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Meet the Incredible Women Blazing Trails for Future Generations

A quick Google search defines a trailblazer as a pioneer, or someone who blazes a trail to guide others. History books are full of incredible stories of trailblazing women, relentless visionaries who bravely challenged the status quo to forge a new path in their field – from activists, artists and discoverers to leaders, athletes and performers. Think Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosa Parks, Jeanne Baret and Grace Hopper, just to name a few.

Luckily for us, there are some truly inspirational modern-day women blazing some pretty epic trails too. Remarkable women who are strong, determined, courageous and resilient, whose captivating stories will provide inspiration to generations of women to come. These women have stories worth telling, and we’d love to introduce you to some of our favourites…

Jana PittmanRosie Batty AODr Jessica GallagherTuria Pitt
Jessica FoxMagda SzubanskiTayla HarrisLibby Trickett
Grace TameDr Bronwyn KingJasmine ‘Jazz’ YoungAriarne Titmus
Gill HicksCathy FreemanMia FreedmanRachel Robertson
Clare BowditchShaynna Blaze

Sophie Delezio

Abigail Forsyth
Anna RoseMoana HopeMia FreedmanLauren Burns
Tiffiny Hall

Elaine Jobson

Emma Murray

Brooke Boney

Jasmine ‘Jazz’ YoungJessica WatsonKarni LidellSally Pearson

Grace Brennan

Tania Major

Liz Volpe

Sharon Bown

Shelley Ware

JJ Ferrari

Fabian Dattner

International Women's Day 2022On 8th March 2022, we celebrate International Women’s Day, tackling prejudice with the theme #BreakTheBias. Every single one of our incredible Women in Business speakers, all trailblazers in their own right, would make a powerful addition to your event line-up – get in touch if you’d like us to connect you!

International Women’s Day 2022: It’s Time to ‘Break the Bias’

On 8th March 2022 we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), facing prejudice head on in our efforts to #BreakTheBias.

For decades, women have been dedicating their lives to creating an equal world. A world that is diverse and inclusive. A world free of bias, stereotype and discrimination. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Now it’s time to do your part to #BreakTheBias. Planning for your International Women’s Day event starts now!

Let us connect you with some of the most inspiring women you’re ever likely to meet. Women with an unwavering commitment to breaking the bias, whose enthralling stories of resilience, determination and empowerment are guaranteed to captivate your audience.

Here are just a few of the remarkable women we can introduce you to…

Anyier YuolAnyier Yuol

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, Anyier is an inspiring entrepreneur who is passionate about improving the representation of minority groups through the sport, beauty and fashion industries.

Elizabeth BroderickElizabeth Broderick

As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and respected United Nations adviser, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men.

Karla GrantKarla Grant

Karla has spent the last 16 years presenting and producing Living Black, Australia’s longest-running Indigenous current affairs tv program, fulfilling her lifelong commitment to giving Indigenous people a voice.

Tasneem Chopra, OAMTasneem Chopra, OAM

A prominent activist with a passion for addressing social justice issues, Tasneem was named the inaugural 2021 Ambassador for Women of Colour, as well as the Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Penelope TwemlowPenelope Twemlow

Penelope is a true leader of people and operations, passionate about and actively supporting various agencies working in the equity and diversity, domestic violence, mental health and homelessness arenas.

Anoushka GungadinAnoushka Gungadin

As an experienced CEO, Board Director, global entrepreneur and author, Anoushka believes that leveraging the diversity of people, culture, perspective and skill in business is the key to solving major economic and social issues.

Chelsea RoffeyChelsea Roffey

Chelsea is a speaker, author, researcher and Winston Churchill Fellow who has travelled the globe examining the barriers and opportunities of diversity. Pioneering the role of women in a non-traditional domain, she was also the first woman to umpire an AFL Grand Final!

Kemi NekvapilKemi Nekvapil

Having spent her entire childhood in foster care, Kemi uses her experience of disempowerment to inspire others to fulfil their own potential and live their best life.

As we celebrate the incredible achievements of these wonderful women, we also applaud other extraordinary female trailblazers genuinely committed to breaking the bias. Each of these female motivational speakers have powerful stories to tell, and would make a wonderful addition to your IWD event line-up.

Our team here at Keynote is waiting to hear from you – get in touch with us today!

Leading Your Team Out of the Pandemic and Into Success

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Effective leadership has always been critical to the success of a business, but the definition of what it takes to be a good leader has evolved greatly over the last two years. While the fundamentals of good leadership hold tight, our pandemic learnings have necessitated a whole new set of critical leadership skills for future leaders. So as we head into a post-pandemic work world, what exactly will it take to be a good leader?

For businesses to flourish in a post-Covid work world, where a hybrid workforce is likely to be the norm, the next generation of leaders needs to embrace the lessons learned through the pandemic and lead their team with empathy and integrity. Leaders will need to be humble, tech-savvy, collaborative, trustworthy, kind, flexible, positive, authentic and innovative. They’ll need to possess emotional intelligence, be a visionary guide and an enthusiastic cheerleader for their team. Not much to ask, right?

Leadership expert Lisa McKinnes-SmithAccording to Lisa McInnes-Smith, renowned performance expert and author of 7 best-selling books, heading into the post-covid era the best leaders “are not only self-aware and clear in purpose, but they have also developed daily habits and patterns that motivate and influence their team in a flexible working environment.”

Lisa believes that best-practice bosses of the future need to demonstrate their leadership by:

1. enabling their team to feel cared for while they work from home
2. focusing on the high-value behaviours that bring results both personally and professionally
3. helping people transition between workplace situations
4. creating an atmosphere of open communication
5. developing a culture where different views benefit the team
6. helping people manage their own performance and monitor their personal wellbeing
7. helping people keep a sense of humour about their situation
8. leading discussions around personal and team wellbeing

LinkedIn Learning’s 2021 Workplace Learning Report revealed similar findings, with communication across remote or distributed teams and emotional intelligence ranking as two of the most important skills required.

Revered American business executive and philanthropist Sheryl Sandberg once said, “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”

If you’re looking for a prime example of this, someone who embodies all the key attributes of a good leader, look across the ditch to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s treasured Prime Minister. Her live Facebook chats, relatable style and kind actions resonate with people on an emotional level, while her clear, decisive political leadership has earned an unparalleled level of trust from her countrymen.

As Lisa McInnes-Smith says, “the quality of an organisation’s performance depends on the quality and depth of its leaders.” And it seems that to be a good leader in the post-covid era, you need to lead with genuine care and compassion. As far as silver linings of the pandemic go, we think that’s a pretty special one.


Lisa McInnes-Smith is a gifted communicator, passionately inspiring people to elevate their performance with simple, practical steps. She’s presented to more than 2 million people across 26 countries, authored 7 best-selling books and is the first person outside North America to be inducted into the international Speaker Hall of Fame. Imagine what she could do for your business! One of the most uplifting and entertaining motivational speakers out there, Lisa will inspire your team to greatness – talk to us about engaging her for your event today!

Finding the New ‘Business as Usual’ in a Post-Pandemic World

For decades, ‘business as usual’ meant reporting to the office, meeting with colleagues and sitting at your prescribed desk until home time. In a matter of weeks, everything changed. Covid-19 arrived, and along with it terms like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘lockdown’ – words that would completely and irrevocably disrupt standard operating procedure for businesses around the world. Now the question beckons – in a post-pandemic world, what exactly is ‘business as usual’? And is remote work here to stay?

WIs remote work the new business as usual?hen the pandemic struck, businesses scrambled to transform the way they operate, thanks to a seismic shift that was never part of their 5-year plan. Workers were given a crash course in modern technology and sent home from the office with a remote log-in and a prayer. Working from home was no longer just an option for the lucky few, it was the only option for everyone.

While most workers were happy to skip the obligatory commute to work and have the freedom to customise their days to suit their personal needs, bosses were forced to re-evaluate their attitudes towards remote work.

Bernard SaltAccording to Bernard Salt, leading media commentator, business analyst, demographer and one of Australia’s most in-demand keynote speakers, the view used to be that “if you were working from home, you were having a bit of a bludge, having a day off. That was the unspoken culture.”

But thanks to a new digitally connected world, tools like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams helped ease long-held negative perceptions around remote work productivity. And rightly so. Recent findings from a two-year study of more than 800,000 employees, conducted by Great Place to Work, found working from home was just as productive as working from the office – possibly more so.

Creating value for a hybrid workforce

The 2021 Accenture Future of Work Study found that 83% of workers now prefer a more flexible hybrid work model.

In Bernard’s view, “for 25 years prior to the pandemic, about 5% of workers were working from home according to census results.  But during the pandemic, we developed a taste for this way of working because it delivered empowerment and contributed to our lifestyle. In a post-Covid world, it could be that 15% of the workforce regularly (say 2 days per week) work from home – that net extra 10% equates to more than a million workers working from home in some kind of hybrid arrangement.”

So how can business leaders create a post-pandemic work world that will keep hybrid employees happy and productive?

According to Bernard, that hybrid arrangement is where employers really need to define their value if they’re to succeed. He believes that “work tasks requiring concentration and creativity will be done from home, while the office will become the place for learning, ideation, collaboration with colleagues as well as client meetings, socialising, schmoozing and celebrating. Out with open plan cubicles; in with agile collaboration spaces.”

“In the post-Covid era there needs to be purpose and value in coming into the office – the workplace needs to be a space for engagement and learning, where inhouse or external experts teach and transfer knowledge. Offering workers high-value experiences, like the chance to learn from and be inspired by corporate and industry leaders, is one way to build a happy hybrid workforce.”

Although we all hope we’ve seen the back of pandemic life, the experience has proven that disruption itself isn’t always a bad thing. In Bernard’s words, “sometimes a shakeup like WFH is precisely what is required to test whether the old way of doing things is the best way forward. The post-pandemic era offers the opportunity to rebuild a better version of the world we left behind.”

So maybe the time was right to re-evaluate the old ‘business as usual’ model, and now we’ll re-emerge a more flexible, digitally-savvy, compassionate and productive society. After all, as Henry Ford said, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”.

Bernard Salt is one of the best minds in the business when it comes to the future of work. As a leading media commentator and business analyst, as well as author of six best-selling books, Bernard is one of the most popular and captivating
business speakers on the corporate speaking circuit. If you’d like to engage Bernard to talk to your team about the opportunities that lie ahead, get in touch with us for a chat!