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Greta
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Science-backed, fresh thinking for positive growth

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Science backed, fresh thinking for positive growth

Greta Thomas focuses on helping both businesses and people reach their full potential.

Known for her original thinking and ability to communicate, Greta’s career reflects her non-conformist approach. From hard-hitting television reporter to launching eBay in Australia as CMO; from award winning McKinsey management consultant to 4 years working for Bono overseas, Greta effectively bridges the gap between aspiring leaders and leaders; and helps established businesses better emulate and compete with disruptive, start up ventures.

She is known for the engaging and fresh ways she takes the latest research findings from multiple disciplines and packages these with real-world examples into relatable stories and simple tools and tips that make a lasting difference.

Current work

Today Greta is a non-executive director, leadership and innovation advisor to Boards, and an angel investor. She is passionate about supporting and advancing women leaders and runs specially created, leadership programs for women.

Previous experience

REcognition: Greta was named one of the ’Leading 50’ Australian women leaders at the Advance Women’s Leadership Summit in 2011.

Expertise
Talking Points

The Science of Confidence: On Action and its Bottom Line

The data is in and it shows some astonishing differences in the ways women and men perceive their contribution and performance at work. This highly reviewed presentation shares real life stories and jaw-dropping data highlighting stark differences between men’s and women’s confidence levels. Confidence leads to action and commitment whilst a lack of confidence leads to unfulfilled potential, missed opportunities and less bottom line value. Learn practical and science-based effective tools and strategies to address confidence issues and take action in a faster, more assertive and valuable way.

>The Science of Confidence: What Women Need to Know

The data is in and it shows some astonishing differences in the ways women and men perceive their contribution and performance at work. This highly reviewed presentation shares real life stories and jaw-dropping data highlighting stark differences between men’s and women’s confidence levels. Confidence leads to action and commitment whilst a lack of confidence leads to unfulfilled potential, missed opportunities and less bottom line value. Learn practical and science-based effective tools and strategies to address confidence issues and take action in a faster, more assertive and valuable way. Vital for every woman, and for every business that wants to make the most of its talent, retain women and accrue bottom line benefit.

Disruption Ahead: Essentials for Innovating Under Pressure

Like Moore's Law, the pace of change as fundamental technology breakthroughs are harnessed is quickening every year. No business model is safe. How do businesses survive and succeed in this quickening environment? There are three key things that businesses under threat all too often ignore. Harness these three - purpose, creative confidence and experimentation - and you can answer: • what is the right response to the tsunami of change ahead? • how do we truly innovate versus create incremental change? • how do we avoid a 'Kodak' and make the big calls effectively?

The 'Rock-star Mindset: What I learned About Sustained Success Working for Bono

After four years working for Bono with his acclaimed (PRODUCT)RED™ initiative, Greta Thomas learnt a thing or two about what it takes to succeed over time on a global stage. Despite intense competition and continuous new entrants, Bono's band, U2, has been at the pinnacle of its field for over 30 years. What did she witness and put in to practice that could help propel a brand to the highest levels and stay there? How can 'rock-star mindsets' be applied to organisations and brands of all types? Hear about the importance of audacious vision, urgency, adaptability and purposeful action and see what they look like in an organisation over time.

Closing the Career Progression Gap - what women need to know

Greta Thomas focuses on helping both businesses and people reach their full potential. She is an expert on the science behind mindset, confidence and self-belief, and what it takes to build career momentum and success, particularly for women. Greta’s presentations about the differences between the genders at work share career stories that have women nodding in recognition and sometimes surprise. She reveals compelling data in visual ways that demonstrate dramatic differences in the ways men and women think and behave at work that can lead to significant differences in career outcomes. Her presentations also share plenty of easy, science-based tools that the audience can put into practise to help close the gender gap and increase self-belief and career momentum. A former professional ballet dancer, Greta has spent decades learning what ingredients create high performance and in the process successfully changed careers from ballet dancer to TV reporter; from award-winning McKinsey management consultant to launching eBay in Australia as CMO; and helping to establish Bono’s cause-related business (PRODUCT) RED overseas. Now, a non-executive director, leadership advisor and in-demand speaker, Greta is known for her passion for diversity and for the engaging way she takes the latest research findings from multiple disciplines (including neuroscience, psychology and behavioural science) and packages these with real-world examples into fresh, relatable stories and simple tools and tips that make a lasting difference. Topics within her presentation can include: • How to manage your mindset to optimise performance • What being confident really means and looks like • The striking differences in how men and women perceive their abilities • Why Imposter Syndrome is more common than you think • How not to get stuck in the rut of your comfort zone

The Science of Mindset and Achievement

Greta Thomas focuses on helping both businesses and people reach their full potential. She is an expert on the science behind mindset and confidence; taking decisive action and dealing with uncertainty and fear. A former professional ballet dancer, Greta has spent decades learning what ingredients create high performance and in the process successfully changed careers from ballet dancer to TV reporter; from award-winning McKinsey management consultant to launching eBay in Australia as CMO; and helping to establish Bono’s cause-related business (PRODUCT) RED overseas. Now, a non-executive director, leadership advisor and in-demand speaker, Greta is known for the engaging way she takes the latest research findings from multiple disciplines (including neuroscience, psychology and behavioural science) and packages these with real-world examples into fresh, relatable stories and simple tools and tips that make a lasting difference. Topics within her presentation can include: • How to manage your mindset to optimise performance • What being confident really means and looks like • The striking differences in how men and women perceive their abilities • Why Imposter Syndrome is more common than you think • How not to get stuck in the rut of your comfort zone Greta can also powerfully tailor her keynotes with dedicated insights and research for female-only audiences.

The Science of Innovation and Disruption

Bridging the gap between start-ups and established corporates, Greta Thomas has helped some of Australia’s biggest businesses respond to digital disruption and she has also worked hands on in numerous start ups including launching eBay in Australia as CMO and helping establish Bono’s cause-related, millennial-targeted business, (PRODUCT) RED. Blending real-world pragmatism with innovation strategy and engaging stories and examples, Greta speaks about how successful innovation needs laser-like focus, how resource constraints can be a blessing, and how being too close to your innovation outcome is fatal when it comes to selling it. She can also explore how to think about choosing where to innovate and how to make it happen. Greta’s career path reflects her non-conformist approach in business. In addition to launching eBay Australia and advising major corporates, she started her career as a professional ballet dancer and went on to work in advertising and at McKinsey as a management consultant. She is now a non-executive director; leadership, strategy and innovation advisor; and angel investor.
Topics

Business

  • Mastering Leadership
  • Change Management

Innovation

  • Creativity

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
Feedback
NAB Private Wealth recently invited Greta Thomas to share her journey and lessons in a speech for our clients as part of a national roadshow. Greta was truly an inspirational speaker. Our audiences responded warmly to Greta's dynamic and engaging presentation, rating her talk an average of 4.7 out of 5, an excellent response. Greta maintained her energy and quality across five events around the country. We would highly recommend Greta as an engaging, inspirational and thought-provoking speaker.? NAB Private Wealth
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