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One of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women

CEO of Emergent Global and author of The Leading Edge, Holly Ransom is an internationally acclaimed speaker and leadership trailblazer – inspiring leaders across the globe to turn knowledge into action for real-world change.

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Richard Branson

Holly has thoroughly impressed me with her knowledge, poise and new ideas. I suspect you’ll be hearing from her in the future as more and more female CEOs come to the fore, changing business for good.

Richard Branson, Founder – Virgin
Adam Grant

Holly Ransom is a dynamo: unusually knowledgeable, engaging, and thought-provoking. She has a real gift for bringing insights to life and drawing out the best ideas in the room

Adam Grant, NY Times best-selling author & organisational psychologist
Layne Beachley

Articulate, bold and compassionate, Holly is one of Australia’s most inspiring and authentic young leaders.

Layne Beachley, Australian professional surfer and 7 time world-champion
Holly Ransom + Matthew McConaughey behind the scenes at ATD 24 in New Orleans
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker, laughing with an audience member at a conference
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker, recording a podcast
Richard Branson & Holly Ransom dancing onstage
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker & Port Adelaide football club director tossing an Australian football
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker, dancing onstage at EDU 2022
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker & 2x ironman running in a park
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker & chair of Pride Cup with a group of Pride Cup advocates

Holly Ransom

At five years old, Holly’s Grandmother Dorothy said to her “Honey, if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay” 

Holly has devoted her life and leadership to this mantra ever since; inspiring audiences around the globe to stand up and lead the change they care enough to make.

Through her leadership development firm, Emergent, she has produced real-world results for clients such as P&G, Microsoft and Virgin. Holly is also an accomplished board director for organisations such as Port Adelaide Football Club and Hudson

A proud champion for diversity and inclusion, Holly is Chair of Pride Cup Australia and devoted to challenging LGBTI+ discrimination within sporting clubs. She also co-founded Energy Disruptors Conference, named Canada’s number 1 conference, 2 years running. 

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Holly Ransom's book

Read Holly’s philosophy in The Leading Edge

Holly has spent 15 years researching empowered leaders, interviewing many of the world’s luminaries, studying a Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School, and consolidating a framework for future leaders in her first book, The Leading Edge. Grab a copy and light a fire in your leadership.

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Holly’s awards & honors

  • Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women

  • Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch.

  • Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21 fellow

  • Fulbright scholar and recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship

  • Awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019

  • 2019 Victorian Female Leader of the Year

Emergent Global

Leadership Training & Development for your organisation

Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker & consultant, delivering a leadership workshop

Facilitating deeper leadership learning for organisations worldwide.

Holly and the Emergent team are here to deliver transformative high performance programs and engaging workshops to you and your people. We believe that leadership learning should go beyond the conference room and into the everyday lives of your leaders.

Our mission is to craft and deliver captivating content that expands horizons, fuels personal development, and inspires leaders* to proactively drive change in the pursuit of a better tomorrow.

* If you care for something beyond yourself, you are a leader.

Talk to us today about how we can help your organisation move from knowledge, to action, in no time.

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Our guiding values

We care, radically

  • We actively look for opportunities to add value and give back.
  • We are good listeners and ask questions to understand.​​
  • We make every effort to know our people. 

We live in the courage zone

  • We start before we are ‘ready’.​
  • We back ourselves to do new things. ​
  • We come armed with ideas for the next experiment.​

We make people ‘bigger’

  • We use inspiration & vulnerability equally.​
  • We speak to, never at. ​
  • We teach, we don’t preach.

We continually raise the bar

  • We are continually asking how to get closer to 10. 
  • We celebrate our wins- big & small. ​
  • We are unapologetically ambitious. 

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