2019's World Class Speakers

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.

Gretta van Riel

Gretta featured in Forbes' 30 Under 30 last year, recognising her entrepreneurial skills. In 2012, she founded SkinnyMe Tea at the age of 22 with just $24 in the bank. 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, all leveraging the power of 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.

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, falling through it and crashing six metres onto the concrete below. She was lucky to be alive and had suffered devastating injuries including severe damage to her spinal cord that left her 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 since 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.

Sam will share her deeply personal story and the challenging lessons she has learned in resilience, goal setting, facing adversity, family, healing, mental wellness and more. 

Instagram: @samjbloom


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. 

The newest trainer to hit our screens on Channel TEN’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed believes she was put on this planet to help people be happier, feel good about themselves and live life to the fullest by creating a positive life culture they live and breathe. Health and fitness turned out to be the most impactful way for her to do that, so Libby set out to create some unique businesses including female-only training community BUF Girls, Bondi-based athletic group-training studio AGOGA, as well as healthy food businesses Chief Bar, Beauty Bite and This Natural Life.

Libby is also a best selling author and journalist dedicated to writing on topics that inspire women and shift the way the way they think about their health. 

Instagram: @libbybabet

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.

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.

Tami and Paul 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 The Gift: Presence to Power, 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.

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 brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to this arena. He has also made his mark as a renowned corporate speaker, television host, columnist and author. Paul will be accompanying Tami at Nurture Her which will provide a unique opportunity for you to network with Paul and gain an insight into leading with intergrity.

To learn more about Tami please visit TamiRoos.com
To learn more about Paul please visit PaulRoos.com.au

Emma Maidment

Emma is passionate about sharing ways to live an authentic and connected life. As a yoga and meditation teacher, writer, presenter, founder of Ritual Retreats and co-founder of Mindful Mornings, Emma runs retreats, workshops and events and speaks on health and wellbeing around Australia and the world.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram (@emmamaidment_) or connect via emmamaidment.com.