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Tania De Jong AM

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Tania De Jong AM

Tania de Jong AM - keynote speaker, singer, business woman and social entrepreneur.
Travels from: Melbourne Australia
Specialising in Leadership, Change, Culture, Women in Business, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise, Community, Diversity, Education.

Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2006, Brainlink Woman of Achievement 2009, Member of the Order of Australia 2008

Tania de Jong AM is an entertaining, inspirational, knowledgeable and experienced, public speaker, MC, performer, workshop leader and transformational innovation business facilitator who achieves outstanding results and standing ovations. She often concludes her keynotes with a powerful song.

Diversity of topics:
Tania has been keynote speaker, MC, performer, workshop leader, consultant and facilitator at a wide range of conferences and special events throughout Australia and internationally. She builds rapport with diverse groups ranging from Board Members, CEOs, top teams and senior executives to those on the shop floor. She has spoken, performed and conducted workshops at conferences across Australia, as well as NZ, USA, Europe and Asia.

Tania always customises each speech and performance to suit your specific event and audience.

Tania's particular skills lie in the domains of:

  • Inspirational keynote speeches
  • World class customised performances
  • Executive and other teams - team building, alignment
  • Developing a culture of creativity and unlocking innovation capability
  • Removing self-limiting beliefs and inspiring new possibilities for achievement/success
  • Being an agent for change. She inspires people to take action.
    Unleashing potential
  • Corporate social responsibility/developing community and culture
    Facilitation and workshops

Possible Keynotes include:

  • Positive Human Collisions: the secrets of developing a culture of innovation.
  • Finding your passion and purpose.
  • With One Voice:  building a united and positive culture
  • Unlock your human capital
  • Unleashing potential through creative leadership
  • How to develop an innovation capability?
  • Profits or Conversations? Creating meaning and purpose in uncertain times
  • Keys to business success and leadership
  • People or Planet? A new concept of internal ecology
  • Creativity: the strategic tool of the 21st Century
  • The 3 must haves in any organisation: Creativity, Diversity and Community
  • Making a difference through creativity and social enterprise - engaging partnerships and communities
  • Social entrepreneurship - social change not social welfare
  • The Artful Human - Redefining intelligence and unleashing creative potential.
  • Are we educating people out of their creativity?
  • Creativity and Innovation - how to harness them in your people and organisation?
  • Finding creative solutions while competitors are still struggling with problems! 

Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano, social entrepreneur and founder of 4 businesses and 2 charities. Her grandmother was the founder of the original foldable umbrella, so innovation is in her blood! She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to improve wellbeing, engagement and innovation in organisations and communities.

She has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts. Her numerous awards include Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year as Founder of The Song Room, a Melbourne Award and induction into the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement in 2009. Tania consults to multinational organizations on creative leadership and innovation, works with a range of migrants and disadvantaged communities to build social capital and has performed in over 40 countries and released 6 CDs with her group Pot-Pourri. She is founder of entertainment and event production company Music Theatre Australia. She presents keynote speeches in Australia and internationally for a diverse range of conferences and events. She is Founder and Executive Producer of globally acclaimed future-shaping conference event Creative Innovation 2010-2013.
(Trivia: She attended college in the USA on a tennis scholarship.)


"This golden-voiced diva gave us all goose bumps. Her message was powerful and her never give up attitude was so inspiring. She has clearly earned her success through hard work and extraordinary talent. Entertaining and brilliant!"  Ernst & Young - Entrepreneur of the Year

"Tania de Jong brought warmth, enthusiasm and inspiration to our launch of Constellation - Professional Women's Speaker Series. We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback on our selection of speaker. Tania managed to transcend our business world with her background as a lawyer, evoked compassion and understanding with her family history and encouraged us to be resilient when our dreams are shattered. She inspired us all to look for the music in our lives, let our dreams soar and our voices sing."
Deirdre Hosking, Founding Patron, Constellation, NAB

"The final session of Day I when you transformed 850+ people into the Mind & Its Potential choir was simply brilliant - inspirational, moving and a lot of fun! The performance at the Gala Dinner was also superlative and I know the speakers involved loved playing their part."
Mind & Its Potential 2010

"On behalf of ANZ and the ANZ Diversity Council, I would again like to thank you for your fantastic participation and contribution to our International Womens Day celebrations at ANZ this morning. Your passion and insights into the issues and opportunities women are exposed to on a daily basis, ensured every time you spoke, the audience were thoroughly engaged. You are not only an incredible entrepreneur and talented soprano, but a terrific public speaker and importantly, a very authentic ambassador for the advancement of women. It has been an honour and a privilege to spend time with you." ANZ

"Your presentation "Creative Leadership - The Key to Success in Uncertain Times" was excellent, evidenced by the number and calibre of questions from the audience. You provided cutting edge public policy thinking for our Trustees. Feedback from the event has been excellent." Centre for Economic Development Australia

"You were wonderful. You engaged with over 700 of our consultants in a powerful way and reinforced our own potential. The standing ovation was a testament to the way you moved us into a different headspace. Many people have mentioned it was the best session they have attended at a conference anywhere!"  Price Waterhouse Coopers

"The event last night was a great success, and on a number of different levels. It was fun, built trust and shared experience amongst our group, and helped advance the leadership program we are workshopping. Your contribution was wonderful and you obviously have a winning set of products that are refreshingly different. Thank you for sharing the experience with us last night." BHP Worsley Alumina

"Innovator, entrepreneur, entertainer:Tania has it all and delivers it all! Tania gave our CEO members so much more than we expected - highly recommended for your next event."
The CEO Institute

"Tania is one of those rare people who change the world for the better and who positively influence and create opportunities for the community. At a recent presentation to BPW Geelong Tania inspired our members to rediscover their inner creativity, to aim high and to persevere toward achieving their goals. Her passion and enthusiasm is infectious."   BPW

"Mark Twain said: 'Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth'.
This philosophy epitomizes Tania de Jong!"
Professor John Seybolt, ex-Dean of Melbourne Business School

"The National Board and others really enjoyed having you with us for the two days and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and your enchanting performance at the dinner. Your keynote was powerful, engaging and inspiring. I heard nothing but glowing reports from the Board about your performance, so you really made an impact!" Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board Retreat

"Tania is an accomplished professional and delivered an immaculate performance with substantial impact in a short space of time. This in itself confirmed to the delegates how sustainable new behaviors are possible with focused commitment."   PHA

"Tania presented a keynote to our 450 delegates from Catholic Care programs across Sydney. Her powerful keynote inspired and moved all of us to unlock more of our creative potential and find our passion and purpose. To top it all off her beautiful voice enchanted us all. It was a very life-affirming session and we have received great feedback from our staff." Catholic Care Total Staff Day

"Tania was the most engaging speaker we have had - never in my dreams did I believe I would have over 80 of my clients holding hands and singing all in tune! A great testament to the ability of Tania to not only get a critical message across but getting people to take immediate action. Leadership is about taking action - there's no doubt Tania, that is what you delivered. Great presentation, great fun and most important, a message that people won't forget. Thanks again for 'bringing to life' creativity in leadership. Others are good at the talk, you walk the talk!" Wayne Dyson, Director, Bridgeworks

"We were delighted with the impact and outcome of your session. Many people have made positive comments on the session and the energy and passion that it produced. Brilliant!" AON Top 200 Conference

"Very energising and inspirational session... excellent and very empowering! Gave us lots to think about. We enjoyed the intimate, conversational atmosphere too! "
Autralian Institute of Management, session presented by Tania de Jong AM on "inding your passion and purpose".

"Tania De Jong is a great story-teller and her presentation on creativity was wonderful!" Australian Positive Psychology Conference

"We would like to thank Tania de Jong for her motivational speech at our NSW/ACT conference. The work Tania delivers on a day to day basis has inspired the whole NSW/ACT organisation to think outside the square and to be creative. In today's market the usual job search techniques are not enough to get our disadvantaged job seekers into employment and listening to her inspirational talk and video showed everyone that there is more than one way to motivate and help our clients into sustainable employment. Listening to real life success stories was the true success along with her amazing voice. Our employees were engaged and participated and got NSW/ACT to "ONE VOICE". Inspirational!" Max Employment

"I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that I thought your speech during the graduation ceremony at CQ University, Melbourne was extremely impressive. It was an extraordinarily creative and inspiring address, and quite possibly the most memorable I have witnessed in my three and a half years in Melbourne."              Yasufumi Kotake, Consul-General of Japan, Melbourne

"Fabulous, amazing & joyful... Aha moments!
Wonderfully inspirational, uplifting & refreshing.
Thought provoking & emotional. Great story telling.
Great concept & initiatives - gave me lots to think about at a personal level and a business/learning and development level.
Lovely message, those who feel included, valued & supported achieve great outcomes. Very relevant. Best session so far."
Comments from Australian Institute of Training and Development National Conference

"Swinburne University was honoured that Tania agreed to speak to our graduates at two of our recent Graduation ceremonies. Tania was just terrific. She gave an inspiring Occasional Dress to the Graduates. Her speech was encouraging, uplifting, appropriately challenging, and of course, beautifully finished off with a song. Our Graduates were simply captivated. Well done Tania."  Bill Scales AO, Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

Workshop Testimonials: 

"One of the most memorable participative workshops many of us have ever experienced. The "With One Voice" workshop highlighted our key aims of creativity and innovation as tools for great leadership, and team work. The workshop brought these to life and proved that working as one team aligned to one outcome, can achieve amazing results." Spotlight

"A great activity that really brought together our 250 HR leaders as one team. We started with 70% saying they couldn't sing and finished with an amazing four-part harmony song that they really were proud of. Highly recommended!" Andrea Grant, Telstra

"Thank you for a truly inspiring session yesterday. The engagement of staff was absolutely fabulous and there has been much positive feedback."  Helen Drennen, Principal Wesley College

"Your One Voice presentation and workshop was the perfect fit for our conference which brought together over 100 of our management and leadership team. You, Shaun and the entire team at Creative Universe were the ultimate professionals in the lead up to the event, and made my job as the event organiser so much easier. At the dinner event where you presented your personal and uplifting life-story, followed by some memorable performances set the perfect tone for engaging with the crowd to demonstrate the power of an individual and then that of the group! I have received nothing but positive feedback from attendees about how invigorating the workshop was and how in a very lively and active way, we could indeed sing with one voice! The general make up of our delegates was very "blokey" and I was fearful that they would not give 100% when they found out we were all going to be singing - but how wrong I was... I can still see them all stamping their feet and singing with gusto!" Veolia

"It brought the group so much closer together, the room was tingling with our combined energy." Macquarie Bank

"I could not stop my lips from turning upwards and smiling during the session! It made me feel so happy and alive!". Accenture

"It was truly amazing to hear everyone singing in a manner none of them thought possible! Finding the key event to launch a day of creative and innovative thinking was not easy however we 'nailed' it with Finding Your Voice." Centro Properties Group.  Marketing Managers Conference




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