SPEAKERS

 

An entrepreneur, author, media commentator and CEO, Karen has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, identities and Heads of State.  She is Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Women and founder of the Women in Business Awards of Australia, now in their fourth year on the Gold Coast.  With a passion for mentoring youth, Karen has developed Australia’s first Empowering Young Women Program and provides unwavering support to community groups such as Rotary youth leadership courses.  She has worked to raise over $2 million for a number of causes, has been a board member of the Gold Coast Community Fund for 10 years and is now Ambassador for the Gold Coast Vinnies CEO Sleepout.  Karen has also managed and hosted one of Australia’s longest-running women’s business clubs, the iconic Early Risers on the Gold Coast for over 22 years. Interviewing over 700 celebrities and inspiring leaders including Jane Fonda, Ray Martin, and former Prime Ministers, she’s even sung with Olivia Newton-John!  We know her as a closing speaker for RYLA and RYTS for the last 20 years.

Bruce works with individuals, families, businesses and communities providing education and opportunities for personal improvement. Managing his own businesses since a teenager, by age 24 he had established his own million-dollar network of businesses.  Bruce now works world-wide with a range of private and public organisations.  His enthusiastic and entertaining approach has kept him coming back to RYLA for 20+ years leaving ‘happy pants’ memories forever.  Awarded Australian Speaker of the Year by Professional Speakers Australia, Bruce also hit the headlines with his invitation on Facebook to help celebrate his daughter Hannah’s 18th birthday – 10,000 cards and letters later the family are still opening them!  He’s the author of Hannah’s Christmas Wish and How to Be Your Best You.

Allan Pease is widely known as Mr Body Language.  He is Australia’s most successful author, writing 18 top 10 bestsellers including 10 number onesWith wife and co-author Barbara, their books are in 55 languages and have sold over 30 million copies.  They have attracted over 20 million readers of their monthly relationship column and a # 1 European Box Office Movie and 9 Television series, watched by over one hundred million people.  They currently have 4 West End Stage plays in Europe.  Their latest book THE ANSWER hit the European bestseller in 2017.  They have appeared on most international TV talk shows around the world including CNN, Bloomberg, History Channel, BBC Science, National Geographic, The Late Show, Good Morning America and David Letterman.  Allan has presented around 5000 seminars & keynotes in 71 countries, is an Honorary Professor of 3 Foreign Universities (including Moscow  State University), is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Anne Riches was a barrister and a senior lecturer in law at Sydney University before moving on to lead several challenging start-up and change agent projects in the private and public sectors, most recently working with a major multinational corporation in the US.  The author and co-author of five books, her focus is now on the neuroscience of change, helping leaders in organisations, communities and families master the challenges of every day living.  Anne knows that regardless of our education or experience, we all tend to respond to change in the same way: with reluctance and trepidation.  Often, we don’t even know why we respond the way we do; we just notice ourselves becoming resistant to change, despite the obvious potential for growth and improvement.  Anne has some super solutions and secret strategies including Almonds, Ants and Stars!

We promised you FUN and you’ll get it!  If you love to laugh (and who doesn’t?) then you’ll love Australia’s Laughter Specialist Scott Williams.  Affectionately known as ‘The Doctor’, Scott will give you a clean, smart comedy and an all round good feeling!  Scott is a genuine Gold Coaster.  Originally working with wife Angie in their magnificent magic act they supported international performers including Ken Dodd, Cilla Black, the Seekers, the Monkees and the Village People.  With radio and TV appearances aplenty, Scott moved into stand up comedy and ultimately conference presentations –  over the last twenty years hundreds of companies and literally thousands of people have witnessed Scott’s comic genius all over the world.  Scott brings into focus our modern world and with clever humour and vivid imagery shows us how we can find the bright side of life in almost every situation. Ultimately Scott reminds us that ‘we are only human’ after all.  Scott passionately believes that “laughter is the best medicine”.  And by the time he’s done with you, you’ll believe it too!

Of course the Hon. Peter Beattie is known best as the 36th Premier of Queensland from 1998 to 2007 when he retired after winning three state elections, making him one of the most electorally successful politicians in Australia.  Less known is that he was Sydney born, the youngest of seven children.  He was raised by his grandmother in Atherton, North Queensland.  Peter graduated with a law degree from the University of Queensland, and earned a Master of Arts degree from Queensland University of Technology.  He served as Queensland’s Trade Commissioner to North and South America, was then appointed to a post at Clemson University South Carolina.

Peter has been honoured as a Companion of the Order of Australia. He is Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland, joint adjunct professor at the University of Queensland’s Australia Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Institute for Molecular Bioscience.  And now, Peter serves as Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation – better known as GOLDOC.