Keynote Speaker and Conference MC
You would think Karen O’Leary was a cop in another life. In her exciting career to date she has played a naive cop in Taika Waititi’s What We Do In the Shadows, where her character inspired spinoff series Wellington Paranormal; she played a salacious cop in The Breaker Upperers; a sensible cop in The Educators; and a slight dodgy security guard in webseries Potluck. In fact, Karen is a highly versatile performer with a variety of roles under her belt. She has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention? , Seven Sharp, Anika Moa Unleashed and recently joined the Alternative Commentary Collective.
Prior to acting, Karen was working in an early childhood centre–and we all know what a tough audience kids can be! She is great at working a crowd, engaging an audience and always getting some laughs in–but she can also deliver a serious message when the occasion demands it. Karen is truly a star for all seasons.
Keynote Speaker - Mike Clark
Mike Clark is an exceptional trainer. Having experienced, worked in and with a huge range of business roles and focuses, Mike has an intuitive understanding for what needs doing in a business to move it forward. His love of people and his perceptive ability to enable them to see what they can do to lift their game, gives him a definitive edge when training. Mike is always working to expand his knowledge and experience and has an absolute love of learning.
His diverse experience and relentless focus on taking action has given him opportunities to present around the world. With an emphasis on being intentional towards empowering people to become exceptional, the programmes Mike has written and presented have connected across industries, age groups, roles and cultures.
People of all ages and roles relate well to Mike's underlying message of resilience and action, responding positively to his recommendations and learning from experience that has them moving forward refocused, more effective and smarter.
Tony Christiansen is a world-leading motivational and inspirational speaker. He is humourous, bold and straight talking as he brings you a story you will never forget. The basis of Tony’s presentation is self-belief; the theme is simply "Your attitude determines your altitude in life".
Tony has no legs, a result of a horrific train accident when he was 9 years old yet has achieved remarkable feats in his life. He shares his life story and the secrets to his incredible success and encourages his audience to set their own challenges, rather than accept the limitations imposed by their own attitudes and other people's perception.
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