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Rosie
Thomas

Anti-bullying activist, social entrepreneur and CEO, PROJECT ROCKIT

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Rosie Thomas OAM is considered one of Australia’s brightest change-makers and social innovators.

She has spent the last 15 years building Australia’s first and biggest youth-driven movement against (cyber)bullying, hate and prejudice. What started as a simple idea has now impacted half a million young Aussies. Having started the social business straight out of high school, Rosie knows exactly what it’s like to be underestimated as both a young person and a woman and she is committed to providing totally innovative opportunities for people to realise their purpose and potential.

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Rosie is one of Australia’s youngest recipients of the Order of Australia Medal and her work has been recognised by UNICEF and honoured in Washington D.C. with the International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cybersafety.

Rosie serves on the Global Safety Boards of Twitter because she is relentlessly passionate about engineering a kinder, digital world. In 2020, Rosie was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship as one of ten social innovators recognised for their social leadership in Australia.

Rosie is a highly energetic (brace yourselves) and passionate facilitator, keynote speaker and MC. As someone who is dissatisfied with the status quo and impatient for change, Rosie loves helping her audience realise their unique purpose. She is a dynamic and seasoned speaker, having personally presented to hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world.

Rosie uses heart to drive innovation and is passionate about using business to solve long-standing social problems. In her spare time, she acts as business mentor for up-and-coming change-makers and despite her pint-size, is obsessed with basketball, playing 2-3 nights a week.

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Passion to purpose: Tangible tips for creating social change

Rosie knows exactly what it's like to be underestimated as a young person. That’s why she launched PROJECT ROCKIT after finishing high school. Rosie shares the story of how a simple idea for change has grown into Australia's first and biggest youth-driven movement against (cyber)bullying. This talk is jam-packed with practical strategies on challenging the status quo, finding purpose, and taking a stand and rally others to create positive social change - at school and beyond.

Inside PROJECT ROCKIT: Building a movement from the ground up

PROJECT ROCKIT started as a community project by two young sisters and designed to tackle bullying at time when there were no anti-bullying school. Today, PROJECT ROCKIT has impacted half a million students, renowned as Australia’s biggest movement against (cyber)bullying. Learn how with no formal qualifications, Rosie created a powerful vehicle for change and an innovative social enterprise that’s procured $3M in partnerships with the likes of Facebook and Google, and positioned as the leading voice on cyberbullying.

Building a successful social business... with vulnerability

Rosie Thomas OAM is CEO of PROJECT ROCKIT, an internationally recognised, social business that she launched after finishing school. With no business experience, PROJECT ROCKIT’S reached half million Australians. She’s a globally recognised expert… But have you ever heard about the time she…. In this talk, Rosie pulls back the curtain on the realities of striving to change the world for the better - the epic cringe moments, imposter syndrome, maintaining stamina with a chronic illness, warts and all.
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We were so lucky to have Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit recently present to the entire Xero Australia team at our kick-off. Rosie spoke from the heart about her purpose and vision for the world. It was an emotionally charged presentation delivered with a wicked wit, strong feeling and gusto. The feedback from our team was so positive - some with broad smiles and some with tears in their eyes. She rocked their world. Would thoroughly recommend. Xero Australia

Rosie is an outstanding presenter and facilitator. Her energy is positively contagious and she brings warmth and empathy to any room, virtually or physically! We had the pleasure of welcoming Rosie as one of our inaugural Impactologists in 2020 and her presentation was insightful, inspiring, informative and very well received. and captured hearts and minds globally. The work that Rosie, Lucy and The Project Rockit team do is vital in supporting the mental health and resilience of kids and adolescents

Rita Cincotta. Conference Organiser

Rosie is a high energy, inspiring and compelling presenter and speaker.

Foundation for Young Australians

There is no question that Rosie and Lucy know how to engage, affect and drive an audience to act positively. They are funny, knowledgeable and above all else, relative on the most human level.

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