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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 leadership speaker and consultant – paving the way for 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
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Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker & Port Adelaide football club director tossing an Australian football
Holly Ransom, global leadership speaker, dancing onstage at EDU 2022
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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.

Holly has compressed a power-packed career into a decade. 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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Read Holly’s philosophy in The Leading Edge

“I’ve 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 my book, The Leading Edge. There are so many ways I’d love to support your leadership. I challenge you to come up with a new idea for a partnership and get in touch!”

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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

Expert leadership development solutions

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 leadership development 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 go the extra mile in the name of appreciation and kindness.
  • We actively look for opportunities to add value to others.
  • We ask questions with an intent to understand.

We live in the courage zone

  • We challenge ourselves, every day, to confront our fears in the name of growth.
  • We start before we’re ready.
  • We are unapologetically ambitious.

We make people ‘bigger’

  • We believe in leaving people better than where we found them.
  • We always see value and potential – in people, in teams, in cultures.

We continually raise the bar

  • We are restless for better.
  • We seek constant feedback & view mistakes as an opportunity to learn.
  • We plant seeds that will germinate tomorrow.

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