2021 Speakers

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!
Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker,  trend forecaster and bestselling author of nine books. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum. Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to Medium.com and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations. Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.
Adam is a real leader who walks the talk. His speaking offerings are filled with stories, messages, tools and hope developed from years of successful School Leadership as a Principal in some of Australia’s most challenging locations. Adam is a leader & speaker who has genuinely ‘been there and done that’. Current Work: Adam is taking his message about schools and leadership to a new level and also providing high quality interactive training for School Leaders and Teachers through Real Schools. And further he transforms businesses, companies, teams and organisations through Real Learners. Adam’s speaking and programs have taken him across Australia and internationally. Just some of his achievements include: - Being featured on Channel 7’s Sunrise program as a Bullying Expert - Presenting a TED Talk at the inaugural TEDx Darwin event - Winning his first Principal position at only 35 years of age. - Presenting on School Culture at the 2012 ACEL Conference in Brisbane - Opening a brand new Northern Territory school as its inaugural Principal. - Speaking at International Conferences about developing successful school cultures in Singapore and then also more recently – in Kazakhstan. Adam is connecting with leaders and educators locally and internationally with bias for long-term Partnerships that sustain change. His determination to impact and empower all leaders with this message is endless and this shines through each and every presentation. He has a passion for empowering as many dedicated leaders and educators as possible with the tools, skills and attitudes necessary to build meaningful, productive relationships wherever they are. And for these relationships to be leveraged for a new level of performance and leadership potential.
Claire Madden M.A. (Lead.), B.A. (Comms.) Claire Madden (www.clairemadden.com) is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker, and media commentator, Claire is in high demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics, and implications of generational change. Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials. Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications for educators, managers, and business leaders. Claire is commissioned by some of the nation’s largest companies and leading brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society. As a media commentator, Claire is regularly interviewed on prominent television programs including ABC News Tonight, The Drum, The Today Show, SkyNews, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in print media. Claire is also a PhD candidate, studying the impact of Gen Z and work. Claire is also the Founder and Director of the research based strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity (www.helloclarity.com.au).
Will Smith is a Youth Leadership Expert, Coach and Speaker. Will is the Director of JCP Youth. He is known for his decade long youth work; developing, implementing and connecting innovative youth programs in Australia and around the world. Will is a nationally awarded role model that has been recognised for his work with at-risk young people across Australia and in areas in the Middle East.
Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, and a global leader in K-12 education innovation. As a renowned learning designer, facilitator and keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest education events, Dave has chaired the UK’s BETT Arena, spoken at ASCD USA and Edutech Australia, and shared the stage with education innovators including Ken Robinson, Angela Lee Duckworth, Anthony Salcito and Sugata Mitra. Dave’s education leadership journey began when he became a Principal at age 24, with further Principal tenures at Primary and Secondary schools over the next decade as well as a three-year period as a District Superintendent. He is the co-author of our best-selling books ‘Edupreneur’ and ‘Dream Team’, has provided professional development to more than 100,000 educators over the last decade and is a seasoned expert in driving positive education changes. Dave works globally to advise and support system and organisational education leaders, and can be contacted directly on dave@educationchangemakers.com, or for more information please visit educationchangemakers.com. 
Aaron is the Director of Innovation and co-founder of Education Changemakers, and is our innovation and design-thinking specialist. In particular he brings future-focused learning, entrepeneurial pedagogy and highly creative practices to his workshops and support offerings. Aaron is the lead author with Dave of our books ‘Edupreneur’ and ‘Dream Team’, and works closely with our education specialists to fuse best- practice innovation approaches with the unique realities of K-12 education. He holds three Masters degrees and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and brings a diverse leadership and entrepreneurial skill-set to workshops based on seven years as a decorated military officer, a decade of humanitarian work in education projects across Africa and the Asia Pacific, and experience co-founding the globally renowned impact entrepreneurship organisation YGAP. Aaron is the creator of Microsoft’s global AI for Good Challenge, works globally for us and is a passionate adventurer and social entrepreneur. For more information educationchangemakers.com.
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.
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%).
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).