Speakers

For a woman to make it on to our wish list of awesome speakers, she needed to be a little bit badass and she had to be true to herself.

We have collaborated with women who are lighting a torch for other women. Through their actions and how they show up in this mental world, they are the lighthouses for the road less travelled.

Badassery comes from the inside. When women step into courage and become true badasses—in any aspect of their life, it’s because they know they are enough.
 
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Turia Pitt

Without doubt, Turia is one of Australia’s most inspiring, courageous and downright badass woman.

In 2011, age 24, Turia was an ex-model fitness junkie and successful mining engineer when she was caught in a freak firestorm while competing in a 100km ultramarathon in Western Australia.

She was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full thickness burns to 64 per cent of her body.

Surviving against overwhelming odds is the least of her achievements. Turia has gone on to thrive in the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.

Widely hailed as one of the most adored women in Australia, Turia’s “never ever give up” attitude inspires others to conquer their fears and be their best.

Renowned for her pure grit, indomitable spirit and passion for humanitarian work, people from all over the world have taken Turia into their hearts and are deeply inspired by her.

 
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zoe bell

Kiwi-born Zoe Bell is one tough badass and we are beyond excited to have her coming home to NZ to share her story live at Courage, Connection & Badassery.

The Quentin Tarantino muse and Waiheke Island native is one of only a handful of performers who can successfully transition between stunt woman and leading lady.

Talking about her move into acting, Zoe says, "People hadn’t seen me cry, people hadn’t seen me feminine or sexual; being vulnerable was far scarier than jumping off moving trains—I've had to learn that I'm also fragile.”

Zoe is funny, honest and extremely generous of spirit; combine this with her hugely successful Hollywood career and we have the ingredients for a not to be missed keynote speaker.

She has starred alongside Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Wesley Snipes, Gerard Butler, Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis and Drew Barrymore to name a few, and has guest starred in some of America’s highest rating TV series: Gossip Girl, CSI Miami and Lost.

Tarantino wrote the starring role in the cult “Grindhouse” feature Death Proof for Zoe and has continued his long standing appreciation of Zoe, placing her in all of his films since Kill Bill. She has appeared in The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained and was lead female stunts in Inglorious Bastards.

Zoe’s producing credits include the upcoming feature film Haymaker, feature thriller Freshwater and short films Imbroglio, Miner and No Touching. Previously she produced the critically acclaimed horror film Raze in which she also starred. Zoe made her directorial debut with New Zealand’s Arnotts Biscuits.

Zoe won both Best Stunt by a Stunt Woman and Best Fight at the Taurus World Stunt Awards for her phenomenal work in Kill Bill Vol 1 and Vol 2. Her recent stunt credits include the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and Iron Man 3

 

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Lizzie Marvelly may have gained notoriety as a singer, but she has since earned her stripes as an engaging public speaker, feminist and badass.

Lizzie is a passionate advocate for women and often speaks about female empowerment. In May 2015, Lizzie launched Villainesse, an online media project aiming to create smart, ‘no-filter’ media for young women. Winner of the 2017 Canon Media Awards Best Blog Site, Villainesse is on a mission to empower young women through its mantra of “badass do-gooding".

Her first major campaign, the globally-successful #MyBodyMyTerms, sparked a conversations about victim-blaming, revenge porn, consent and sexual violence. The #MyBodyMyTerms videos have been viewed over 500,000 times, and received press attention from the Huffington PostDaily MailBuzzfeed USCosmopolitan USBustle, and the New Zealand Herald, among many others. 

Lizzie is a columnist for the Weekend Herald and took home the award for Opinion Writer – General at the 2017 Canon Media Awards for speaking out on many divisive and controversial topics; she has passionately weighed in on abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, the pay gap, child poverty and rape culture, among many others.

 

PAULA GOSNEY

A writer, businesswoman, speaker and warrior. Fiercely honest, a passionate coach and a woman who knows we are much more capable than we allow ourselves to believe.

With a remarkable career, establishing her first of many successful businesses at the age of 21, it’s easy to think Paula has it all.

However, life threw some nasty curveballs her way. Sent to boarding school at eleven, never to live at home again and the victim of a serious sexual assault as a teenager, a decline into hard drugs and alcohol plagued much of her twenties. “I lived a double life, one of a successful entrepreneur, the other a woman in deep pain, relentlessly trashing my body like the worthless object the rape had taught me it was.”

In Paula’s pursuit of happiness, she spent hundreds of hours sitting at the feet of personal development masters, devouring anything that would help her through her personal pain. She believes if she had been exposed earlier to the principles that now define her life, she would have healed quicker, loved earlier and been able to contribute sooner.