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As Founder and Executive Director of McGrath Limited, he took McGrath Estate Agents from a lounge room start-up in 1988 to one of Australia's most successful residential real estate groups, listing McGrath Limited on the Australian Stock Exchange in November 2015.

Juliet’s initial career of 20 years was in banking. After years of battling chronic illness, and being a top sales person in banking, Juliet lead many underperforming bank branches to become top in sales. She was also instrumental in introducing the profiling of the bank’s high value clients.

Is one of the world’s great thinkers and communicators. A foremost speaker on global issues, as well as a highly regarded social commentator, strategic planner, writer and broadcaster, Dr Suter appears on radio an average of once per day, and is recognisable as the global issues/foreign affairs presenter on Channel 7’s “Sunrise” programme. Keith has an extraordinary mind and extensive knowledge; his expertise covers International Affairs, Law, Society, Leadership, Business, and the Future.

In addition to speaking, Kerry Johnson heads a personal coaching company. Professionals worldwide use Dr. Johnson and his coaches to increase business usually by 300% within only weeks. Kerry is a best selling author and speaker who presents to audiences from Hong Kong to Halifax and from NZ to New York. He speaks on such topics as “How to read your Clients Mind’, Peak Performance, How to Increase your business by 70% in 6 weeks and “Marketing to The Affluent” – how to find and sell to them.

Kim has had a long career in radio with time also spent in television. With her background in journalism, her forte' is in interviewing and getting to the heart of the subject. Kim is an excellent debater and facilitator.

Kirsty Dunphey has first and foremost always been entrepreneurial. From her start at an early age working in her parents small businesses or opening her first business at 15 – she’s had the bug her whole life. With two businesses and two part time jobs under her belt at the age of 15 to her own real estate agency at 21 Kirsty has been described as “Little bit Aussie Battler, Little bit Sassy Entrepreneur”.

Laurie has established himself as a leading seminar presenter and authority on the implementation into companies of sales and credit policies and procedures, staff development training and industry information.

Lindsey Dawson is an award-winning magazine editor who has created three major women's titles in her career - More, Next and Grace.

Lisa Er began her food business making hummus at home for family and friends. At that time she was teaching part time and her youngest of three sons had just started school. Now she employees 30 staff and her products are sold in 92% of New Zealand’s supermarkets. The company boasts a 42% value share of the chilled dips market. Lisa’s story tells of how she grew a business from a great recipe.

Lisa was born with a physical eye defect that has shaped her life. Born into a family of sporting professionals, she wanted to understand why some people succeed while others do not and this determination led her to specialise in human performance and sports psychology. Lisa is extremely motivational, and has committed her life to help improve the lives of others. A very special lady and author of 6 books she can tailor a presentation specifically for you.

Lorraine Smith is a high profile Auckland based criminal lawyer specialising in Murder, Manslaughter; sexual violation; violent assaults; all drug charges; fraud; burglary; drink driving and limited licences down to charges of disorderly behaviour. She has over 30 years experience in criminal law and acts for client on a legally aided and private basis. She was the lawyer of Chris Kahui who was found not guilty after the jury sat for only ten minutes. Lorraine has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor by the Supreme Court in New Zealand and by the Supreme Courts in Victoria and Sydney in Australia.

For over twenty years she worked at TVNZ as a newsreader and weather presenter.

Maggie's areas of specialty are presentation skills, media relations, image consultancy and personal development. Her unique ability to motivate and empathise stems from her awareness of human dynamics, personal development and over 20 years of experience working in theatre education and the performing arts.

Margot’s work in organisational transformation has the proven, researched capacity to turn companies around on both tight financial and time frameworks. Recently Margot has been awarded the honour of being included as one of “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”, a credit bestowed on only 2000 of the world’s foremost contemporary thinkers.

Mark Weldon was a distinguished scholar, Olympic swimmer and a successful businessman, all before the age of 40. Between endless laps of Olympic-sized swimming pools, he managed to complete several degrees in law, commerce and the arts from Auckland and Columbia Universities. He has worked as an attorney and management consultant in New York, and in 2005 received a Sir Peter Blake leadership award.

Martin speaks on customer service and works with sportsmen up to international level. Martin teaches people how to understand the ego of their clients and how to generate repeat and referral business. Martin studied psychology and marketing at University of NSW. He spent some years in sales and marketing with Colgate Palmolive before setting up Success Communications in 1985. Martin’s outstanding results with over 500 companies across more than 100 industries have made him one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers.

Martin Snedden is an in demand keynote speaker, sharing his internationally acclaimed success story from the RWC 2011.

He uses real life examples to show the things that work and the things that don't work. Martz gives great take home value.

As well as her very successful business career as General Manager and Marketing Manager for large corporate companies, her sales experience, in the last ten years Mary has had over nine million dollars worth of real estate transactions (including buying and selling residential, commercial and rental properties), She has seventeen years working with direct sellers and is the author of an internationally distributed book on the topic.

Highly experienced sales trainer and speaker in the area of sales, motivation, networking, personality profiling and the ‘fit’ for the job, career and personal development.

Mary Quin was one of a group of 16 tourists taken hostage in Yemen by local militants. Mary’s dramatic escape during a gun battle between the militants and the Yemen army, in which four tourists were killed and two wounded, made headline news around the world.

Mary-Alice Arthur developed and launched the concept of Event Tourism and initiated and managed the internationally recognised KiwiHost customer service programme over its first five years.

He is the founder and chairman of Thought Leaders and is consistently voted as one of Australia’s top conference speakers. He is the 2014/15 Australian Speaker of the Year and has recently been named one of the top ten motivational speakers in the world by E-speakers, the peak global event industry body.

Maurice Williamson has been in Parliament since 1987. He was Auckland Toastmasters Club Communicator of the Year in 1993

Has more than 25 years experience in business and IT, often blending the two to identify strategic opportunities for the use of technology. He is a business strategist, a marketing specialist, a business mentor, an entrepreneur, and an investor.

She has extensive first-hand experience in building teams and developing business strategies, and a high awareness of social responsibility in business with a penchant for entrepreneurship and innovation.

He built an Australian wide business designing and implementing human risk management programmes for public companies and high net worth individuals and in 1985 he founded Australia’s first private Bank which he owned in partnership with the New Zealand Insurance Group. He is now a business consultant, specialising in working with people in service businesses who want to work smarter to make more money.

Mike advises governments and businesses how to embrace the opportunities offered by a globalised economy and he is widely regarded as one of the most experienced speakers and writers in this field. Mike became Prime Minister in 1990 for a short term. In 1996 he accepted the post of spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2000 he took up the role of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. When his term ended in August 2002 Mike was appointed to the UN Global Commission on International Migration. He has now returned to live in New Zealand.

Speaks on drugs in the workplace and the problems of ‘P’ – Methamphetamine and other drugs throughout society and the workplace at all levels. Employers need to be able to recognise the signs as drug use is becoming endemic through all levels of all types of businesses.

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