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Mandy Drury has had an 18-year career at the pinnacle of global business in New York, Tokyo,... More
Mandy Drury has had an 18-year career at the pinnacle of global business in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and currently Sydney. She has worked extensively with leading television networks CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and Australia's Channel 7.
Mandy has interviewed political and business heavyweights such as Rupert Murdoch, President Donald Trump, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mitt Romney and John McCain as well as Australian politicians such as Paul Keating, John Hewson, Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey.
She has moderated conferences for organisations such as Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Suisse and LinkedIn, as well as for non-profits such as the United Nations on topics ranging from women's issues, microfinance and climate change.
She also enjoys being able to contribute her time for charity, having volunteered to MC fundraising events for pet rescue shelters, cancer prevention, autism, local schools and Rotary. She is a sponsor of CanTeen, an Australian organisation to support young people living with cancer, and is a donor to programs at both the Opera House and The Australian Chamber Orchestra to help make music and the Arts more accessible to all walks of life.
She is very grateful to the Rotary Club of Hawthorn for sending her as a Rotary student to Belgium in 1991 and was thrilled to remain part of the Rotary family through her Presidency of Rotex in 1993
Stan Grant walked into the ABC as a current affairs journalist at the age of 23. Thirty years... More
Stan Grant walked into the ABC as a current affairs journalist at the age of 23. Thirty years later he has become a national spokesperson on Indigenous affairs. He tells a different story about his people, about being resilient and surviving against all the obstacles put in front of them.
Stan’s personal story and the story of his family illustrate the dispossession and hardships suffered by Indigenous people. However the real story for Stan and his family and a large percentage of Indigenous families is one of survival and being part of contemporary Australia.
Now working as a journalist and presenter for the ABC, Stan has had a wide career, reporting from Hong Kong, Ireland, South Africa and Greece amongst many other countries. He has hosted “Today Tonight” and “Real Life”. His family is from the Wiradjuri people, near Griffith NSW.
Sonja Dawson has been a registered nurse since 1989, and has clinical experience in... More
Sonja Dawson has been a registered nurse since 1989, and has clinical experience in medical/surgical nursing, emergency, critical care and primary health care settings.
She has been a Lecturer in the Discipline of Nursing at Avondale, NSW since 2007. Sonja provides opportunities for her senior students to build a global perspective on matters of health, nursing and leadership within a faith-based context.
Her passion is to equip and support nurses to function in a global health environment for volunteer service and to provide leadership in these areas. Sonja’s research interests revolve around humanitarian nursing as well as clinical education, and especially within a service learning context.
She has spent over a decade volunteering in various capacities in West Africa with Mercy Ships, and most recently as the Infection Prevention and Control Nurse for 6 months with David, her husband who worked in the finance office on board with her.
I went to the doctors with my mum and my sister, she had an ear infection, ……... More
I went to the doctors with my mum and my sister, she had an ear infection, …… ……… 5 years later I came home’
Michael Crossland is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds of a life threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements. An accomplished businessman and an elite sportsman, his life is a remarkable success.
Michael is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and after releasing his first ‘tell all’ autobiography in January, he is now a number 1 bestselling author across 6 different countries.
Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, he has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and featured regularly across all forms of media. He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti and has been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for 7 consecutive years.
The award-winning documentary on his life, by ABC’s Australian Story, has been viewed by over 4 million people.
Diagnosed with an aggressive life threatening cancer before his first birthday, doctors told him school and sport were not options - infection and fatigue were too great a risk. As a boy Michael’s only wish was to lead a normal life and be able to do all the things that other ‘normal’ kids took for granted every day.
Michael captures audiences no matter what size and inspires each individual to achieve ongoing positive change in their life. He has an absolute passion and belief in people’s ability to change direction, achieve success and become who they truly want to be.
Inspirational quote: ‘Success to me is about waking up each and every day knowing in my heart that today I will make a difference in someone else’s life. By living this way, we can all make the world a better place’.
Victorian-based Aquatic Scientist Sheree Marris is one of Australia's youngest environment... More
Victorian-based Aquatic Scientist Sheree Marris is one of Australia's youngest environment ambassadors committed to educating the community about water preservation, marine life and other environmental issues such as recycling. In 2002 Sheree's profile was further heightened when she picked up three Young Australian of the Year awards.