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A remarkable woman, a remarkable life.

With change and adversity come incredible opportunities.

Matina Jewell is a transformative leader providing life-changing perspective from the front-line of leadership, resilience and change.

Matina earned military accolades in some of the toughest environments on earth and her courageous decision making, values-based leadership and vision for empowering teams continue to transform organisations globally.

More than just another incredible life story, Matina’s lessons on leadership, resilience and seeing change as opportunity have transformed some of our largest organisations. Her message of courage continues to empower leaders and transform mindsets from all walks of life.

With enthralling footage that she shot on-the-front-line, stories of hardship and invaluable learning from her life-threatening missions, Matina will take you on a journey that will affect long lasting positive impact in your leaders, teams and organisations for years to come.

Leave - and lead - with a renewed sense of purpose, passion and perspective to thrive through change.

Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is leadership in action.

Talking Points

Leadership: Authentic, values-based leadership often takes great courage

Matina draws on her extraordinary experience of conquering one seemingly insurmountable leadership challenge after another, to help reframe our perspective on life. In her relatable, girl-next-door style, Matina reminds us that it takes leaders who are courageous and have the vision to take their organisation into a direction, where they may not be 100% certain how things will look on the other side.

Resilience: Even out of adversity can come incredible opportunities, so long as we have the courage to pursue them

Through courageous decision making, Matina shares how she overcame almost inconceivable life and death situations, often in some of the harshest environments on earth. Always drawing out the learning, Matina shares how resilient organisations can be better equipped for everyday challenges and major disruption, all while protecting our most valuable asset, our people.

Change: Create a purpose-driven culture that thrives through change

With the uncertainty that comes from the 'fog of war' comes the certainty of change. With so many of us 'change weary', Matina reminds us that it takes leaders who are able to shift our team mindset to one that embraces change, rather than fearing and resisting it, to help create a culture that thrives through change.
You had our finance executives in a spell... a most fascinating and moving account of a very special life experience. You draw excellent parallels to relevant leadership competencies. Intercontinental Hotels

The crowd loved your presentation and there were quite a few emotions flowing. Feedback on your section was superb, with participants rating it the most engaging presentation of the day.


Matina is the most brilliant speaker I have ever heard. Her presentation will have you on the edge of your seat, it will have you in tears, and it gives you such insight into how anyone can overcome the most incredible debilitating injuries. The presentation was the best I have ever experienced, and I have been to so many during my life time. Not once did she ummm. Not once did she refer to notes, not once was there a point where you were not engaged with her totally. Not only was her presentation excellent, Matina is in herself the warmest, approachable, and I would call her a beautiful person in every respect. I would thoroughly recommend Matina for any event, she is so adaptable with her presentation and able to relate to any situation. Her experiences in life would have enabled her to adapt to any situation.


To have heard Matina tell her story twice has been an absolute pleasure. Matina’s story is just sensational and the lessons she has drawn from her vast experience as a leader in the Australian army are truly inspiring. Matina took the whole room through a powerful and captivating journey of self-reflection, leadership, courage and life challenges. Her world-class delivery is unforgettable - one of the best speakers I’ve heard.


You could hear a pin drop as the audience of 900 sat awestruck at Matina’s story and the strength, determination and courage that she demonstrated. Her address to our International Women’s day was event was awesome and attracted nothing but positive feedback. She was a delight to work with

Queensland Resources Council

Matina is wonderful, a true professional and just a dream to work with from start to finish. Her presentation and keynote on leadership was at times emotional, but she expertly connected with everyone in the room and was able to segue her unique leadership experience in the Australian military and the UN to the corporate context to inspire our audience of seasoned finance executives. Could not recommend Matina more to anyone wishing to secure an inspiring, keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, resilience and change.

Chubb Insurance Australia Limited
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