Holly Ransom is a powerful keynote speaker, firing up audiences across corporate, social and public sectors with change strategy, tech-adoption insights and leadership models for the new world. As a CEO with intense curiosity and unwavering pragmatism, Holly has shared the stage with many of the greatest thought-leaders of our time, including Barack Obama, Richard Branson, Billy Jean King, Susan Cain and Seth Godin. Engage Holly for your next event.

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Holly is not only a master of ceremonies but a master of content. For the full ‘Holly’ effect, engage her to curate the content for your overall event and then watch her pull it all together seamlessly onstage as MC.


Holly is a top keynote speakers globally, having presented over 500 sessions across six continents in the past three years. Holly brings high energy and a unique voice to challenge the status quo and inspire change.


Holly is able to synthesize complex information on the spot, weaving together different voices and views to enable inclusive debate. Holly elevates conversation accessibly across sectors, topics, generations and cultures.

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As a globally renowned key-note speaker, Holly has recently presented over 500 sessions across six continents. Holly’s differentiated perspective and strong voice break open obscure technical language, spur motivation to solve for the world’s greatest challenges and ignite the confidence to engage in inclusive debate.


Speaking Topics


Encouraging those who think differently to do differently

This theme ignites the spread of creativity, courage and curiosity throughout the workplace.

Available as both a keynote and a masterclass, Holly teaches us how to harness discomfort and drive courage zone behaviours. Between comfort and courage, there is a line to be crossed and Holly has a map to mobilise such change. In a time where short-term wins, digital echo-chambers and decreased job security tempt like-minds to routine-thinking, this power-packed session will cause every team member to rethink their value as a change-maker.

Key takeaways:

  • Tap into the deeper motivations of yourself and your team-mates
  • Empower a tribe of proactive problem-solvers within your organisation
  • Enable divergent thinking to fast track innovation


Methods for thriving in uncertainty

Leadership is no longer about individual strength, but group strength. The adoption of new technologies is requiring humans to perform at their highest collective ability. How are you training yourself and your teams to be future fit?

Rate your emotional intelligence, your curiosity quotient, your adaptability levels as a leader. No doubt you will see these reflected in your teams. How are you cultivating the habits and tools that enable change ahead of change? Available as a keynote or leadership team off-site, Holly unpacks the leadership capabilities critical for survival in a fast-moving world.

Key takeaways:

  • A roadmap for leaders to play at their highest cognitive level
  • An exploration of the risks of assumptions and bias
  • Measure of success – understand how to track your impact as a future-fit leader


Governing our own tech-literacy

If trust is the critical currency of a digital age, having a firm handle on the impact of AI, machine learning and quantum computing is our tap-and-go as leaders. Over the next ten years, the adoption of new technologies will transform the workplace. How do we ensure the human experience remains central? This important keynote is relevant to C-Suite decision-makers and boardroom discussions. Learn to chart tomorrow’s pathways for ethics, cyber security and governance, today. Allow Holly to walk you through an expanded understanding of technology and its potential to derail or fast track productivity, corporate reputation and competitive advantage depending on where trust intersects with adoption.

Key takeaways:

  • People strategies for augmentation
  • Systems audit, challenges and opporutnites
  • A pathway to GDP growth and improved corporate performance

Holly Ransom Bio

Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Holly Ransom is a specialist in disruptive strategy, an advocate for social and economic inclusion, and a private company director. Holly Ransom is recognized globally for her super-human ability to synthesize and simplify complex issues, and create engaging, thought-provoking conversation.


An in-demand keynote speaker, Holly breaks open obscure technical language and ambiguous challenges to ignite inclusive debate and drive pragmatic responses. Having presented over 500 sessions across six continents in the past three years to corporate, public and not-for-profit audiences, Holly brings high energy and a strong new voice to the topics of leadership, culture and innovation.


As founder and CEO of renowned consulting firm Emergent, Holly has partnered with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and across all levels of government to catalyse new strategic thinking, build innovative workplace cultures and to help leaders prepare for the employment, consumer and community challenges created by the rapid evolution of both technology and society. A 2019 Fulbright Scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ‘21 fellow, Holly is currently undertaking a Master of Public Policy with a focus on how we drive better decision-making when it comes to technology’s impact on humanity.


Holly has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, interviewed Barack Obama on stage and was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch in 2017. In 2019 alone she was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence, the Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) Victoria Award for Excellence In Women’s Leadership and was named on Smart Company’s 30 Under 30 list.


Identified early as a dynamic leader by the Australian Prime Minister, Holly was asked to Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and is the youngest Director to have been appointed to an Australian Football Club Board. Holly attributes her intense curiosity and bias for pragmatism to a childhood in which answers always warranted further questions!



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