audio close compressed excel CS_logo_icon_solid_yellow_alt Created with Sketch. x x image insta-black menu pdf Print BTN - Shortlist Created with Sketch. Share Asset 1 word
speaker

Faustina
'Fuzzy' Agolley

Broadcaster, Writer, DJ, & Clean Beauty Entrepreneur

You can have a seat at the table or you can build your own.

Profile

Faustina Agolley, affectionally called Fuzzy, has enjoyed a career over 15 years across Broadcast Television, Music, Djing, Writing, and Theatre.

She's a proud Black and Asian gay Australian of Ghanaian and Chinese-Malaysian heritage.

Current Work:

Faustina began her career interviewing her idols like Alicia Keys to then icons-in-the making like Adele, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga while bringing joy to Australian homes on Video Hits.
She's also co-hosted The Voice and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. She openly speaks writes about queer matters, queer life and overcoming her own mental health struggles for Women of Letters, ABC, Netflix Pause, and Huffington Post.

She was personally chosen by the Harpo team to be Oprah Winfrey's touring DJ across Oprah's tour of Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand and can verify that Oprah gives some of the best hugs ever.

Since early 2021 Faustina has embarked on her entrepreneurial journey, founding a haircare brand for textured hair that will launch in the United States at the end of 2022. This brand was selected to be part of Credo For Change, an entrepreneurial program for BIPOC founders established by America's fastest-growing clean beauty retailer, Credo.

She loves nature, surfing, and traditional practices from her heritage for personal health, wellbeing, and care for the environment.
Faustina’s practice in Arts and culture, work in unison to imagine and transform new, sustainable and inclusive ways of working, promoting cultural safety and distancing a practice of grind culture - cause that has never done any good for anybody.

Expertise
Talking Points

More human: Vulnerability and Accountability in Leadership

Leadership today is about helping people get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. For most industries, to be successful, leaders need to have self-awareness and be connected to culture. To do that, we need to have more honest conversations in the workplace and feel supported in the process. But how?

Who this is for: Leaders, Managers, C-suite who are open-minded, continuously working on self-awareness, and willing to embrace discomfort and new styles of leadership.

Key Takeaways:
- People respond best when we're honest about our strengths, limitations, and our dedication to learn
- Key statistics and anecdotes we can use to be better informed
- Models on how to adapt yourself to be available to others and to motivate your team

Follow the Joy: ways to shape a meaningful life and career

Faustina's first ever memory was on her migration journey to Australia. Born in England, her family took a pit-stop to her mother's home country - Malaysia. She was on a beach, heard pop music blasting out of a radio, got up on her shaky baby legs and broke out into dancing, not knowing that at the next moment, a crowd of locals would cheer as she revelled in her joy.

She's always been chasing that feeling; which has navigated her from wagging a strict Catholic high school - just so she could watch The Oprah Winfrey Show, to becoming a straight-A student and School Captain, to realising she can get paid for having fun.

That feeling and the lessons its given her has had her touring with Oprah as her DJ, playing sets of music to screaming arenas of 15,000 people at a time, interviewing her music idols and idols in the making, to dismantling her life, wading through her most difficult mental health challenges to then come out as her true self, a vulnerable but proud gay woman.

With new refined tools and lessons, Faustina continues to live a genuine Queer life as a brand founder and CEO, with a spot of Djing for good measure.

Who this is for: literally anyone who likes to be in their feelings, or is at least ready to be in their feelings, for those who want to learn greater self-awareness and self-identity, for those who a bloody frustrated with their life situation and want a change.

Key Takeaways:
- Learn tools to identify genuine personal life goals
- Resources to develop greater self-awareness
- Overall, this should feel like a warm hug with a bunch of anecdotes and lessons right in your back pocket.

Entrepreneurship: you can have a seat at the table or you can build your own

For some people, a seat at the table isn't their calling, and they want to move to the beat of their own drum, designing a life that's sincere to them. In this talk, Faustina navigates her journey from being an employee to a freelancer to an early-stage founder and CEO of her own business.

Who this is for: The ever curious, those seeking more agency in their life, for the creatives and non-creatives that want an introduction into business and learn skills that can potentially make them wealthy, and for those who are already entrepreneurs and are interested in hearing from a Black, Asian and queer woman's perspective.

Key Takeaways:
- Yes, this life really can be yours and your difference is required always.
- You don't have to reach up, you can create with your peers
- You can love money and also change the industry.
Feedback
Fuzzy looked beautiful, behaved in a totally professional way and was an outstanding MC - perfect for the audience of young kids, families and tweens. MAB Corporation Pty Ltd

Fuzzy did a fantastic job and was a pleasure to work with. She was very well prepared and arrived with plenty of time to be briefed. She was also a celebrity draw card with lots of people asking for photos and signatures.

Myer

On behalf of ASF Limited and the Australian Science Festival team, we would like to thank you for your participation in the festival this year. We appreciate your time, enthusiasm and professionalism in preparing for and being involved with Hot Innovation… The feedback we have received from your contribution has been extremely positive, and ASF were very happy with the event in general. Once again, thank you for helping make the 2009 Australian Science Festival such a success. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you on future festivals.

ASF Limited

Thank you for jumping in when needed and making the show work in every city in Australia and New Zealand despite minimal rehearsal. Your hustling to get it done, to make smooth transitions and a seamless show, was felt by me and, of course, our audiences in every arena. You have earned a special chapter in my Gratitude journal.

Oprah Winfrey

Visa invited Faustina to be on a panel discussion on the topic of The Art of Joy at Splendour in the Grass. This event is one of Visa’s major marketing investments and together with our team and the agency, we create an insightful and interesting environment for our clients so they can learn more about the behaviours, trends and cultural engagement with young Aussies, and the positive impact music and marketing to this audience in their ‘environment’ has for brands. Faustina was devoted to her preparation for the panel topic and gave an abundance of ideas during our group briefing call whilst also being respectful and an astute listener to what our other rockstar panellists had to say. Faustina arrived early on the day, was professional, respectful to everyone involved including my team, my agency team, the Splendour team, invited guests, and the production crew. With Faustina's ability to read the room, she was able to bring an in-depth and nuanced contribution to our panel topic. She was honest, vulnerable, and, where appropriate, humorous as she navigated topics around women's rights, collective pain, and the comfort and potential joy that comes from the solidarity of #MeToo. Faustina spoke about the power of music and its intersection with political and social movements. And she spoke candidly about ways to be accountable with systemic racism and bias in our workplaces and to be more inclusive and genuine with the stories we put out to the world. Faustina's contribution deeply connected with our invited guests and took what could've easily been a light-hearted discussion to a level of deep connection.

Visa
Let us know

and we'll send all the latest Saxton updates and news direct to your inbox
Thanks, you have been subscribed
View Shortlist