Michael Crossland

‘I went to the doctors with my mum and my sister, she had an ear infection, ….
…. 5 years later I came home’.

Michael Crossland is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds of a life-threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements.  His first tell-all autobiography, released in January 2016, is now an international best seller across six different countries. 

Michael is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and speaks to a broad and diverse range of people across the globe, including corporations, businesses, schools /colleges and professional sporting groups.  In the past 12 months, his total audience numbers both nationally and internationally exceed 270,000. 

Diagnosed with an aggressive life threatening cancer before his first birthday, doctors told him school and sport were not options.  However, despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, Michael has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for seven consecutive years.  He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti. 

Now an accomplished businessman, Australian of the Year finalist, National Ambassador for five different charities including Camp Quality, and international Hall of Fame inductee, Michael inspires people from all walks of life.  His presentation is an interactive, extremely moving, emotional rollercoaster and is underpinned by the importance and power of courage, resilience, optimism and determination in achieving the impossible.   

Michael captures and inspires audiences no matter what size and leaves them with an enlightened perspective on life.  He has an absolute passion and belief in people’s ability to change direction, achieve success and become who they truly want to be.

‘Success to me is about waking up each day knowing in my heart that today I will make a difference in someone else’s life.   By living this way, we can all make this world a better place’.
Leave – and lead – with a renewed sense of purpose, passion and perspective to thrive through change.

Matina Jewell

Matina Jewell is a transformative leader providing life-changing perspective from the front-line of leadership, resilience and change. 

Matina earned military accolades in some of the toughest environments on earth and her courageous decision making, values-based leadership and vision for empowering teams continue to transform organisations globally. 

More than just another incredible life story, Matina’s lessons on leadership, resilience and seeing change as opportunity have transformed some of our largest organisations.  Her message of courage continues to empower leaders and transform mindsets from all walks of life. 

With enthralling footage that she shot on-the-front-line, stories of hardship and invaluable learning from her life-threatening missions, Matina will take you on a journey that will affect long lasting positive impact in your leaders, teams and organisations for years to come. 

Leave – and lead – with a renewed sense of purpose, passion and perspective to thrive through change. 

 Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is leadership in action. 

Brian Parker CFA

Brian joined Australian Retirement Trust in June 2015 as Chief Economist.  Prior to joining, Brian worked in a series of economics, asset allocation, and communications roles with a range of firms, including Rothschild, JP Morgan, Citigroup, MLC, and the Reserve Bank of Australia, in a career spanning 30 years.

Brian has an honours degree in economics from the University of Queensland, where he also taught macroeconomics, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

He is a regular guest on the ABC Weekend Breakfast.

In addition to his investment day job, he presents on economic and investment matters to a wide range of audiences across Australia, and over the years has addressed audiences across Asia, and in New Zealand, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, and the UK.

Gus Balbontin

Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus Balbontin never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of fomo (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17.   

By the age of 22 he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few more years and he was leading the company globally, working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams.   

Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as the Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, he loves even more, knowing those stories make a difference to people, helping them in their own business and life.   

Over the last 3 years Gus has presented to audiences of 10 across regional Australia and New Zealand, to audiences of 10,000 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. To him there’s no difference. Small, large, private, public, board room to mail room, his lessons hit a chord, his simplicity disarms you, his energy infects you and his counterintuitive way of looking at the world will motivate you to do things different. 

Often thought as futurist, not because he predicts the future, but instead because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! He loves as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI, but he warns that getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future. 

Bernard Salt AM

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community. 

Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business.  

Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics.   

He writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper and was an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School between 2010 and 2020. 

In conjunction with KPMG Australia he hosted a top-rated podcast called “What Happens Next” which discussed rising trends and important business issues. 

Bernard is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit.  

He is well known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the ‘Seachange Shift’, the ‘Man Drought’, ‘PUMCINS’ (pronounced pumkins) and the ‘Goats Cheese Curtain’.   

He is perhaps best known for popularising the phrase “smashed avocado” globally.   

Bernard was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours. 

Mark McKeon

Mark conducts keynotes and workshops on Sustainable Peak Performance Resilience, Leadership and High Performance Teams. Mark specializes in Personal Productivity, Leading and Dealing with others in challenging times and creating High Performance Culture.

He works extensively across a range of industries including Financial Services, Real Estate, Health, Retail and Education.

Mark was High Performance Coach at Collingwood in AFL for 15 years. Acted as club’s Runner for AFL 250 games. Worked with Victoria in State of Origin Series on 5 occasions. Recently inducted into the Collingwood Hall of Fame.

Former Magazine Editor and Designer of innovative Go Zone and Every Day Counts Programs and Author of 4 successful books, published internationally and widely translated.

Played senior AFL football for Melbourne and represented Victoria through the VFA.