Keynote Speaker

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is frequently invited as a keynote speaker to address conferences and organisations around the world. Listed below are recent examples of presentations and speeches Kirstin has given.

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There are speakers who capture attention more than others. On the first day this speaker, for me, was Dr Kirstin Ferguson.

Just wanted to say a personal thank you to you for your presentation. You have inspired me greatly to keep working on the challenges that I currently face in getting my Board and also the executive members actively involved in leading the way in H&S and its journey. Keep up the amazing work you do spreading the word and the way in which you inspire leadership teams to take H&S as seriously as they do other aspects of running successful & safe businesses

Last night, I attended the ceremony where you delivered the key note address. I wanted to reach out and say how much I enjoyed your speech – in particular your sense of humour and humility when talking about the “sliding doors” moments that led you to where you are today. Thank you for generously sharing your story.

Fabulous speaker – hands down my favourite of the conference.

Fantastic presentation – inspirational.

Kirstin was an excellent speaker. Inspiring and down to earth. Great perspective on leadership influence and personal development

NZ Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum – May 2015

QRC International Women’s Day Event – March 2015

Opening keynote address Safeguard 2015 – May 2015

  • Safety Leadership | Safety Governance

    Kirstin speaks from her experience as a board member, as well using her own research, about the challenges of leading safety and improving safety outcomes from within the boardroom. Examples of previous and upcoming presentations include:

    1. Safety leadership in the boardroom – The Campbell Institute of the US National Safety Council (New Orleans), February 2017
    2. Leading safety in the boardroom & thinking beyond compliance – New Zealand Institute of Directors , October 2016
    3. Safety leadership and safety governance in the boardroom – IOSH Conference (London), June 2016
    4. Engaging boards and senior executives in health and safety – Safety and Health Expo (London), June 2016
    5. Beyond compliance : Safety leadership and safety governance in the boardroom – New Zealand Institute of Directors (Auckland), April 2016
    6. Addressing mental health to improve workplace productivity – EY (Melbourne), March 2016
    7. Addressing mental health to improve workplace productivity – EY (Sydney), October 2015
    8. Beyond compliance : Safety leadership in the boardroom – Safety Institute of Australia conference (Melbourne), September 2015
    9. Safety governance and safety leadership in the boardroom – Governance Institute of Australia (Brisbane), July 2015
    10. Moving beyond compliance: Safety leadership in the boardroom – New Zealand Business Leaders Forum (Auckland), May 2015
    11. The game changer : Safety in the boardroom – New Zealand Safeguard Conference (Auckland), May 2015
    12. Safety leadership in the boardroom : Over-stepping or stepping up? – PWC/Safesearch Great Safety Debate (Sydney), May 2015
  • Leadership | Women in Leadership

    Kirstin talks about leadership from the perspective of having been a CEO, senior executive and board member. Examples of previous and upcoming keynote presentations include:

    • Lessons from Leadership – Women in Safety (Brisbane), November 2016
    • Women in Property Leadership panel – Property Council of Australia (Sydney), September 2016
    • Women in leadership in the legal profession – Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland (Brisbane), March 2016
    • Lessons from Leadership – Women of Westpac (Brisbane), March 2016
    • Leading through Influence – Women in Leadership Summit (Brisbane), December 2015
    • Boards of the Future – Queensland University of Technology, September 2015
    • Advice to my younger self – Queensland Resources Council International Women’s Day Breakfast (Brisbane), March 2015
    • Advice to my 10 year younger (and older) self – Fostering Executive Women Annual Dinner, October 2013
    • The path for women to develop a board career – Women on Boards Mercer Luncheon, March 2013
    • From an Executive to Non-Executive Career – Australian Institute of Management, October 2013

Speaking Events

Kirstin has recently spoken for the following organisations and events. To book Kirstin as a speaker, please contact us here.