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Mandy Johnson

Mandy Johnson

Mandy Johnson is the author of Family, Village, Tribe and Winning the War for Talent and a high-achieving businesswoman who lives and breathes business and workplace innovation. She speaks with ‘in the trenches’ experience as the youngest-ever director of global travel giant Flight Centre, co-founder of the company’s UK operation.

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Testimonials for Mandy Johnson

"Mandy, your presentation at the UQ Exec.Ed Virgin Leadership Program was inspirational and stimulating. They were talking about it long after you left."

Peter Ferreira, Virgin Leadership Program director and Business Psychology Specialist


"We have engaged many speakers for our previous conferences however, the feedback from Mandy’s session has been extraordinary. Our staff found they were able to immediately apply the learnings in their business and feedback has been that they believe they will make a real difference to their bottom line results this year."

Belinda Egan, Learning and Development Manager, L&H Group


"Mandy Johnson spoke at our Leadership Conference in Melbourne in July 2014. During her session you could almost hear the sound of multiple pens on paper with so many people taking notes. Mandy was one of the best speakers at the conference, as rated by our audience - real estate business owners and managers."

Gary Pittard, CEO, Pittard's Training Group


"Mandy’s message has always been relevant, to the point and hits the target…she is an engaging presenter whose impact has been referred to within our organization, in some cases, many years after her presentations."

Mark Williams, CEO, Ray White Commercial


"Mandy combines proven business experience with inspiring people skills. Her ideas and practices bring about real change and her seminars have invigorated our people and processes."

Graham Turner, CEO, Flight Centre

Mandy Johnson Travels from QLD
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Mandy Johnson's Biography

Mandy Johnson is a best selling author, keynote speaker, and business advisor to both public and private organisations.

Mandy Johnson is the author of Family, Village, Tribe (Random House 2005/2013), and Winning the War for Talent (Wiley 2014) and a high-achieving businesswoman who lives and breathes business and workplace innovation.  She speaks with ‘in the trenches’ experience as the youngest-ever director of global travel giant Flight Centre, co-founder of the company’s UK operation.

Mandy now writes, speaks and advises organisations on innovative, evidence-based techniques that increase employee engagement, solve business challenges and transform profitability. She has trialed her techniques in a diverse range of organisations over 15 years, including a stint undercover in a yachting company which became an Australian Financial Review news story.

Mandy also teaches executive education masterclasses at the University of Queensland Business School; is a Course Director of the Owner/Manager Programme; guest lectures to MBA and Incubate students at a number of universities; and runs public masterclasses at business events and conferences.

Mandy  has been interviewed and/or featured on Sky Business News with Carson Scott, The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Boss Magazine, ABC Radio’s Conversation Hour and Jon Faine Morning Programme, Qantas In-Flight Radio, German Eins Magazine and a host of other media for her innovative strategies.

Mandy has delighted audiences around the world with her humorous and jargon-free presentations. She has been speaking professionally since 2000 and is often the highest rated speaker at conferences.

Mandy has presented at 100+ events in Australia/UK/China/Asia/South Africa such as the Asia/Pacific Talent Conference in Taipei, Human Capital HR Summit, Managing The Future Conference, Ray White Global Leadership Conference, Virgin Leadership Program, State Library of Queensland Leader’s Conference, Women in Infocomm National Conference, Corenet National Conference, Dairy Australia masterclasses and many more.

As well as speaking at public events and corporate engagements, Mandy also presents seminars for the University of Queensland’ Business School’s executive education centre, co-facilitates their Owner/Manager Program and is a guest lecturer to  university MBA and Incubate programs.

A professionally prepared and dynamically delivered presentation loaded with entertaining real-life business examples. If you’re looking for a dynamic speaker who can deliver knock-out presentations then Mandy Johnson is your person..

Speaking Topics Include

The Seven Steps To A Remarkable Workplace - Using compelling evidence from real business case studies, Mandy debunks the myths and outlines the 7 steps to build a remarkable workplace. This keynote has been profiled in national media and was part of QUT’s FutureWork series.


Navigating The Workplace Of The Future – Achieving Your Goals In A Rapidly Changing World: Our workplaces are morphing faster than our business practices can keep up. With advances in technology, generational change and the ability to work remotely, to name just a few, we face a transformation on a scale larger than the industrial revolution. In this presentation, Mandy Johnson explores ways to succeed in this rapidly-changing world, offering practical tools and techniques to help people increase productivity, build stronger working relationships, and position themselves to take advantage of this next step in the evolution of work. This is one of Mandy’s most in-demand keynotes.


The Way Of The Leader: - Operating on the principle that the best way to predict the future is to create it, this keynote not only changes the way participants view their own leadership practices but also arms them with practical strategies they can immediately apply to improve their own success. Packed with entertaining anecdotes and real life business examples, it is a must for any organisation looking for leadership inspiration (see testimonials).


Winning The War for Talent – How To Attract And Keep The People Who Make Your Business Profitable. -  Attracting and keeping great people is the number one issue on global CEO surveys and in this session, Mandy outlines her unconventional strategies, including the 3 secret weapons to great hiring,  that produce spectacular business results and are still rarely used in most organisations today. Based on Mandy’s second book, her ideas have halved staff turnover in organisations and been acclaimed in the Australian Financial Review.


Family, Village, Tribe – Applying the Stone Age to Modern-Day Businesses – Based on Mandy’s first book, this keynote tells the story of how global retailer Flight Centre used Stone Age tribal structures to grow from 1 to 3000 stores and become a $4billion corporation. Used successfully by other organisations now, Mandy’s book is also a set text in many MBA courses.