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Tania
de Jong

Creativity, Innovation, Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion and Mental Health

Profile

Tania de Jong AM is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators with 5 businesses and 2 charities under her belt. She is also one of Australia’s leading speakers and has the voice of an angel. Tania has recently been named in the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Australia.

Tania is a global authority on creativity, innovation, leadership, diversity, inclusion and mental health. With a grandmother who invented the foldable umbrella, innovation is in her blood.

Individuals, communities, corporations and governments face increasing challenges and accelerating change, and Tania expand mindsets and inspires audiences to think more laterally and creatively about the future. In 2018 Thinkers 50 invited her to be a keynote speaker and performer at the European Business Forum in Denmark.

Current work

Tania has organised 8 ground-breaking Creative Innovation Asia Pacific conferences bringing together international and national leaders to focus on managing and preparing for a rapidly changing world. Creative Innovation Global has received international and national awards including Corporate Event of the Year in the global Eventex Awards.

Tania is the Founder of Creative Universe, Creative Innovation Global, Dimension5, MTA Entertainment & Events, Pot-Pourri), The Song Room, Mind Medicine Australia and Creativity Australia and the With One Voice program.

Previous experience

Awards: She received the Order of Australia in 2008 for her work as a performer, entrepreneur and for her impact on education, innovation and the community. Tania’s other awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture’, Churchill Fellowship and The Melbourne Award. She was inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement. Tania was named in the 2016 Impact 25 Awards which honour the social sector’s most influential people for their significant and positive impact in Australia and around the world.

Storyteller: Tania is an agent for change. She is an inspirational and moving storyteller and performer. Her keynotes, combined with the power of song, are transformational. She is known for her ability to unleash creative energy and capabilities, expand mindsets and raise collective consciousness, build ‘can-do’ teams and strategies to develop a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion.

Variety: Tania has an unusual background because her work and knowledge spans the business, public, creative and community sectors. She is therefore able to draw together cross-sector themes relevant to business and government sectors. She is a dynamic and insightful speaker, MC, panel member, workshop leader and performer and enjoys customising her contributions to suit specific client briefs to create outstanding outcomes.

Speaking: Major clients have included the leadership teams of Woodside, Department of Defence (DST Group), McKinsey & Company, PwC, BCG, AGL, Veolia, Spotlight, David Jones, Perpetual, Telstra, Transurban, ANZ, CBA, NAB, BHP, INSEAD Business School, AON, The Florey Institute, CPA, Rotary, various Governments, Universities and schools. She has been a keynote speaker at many leading innovation, education, entrepreneurship and technology conferences and special events including the International Innovation Symposium in Vienna. Tania writes articles and has been featured and interviewed across major media including Huffington Post, ABC, AFR BOSS Magazine, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, 2UE and many others. She has spoken and performed in over 40 countries.

TED: Her TED Talk has sparked global interest. Tania has released 7 albums with her acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri and has released 3 solo albums including the new release Flying Free.

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Talking Points

Voices of Innovation - The Power of Positive Human Collisions

Every voice matters. We are all creative.

What if your organisation could awaken the potential of your people, through the development of a creative and collaborative voice? Your people are an amazing resource of untapped potential, who together have everything that is required to enhance innovation and creativity and solve challenging problems through the power of positive human collisions.

In this presentation, Tania delivers learning methodologies to empower your organisation with the skills to build an inclusive culture where innovation can flourish, and opportunity is found in diversity. Tania also provides tools to assist teams in developing resilience and learning from failure.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation inspired to implement positive human collisions in the workplace and their communities, and the ability to create a pipeline for innovation. They will also gain insights into how creativity boosts performance, inspires leadership and ignites transformation.

Key Learnings

- How to build a collaborative, purpose-driven and innovative culture
- Insights into harnessing diversity and creating opportunity
- Enhanced creative thinking and how to develop agile growth mindsets
- Tools to develop your resilience, performance and leadership
- Integrating feminine power with masculine wisdom

Thinking outside the box: Leading Innovation and Change

This era of globalisation is unleashing a massive wave of technological, economic and sociological change. Innovation is coming from everywhere. Almost anyone can be an entrepreneur. A number of leading authorities have suggested that 40-60% of current middle class jobs could become redundant over the next decade due to artificial intelligence, robotics and other new technologies. We will need to be more creative and innovative than ever before.

Empowered people and groups are thinking ‘outside the box’ and challenging the established order in new ways never before imaginable - from building new business models and social enterprises to challenging old institutions.

This keynote will provide you and your organisation with tools to help you:

- Develop creative, intuitive, right-brained and agile mindsets and think ‘outside the box’
- Deal with failure and develop resilience
- Build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that leads to business growth and success
- Prepare for and manage in times of massive uncertainty, disruption and change
- To understand why diversity and inclusion will increase your organisation’s productivity and lead to sustainable growth
- Make a difference to the communities where you operate

Creativity and Innovation - how to harness them in your people and organisation?

- We are all creative - building creative confidence and self-belief
- Dealing with failure and developing resilience
- Using neuroscience and your right brain to super-charge your work and life
- Tools to unlock your individual and organisational creative potential
- How to develop a culture where creativity and innovation can flourish
- Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship within your organisation

From profits to purpose in an era of disruption

Leadership, Creativity, Innovation, Community and Inclusion

Every voice matters. We are all creative. We long for meaning. We want to belong.

Yet we talk more to boxes and screens than to one another. We live behind walls when we desperately need to build bridges of connection and become more inclusive.

What if your organisation could awaken the potential of your people, through the development of a creative and collaborative voice? Your people are an amazing resource of untapped potential, who together have everything that is required to enhance innovation and creativity and solve challenging problems through the power of positive human collisions.

In this presentation, Tania delivers learning methodologies to empower your organisation with the skills to build an inclusive culture where innovation can flourish, and meaning and opportunity is found in diversity. Tania also provides tools to assist teams in developing resilience and learning from failure.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation inspired to bring more meaning into their lives, workplace and communities. They will also gain insights into how creativity, diversity and inclusion boosts performance, inspires leadership and ignites transformation.

Key Learnings

- How to build a collaborative, inclusive and innovative culture
- Insights into harnessing diversity and building communities that care
- Enhanced ‘out of the box’ creative thinking and agile growth mindsets
- Tools to develop your resilience, performance and leadership
- Integrating feminine power with masculine wisdom
- Why doing good really matters
- Case studies to inspire action

Reconnecting to ourselves and our communities

Loneliness and social isolation is the global epidemic of our times. We are more connected through technology than ever before. Yet many of us feel increasingly separate, anxious, lost and empty.
We talk more to boxes and screens than to one another. We live behind walls when we desperately need to build bridges of connection and become more inclusive.
In this powerful keynote experience, Tania will provide insights, case studies, stories and solutions to help us reconnect to:
• Our selves and the right side of our brain
• Other people to form caring tribes and communities
• Meaningful work and active citizenship
• Joy, creativity and Intuition
Tania will shift our mindsets and show us a different way to view the world. This powerful talk is important, relevant, inspirational and utterly unforgettable. It will change your life!

Creativity: the strategic tool of the 21st Century

- Why creativity has become our most endangered species, and why it is more important now than ever before
- Using neuroscience and your right brain to super-charge your work and life
- Tools to unlock your individual and organisational creative potential
- How creativity leads to improved wellbeing, social inclusion, innovation, leadership, productivity and transformation
- Unleashing the unique creative voices of your team and your organisation

Human Intelligence 2.0 How to manage change in an era of disruption and build a collective future?

It is no ordinary time in the history of civilisation. The world is moving faster than we can think; so we have to change our thinking!
The transformation upon us means at least three things…Fear, Change and Opportunity.

What if you could fast-track your thinking about change and the future? As the pace of change accelerates, we are increasingly asking individuals and organisations to become more agile. How can organisations develop creative, inclusive, resilient and innovative cultures and develop the agility, empathy, generosity and Human Intelligence 2.0 skills required to manage and prepare for a rapidly changing world and the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

We face the certainty of uncertainty. Strategic creativity is increasingly valuable to nations, communities and individuals making the transition to innovation and knowledge-based economies. Creativity and innovation are vital for businesses exposed to globalisation, increased competition, consumer diversity and rapidly changing technology. Tomorrow’s competitive success will be based on the implementation of creative ideas and the ability to keep up with an ever-accelerating world.

Key Learnings
- Fast-track your thinking about change and the future
- Human Intelligence 2.0 tools to develop agile growth, mindsets and skills, innovation, resilience, performance and leadership
- How to develop more right-brained, creative and collaborative thinking to solve wicked collective problems
- Insights into harnessing diversity and inclusion to build communities that care
- Case studies to inspire action

Breath, Mindfulness and the Neuroscience of Singing

Would you like to increase your courage, improve your brain and build your team’s capacity to manage increasing change and complexity?

This keynote and workshop will teach you tips and tools to:

- Tap into presence and the power of your breath in an accelerating world
- Increase your brain’s neuroplasticity and improve your memory, language and concentration
- Foster a more creative, collaborative and innovative culture
- Build a united team that celebrates its diversity and sings off the same song sheet

Tania de Jong is regarded as one of the leading creative innovation and future-thinking speakers and facilitators globally. Her TED Talk: How Singing Together Changes The Brain has been viewed by tens of thousands of people and she regularly receives standing ovations for her keynote speeches, performances and innovation leadership workshops globally.

The entrepreneurial equation: how to transform your organisation

With a predicted 47% loss of middle class jobs due to robotics and new technologies, we need to invent many great new businesses to provide new jobs, opportunities and grow our economy. Often the best place to innovate and start-up new businesses is within large organisations.

- Learn how to develop entrepreneurial spirit and skills
- Unlock creativity and find regular sparks of ingenuity
- Learn how to fail fast and experiment
- Build a lasting culture of innovation

With One Voice - building healthy, happy and inclusive communities and cultures

Disruption, caused by new business models associated with the internet, technology and globalisation, will be the greatest threat your organisation will face within the next 5 years. Virtually every business, institution and community is threatened and yet disruption can also provide extraordinary opportunities for sustainable growth.

- Understanding and managing disruption
- Dealing with failure and developing resilience
- Every voice matters. We are all creative.
- Why creativity leads to greater productivity
- Building a culture where creativity and innovation can flourish
- Why diversity and inclusiveness will increase your organisation’s productivity and lead to sustainable growth
- How to create an outperformance culture through increased engagement
- Why doing good really matters and connecting with the community
- Case studies to inspire action

Human Intelligence 2.0: How to manage change in an era of disruption and build a collective future?

It is no ordinary time in the history of civilisation. The world is moving faster than we can think; so we have to change our thinking!

The transformation upon us means at least three things…Fear, Change and Opportunity.
We face a host of wicked problems, risks and systemic challenges beyond the reach of existing institutions and traditional authority structures. Problems like climate change, increasing mental and chronic illness, scarcity of resources, automation of jobs and Artificial Intelligence, unethical governance and growing inequality require unprecedented collaboration among different organisations, sectors, communities and nations. More than ever before, we need to foster collective leadership, lateral thinking and inspiring initiatives to manage the massive transition ahead.

What if you could fast-track your thinking about change and the future? As the pace of change accelerates, we are increasingly asking individuals and organisations to become more agile. How can organisations develop creative, inclusive, resilient and innovative cultures and develop the agility, empathy, generosity and Human Intelligence 2.0 skills required to manage and prepare for a rapidly changing world and the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Key Learnings:

- Fast-track your thinking about change and the future
- Human Intelligence 2.0 tools to develop agile growth, mindsets and skills, innovation, resilience,
performance and leadership
- How to develop more right-brained, creative and collaborative thinking to solve wicked collective problems
- Insights into harnessing generosity, diversity and inclusion to build communities that care
- Case studies to inspire action

Being Human in an Age of Machines: The Mental Health Challenge

“Things are getting better and better and worse and worse, faster and faster, simultaneously.”

What does it mean to be human in an age of increasing technological acceleration and growing disconnection?

We face a host of wicked problems, risks and systemic challenges beyond the reach of existing institutions and traditional authority structures. Problems like climate change, increasing mental and chronic illness, scarcity of resources, automation of jobs and Artificial Intelligence, unethical governance and growing inequality require unprecedented collaboration among different organisations, sectors, communities and nations. More than ever before, we need to foster collective leadership, lateral thinking, inspiring initiatives and true innovation to manage the massive transition ahead.

Yet we talk more to boxes and screens than one another. Rates of loneliness, social isolation and mental illness are increasing and we are numbing our fear and anxiety through a range of substances. One in five Australians now have a chronic mental illness. One in eight of us, and one in four older people, are on anti-depressants (up 95% in 15 years) and suicide rates are increasing. Climate change adds to technology change and Is causing significant additional anxiety, particularly amongst younger people.

If our emotional state as human beings doesn't change to match the accelerating pace of change we are seeing, is the cost of this going to be ever increasing rates of mental illness?
We have to find new ways of adapting our minds, our emotions and our world view to the accelerating pace of change. The very nature of our consciousness will need to change for mankind to survive and thrive.

Key learnings:

- The current mental health statistics and solutions available
- How to raise our consciousness and build a collective future
- How neuroscience can help us change our brains and reconnect to self and others
- Ways to empower people to find their purpose so that they can unleash their true creative potential
- How to include diverse voices and help people to feel a sense of belonging
- Why psychedelic-assisted therapies could be a potential game-changer
Topics

Business

  • Mastering Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Purpose & Vision

Innovation

  • Creativity

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories
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Tania’s keynote address was an inspiring call to action on our individual and collective creative capacity. And I never thought I would witness our national team in full and rapturous song together. The experience left us all with a sense of unexpected elation! Mathew Browning, General Manager, Myer Family Company
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