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Gabrielle Dolan

Gabrielle Dolan

Gabrielle Dolan is an author, keynote speaker, leadership expert, mentor and business storyteller. Having worked with hundreds of companies and leaders around the world, Gabrielle is thought provoking and highly sought after.

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Testimonials for Gabrielle Dolan

“I have known and worked with Gabrielle across the past 4 years and in that time have been incredibly impressed by her intellect, corporate awareness and innate understanding of the global commercial village we now operate in. A no-nonsense kind of woman who has taken the art of story telling to a completely new level.”

Jac Phillips, Senior Manager Private Wealth Marketing, ANZ


Georgia Murch

“When Gabrielle speaks she practices what she preaches. She owns people’s attention through her authenticity, her wit and humour and does it with fantastic verve and style. I have heard her speak many times now and she continues to inspire with her lessons, intention and passion. I wish more speakers were so real and entertaining.”

Georgia Murch, Trainer, Mentor, Speaker.


Hilary Crowe

 “I have known Gabrielle for over a decade and have had the pleasure of working with her on a few occasions over this time.  Throughout this time Gabrielle has demonstrated an amazing grasp of the issues facing leaders and large corporates.  She listens and probes to really understand specifics while always maintaining the ability to articulate issues at the strategic level.  She has a pragmatic and very practical approach to getting results and challenges effectively to ensure that others reach their potential.  Gabrielle has amazing energy and passion and is one of the most optimistic people I know.  She takes partnership and mentoring to the next level.”

Hilary Crowe, Vice President HR, Amcor Zurich

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Jim Cookson, Faculty, Ashridge Business School

 “Gabrielle has a unique ability to capture her audience’s imagination and inspire!
I recently attended her Business Storytelling Workshop and found it extremely interesting and helpful. Her storytelling methodology is easy to understand, effective and, I believe, will create a lasting impact on participants. I highly recommend Gabrielle.”

Jim Cookson, Faculty, Ashridge Business School


Christie Gulbis, Information Professional

“I was blown away by Gabrielle’s presentation on storytelling in business earlier this year. She is an inspirational speaker who manages to engage, amuse and inspire all at the same time. Highly recommended!”

Christie Gulbis, Information Professional


Matthew Ricker, NAB

“I had the content for a good story, Gabrielle helped me structure it and tell it in a way to have real impact. The video of that story is now shown as part of our induction program and is always commented on in the feedback sheets. She really know her stuff and gives very practical advice on how to communicate with real impact. Well worth the investment.”

Matthew Ricker, General Manager, NAB

Gabrielle Dolan Travels from NSW
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Gabrielle Dolan's Biography

Gabrielle Dolan launched her own practice in 2013 after successfully co-founding and then building One Thousand & One into the leading storytelling company in Australia.


Over the last decade, she has worked with thousands of leaders around Australia and internationally helping them achieve outstanding business r esults with storytelling. She is a highly sought after mentor and keynote speaker on storytelling and leadership.


She is the co-creator and co-chair of The Leadership Connection. A leadership development program specifically designed for senior women to help them address the unique challenges that women face as they progress to more senior levels of influence.


Prior to running her own company, she held various senior leadership roles at the National Australia Bank. She has worked with leaders around Australia and internationally on the subject of storytelling for business communications. Her clients include NAB, Accenture, Australia Post, Ericsson, BUPA, Telstra, ANZ amoung many other top 100 ASX listed companies.


Gabrielle is the co-author of Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling, published by Wiley in 2013 and the co-author of Eliminate Death by PowerPoint. Her second book titled Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results was published by Wiley in July 2015.


Gabrielle is a Partner at Thought Leaders Global and works with organisations to help them gain the competitive edge with thought leadership. She is a graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development. Her other academic qualifications include a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership from Swinburne University and an Associate Diploma in Education and Training from the University of Melbourne.

In 2015 she was nominated for Telstra’s Business Women’s Awards and when she is not working in her practice, she can be found working in her vegetable garden at her rural holiday property on the Southern New South Wales coast.


Speaking Topics Include

Ignite: Real leadership, real talk, real results

An insightful and entertaining speech that will highlight the pitfalls in the way we currently lead and talk in business and the reason we need to change. Moving listeners across a ‘get real’ spectrum from inform to inspire, cascading to connecting and using jargon to being genuine.


Leading Cultural Change: Time to get real with organisational change

The vast majority of organisational change programs fail – from values rollouts and cultural change, to implementing a new vision and strategy. This speech takes listeners through the evolution of cultural change and how organisations need to tap into the most powerful medium at their disposal – storytelling and the grapevine.


Business Storytelling:  The power of personal stories in business

A compelling presentation that will fundamentally challenge leaders perceptions of how they communicate. Introducing the four styles of storytelling in business and providing a compelling reason for why leaders need to embrace the art and science of storytelling to connect, engage and inspire.


Gabrielle also conducts a variety of tailored in-house workshop.