Travels from: New South Wales
Passionate about diversity, leadership and cultural transformation
Categories: Business Speakers, Women in Business
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Avril Henry is ready and willing to pass on her knowledge to your team. Passionate about diversity, leadership and cultural transformation, she is straightforward in her approach ensuring every audience member understands and implements her strategies.
Several years ago, the Australian Armed Forces found themselves needing assistance as younger generations saw no merit in having a career in the navy, army or air force. They were receiving fewer and fewer inquires and the talent pool depleted massively.
The government turned to Avril for help in understanding why this was occurring and what could be done to mend it.
Completing a Ministerial Review for the Minister of Defence into Recruitment and Retention in the Army, Air Force and Navy, Avril was appointed as a Strategic Advisor to the Chief of Navy. She also was able to join the Navy’s People and Capability Committee, being the first female and only civilian on the committee.
In 2013, Avril was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Chief of Army on gender diversity, values and cultural reform, coaching senior officers in those topics to ensure a balanced and inclusive workplace for all. Her extensive work with the government has seen the number of recruits increase and an overall cultural transformation.
Throughout the past decade, she has won the Lifetime Achievement in HR Award. Avril has also been a finalist for Best HR Director at the Australian Human Resources Awards and the Sydney Business Review’s Business Woman of the Year Award. Her impeccable achievements have been recognised by the New South Wales Government as part of International Woman’s Day.
Aside from all her incredible work, Avril has been featured across multiple television and radio shows as the resident expert on workplace relations and HR. She has also contributed to newspaper articles and publications and authored and co-authored several books.
Avril’s latest book ‘Leadership Revelations ll How Australians Lead in Crises’ topped the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s best brain food books in 2012.
When she isn’t busy influencing workplaces across the nation, Avril enjoys raising money for several charities by completing adventure runs.
The perfect speaker for any business event, Avril Henry speaks passionately and openly about the importance of creating diverse and strong teams. She is highly sought after for her views on leadership, organisational change, gender differences and intergenerational issues facing workplaces. Avril has spoken to a range of industries including Finance, Retail, IT and Legal Businesses in countries around the world.
Avril was an excellent presenter, challenging our conservative thoughts on good leadership
Avril is a fantastic presenter – energetic and engaging. She captivated a large audience of people leaders with her insights into Gen X and Y and the challenges and opportunities in managing them
The feedback has been terrific, the participants appear really motivated and inspired and much of that is thanks to your contribution