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Avril Henry

Avril Henry

Avril Henry is a widely acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, business and career coach, mentor and author, who is passionate about diversity, developing collaborative leaders and positive workplaces.

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Cutting through all of the generational hype and bluster one person stands apart: Avril Henry. She tells it like it is and she tells it from the heart. Her conviction is palpable, her research is credible and her anecdotes are anchored in fact.

Bernard Salt, Demographer, KPMG


Fluent, captivating and authoritive presenter. A five-star performance; the highlight of the Congress. Great help for future reference and challenges ahead.

CPA Australia National Congress


Avril’s presentation was excellent, she had people talking about Gen X and Y for the whole Forum. Everyone was impressed with her knowledge of the topic, speaking without notes. She truly captivated the audience.

Institute of Body Corporate Managers


In the past 12 months, Avril has conducted a series of management workshops for me aimed at growing and developing management skills, particularly focusing on emotional intelligence. Again her energy and commitment to develop high quality managers impressed everyone. Avril is very passionate about people development and takes every opportunity to sell her compelling messages to audiences across Australia.

Commonwealth Bank

Avril Henry Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Avril Henry's Biography

Avril Henry is a widely acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, business and career coach, mentor and author, who is passionate about diversity, developing collaborative leaders and positive workplaces. Avril Henry Pty Ltd is a management consulting business, focusing on leadership, change management, talent management, diversity, branding and engagement strategies. In 2008 the business was one of the five finalists in the City of Sydney Business of the Year awards.

Avril is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Senior Associate of the Australian Institute of Banking & Finance, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Human Resources Institute.

Her clients include IBM, BHP, Department of Defence, ATO, Leighton Contractors, Queensland Health, NSW Health, Westpac, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Macquarie University, CPA Australia, Telstra, Australian Superannuation Funds Association, Real Estate Industry Association and various Singapore and Hong Kong government departments.

Avril was contracted by the University of Western Sydney in 2007 to develop a three year leadership program for their gifted scholarship students, which she delivers in addition to their academic studies to better prepare them for leadership positions in the future. Her first three year program graduates completed the program in 2010, with all her students graduating with honours in 2011.

During 2006, Avril completed a Ministerial Review for the Minister of Defence, into Recruitment and Retention in the Army, Air Force and Navy.  Following the review, Avril was appointed as a Strategic Advisor to the Chief of Navy, and joined the Navy's People Committee, being the only civilian on the committee.

In 2012 Avril received the Coaching Leadership Award at the Global HR Excellence Awards 2012 in Mumbai, India, and was invited to attend a global Leadership Best Practices program at Harvard Business School in the USA. Avril has been honoured in the 2009 – 2012 editions of the Australian Who's Who of Women, as an inspiring businesswoman. In 2006, Avril won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in HR Award at the Australian Human Resources Awards, and in 2002 was a finalist for Best HR Director.  In 2005, she was a finalist in the Sydney Business Review Business Woman of the Year.

Avril has a weekly radio program with the ABC as their resident expert on workplace relations and HR, which is broadcast to 16 countries in Asia. She is regularly featured on radio and TV, and contributes articles to several industry publications and newspapers. She is the author and co-author of several books on leadership and the different generations at work. Her latest leadership book - Leadership Revelations II, How Australians Lead in Crises - was released in May 2012, and in 2010 she released her first children's book.

Speaking Topics Include

Generational Recruitment and Retention

Women in Leadership

Employer Branding

Diversity Leadership

Leading Through Effective Communication for Improved Results

Performance Management

Change Leadership

Workforce in the Year 2025

Conflict Resolution

The Art and Science of Managing People

Recruiting and Retaining Generation X and Y

Adapting our approach to meet the challenges of the 21st century

Generation Y: Managing and motivating a new generation of workers


All presentations are tailored for you - the specified ones and others that you may specify.


Popular presentations include:


Self-Leadership = The Power of One:

You cannot lead others unless you know how to lead yourself first. Self-leadership is about choices, self-awareness, self-belief and backing yourself. It is about the Power of One.


Leading the Future Workforce:

Rapidly ageing populations and workforces in educated societies, along with global skills shortages and population growth confined to the 50 poorest countries in the world, will create new and complex problems in society and business. Will you be prepared?


The Leader of the Future:

What will it take to lead the workforce of the future? This keynote is based on extensive interviews with over 100 successful leaders and future leaders and will give you a detailed insight into the characteristics required of future leaders.

Engaging & Understanding all Generations:

Each generation in the workplace has different expectations of the organisation, career development, learning and development and their leaders, and are motivated by different things. Understanding these differences and harnessing the uniqueness of each generation enables managers and leaders to motivate and manage each generation for maximum employee engagement, productivity and performance.


The Recipe for Success = EQ + Resilience:

According to Harvard Business School research, the greatest predictor of success in the future will not be in an individual's IQ, it will be their EQ (Emotional Intelligence), and their resilience; their ability to pick themselves up from personal or professional hardships or problems, and move forward in a new, positive way. Are your people and your organisation emotionally intelligent and resilient?


Opening our Minds to Diversity:

Diversity leadership is about harnessing the strengths of gender, age, culture, disability, flexibility and different ways of thinking, working, managing and leading. True diversity leadership results in creativity, innovation, and an environment where employees are encouraged to be the best they can be.


Avril Henry is universally regarded as a outstanding presenter and facilitator. She is passionate, engaging, challenging and authoritative - a true leader and motivator.