I guess my speaking career began as part of the debate club at Westminster School, being able to think on my feet and present a coherent argument. And at scouts camp too where we told stories and sang songs and performed skits around the campfire.  

Clarissa Pinkola-Estés in her book ‘The Gift of Story’ says, “Stories that instruct, renew and heal provide a vital nourishment to the psyche that cannot be obtained in any other way. Stories reveal over and over again the precious and peculiar knack that humans have for triumph over travail. They provide all the vital instructions we need to live a useful, necessary and unbounded life – a life of meaning, a life worth remembering.” When we can engage in our own, other people’s, as well as the life stories of the planet, we find community again and a way of interacting with the vast, unseen world.

The language of archetypes provides a deep resonance that is accessible to all. In my speaking career I’ve found that when I take an archetypal approach it gives myself – and the audience – an opportunity to organise our perception around one pattern and gives us a map to navigate what’s presenting to us. Forming a story around an archetype helps us perceive the patterns, which we can’t always access through facts, figures and data on their own.

Many a time I’ve been asked to speak on the topic of leadership and at a recent talk on the potential of future leaders I mentioned the necessity for pathfinders to activate the Destroyer, Steward and Artist (not Starving Artist!) archetypes.


You can view my TEDx talk ‘Archetypes and Mythology. Why They Matter Even More So Today’ here.

I’m frequently asked to speak on the following topics:

  • Leading from the collective: a new paradigm of leadership
  • New power, old power and the emerging future
  • Navigating change in the new normal
  • Trust in a world of fragmented reality
  • The different intelligence types that must be engaged to lead for the future
  • Retail’s role in a purpose-driven economy
  • Archetypes: a map to read life
  • Development of talent: trends and challenges for the future workforce

You can also read my speaker bio on Enhance Entertainment.

Past speaking clients and conferences include:

  • Qantas
  • News Corp
  • ChangeCampAU
  • Swedbank
  • Tallink
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Senken Shimbun
  • Velrada
  • IDEO
  • Government of South Australia’s Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Entrepreneurs Week
  • Educate Plus
  • Food South Australia Summit
  • Insurance Australia Group
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • trendwatching.com
  • Australian Grape and Wine Authority
  • Central Queensland University
  • Inside Retail Academy
  • Wolff Olins
  • Community Leadership Australia
  • Emma Hack Gallery
  • Made in Riverland
  • Estonian IT College
  • Tallinn Marketing Week
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Global Lithuanian Leaders
  • Kaunas University of Technology
  • National Australia Bank
  • SALA Festival
  • Australasian Research Management Society
  • CPA Australia
  • Government of South Australia’s Department for Manufacturing, Innovation Trade, Resources and Energy
  • Changemakers Festival
  • Tasting Australia
  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Australasian Constellation Intensive
  • Anthroposophical Society
  • The University of Adelaide MBA Program
  • Pecha Kucha Tokyo
  • Qi Global Asian Summit of Sustainable Innovation
  • International Travel Catering Association
  • Temple University Japan
  • Designboost
  • Insight Conference
  • Verslo Žinios
  • The Studio
  • Gone Bush Adventures
  • IAP2A Australasia
  • Spark Festival
  • Ozwater
  • Royal Automobile Association
  • Leaders Institute of South Australia
  • TEDx Kaunas

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