Keynote Speaker & MC

Keynote Speaker & MC

Keynote Speaker & Master of Ceremonies

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a sought after Keynote Speaker and MC. She has opened conferences in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand as well as spoken on panels, led boardroom events and facilitated workshops/webinars.

Speaking Agent

Kirstin is represented by Saxton Speakers Bureau. Any speaking enquiries are best directed to Karen Gilbert at Saxtons via or use the contact form below.

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Speaking Topics

Kirstin will always tailor her presentation to the specific needs of the event, industry or audience. Listed below are snippets from Kirstin’s speaking topics with further information available via Saxton Speakers including testimonials from previous events.

To enquire about Kirstin speaking at your event, please contact Karen Gilbert at Saxton Speakers via or use the enquiry form below.

  • Personal Story & Career Journey

    Kirstin has had an incredibly diverse career that includes joining the military when she was only 17, studying law, working in professional services, and leading a global consultancy of psychologists. She has Honours Degrees in military history and law, and a PhD in leadership and culture. She is an avid social media user, creator of the Walkley nominated campaign #CelebratingWomen and is the author of Women Kind. She is also a leading company director and sits on numerous corporate boards. In this presentation, Kirstin discusses some of her career choices and lessons she has learnt along the way. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

    Kirstin believes the most effective leaders are those who can build and maintain trust by being emotionally intelligent and authentic. Using her own experience as a leader for more than 20 years, including leading groups of professionals from the military, lawyers and psychologists and now corporate boards, Kirstin considers more broadly how all leaders have the ability to lead with strength through authenticity and demonstrate what she calls ‘corporate courage’. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Trust and purpose for leaders

    We often think about trust in terms of the loss of trust in an institution such as government, a company or an industry. However every institution is simply a collection of individuals. In this speech Kirstin focuses on ‘individualised trust’ and what individuals within those institutions – leaders at all levels – need to do to build and maintain trust. Kirstin will also talk about the need for purpose that is aligned with company values, particularly as leaders are increasingly expected to have a view on challenging social issues. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Future of leadership / intergenerational leadership

    Relevant for board members and leaders at all levels, Kirstin discusses what the future holds for leaders and prompts them to consider whether their current leadership style will be the most effective for leading future generations. Kirstin will talk about the importance of authentic, emotionally intelligent leaders, as well as ways in which leaders can build and maintain trust with employees and identify a purpose that aligns with the expectations of employees, external stakeholders and the broader community. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Diversity and inclusion

    Kirstin is a sought after commentator and speaker on diversity and inclusion issues, particularly as it relates to women in leadership and gender equality. Kirstin created the viral #CelebratingWomen social media campaign and is the author of Women Kind : Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women. Kirstin speaks on panels and delivers keynotes on a range of diversity and inclusion issues, including the need to focus on inclusion as the strategy from which diversity will naturally follow, the importance of role models from all walks of life, women on boards and women in leadership. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Corporate culture, ethics and governance

    Kirstin’s expertise in corporate culture and governance comes from sitting on Australia’s largest boards for over a decade, and through her award-winning PhD research into leadership, culture and governance. Kirstin is frequently invited to speak on panels or give keynotes on a range of corporate governance issues relating to business today including corporate culture, ethics and trust, remuneration and incentives, and safety governance. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Social Media for Leaders

    Kirstin created a widely acclaimed social media campaign called #CelebratingWomen and is an active user of all of the major social media platforms. Kirstin can speak on panels or deliver a keynote on social media for business leaders, how CEOs are using social media to drive company purpose and trust, her experience in building a social media campaign and the benefits of using social media ‘for good’ by business. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

  • Health and safety

    Kirstin was previously the CEO of a global health and safety consulting organisation and has a PhD focused on safety leadership for board members and senior leaders. Kirstin has also developed a model to measure safety governance maturity. Kirstin’s PhD research has been recognised through a number of industry awards and she has opened international conferences with her keynotes on health and safety leadership, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and the importance of effective safety governance. For more information, visit Saxton Speakers.

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