Globally Recognised Leadership Expert
DR. KIRSTIN FERGUSON – Entrepreneur, Speaker, Writer, Author, Content Creator, Digital Influencer & Emcee

Kirstin Ferguson wears a lot of hats as she changes the way the world looks at      leadership… and she wouldn’t have it any other way. To start with, she’s an award-winning and globally recognised leadership expert, a sought-after executive coach, keynote speaker, sits on multiple corporate boards and writes for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, answering the nation’s work and leadership questions in her weekly column,      Got A Minute?

All of this is without even mentioning her appointment by the Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2018. Kirstin is also making a global impact, with UK-based Thinkers50 naming her the only Australian on a list of the worlds’ top 30 “Thinkers to Watch” in 2021. Backed by an impressive 30-year executive career underpinned by a PhD in leadership, Ferguson is proof that hands on leadership experience and a lifetime of learning are indispensable to each other. A passionate advocate for women, she was also responsible for sparking a viral movement via the Our Watch platform – the Walkley Award nominated social media campaign called #CelebratingWomen, and is the co-author of award-winning book, Women Kind.

International recognition
2021 has definitely seen Kirstin cement herself as one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts. This year she has been recognised on the international stage for her leadership work including –
  • Being named as one of the top 30 leadership thinkers in the world to watch by London based Thinkers50
  • Being shortlisted for the Distinguished Award for Leadership for her contributions by London based Thinkers50
In both cases, Kirstin was the only Australian to be recognised.
Dr Kirstin is an award-winning and globally recognised leader, executive coach, company director,  writer and speaker. And a passionate advocate for women, diversity and inclusion.
Head and Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership

In this keynote address, Kirstin utilises personal stories, the latest research and highly practical advice to provide audiences with an inspiring and entertaining call to action for audiences to think about their own personal leadership and to becoming modern leaders – regardless of their formal position – who lead from both the head and the heart. Kirstin believes that while curiosity, analysis, strategy and technical expertise will always be important; humility, insight, courage and empathy is just as vital. Leading with the head and the heart is the art of modern leadership and is an ethos Kirstin embodies and inspires others to live by, every day.

Trust and Purpose for Modern Leaders

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.

Diversity and Inclusion for Modern Leaders

Kirstin is has been formally recognised for her excellence in women’s leadership, is the author of Women Kind and she is 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 as 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 personal stories, case studies and the latest research, Kirstin engages and encourages audience members of men and women to consider the role they can play in creating an inclusive workforce and why this is so important for modern leaders of purpose led organisations.

Speakers Reel

Kirstin’s new speaker reel is hot off the press and really showcases her work as one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts. You can watch the whole video of the speaker reel here.

Speaking Engagements

It continues to be a busy time for Kirstin to speak at both virtual and live events. In terms of virtual events, Kirstin continues to develop her offering including integrating her slides on screen with her to ensure the minimum interruption to the flow and smooth running of the keynote. Kirstin enjoys presenting virtually and finds the use of technology – including polls, interactive slides and the chat function – continues to work well.

Jim Collins 
  • Moderator with Jim Collins for a virtual event of 3000 people from 32 countries.
RoadTek Leaders Forum 
  • Virtual Keynote Speaker at live in-person event
  • Virtual Keynote Speaker and a leaderhsip panel
Women in Digital Awards 
  •  Keynote Speaker in front of 700 people at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Virtual Keynote Speaker at AGES Annual Scientific Meeting
Virtual Keynote Speaker at SAP
Virtual Fireside Chat at TEDx/LinkedIn
Virtual Keynote Speaker at P&N Bank Leadership Development Masterclass
Virtual Keynote Speaker at Eastern Health
Virtual Keynote Speaker at AHRI
Radio Interview at Triple J Hack

Each week, Dr Kirstin Ferguson tackles questions on the workplace, career and leadership in her advice column “Got a minute?


In Women Kind, Ferguson joins Walkley award-winning journalist and leading commentator on women in the workplace Catherine Fox to examine how women’s shared clout is transforming communities, workplaces and leadership; show that every woman is a role model; and challenge the idea that women regularly turn on each other for scarce seats at the top table.


Kirstin Ferguson is a Contributor at Forbes where she also writes articles about leadership, and the leaders shaping the world.  Read more >>.


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