2021 Speakers

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. Adam has a true passion for the research behind his work and has long held partnerships with various Universities throughout Asia Pacific. In fact, he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).
Sarah Ralston is on a lifelong quest to find the most effective and innovative practices to help us all make the most of our potential and opportunities. Over two decades working as a therapist and educator, in grass roots development in Asia, Australian state, federal and international community development Sarah has developed a multidisciplinary framework that supports positive behavioural change. She has combined her formal studies in anthropology, psychology and counselling (B Arts (Hons), Grad Dip Korean Lang., M Arts, Grad Dip Psych, Psych. Hons) with training and qualifications in trauma studies, neuroscience, counselling, yoga and mindfulness. She provides both the insight and practical tools to shift mindsets and take steps in the right direction.
Penny Terry loves a good yarn because she knows good stories create lasting change. She spent 10 years as an ABC radio presenter, broadcasting more than 20,000 stories from diverse perspectives. She is the Creative Director of ‘for purpose’ company Healthy Tasmania Pty Ltd which she founded with her sister, leading a wide range of projects that support all people to live the best life they can. As a speaker, mentor, and facilitator Penny champions storytelling, demonstrating its necessity along the path to influence. She takes the fear out of contributing to public conversations as she unpacks authenticity, the science of opinion and the power of emotion and vulnerability. She’s a Telstra business woman of the year national finalist and is never far from a microphone, whether it’s in the studio, on the stage or with a guitar in hand!
Kurt Fearnley AO is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist with a can-do attitude that makes the impossible possible. At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, he won gold and silver medals and was chosen as Australian Flag Bearer for the Closing Ceremony. Kurt’s determination and never-say-die attitude have rewarded him with the highest accolades in disability sport. Kurt is also active in advocacy work. He has been an ambassador for the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, was a 2010 International Day of People with Disability Ambassador and has contributed to the debate surrounding funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In June 2018, Kurt Fearnley was given the Honour of being named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
This keynote presentation looks at what leaders can influence within their schools, in order to create the environment for their staff to thrive. Exploring concepts like emotional intelligence, the impact of pressure and the theories of positive psychology and self determination, leaders will be empowered with thinking and strategies to lead for happier, healthier & higher performance. As a Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting, Dan Haesler works with corporate leaders, elite athletes & teams as well as educators. He is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside industry leaders as well as the occasional Olympian and Oscar Winner. A couple of times he has presented alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is available now with every cent going to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help get books and reading programs to some of our hardest-to-reach communities. You can buy your copy here or anywhere you buy books. You can also listen to his podcast – The Habits of Leadership.
Kristen Douglas is the Head of headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation) Schools. She is a highly respected and sought presenter nationally and internationally on the topics of youth mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention and postvention, school improvement strategies, Principal, School Staff self-care and wellbeing. Kristen has significantly contributed to the synergy between education and youth mental health, combining her experience as an educator and principal, with her passion and experience in education and mental health and wellbeing, from government policy to leading national reform initiatives. Kristen has also lead headspace School Support (suicide postvention support for Australian schools), a service that has contributed to the national and international evidence best practice in working with suicide in school communities. As head of headspace Schools, Kristen continues to lead a multi-disciplinary national team of mental health and education consultants to support primary and secondary schools across Australia to support mental health and wellbeing from promotion, prevention, early intervention to postvention. headspace Schools works across Australia with school staff, school communities, school leaders, and education sectors to enhance and strengthen mental health literacy, self-care, resilience, and help seeking. headspace (along with Early Childhood Australia) are key delivery partners to beyondblue’s Be You national initiative. headspace also works in the critical area of Principal and school leader mental health and wellbeing. headspace is contributing to a national ground swell of conversations and strategies to ensure that education staff take care of their own mental health and prioritise their wellbeing.
For 48 years, Robyn Moore has been changing peoples’ perception through “the power of the word” as an educator, in advertising, syndicated radio comedy, animation series and is one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers. She began teaching in Tasmania in 1972 and as a Speaker for 25 years, has been constantly working with Educational Leaders, School Staff, Students and Parents…throughout Australia and NZ. Robyn’s clients consistently report “life-altering” access to their full potential; positive shifts in the culture and behaviours within the school Community…and deeper satisfaction in life (professionally and personally). Robyn has a unique understanding of “The Power of the Word” and weaves together humour, powerful stories and transformational distinctions to create “experiential” presentations which inspire and reignite peoples’ leadership, resilience, passion, service, balance, results, satisfaction … and WELLBEING. Robyn’s presentations are never “ordinary”. Robyn has been National Patron of Make-A-Wish Australia and an Australia Day Ambassador for the Australia Day Council for 25+ years and is an Ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation and Dragons Abreast Australia.
Rob Edwards, has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Anatomy & Physiology. He has been a company director for 20 years in the health and well-being industry where he designed and delivered staff development programs for hundreds organizations. Prior to that he worked for five years in a cardiac rehabilitation program where he wrote the internationally distributed book “Better Blood Pressure”. He has diverse experience working with people at all levels of business, cardiac patients, young offenders, elite athletes and remote island communities. Rob founded Its Time Foundation that installs solar power in remote Pacific island schools so, those kids can have a modern education. He also founded the Plastic Free Oceans platform. Rob’s focus is simply to encourage people to take a brief time out in their busy lives to consider their most important asset – themselves. And to get you thinking about sustainable actions that you can do so you have a long and high quality life. We can’t look after other people unless we look after ourselves first. That’s why the session is called “It’s All About You”.