Amanda Johnstone

Technology CEO, TIME Next Generation Leader, CEO Magazine Startup Exec of the Year, LinkedIn Top Voice in AI

"Leadership is about creating space where all voices are heard and valued." - Amanda Johnstone

Amanda Johnstone, a trailblazer in leadership and STEM, brings her unique perspective to International Women's Day 2024 and beyond. With the theme #InspireInclusion, Amanda's keynote encapsulates the essence of empowering women in leadership and across diverse fields.

Expect a keynote filled with personal anecdotes, evidence-based strategies, and actionable insights. Amanda's message is clear: the rise of women in leadership is a journey of collaboration and mutual respect, not a competition between genders. It's about embracing change and working together to create a world where everyone, regardless of gender, can succeed based on their capabilities and aspirations.

Her keynote will explore the evolution from the era of power suits to a more inclusive and empathetic leadership style. Amanda's story of seeking mentorship from Nigel Austin at 16 years of age and her approach to building diverse teams highlights the importance of asking for help, offering help and embracing vulnerability.

Amanda will communicate fresh and inspiring methodologies and demonstrate how the rise of women is not about the fall of men. Daring leaders fight for the inclusion of all people, opinions, and perspectives - because it makes us all better and stronger. Inclusion also means having the courage to acknowledge our own privilege and to stay open to learning about our biases and blind spots in gender equity. For men, it also means listening and honouring stories that reflect experiences that are different from their own.

Courage is listening, learning, unlearning, knowing when to lead, and knowing when to let others lead. Women thrive when men meet women where they are. It’s beyond paperwork, lunches, fancy words and reports; all humans thrive when they feel truly seen. Amanda will reference and share her organisation's proprietary award-winning, evidence-based strategies and frameworks. She will use easy-to-implement examples showing how each person in your organisation can utilise these learnable and buildable skills to enhance wellbeing and morale in the workplace.

Empathy and role modelling vulnerability must be on the front page of every modern leader's playbook. These qualities make us more humane and are what created the sense of community and affinity we experienced during lockdown during a hybrid workplace.

The outcome:
An increased spirit of togetherness and community. A new, invigorated sense of self within each individual. A celebratory atmosphere among your team.  Brand new frameworks, practical tools, empowerment and evidence-based neuroscience as inspiration this International Women's Day.

Amanda is available for a dynamic, interactive keynote crafted specifically to empower and educate teams this IWD and beyond. Virtual, pre-recorded or in person.

Amanda Johnstone Bio:
As one of Australia's most globally acknowledged AI technologists and technology communicators, Amanda's contributions have been celebrated by TIME as a Next Generation Leader and by The CEO Magazine with the Start-up Executive of the Year award, underscoring her significant impact in social impact technology. In 2023, LinkedIn awarded her as a Top Voice in AI, one of only 1500 top voices globally of nearly 1 billion users.

Amanda lends her insights to esteemed organisations including Commonwealth Bank, The Australian Property Institute, YPO, Zoom, The Australian Digital Health Agency, Allianz, Leap, Kellogg’s, Universal, Stanford, Women Making Waves, The Education Department, Schmidt Futures, Optus, ADMA and Google Cloud, among others. She has built a substantial following on her social audio channel, engaging 300,000 subscribers and reaching tens of millions with content on emerging technologies.


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