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Sonia McDonald

For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of human resource management. She has held leadership positions around the globe and through experience, research and study come to realise what it takes to be a truly effective leader. Sonia has an ability to speak bravely and authentically about her own development as a leader, personal and career challenges in a way which resonates with her audience.

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Testimonials for Sonia McDonald

“We were looking for an empowering speaker and Sonia stood out to us, and boy she didn’t disappoint. Our attendees described Sonia as an ‘inspiring, extraordinary, energetic, positive, motivational and incredible speaker’. We had women leaving the room saying they were ready to ‘rock it!’” 

Q Super

 

“Sonia is one gutsy woman; her story of humble beginnings that led her to self-motivated success was very inspiring. She introduced us to the concept of confidence and leadership in our roles (even if we don’t have Manager or Leader in our titles) and she managed to keep a fairly chatty crowd engaged and eager to hear more.”

The EA Initiative Team

 

“Sonia McDonald is an inspirational keynote and workshop presenter with a distinctive ability to bond and engage with her audiences. Sonia is well-known for her dynamic, charismatic workshop/presentation style and people walk away on an emotional and inspired high, feeling informed.”

Tony Wiggins, HR Architect and AHRI Convenor

 

“Sonia has spoken twice at our annual event for 16-18-year-old student leaders, and each time she was instantly able to connect with her audience, generating challenging and authentic discussion. Sonia was able to share insightful expertise relevant to any age group and experience level, and her energy and passion made her sessions a highlight of the event. I would highly recommend Sonia for any speaking engagement or event!”

Senior Events and Engagement Officer (Acting), Griffith University

 

“Sonia combines three major assets: bucket loads of passion for her clearly defined purpose, a thorough grounding in the principles of leadership and neuroscience, and an engaging personal style which makes her an adaptable and engaging presenter in front of any audience. Presenting at the recent LeadX event Sonia had the audience captured with her energy, dance moves and compelling story telling, leaving all attendees empowered to surround themselves with the right people and confident to take risks to learn and lead.”

General Manager (Northern Region) Revelian

 

 

“We engaged Sonia to assist us with a leadership development program targeted at a

selection of our Female leaders in the business. Sonia was engaging, real and practical

in both her stories and facilitation.”

General Manager People, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd

 

Sonia McDonald Travels from QLD
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Sonia McDonald's Biography

When you need an inspiring, motivational keynote speaker that understands the science behind leadership and the way people work to deliver incredible results, book Sonia McDonald to speak at your next event!

 

Sonia McDonald is an accomplished and passionate individual, whose enthusiasm for leadership and self-improvement is infectious.

 

She has amassed a wide range of qualification and accolades and is known for her many areas of expertise. Named in Richtopia’s Top 250 Influential Women Across the Globe lists and Top 100 Australian Entrepreurs as well as being published in many local and global publications, Sonia engages any audience with her honest and lively approach and adapts her message to suit their needs, resulting in a keynote speech that entertains, informs and inspires.

 

Sonia McDonald believes we should lead with kindness, from the heart, doing rather than telling and is known for her mantra ‘Just lead’.  She leads by example in all these areas and through her one on one practical coaching, leadership training for teams and organisations encourages others to do the same. Sonia has helped hundreds of people on their leadership journey to become the best version of themselves and in turn, inspire and bring out the best in others.

 

For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of human resource management. She has held leadership positions around the globe and through experience, research and study come to realise what it takes to be a truly effective leader. 

 

Sonia has an ability to speak bravely and authentically about her own development as a leader, personal and career challenges in a way which resonates with her audience. She is recognised as a LinkedIn influencer and has become an in-demand keynote speaker, who puts people at ease and starts important conversations.

 

She is an award-winning published author and writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media.

 

Sonia has become recognised for her commentary around the topic of leadership, the neuroscience of fear, championing the up and coming leaders of tomorrow and advocating for women in business and male-dominated industries.

 

Sonia’s wealth of knowledge with the experience to back it up is delivered with Sonia’s trademark enthusiasm and passion. Sonia doesn't do boring. She loves bringing her Neuroscience-based tools and passion for Leadership to as many people as possible.

 

Sonia is a highly experienced and talented speaker prepared to travel (almost anywhere) to speak to your audience. Sonia speaks on a vast range of topics drawing on her skills and experience. She can customise the keynote to suit your objectives.

 

What you can expect when you book Sonia:

●          An inspired, engaged audience who will be asking when Sonia will return.

 ●          Attendees will walk away with practical next steps to implement as soon as they leave the room.

●          Sonia's keynote will put a spotlight on Leadership at your event and will leave a lasting impression.

Speaking Topics Include

Leadership Attitude - This is a powerful keynote which explores why leadership is an attitude, not a role or a title. Discover the five keys to a leadership attitude and learn how you can be a leader through your values, actions, mindset and behaviour.

 

Just Rock It! - This high-energy inspiring keynote has become a life-changer for many attendees.  We need a world of courageous and brave people where everyone feels empowered to shine and stand tall and help make others reach for the stars.

 

Leadership in Small Business  - The number one challenge for small business is leadership. Many small business owners fail to understand their crucial leadership role in building a long-term sustainable business. This keynote will empower you and give you the skills, tools and confidence to lead and manage your business.

 

Leading the Next Generations  - Effectively leading and inspiring our next generations is a key to success for our organisations and businesses. Research shows our young and up and coming workforces are more technically savvy, have a global mindset, want to build sustainable communities and crave quality mentorship.

 

Courageous Leadership - What does it mean to be a courageous leader? How do you build a team who have trust in you and are in turn brave and resilient? Explore the philosophy behind courageous leadership and in turn, dare to step into your own power as a leader. 

 

Future Leaders  - Designed for school and tertiary students to become the best versions of themselves and learn the skills needed to become leaders. Whether they aspire to become a school captain, lead a chess, sporting team or student union, students will discover valuable insights into themselves and leadership skills to carry through life.