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Speakers Profile - Holly Ransom

Globally renowned speaker and master interviewer. Ideas Architect. Author. Leadership game changer.

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At the age of five, Holly's grandmother, Dorothy, told her, "Honey, if you walk past it, you tell the world it's okay," and she has lived by that mantra ever since, devoting her life and career to inspiring audiences around the world to stand up and lead the change they want to see.

Today, Holly is recognized globally for her unique ability to take complex ideas and problems, grind them down, and restructure them in a way that everyone can understand. She is the founder and CEO of consulting firm, Emergent; author of The Leading Edge; co-founder, chief curator, and catalyst at Energy Disruptors, winning 'Best Conference' in Canada for its work up catalysing collaboration across the energy industry.

As a renowned speaker and master interviewer, Holly has led discussions with influential figures such as Barack Obama, Malcolm Gladwell, Billie Jean-King, Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, and the world's first humanoid robot, Sophia. She even delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama. Due to this work, Holly was named one of Australia's Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and was awarded the US Embassy's Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019. To top it off, Sir Richard Branson nominated her for Wired Magazine's 'Smart List' of Future Game Changers to watch.

While being a Fulbright scholar and part of the Harvard Kennedy School Class of '21 fellow, Holly was a recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship, allowing her to take action on social and economic inclusion by connecting people directly with the decisions that affect their lives. Holly's book, 'The Leading Edge', is democratizing leadership learning by igniting individuals ability to accelerate change through asking better questions, thinking beyond biased answers, and establishing a groundswell for advancement.

An accomplished company director in her own right, Holly has compressed a power-packed career into a decade, spanning corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. Working with big-name clidents such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco, and KPMG to effect and inspire actual change. On occasion, Holly will grace Australian screens commentating for Reuters, CBS, and Australia's ABC. Holly's fierce dedication to inclusivity and equity drives her work as Chair of Pride Cup Australia, a non-profit organization and movement devoted to eradicating LGBTQI+ discrimination within sports clubs, while making them secure and welcoming for players and fans.

But even before all this, Holly was identified early as a dynamic thought leader and asked to Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and became the youngest director ever to be appointed to an Australian Football Club, Port Adelaide, one of the 18 teams in the professional Australian Football League.

A two-time ironwoman, when Holly does manage to find some downtime, she loves to cook, dance, and sing ... despite her complete lack of talent at all three.


* High Performance Workplace Culture
Bridging the knowing-to-doing gap
High performance workplace cultures empower people to know better, and do better.

With a set of powerful leadership tools gleaned from interviewing hundreds of the world's top leaders, Holly will share a relevant set of micro-learnings to help people bridge what she terms 'the implementation chasm' in order to catalyse change. Your audience will walk away feeling fired up, armed and ready to implement simple strategies for massive impact.

** peak performance
** managing energy, not time
** holding ourselves accountable
** values that stick
** high-performance habits

* Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Feet to the fire: asking the burning questions
Getting DEI right requires asking, and answering, the right questions. Psychological safety underpins inclusion, innovation, and problem solving. Yet homogenised and hierarchical workplace cultures continue. Holly has been working in gender equality and LGBTQIA+ inclusion collectively for over a decade, from microfinance projects in Kenya to systemic change within Fortune 100 companies.

Activate your leaders with a toolkit of DEI actions to embed in existing systems, structures and mindsets in order to benefit from diverse perspectives in our world.

** critical curiosity
** systems thinking
** creativity is serious business
** diversify our dice
** psychological safety

* Leading Through Uncertainty
Getting comfortable being uncomfortable

Holly spent one full year challenging herself to do something that scared her every single day. She calls this the Year of Fear. Leaders benefit from bringing into consciousness the daily subliminal dance with fear, and shining a light on achieving tasks outside their comfort zone.

Holly teaches people how to navigate uncertainty and prepare for the unknown, and how our organisations benefit from thinking outside the box in order to see around corners. Holly teaches simple, actionable, micro-lessons that everyone can harness to face fear and lead more bravely, leaving the organisation as a whole armed for changing & challenging times.

** chunking down the change journey
** comfort zone to courage zone
** building trust
** developing a growth mindset

* Emergent Leadership
Leadership development for the collective
Emergent leadership harnesses the power of the collective to anticipate, understand and action new information.

Every person on earth was born to lead change. Yet we continue to over-invest in a few individuals and under-invest in the many. Holly breaks open the power of the roles we play in our teams, our communities, and our families to catalyse change. Emergent leadership gives organisations the benefit of employee empowerment & retention, better decision making and a culture of innovation and adaptability.

** communicating for impact
** building influence
** leading others
** feedback, feedforward
** critical conversations