Michelle Gallaher is a Melbourne-based award winning entrepreneur, author and advocate for the Australian health technology sector and for women in science, technology, engineering maths and medicine (STEMM).» Read more about Michelle Gallaher
Phil Barker is the author of The Revolution of Man, a manifesto for a new masculinity, a manhood that is positive, healthy and safe.
As a regular commentator and columnist on men’s issues, he came to see the “performance of being a man, from the moment we open our eyes to our last breath, is damaging us and those around us.”» Read more about Phil Barker
For the actor a good chunk of time is spent auditioning for parts. For everyone else, in many ways life is an audition – everyone has moments when they have to step out there for what they want. We all have to deal with difficult people, we all have to learn how to balance our professional and personal lives and we all need to be as prepared as can possibly be.» Read more about Cameron Daddo
Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019.» Read more about Carly Findlay
The modern world is full of stressful complexities which often seem overwhelming and contribute to stress and anxiety. With over 30 years in training and education, psychotherapy, counselling and mentoring, Jane Elms creates custom strategies and tools to help both individuals and teams master their minds and support and nurture themselves.» Read more about Jane Elms
Differences in culture and background are simply that – differences. Not better or worse, simply different. Khadija Gbla is a cultural consultant and peer educator with unmatched ability to bridge the difference.» Read more about Khadija Gbla
Beverley Wang is a broadcaster and journalist based in Melbourne. Her journalism experience ranges from newspaper and wire service reporting to radio producing, presenting and podcasting.» Read more about Beverley Wang
Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of Exile and Home (Text, 2018). She is a South African writer, living in Perth, whose work focuses on gender, race, social justice and democracy.
Policy Advisor and Trainer – Preventing Family Violence and Violence Against Women and Children
Danny was the Chief Executive Officer of No To Violence Male Family Violence Prevention Association (NTV) Inc. for eleven years and now provides advice, training and project development in responses to and prevention of family violence and sexual assault, and gender equity.» Read more about Danny Blay
Counselling and Coaching Psychologist
Expert in blending professional and personal development
B.A., Grad. Dip. Couns Psych., Grad. Dip. Bus. Admin.
Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Jane Gilmore was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune, which started as a small newsletter in an Elwood wine bar and over seven years, turned into a national magazine with a large subscriber base and international readership. She now writes a weekly column for Fairfax Digital (The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald) which usually focusses on the latest data and research into issues that primarily affect women.» Read more about Jane Gilmore
Dr Matt Beard is a dad, husband and moral philosopher with an academic background in philosophical and military ethics. Matt is a Fellow at The Ethics Centre, a non-profit organisation based in Sydney and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is an expert in military ethics, the ethics of technology and the philosophy of happiness and human flourishing.» Read more about Dr Matt Beard
Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker. She holds a bachelor degree in Arts from Victoria University and a law degree from the University of Melbourne.» Read more about Nyadol Nyuon
Nevo is a Jewish, Queer, non-binary activist, public speaker and author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition. They are based in Naarm and run workshops and professional development in schools and workplaces around gender inclusivity, unconscious bias and recruitment. They have appeared in various media discussing their complex relationship with gender.
Zoya Patel is a writer and editor, who has been vocal on issues relating to feminism and multiculturalism since she was a teenager. Zoya is the former editor of Lip Magazine, an online feminist publication, and is the founder and director of Feminartsy. Her debut book, No Country Woman was published in August 2018 through Hachette Australia.» Read more about Zoya Patel
Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter and author. She is a columnist for SBS Life and The New Arab, and has written for ELLE, Frankie, Daily Life, Sheilas and Junkee. Amal has also produced and presented for ABC Radio National, including segments on migrant Australia, a series on Ramadan, and a visit to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.» Read more about Amal Awad
Vanessa is a co-founder & COO of Code Like a Girl, a social enterprise driving change in the tech industry and inspiring a new generation of girls to pursue coding careers. A chameleon of sorts, she’s worked with organisations in the tech, legal, health, education and government sectors in human resources and business operations capacities.» Read more about Vanessa Doake
Bri Lee is an author, writer, speaker, and editor based in Brisbane.» Read more about Bri Lee
Georgie Stone is a transgender advocate who has overcome prejudice, bullying, and legal barriers to become the remarkable young woman she is today.» Read more about Georgie Stone
Rebekah Robertson is an advocate for transgender rights and the mother of Georgie Stone. Her family’s court journey has spanned six years, including an appeal before the Family Court to remove legal obstacles to treatment for trans children.» Read more about Rebekah Robertson
Eddie Ayres is a musical adventurer, teacher, writer, broadcaster and transgender man. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing music when he was six years old. He studied viola in Manchester, Berlin and London, and played professionally in the UK and Hong Kong. After a decade of performances throughout Asia, including for the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, Ed decided on a new path, literally, and travelled by bicycle from England to Hong Kong, with only a violin for company. The journey took him a year and went through Europe, Iran, Pakistan, India and China. The trip was eventually chronicled in Cadence, Ed’s first book and a national bestseller.» Read more about Eddie Ayres
Brook McCarthy is a digital marketing trainer and business coach with 15 years’ experience in digital communications.» Read more about Brook McCarthy
No one defies the computer science stereotype quite like Ally Watson with her charming Scottish accent, disarming wit and colourfully tattooed skin. Her unique and refreshing insights into the life of a female developer in a male-dominated industry allow for the delivery of thought-provoking and action-inspiring presentations that are deemed to spark positive change in the technology industry.» Read more about Ally Watson
Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. She is Editor-at-Large for the Nine Network’s Future Women platform and hosts their podcast of the same name. Jamila is a regular commentator on The Project, Today, 3AW, The Drum and ABC News Breakfast and an occasional host on ABC Melbourne Afternoons.
Jamila’s easygoing, professional and infectious style also puts her in high demand as an MC, interviewer and host. She has interviewed many celebrities and thinkers, including Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, Julia Gillard, George Megalogenis, Manal Al-Sharif, Aminatau Sau, Dannii Minogue, Gillian Triggs, Zoe Foster-Blake, Zinzi Clemmons, Tom Keneally and Naomi Watts.» Read more about Jamila Rizvi
Tracey Spicer AM is an author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE.» Read more about Tracey Spicer
Eddie Perfect is one of Australia’s most diverse, respected and prolific writer/composer/performers, having made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition, playwriting, screenwriting, classical music, jazz and acting for stage and screen. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mick Holland on Ten’s Offspring, a judge on Australia’s Got Talent, and as the new host of Play School, Eddie has won multiple awards for his work both as a performer and a writer.
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Jason Ball is the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria, best known as the pioneering LGBTI advocate who in 2012 became the first male Aussie Rules footballer at any level of the game to publicly come out as gay in the national media. Jason used this platform to launch a campaign to challenge homophobia in sport and drive cultural change within the AFL.» Read more about Jason Ball
Comedian, Writer and Broadcaster, Sami Shah has been profiled in the New York Times and ABC’s Australian Story, and appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, TEDx, The Project, and the Soho Theatre.» Read more about Sami Shah
Mariam Veiszadeh is a lawyer, diversity & inclusion practitioner, advocate and a social commentator, and in 2016 was named the Fairfax Daily Life Woman of the Year.» Read more about Mariam Veiszadeh
Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV documentary presenter, speaker, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. She is currently host, co-executive producer and co-writer of Cyberhate with Tara Moss on the ABC, examining the phenomenon of online abuse.» Read more about Tara Moss
Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author.
Dr Jane Gleeson-White is a writer and speaker passionate about the natural world, literature and economics.» Read more about Jane Gleeson-White
George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great.» Read more about George Megalogenis
Since giving up stand-up comedy by popular demand, Jonathan Holloway has spent more than twenty years as an international artistic director, chief executive and cultural leader.» Read more about Jonathan Holloway
Criminal Lawyer, refugee, awe-inspiring speaker.
Deng Adut is a community leader, author and internationally renowned lawyer. He has been nationally recognised for his achievements with NSW Premier Mike Baird inviting Deng to give the 2016 Australia Day Address, which drew critical acclaim home and abroad. The 2016 Australia Day address can be read here. In November 2016, Deng was named NSW Australian of the Year.» Read more about Deng Adut
A cross-cultural consultant, Tasneem has recently been appointed an Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Previously, she was one of 50 Women You Need to Know in 2017’s Herald Sun International Women’s Day count, following a listing in Latte Magazine’s 2016 Women to Watch. In previous years she has been listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 most influential ‘Movers and Shakers in Melbourne’ and The Australian Magazine‘s Leader series, of Top Ten Thinkers.» Read more about Tasneem Chopra
Judy Horacek is an award winning Australian cartoonist, children’s book illustrator and writer, known for her wonderful sense of humour and her strong sense of equality and social justice.» Read more about Judy Horacek
Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie has been playfully preparing humans for the future since 2003. A technology analyst, trained ethnographer and professional game designer, Kate mixes the playful and the serious to engage audiences with compelling stories and useful insights.» Read more about Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie
Frances Whiting is Queensland’s best-known and best-loved newspaper columnist. For five years her weekly column in the Sunday Mail has made readers smile, cry, tear their hair out, and on several occasions, fall out of bed laughing. Frances is also the Associate Editor of the Sunday Mail and Senior Feature Writer. When she isn’t doing all of these things she enjoys playing guitar badly and falling off her surfboard.» Read more about Frances Whiting
Michelle Law is an award-winning writer and screenwriter whose previous speaking engagements include TEDx events, Woodford Folk Festival, writer’s festivals, ABC radio and The Project. Her stories and essays have been widely anthologized and her films have screened nationally at festivals and on the ABC.» Read more about Michelle Law
With a passion for equality, social justice and mental health, Jill is fascinated by the complexity of the human experience and has a unique ability to bring the issues that matter to life.» Read more about Jill Stark
Kate James is an author, coach and mindfulness teacher who helps her clients discover authentic, creative and purposeful lives.» Read more about Kate James
Ruth Clare is a Melbourne-based author and speaker. Her memoir Enemy: A Daughter’s Story of How Her Father Brought the Vietnam War Home is about growing up with a violent father and an alcoholic mother, and the way Ruth faced these trials with courage and strength. Her book is also a compassionate unraveling of the psychological impact of war on veterans and their families.» Read more about Ruth Clare
Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. She was a cowriter and star of ABC’s Black Comedy. She has been an artist in residence at Griffin Theatre Company (2013) and was playwright in residence at Belvoir Theatre from 2012 – 2014.» Read more about Nakkiah Lui
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. He has spearheaded public debates on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.» Read more about Tim Costello
Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist in June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications. Along with Daily Life (Fairfax), Celeste’s work has been seen in The Guardian, New Matilda, Tracker Magazine, Eureka Street and others, and she has contributed chapters to anthologies such as Pan Macmillan’s Mothers and Others.» Read more about Celeste Liddle
Esther Mckay is a retired Forensic Investigator, bestselling author and social justice campaigner. She is a passionate and long-standing mental health advocate dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma around mental health issues, improving conditions and creating better support services for first responders.» Read more about Esther McKay
Clare Bowditch is one of Australia’s most successful ARIA Award-winning songwriters, a Logie-nominated actor (Channel 10’s Offspring), and the founder of Big Hearted Business, where she teaches creative people about business, and business people about creativity.» Read more about Clare Bowditch
Kate McLennan is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer. Her recent projects include co-writing and starring in The Katering Show and Bleak: The Web Series, which launched on YouTube in 2014. Bleak is currently in development with the ABC.» Read more about Kate McLennan
With his youthful exuberance, charming storytelling and wickedly sharp turn-of-phrase, Tommy Dassalo has fast found himself among Australia’s most sought after young stand-up comedians, television writers and podcasters. At 10 years old, he was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a rare and life threatening illness. He spent two years in the Children’s Hospital if Melbourne, before finally receiving a Bone Marrow Transplant.» Read more about Tommy Dassalo
In September 2001, at the age of 18, Mike was struck down with the deadly meningococcal virus while on a routine football trip. As a result he suffered extensive injuries and was given a 5 percent chance of survival.» Read more about Mike Rolls
Mark is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, TedX speaker and influential thought leader, and is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia’s leading organisations.» Read more about Mark McCrindle
Entrepreneur, TV personality and mental health advocate
Growing up the eldest son of a prominent politician, Melbourne-based Nick Bracks was already accustomed to the spotlight when he was offered a contract with American Crew in 2009. His profile grew quickly and before long, Nick branched out from modelling to become a prime time television favourite.» Read more about Nick Bracks
Donna is an adventurer at heart. She’s an inspiring speaker, author, blogger, and humanitarian, crazy runner, and marathoner. Donna is also an adventure & performance coach, and workshop facilitator. Inspiring many people with her challenges and ‘go do it’ attitude, that those who work with her are achieving their BIG goals!» Read more about Donna Campisi
Dr Arne Rubinstein has been working with teenagers and their families for over 30 years as a doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. He is the author of the 2013 book The Making of Men, which has become a bestseller. He was the CEO and co-founder of the Pathways Foundation, which creates contemporary rites of passage for adolescents. He recently founded Uplifting Australia to improve the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families.» Read more about Dr Arne Rubinstein
Maria’s career has spanned the private, public and non-government sectors. She began her career in the arts where she held a number of roles as a general manager, producer and arts management consultant before joining the Victorian public service where she was responsible for arts policy and industry development.
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Authentic. Personable. Empowering. Samantha’s heartfelt story brings people on a journey of transformation, humanity and incredible will power.» Read more about Samantha Gash
Luke S. Kennedy was formerly an obese alcoholic and drug addict. He was leader of a street fighting and graffiti crew. Luke came close to death numerous times and also nearly killed others in street battles. He was stabbed on two separate occasions; once in the lung and the other time in the head.» Read more about Luke Kennedy
Tony Nicholls is an accomplished live broadcast journalist who has held roles over the last ten years with the ABC, SBS and Network Ten, covering state, national and international stories.» Read more about Tony Nicholls
From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950’s and 60’s, surviving the advice of his alleged ‘Career Advisory Officer’, Bryan escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia’s finest humorists. His journey has resembled the comment of fellow humorist, the late Spike Milligan, who said of his life ‘I have nothing organised, so nothing can go wrong’.» Read more about Bryan Dawe
Dr Damon Young is a philosopher and writer. He is the author of seven books, including The Art of Reading, How to Think About Exercise, Philosophy in the Garden, and Distraction. His books have been published widely in Australia and abroad, and translated into various languages, including Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Turkish, Korean and Chinese. Damon is also a prolific newspaper columnist and radio commentator. He recently won the AAP media prize for his work as a public intellectual.» Read more about Damon Young
Jesse Fink has worked in journalism and publishing for over 20 years in various capacities: editor, writer, columnist, author.
Jesse is the author of four books: Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back In Black, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, Laid Bare and 15 Days in June.» Read more about Jesse Fink
Mark is a writer, a community worker, a campaigner for social justice, and an author. He assists the oppressed, the persecuted and the marginalised to tell their stories. He uses his writing, his photography and other styles of media to motivate people to be the change they want to see in the world.
Luke is a former AFL player. He played 133 games with the Sydney Swans including the 2005 Premiership. Since retiring from the game, he has completed a Bachelor of Arts at RMIT and has spent a year volunteering in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. Luke is passionate about promoting gender equity and preventing men’s violence, and has extensive experience delivering education and capacity building programs on these topics to a range of different groups» Read more about Luke Ablett
Maxine Mckewʼs background is in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline and 7.30 Report. Her work has been recognised by her peers and she is a recipient of both Logie and Walkely awards. When she left broadcasting and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government.» Read more about Maxine McKew
Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and she is the director of the Bachelor of Global Studies, also at Monash University. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, and the modern Muslim experience.» Read more about Dr Susan Carland
Author, academic, broadcaster, rock musician, former human rights lawyer and AFL mascot, Waleed Aly is one of Australia’s most exciting political and social commentators. Waleed is known in the public eye as a host on The Project, and from appearances on Q&A, Meet The Press, The 7.30 Report, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton and the host of ABC’s Big Ideas. In December 2014 he finished a two-year stint as the presenter of ABC Radio National’s Drive program.» Read more about Waleed Aly
David Hunt is a writer, satirist and historian. He is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Australian Independent Booksellers (Indie) Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and was shortlisted for several other literary awards. He has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, The Chaser Quarterly and The Hoopla. He co-presents the Australian history podcast Rum, Rebels & Ratbags with Dom Knight for ABC Radio and has appeared regularly on ABC Radio shows, including Outsiders, Background Briefing, Counterpoint, The Drawing Room and Evenings with Dom Knight.» Read more about David Hunt
Sian Prior is probably best known as an ABC radio presenter, a columnist and critic for The Age, and a musician. But this accomplished public performer is also the author of an acclaimed memoir, Shy. Her book solves the riddle of how someone who has grappled for decades with debilitating social anxiety has nevertheless managed to carve out a series of successful careers in the public eye.» Read more about Sian Prior
Claire Dunn is a writer, journalist, educator, barefoot explorer and author of My Year Without Matches, the memoir of her extraordinary journey living in the bush for a year learning wilderness survival skills.» Read more about Claire Dunn
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate, now in its fifth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia. Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.» Read more about Sally Warhaft
Daniel Witthaus has spent the past two decades challenging homophobia one cuppa at a time in schools, rural communities and, occasionally, developing countries like Sri Lanka, Poland and Indonesia. He is the author of Beyond Priscilla: one gay man, one gay truck, one big idea… (2014), Beyond ‘That’s So Gay!’: Challenging homophobia in Australian schools (2010) and the Pride & Prejudice educational package (2002, 2012) – which won three Tasmanian schools Human Rights Week awards.» Read more about Daniel Witthaus