Keynote Speaker & MC

Keynote Speaker & Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Keynote Speaker

“Leadership is simply a series of moments. What legacy will you leave as an leader to make every moment count?”

It is no longer enough to simply have the intellectual ability to be a leader. Equally, if not more important, is having the emotional intelligence and authenticity to build trust and lead with purpose.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a business leader, company director, award winning leadership expert and author. When engaged as a keynote speaker or MC, Kirstin draws on her unique expertise as a highly experienced leader in her own right with her award winning PhD research to inspire, motivate and educate audiences around the world.

Kirstin has opened conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. She has inspired audiences of more than 1000 delegates through discussing leadership in a deeply personal way while drawing on case studies and research.

Examples of Kirstin’s speaking topics are listed below however she will always tailor a speech to a specific audience and will also develop a new speech depending on the client’s brief.

Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Kirstin has established herself as a respected and engaging MC of industry conferences, gala dinners and other corporate events. Kirstin MC’s her events with warmth, humour and professionalism and is able to keep audiences highly engaged whether they comprise more than 1000 people or are much smaller gatherings.

As an avid user of social media, Kirstin works hard to ensure event hashtags are effectively used by audiences where appropriate. Kirstin finds she is generally able to encourage even usually reserved crowds to start tweeting, taking selfies and posting about the event. On more than a few occasions Kirstin’s enthusiasm for audiences to use social media has seen the event trending (and fortunately for all the right reasons!).

As an engaging keynote speaker herself, Kirstin is often invited by clients to provide a brief keynote during proceedings she MCs or to provide commentary between speakers to help audience members link back to the themes of the event. Kirstin also always ensures the event follows closely to time.

Kirstin has been engaged by clients to MC events over multiple days at large industry conferences as well as facilitate and MC much smaller, more intimate corporate events such as a corporate lunch.

Speaking Agent

Kirstin is exclusively represented by Saxton Speakers. For all speaking enquiries, please contact Karen Gilbert at Saxton Speakers via kgilbert@saxton.com.au or use the enquiry form below.

You can visit Kirstin’s profile on the Saxton Speakers website by clicking on the image below.

Speaking Topics

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

Mastering emotional intelligence and building trust for the 21st century

Kirstin is in a unique position to engage and inspire audiences around leadership and emotional intelligence. A highly experienced business leader in her own right, Kirstin has successfully used emotional intelligence to adapt her leadership style over more than two decades as she worked across a wide range of industries whether as a Chairman, CEO or senior executive.

In this keynote address, Kirstin utilises recent case studies and highly practical advice to provide audiences with an inspiring call to action for how every leader, regardless of their role within an organisation, can use emotional intelligence to be the most effective leader they can be. Using her own experience as a leader with personal examples as well as the latest research, Kirstin helps audience members understand what it means to be an emotionally intelligent leader who is able to build trust and lead courageously while understanding the impact of their decisions on others.

Key takeaways from the session include practical advice to help audiences –

  • Understand what applying emotional intelligence looks like for leaders in the workplace;
  • Consider the lessons of recent corporate failures and the loss of trust by leaders to understand how to recognise those signs and prevent it in your own corporate culture;
  • Understand what bold leadership looks like in the context of an emotionally intelligent leader;
  • Inspire leaders at all levels to consider the legacy they leave as a leader and understand the impact their actions are already having on others; and
  • Explain how to develop a leadership style which encourages people to feel able to speak up in the workplace.
Harnessing Bold Leadership and Building Corporate Courage

Kirstin is uniquely positioned to engage and inspire audiences about what it means to demonstrate bold leadership and corporate courage. Kirstin has been a highly successful leader in a range of contexts, industries and roles for more than two decades including while leading in the public eye.

In this address, Kirstin focuses on the bold and courageous leadership needed by leaders of today. The decline in trust many members of the community feel towards institutions generally, and business leaders more specifically, demands leaders act with purpose in an emotionally intelligent way to be effective. Using her own experience as a leader with personal examples as well as the latest research, Kirstin helps audience members understand what bold leadership and corporate courage looks like in the context of leading with a focus on purpose and while leading intergenerational teams.

Key takeaways from the session include practical advice to help audiences –

  • Understand what bold leadership looks like in the context of an emotionally intelligent leader;
  • Consider the ways leaders can rebuild trust and what this means in terms of leading with purpose;
  • Inspire leaders with case studies and practical examples for how leaders can lead boldly and effectively while understanding the impact of their decisions on others;
  • Understand the benefits for corporate culture when leaders are able to build trust and encourage an environment where people feel able to speak up; and
  • Help audiences understand the skills involved in leading intergenerational teams in an emotionally intelligent way.
Trust, Purpose and Ethics for Leaders

Kirstin is a highly ethical leader with a particular focus on the importance of emotional intelligence, making her uniquely positioned to speak to this topic. A senior leader in her own right, Kirstin has also undertaken academic research in the field providing Kirstin with a unique perspective that she delivers to audiences in an entertaining way.

In this keynote address, Kirstin inspires audiences to think about the role they play as leaders – regardless of their level in an organisation – in leading a purpose led organisation through ethical leadership. Focusing on the skills of emotional intelligence, Kirstin uses case studies, current research and personal examples to provide audiences with ways that leaders can lead with purpose, build and maintain trust and lead in a way that ensures all members of their team are motivated to speak up.

Key takeaways from this session include practical advice to help audiences –

  • Understand what emotional intelligence looks like for leaders in the workplace;
  • Consider the lessons of recent corporate failures and the loss of trust by leaders to understand how to recognise those signs and prevent it in your own corporate culture;
  • Understand how to lead a purpose led organisation through the traits of ethical leadership;
  • Understand the benefits for corporate culture when leaders are able to build trust and encourage an environment where people feel able to speak up; and
  • Consider ways in which leading purpose is especially important when leading multi-generational teams.
Diversity and Inclusion for the 21st Century Leader

Kirstin is has been recognised for her excellence in women’s leadership, is the author of Women Kind which is focused on the gender equality and a self-described ‘Accidental Activist’ after she created the widely acclaimed #CelebratingWomen campaign. Kirstin is a senior leader who can bring an incredibly unique, personal experience to any discussion of diversity and inclusion.

Drawing on her own personal experiences as a leader in gender equality as well what she learnt as the creator of the widely acclaimed #CelebratingWomen campaign, Kirstin will inspire audiences to think about the practical ways they can help drive diversity and inclusion through amplifying role models. Through using case studies, the latest research and her own personal examples, Kirstin engages and encourages audience members to consider the role they can play in creating an inclusive workforce and why this is so important to purpose led organisations of the future.

Key takeaways from this session include practical advice to help audiences –

  • Understand why inclusion must be the strategy for diversity initiatives to work;
  • Inspire audiences to consider the variety of diverse role models we have around us and why amplifying their stories enhances our workplaces;
  • Consider why diverse workplaces are so important for organisations and why all leaders have a role to play;
  • Understand what emotional intelligence looks like for leaders in the workplace and why this is relevant for helping drive diversity and inclusion; and
  • Consider the ways in which developing a diverse workplace can also help enhance trust.
Leading from the Front – From the Parade Ground to the Boardroom

With direct leadership experience across industries as diverse as the military, legal profession, mining and resources, construction and media to name a few, Kirstin has had an incredibly diverse career. Kirstin has had to lead through incredibly challenging situations and has also led organisations which were recognised for their strong corporate cultures.

In this highly personal keynote address, Kirstin uses her own career journey to explore themes of leadership, diversity, trust and courage. Kirstin uses videos, personal stories and her own leadership lessons to engage audiences on how she has used emotional intelligence to adapt her leadership style from the start of her career as a young Air Force Officer through to leading in the boardroom as a company director and Chair. In this very personal keynote, Kirstin inspires audiences with why she has made various choices in her career including how she became an ‘Accidental Activist’ when she created the widely acclaimed #CelebratingWomen campaign.

Key takeaways from this session include practical advice to help audiences –

  • Consider the choices they have made in their own career and understand how those choices have shaped the leader they are today;
  • Feel inspired by the ability for leaders at all levels to help make a difference to individuals and the world around them;
  • Be entertained by personal stories that will resonate with a wide range of audience members as they consider how they may have acted in some of the more challenging situations;
  • Understand what emotional intelligence looks like for leaders in the workplace and why this is relevant for leaders of today; and
  • Inspire audiences to consider the legacy they leave and the impact their decisions have on those around them.
Health and Safety Governance and Leadership

Few senior leaders are as well placed as Kirstin to be able to give a keynote address on health and safety. Kirstin has not only been the CEO of an international health and safety organisation as well as been the Chair of board committees responsible for safety but she has also completed PhD research in the field of safety leadership and governance which received academic and industry awards.

In this keynote address, Kirstin utilises her deep expertise in the field of workplace safety, leadership and governance to explore the ways leaders can effectively lead in the area of health and safety. Using personal stories, case studies, research and her own experience as a leader, Kirstin engages audiences in the ways that safety leadership can be demonstrated by emotionally intelligent leaders. Kirstin also explains how to identify the safety governance maturity of a workplace and ways to move an organisation along the maturity curve.

Key takeaways from this session include practical advice to help audiences –

  • Understand what safety leadership looks like for senior leaders and board members;
  • Consider how to assess the safety governance maturity of their organisations;
  • Inspire delegates to consider how they can ensure they are able to effectively lead and role model the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace; and
  • Understand what emotional intelligence looks like for leaders in the workplace and why this is relevant for leading safety.

For more information on Kirstin’s health and safety expertise including her PhD research and a number of safety governance and leadership resources, please click here.

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