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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, performers and innovators having developed 6 businesses and 3 charities over 3 decades.

Tania works across the public, private, creative and social sectors. She founded Creativity Australia, Creative Universe, MTA Entertainment & Events and The Song Room and works with disadvantaged communities nationally through Creativity Australia’s ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs.

Current Work:
Tania has recently co-founded Mind Medicine Australia with her husband Peter Hunt AM. Mind Medicine Australia exists to help alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness in Australia through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients. MMA is establishing safe and effective psychedelic-assisted treatments to treat a range of mental illnesses.

Tania presents keynote speeches and leadership programs and performs internationally as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri. She has released twelve albums including new solo releases The Breezes at Dawn have Secrets to Tell and Solitary Harmony.

Tania’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has been viewed over 110,000 times and sparked international interest.

She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global winning national and international awards. Creative Universe and Creative Innovation Global were ranked among the top 20 event organizers and agencies from around the world as part of the newly released Eventex All-Stars Index. Tania has founded a co-working space called Dimension5 in Melbourne to drive social innovation and collaboration.

Previous Experience:

Tania’s awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She was inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement. Tania was recently named in the 100 Women of Influence, the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs and named as one of the 100 most influential people in psychedelics globally in 2021. She was also honoured with the Award for Meritorious Service to the Community in the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the Arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities. Tania has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts in opera, music theatre and voice.

Tania’s grandmother invented the foldable umbrella in Vienna in 1929 so it’s not surprising innovation is in her blood. Her mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!

Expertise
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

We are ONE: Reconnecting to ourselves and our communities in an era of isolation

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.

Diverse people of all ages and backgrounds are yearning for support networks, deeper meaning and connections and a sense of community. In this powerful keynote experience, Tania explores the growing need for human connection in an era of accelerating technology and increasing narcissism. Tania will share the inspirational ‘With ONE Voice’ case study and will provide creative and practical strategies and actions that individuals, organizations and communities can take to bring people together when they need each other most.

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

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
Media
Feedback
Tania brings her own special magic to an event. She combines valuable insights with a fantastic singing voice - a truly unique experience. She electrified the 2018 European Business Forum. Thinkers 50 European Business Forum

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

This golden-voiced diva gave us all goose bumps. Her message was powerful and her never give up attitude was so inspiring. She has clearly earned her success through hard work and extraordinary talent. Entertaining and brilliant!

Ernst & Young - Entrepreneur of the Year

Tania de Jong brought warmth, enthusiasm and inspiration to our launch of Constellation - Professional Women’s Speaker Series. We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback on our selection of speaker. Tania managed to transcend our business world with her background as a lawyer, evoked compassion and understanding with her family history and encouraged us to be resilient when our dreams are shattered. She inspired us all to look for the music in our lives, let our dreams soar and our voices sing

Deirdre Hosking, Founding Patron, Constellation, NAB

Tania’s presentation was one of the most insightful and entertaining talks we had in recent months. The students and the professors thoroughly enjoyed the engaging talk and learnt about the power of creativity, innovation and collaboration. The importance of creativity in large corporations, the need for innovation especially in Australia and the real power of diversity are some of our key learnings we will remember and use. It was our privilege to hear her beautiful voice in the end, a perfect finish to the event. The event was a great success. A big thank you to Tania, on behalf of the students at Melbourne Business School

Melbourne Business School

Your presentation “Creative Leadership - The Key to Success in Uncertain Times” was excellent, evidenced by the number and calibre of questions from the audience. You provided cutting edge public policy thinking for our Trustees. Feedback from the event has been excellent.

Centre for Economic Development Australia

It was a fantastic experience to hear your speech at Thinkers 50 in Odense in 2018. You really made it crystal clear to all of us what “purpose” means and how important it is if you want to make a difference. Very impressive.

European Business Forum

It is truly inspiring to be in the presence of someone as passionate, creative and confident as Tania de Jong. It’s her passion and outside of the box thinking that is most impressive as she takes those around her on her incredible life journey. Most importantly, it’s her incredible being that made her keynote at our conference exceptional and that’s very hard to find. It was highly interactive, engaging, and pushed people’s boundaries which was great to observe. You are an amazing person Tania so thank you for sharing your greatness with us.

Blackbaud

Once again Tania demonstrated how well she can adjust to the needs of different audiences. For our staff conference she successfully focused on our conference themes of innovation, managing change and the importance of effective teams. As usual she managed to fully engage our group and achieved a high level of participation by all. In our post conference feedback sessions the group unanimously scored her segment as outstanding.

ASCA
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