Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch and was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019. Having interviewed the likes of Barack Obama, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Branson, Billie Jean-King, Condoleezza Rice, Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and the world’s first humanoid robot Sophia, Holly fights complexity with curiosity, apathy with empowerment and fear with fact.
As a Fulbright scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21 fellow, Holly is a recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship, allowing her to action social and economic inclusion by connecting people with the decisions that affect their lives. Holly’s mission is to inspire change and transform the world, one leader at a time. Having released her book The Leading Edge, Holly helps people harness their own potential to lead by asking better questions, thinking beyond biased answers and building collective momentum for change. The Leading Edge is part of Holly’s broader belief that we need to democratise leadership learning and break open elite leadership discourse to fire up every individual to catalyse change.
Holly was identified early as a dynamic thought leader, asked to Co- Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and becoming the youngest Director ever to be appointed to an Australian Football Club, the mighty Port Adelaide. Holly’s podcast ‘Coffee Pods’ was named in the top ten business podcasts to listen to by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2018, and Holly has been recognised as a LinkedIn Influencer and a must-read content producer by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Herself an accomplished company director, Holly has compressed a power-packed career into a decade, spanning corporate, non-profit and public sectors. As founder and CEO of consulting firm Emergent, Holly has led real-world results with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and KPMG. Holly has also been a regular on the likes of The Drum, QandA and has appeared on numerous popular Australian current affairs programmes.
As a proud champion for diversity and inclusion, Holly is Chair of Pride Cup Australia, a non-profit organisation (and movement) devoted to challenging LGBTI+ discrimination within sporting clubs – and create welcoming and supportive environments for LGBTI participation and fans. A two-time Ironwoman, Holly loves to cook, dance and sing… despite her complete lack of talent at all three.
“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.”
Sir Richard Branson
“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”
“Holly was an exceptional speaker who captured the audience's attention from the very first word she spoke. Her interaction with the crowd was exceptional and her stories were intriguing and inspirational. Holly is a confident speaker and she has achieved so much in her short time. It was very interesting to hear how she has achieved it all. Holly was one of the key speakers at the Worldly Women lunch with over 900 attendees to celebrate International Women's Day. We would definitely recommend her as a keynote speaker to inspire anyone and everyone.”
Everywoman Business Events
Head of Channel Sales, LinkedIn ‘It can be tough to keep audiences engaged in virtual events and we are so thankful we secured Holly as our star speaker for our customer event. Her energy, passion and wisdom made our event a huge success. She understood the brief and took time to understand our audiences which made sure her content was tailored and spot on the mark’
"Moderating conversation with high profile thought leaders and inspirational icons is a work of art- and Holly, like a skilful tailor, stitches these conversations together to produce a masterpiece that enlightens the mind and gladdens the soul."
Ola Odejayi- Head of Events, CPA
'Microsoft CEO, APAC ‘Inspirational, thought provoking and unique- Holly is all of those things and more’.
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