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Karen Ferry

Travels from: New South Wales


An advertising and cultural commentator offering a diverse point of view

Categories: Branding & Marketing, Business Speakers, MCs & Hosts

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Born a black sheep to a family of engineers, Karen Ferry's childhood quickly proved that she was rubbish at chemistry, pretty good at physics but excellent at creative problem solving. Coupling that skill with past experiences as a street artist, jewellery designer and youth marketer, Karen now works with agencies and organisations to create engaging creative solutions that tap into human behaviour, in a non-traditional way.

Karen is also interested in how we as people can live better lives - whether through diversity, circular economies, or understanding of place. It could be something as ginormous as sustainable product creation, to reframing the minutae of email spam. She is passionate about smart and strategic solutions, that continually push back against the forgettable dangers of ‘nice’ work.

In 2018, Karen was selected as one of 15 worldwide See It Be It delegates for the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, and is the National Head of AWARD School - Australia’s premier course in ideas and creativity. 

Karen is an advertising and cultural commentator who offers a diverse point of view about marketing and social issues, through articles and media appearances. She frequently appears on ABC’s Gruen and The Project, has delivered keynote speeches and moderated panels, and spoken on podcasts including Yumi Styles’ Ladies We Need to Talk, The Signal, Claire Hooper’s The Pineapple Project and the culturally-diverse Brown Riot.

She is available as an MC, guest keynote and event speaker for business events on creativity, diversity and innovation.

Speaker Topics

Advertising: The truth of us
How consumer trends tell us more about human life than the history books
Fostering a Culture of Diverse Creative Thinking
Workshops and training sessions on how to work around unconscious bias and create inclusive work
The Impact of Sustainability on Consumerism
How marketers and businesses can proactively adapt to the demands of climate change
The Millennial Future
How millennial leaders will reshape the future of the environment, politics and the economy
The New Asian Diaspora
The cultural phenomenon of second generation Asian Australian diaspora discovering its identity and sense of community
The Value of Diversity
The ultimate value add to industries and organisations
Karen Ferry - Branding & Marketing

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