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Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Kirstin Ferguson is changing the way the world looks at leadership. As an award-winning and globally recognised leader, executive coach, company director, writer and speaker, she’s one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts, derived from her 30-year executive career in addition to her PhD in leadership and culture.

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Testimonials for Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Your capture of what is needed to build trust today and the traits of strong leaders powerfully set the tone for the Congress program. I received an amazing amount of positive feedback on your presentation and you were rated in our top five speakers in our post delegate survey! Many thanks again for the insights and experiences shared. It was a very memorable and moving address.

Property Council of Australia

 

I've just landed back in Sydney and still feel inspired by our lunch - thanks so much for your wonderful insights and refreshing candour, it set the scene for an open, engaged gathering where people shared and learnt from each other - that's a special kind of magic!

Australian Industry Group

 

I found it interesting and thought provoking. The contrast of your examples got me thinking about the underlying premise of we believe we should invest heavily in seeking to have safer workplaces. I'm sure I'll ponder that all weekend and I wouldn't have started think about that issue, were it not for your presentation. You've had an impact. You've also given me a greater understanding of what an "integrated" (if I can use your word) business looks. All up well worth attending and you are an enjoyable presenter to listen to.

Women in Safety

 

Dr Kirstin Ferguson has emerged into the speaking circuit as one of our nation’s most engaging and inspiring speakers. When Dr Ferguson addresses a room, her energy and passionate commitment to the cause of diversity and inclusiveness is infectious. People really listen and believe every word she says. Her approach is endearing, her connection to people is truly authentic and her leadership is undeniable. Like the most inspiring speakers and leaders, you will hang on every word she says and never forget how great she makes you feel.

DibbsBaker

 

It was my great honour to host Dr Kirstin Ferguson on behalf of the EML Group today and learn, cheer and lean in to her experience of authenticity, intellect, emotional intelligence and instinct in leadership. We have all benefited from her global movement of #CelebratingWomen and today from her generosity.

CEO of EMLife

 

Your manner and style as our MC simply exuded positive inspiration and professionalism. Your involvement with Ozwater so helped set the tone for the conference’s Evolution, Revolution theme and perfectly reflected the professionalism of the overall delivery of the event. Having an MC with your communication skills and direct experience in the water sector gave the conference a special polish not often seen at such events. Thank you so much for your work - it was truly appreciated by all of us at the Association and importantly by our delegates

Australian Water Association

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Dr Kirstin Ferguson's Biography

Kirstin Ferguson is changing the way the world looks at leadership. As an award-winning and globally recognised leader, executive coach, company director, writer and speaker, she’s one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts, derived from her 30-year executive career in addition to her PhD in leadership and culture.

Kirstin’s unique combination of skills and experience has driven her passion to inspire and educate all to lead from the head and the heart – because she believes everyone is a leader. Kirstin’s career includes over a decade of experience on a range of company boards, including a previous appointment by the Australian Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

She’s also been the CEO of a global consulting company, a senior executive at a leading corporate law firm, and spent nearly 10 years as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.

A passionate advocate for women, diversity and inclusion, she’s responsible for sparking a viral social media campaign called #CelebratingWomen, and is the co-author of award-winning book, Women Kind. Her next book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership will be published by Penguin Random House.

Kirstin is also making a global impact, with UK-based Thinkers50 naming her one of the world’s top 30 “Thinkers to Watch” and she was shortlisted for the Distinguished Award in Leadership in 2021. Kirstin is a sought-after executive coach and public speaker, she is working on her next leadership book, sits on multiple boards and writes for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, answering the nation’s work, leadership and culture questions in her weekly column, Got A Minute?

Kirstin is deeply committed to helping people become the best leaders they can be and helping them to leave a positive legacy in the world. Kirstin believes that while curiosity, analysis, strategy and technical expertise will always be important; humility, insight, courage and empathy is just as vital.

Leading with the head and the heart is the art of modern leadership and is an ethos Kirstin embodies, and inspires others to live by, every day.

Kirstin is a highly sought-after keynote speaker for her inspiring and innovative speeches where she uses storytelling, videos and the latest research to help audiences to understand how to lead with their head and heart. Kirstin has spoken at conferences, roundtable events and awards nights across Australia, UK, US and New Zealand.

Kirstin draws on 30 years of direct leadership experience and decades of research to inspire audiences of all kinds in a deeply personal and authentic way. Kirstin encourages audience to think about their own leadership legacy and how they might become modern leaders by leading with the head and heart.

All of Kirstin’s speeches are tailored to meet the specific requirements of the company, industry, audience or theme of the event.

Speaking Topics Include

Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership

In this engaging speech filled with personal experiences, videos and case studies, Kirstin inspires attendees to think about their own personal leadership and encourages them to extend the impact they have, and the legacy they leave in their wake, by leading from the head and the heart every day.

Kirstin explains the attributes of leading with the head and heart and explains that the art of a modern leader is understanding what style of leadership is needed, and when.

All Kirstin’s speeches are tailored to meet the needs of the company, industry, audience or theme of the event.

Kirstin can speak to any of the following areas:

Trust and Purpose

Emotional intelligence

Feedback cultures

Crisis leadership

Diversity and inclusion

Corporate culture

Psychologically safe workplaces

Kirstin’s personal leadership journey