council of Australia
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