2019's World Class Speakers

The Honourable Julie Bishop

The Honourable Julie Bishop is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected
politicians. For 20 years Julie served as the federal member for the West Australian seat of Curtin. She was Australia’s Foreign Minister for five years, representing our nation’s interests on the world stage. She was the first female in that role, and also the first female to be Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in its 75 year history, working for four different leaders over 11 years.

To global acclaim, Julie led the international response to the downing of Malaysian
Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. Under her leadership, the Foreign Policy White
Paper was developed providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next
decade. Her most cherished legacy – the New Colombo Plan - has supported
40,000 Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region.

Prior to entering politics, she was Managing Partner of Perth law firm Clayton Utz.

She is an advocate for women in business and leadership and is looking forward to sharing her personal experiences and lessons with Nurture Her attendees in Fiji. 

"How to lead with dignity and grace"

Julie Stevanja

Julie is the co-founder and CEO of e-commerce powerhouse Stylerunner. After a stint in London working for movie-streaming site Mubi, Julie identified a gap in the women's fashion market for a dedicated destination for premium designer activewear brands - she started Stylerunner in 2012. It is now considered a global leader in the category. Within the first three years, Stylerunner grew by 1736 per cent - it is now an empire worth tens of millions with 30 employees. They ship to 100 countries. Julie and Stylerunner have accrued a slew of accolades including being named 2016 Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Retail Congress, and making Deloitte's Tech 50 list, BRW Fast Starters, and Inside Retail Top 50 in eCommerce. Julie was a 2016 finalist for the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award.

Instagram: @juliestevanja / www.stylerunner.com

"How to find a niche and own it: lessons from the founder of a multi-million dollar ecommerce business"

Gretta van Riel

Gretta featured in Forbes' 30 Under 30 last year, recognising her entrepreneurial skills. In 2012, at the age of 22, she founded SkinnyMe Tea with just $24 in the bank and got it to $600k in just six months. SkinnyMe Tea became a global success and five years on has sold over 11 million cups of tea worldwide. She went on to launch brands like Dropbottle, Skintox Co, and The 5TH Watches (which achieved $1m in sales in one day), all leveraging the power of Instagram and social influencer campaigns.

Gretta’s most recent venture is an influencer marketing platform called Hey Influencers which helps to link and grow relationships between brands and social media influencers.

Instagram: @gretta 

"How to leverage your social network to build a successful business"

Libby Babet

For Libby, what began as a life-changing diagnosis of malignant hypertension in her early 20s turned into a life-long mission to inspire women to be happy, healthy, empowered and active. With a heartfelt mission and the determination to achieve it, Libby set out with a positive attitude, saying yes to the opportunities that came along - now she finds herself at the helm of five successful businesses.

Libby knew that the best way for her to help people feel good about themselves and live life to the fullest was through health and fitness, so she created some unique businesses including female-only training community BUF Girls, Bondi-based athletic group-training studio AGOGA, and healthy food businesses Chief BarBeauty Food and This Natural Life. This year, Libby and husband Justin became co-owners of Nurture Her, further fitting the ethos of helping women who want self-development.  

The successful businesswoman is also a trainer on The Biggest Loser: Transformed, a best-selling author and journalist. And there's another role she's just added to the mix: motherhood. Libby is the proud mum of little Izzy.

Instagram: @libbybabet

“How to create your best life culture”

Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley AO is regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. Layne’s dedication to success saw her as the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles between 1998 and 2003. Layne went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. In retirement, Layne spends her time travelling nationally and internationally as a motivational keynote speaker for some of the world’s top commercial firms, sharing her stories about sustaining success, overcoming challenges and maintaining a winning mindset. She is also a trainer and facilitator of a series of workshops, igniting potential in everyone she works with. Layne is also the Founder and Director of her own foundation, Aim For The Stars, Chairperson of Surfing Australia and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Instagram: @laynebeachley / www.laynebeachley.com

"How to create a winning mindset for success"

Taryn Brumfitt

Best-selling author and director of the social-change documentary Embrace, Taryn’s global crusade to end body dissatisfaction has seen her recognised by the United Nations Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute.

Whether motivating the next generation at Google HQ or becoming General Electrics’ highest rated speaker, Taryn’s determination to shift the way the world thinks about themselves and their bodies has been praised by the likes of Rosie O’Donnell, Ricki Lake and Ashton Kutcher.

Taryn is Adelaide based with husband Mathew and three children.

Instagram: @bodyimagemovement / www.bodyimagemovement.com

"How to break the rules and feel empowered to smash your goals"

Paul Roos

Paul Roos is a highly regarded and respected leader who specialises in leadership, culture, and behaviours. An ex-professional AFL player and Premiership-winning AFL coach, Paul has a wealth of experience and wisdom around what it takes to get groups of people performing as a team, at their best. 

Paul runs his own business, Performance by Design, and is a renowned corporate speaker, television host, columnist and author. 

Instagram: @paulroos1 / www.performancebydesign.co

"Leading with integrity"

Zac de Silva

You’d think being the principal of a thriving business coaching business (Business Changing) and developing virtual coaching software (AccMe.co) would be enough to keep anyone busy, but Zac couldn’t resist co-founding Nurture Change and Nurture Her too. He says it's his dream to be involved in businesses that positively impact on leaders and business owners, to help grow and elevate the business community. 

After a successful corporate career and running multiple businesses of his own, Zac has great on-the-ground experience - his 150+ business coaching clients appreciate that he can walk the talk. Zac puts his experience to use with business planning workshops across Australasia - to date he has helped over 265 companies form their strategic plan, to rave reviews.

Zac is known for his expertise in profit and growth - in the past year, businesses he's worked with long term had an average profit growth of 102% (ie. more than doubled their profitability in today’s market). Zac is a two-time recipient of the International Coach of the Year accolade.


"Lessons from the world's best businesses on how to be more successful"

Sam Bloom

From the lows of a tragic, life-changing accident to the highs of representing Australia as an athlete and inspiring an upcoming Hollywood movie, Sam’s path has been anything but ordinary. 

In 2013, Sam’s dream life turned into a nightmare when on a family holiday in Thailand she unknowingly leant against a rotten balcony railing, crashing six metres onto the concrete below. She was lucky to be alive and had suffered devastating injuries including being left paralysed from the chest down.

Broken and hopeless, Sam reached her outer limits of physical and mental suffering. But with courage, determination and a little help from an unlikely feathered friend, she made her way back from the edge, scarred but undefeated.

Sam’s journey has inspired the international bestselling book Penguin Bloom, now being transformed into a major film produced by Naomi Watts, with Watts set to star as Sam. 

Today, Sam has reconnected with her love for the ocean and made a return to surfing. In her first year back in the sport, Sam won gold and bronze medals in the womens and open divisions respectively, at the 2018 World Adaptive Surfing Championships in California.

Instagram: @samjbloom / www.sambloom.com.au

"Lessons I've learnt in resilience, facing adversity, goal setting, mental wellness & healing"

Courtney Sina Meredith

Courtney is an author, poet, performer and Director of Arts Trust – Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. She joins an international panel of writers judging the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the world’s most global literary prize in 2019.

Courtney has held numerous international writing residencies including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. Her published works have been translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish and include award-winning play Rushing Dolls, poetry collection Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick, highly acclaimed book of short stories Tail of the Taniwha, and children’s book Secret World of Butterflies with two upcoming publications this year.

Instagram: @courtney.s.meredith / https://courtneymeredith.com/

"How to communicate the story of your brand in a compelling way"

Nam Baldwin

Nam is an elite performance coach who works with corporates and well-known athletes like 3x world surfing champ Mick Fanning, 7x world surfing champ Stephanie Gilmore, tennis star Pat Rafter and the Sydney Roosters. He's the elite performance specialist for Surfing Australia's 2020 Olympic campaign. With over 22 years experience in the health, fitness and wellbeing industries, Nam's used his specialist expertise in emotional and physiological intelligence to develop programmes that help individuals reach peak performance, even under extreme pressure. His talent lies in improving an individual's skill set, helping them use their body more effectively, and then teaching them to train their mind. Nam cleverly simplifies the complicated science behind brain and body performance and shares the information in a digestible (but life-changing) way.

Instagram: @nambaldwin / www.bettraining.com

"Learning the effective breathing and other tools high performers use to cope with stress"

Tami Roos

Earning her PhD in Parapsychic Science with her dissertation on meditation, Tami Roos came to a life-changing realisation that alignment with our untapped highest potential is the missing link to a life of fulfilment and well-being. The tool that leads us there: meditation. 

Today as the acclaimed author of Presence to Power: I AM the Gift, Tami offers timeless wisdom for the individual seeking to slow down, gain clarity and experience more calm in their life. An accomplished keynote speaker Tami addresses audiences ranging from CEOs looking to embrace more influence, efficiency and professional impact, to those people seeking to access the power mindfulness has to improve their lives.

Instagram: @tami_roos / TamiRoos.com

"The power of using meditation to combat stress and busy-ness"

Emma Maidment

Landing her dream job at an early age, Emma quickly discovered that the hustle of a corporate PR gig led to stress, fatigue and illness. Now, as a yoga and meditation teacher, Emma is passionate about sharing ways to live an authentic and connected life. She runs regular public classes, facilitates corporate wellness programmes, runs retreats, provides private yoga and meditation sessions and speaks on health and wellness around Australia and the world. Emma has co-founded multiple businesses and believes in collaboration over competition. 

Instagram: @emmamaidment_ / www.emmamaidment.com