Keynote speaker & workshop facilitator

Antifragile Leadership | Impact Entrepreneurship | Public Diplomacy and International Affairs

 

“The world needs good ideas and it needs a lot of them. We can’t assume they will all come from the same place.”

Profile


An inspirational leader and in-demand speaker, Elise’s antifragile mindset is primed to help leaders and teams embrace uncertainty, advance seemingly impossible ideas and actions, and redefine future impact for limitless potential.

One of Google and Deloitte’s most Outstanding LGBTI+ Leaders, Elise is an irrepressable researcher, strategist and impact entrepreneur. From being Director of an international business solving some of our greatest design challenges, to being founder and curator of some of Australia’s most innovative public diplomacy programs, and a researcher with the leading Policy Innovation Hub, Elise has crafted a high-impact lifestyle and career rolled into one.

In the world of academia, Elise is dedicated to translating research into impact. In the world of business, Elise is committed to transforming business practices to those that are fundamentally regenerative, just and purposeful – providing cutting edge thought leadership at the intersection of research and practice.

Current Work

Joining university just after acquiring bilateral hand injuries in 2010, Elise has always been forced to reimagine new futures and pioneer jobs, careers and definitions of living that she didn’t think were possible before. Elise remains committed to fueling an antifragility approach and risk-aptitude across industries by equipping current and emerging leaders from all backgrounds with the  mindset, skills and tools to transform their work and impact. Elise’s business, Social Good Outpost, and her longstanding partnership with Griffith University, power her drive to help more people embrace uncertainty and make powerful change and impact beyond their wildest dreams.

In the last four years, Elise has taken to the world stage to share her stories and insights with thousands of current and future leaders across the Asia Pacific region, the United States, Sweden and beyond. After travelling over 75,000kms (almost two times the circumference of the earth) across rural and remote Australia in a self-built tiny home, plus running over 50 events, workshops and festival programs across Asia with the Australian Government, Elise’s experience is as deep as it is wide.

Her insights feature in several books and she is a prolific writer, storyteller and doer. Together with the company she co-founded with her sister Lara, she’s donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to projects at the forefront of community action.

Elise regularly features in major press outlets including the The Conversation, ABC News, the ASPI Strategist, and the Lowy Institute.

Selection of Awards and Accolades:

• Australia’s Top 50 Outstanding LGBTI+ Leader 2020, Google, Deloitte and Energy Australia
• Overall Outstanding Young Alumni 2020, Griffith University and Griffith Business School
• Young Leader 2020, Women Deliver
• Spotlight Award – Unleashed Awards 2019, Foundation for Young Australians
• 30 Under 30 LGBTI+ Role Model Award, Boston Consulting Group and Out For Australia
• Community Award 2016, United Nations Australia Association
• University Medal 2016, Griffith University
• Politics, Asian Studies and International Relations Medal 2014, Griffith University

Expertise

Talking Points

Embracing Uncertainty: Antifragile Leadership

Long before COVID-19, uncertainty dominated many of our lives and professional careers. How do we cope with climate change? Which jobs will be automated, and what future careers will we embark on? How do we lead teams and self when our world drastically changes with little warning?

In this talk Elise explores the idea of antifragility – a mindset and life shift which will allow you to embrace uncertainty to achieve a lifestyle and career that gains when things don’t go as planned. 

Key takeaways:
– Explore antifragility, the idea of gaining from disorder and ‘when things go wrong’
– Learn how to develop antifragility by developing 1) capabilities, (2) adaptability and flexibility, and (3) options.
– Engage your team in experimenting and tinkering, in taking small risks that increase your ability to cope (and thrive) under uncertainty and the unexpected
– Develop new personal and professional options for yourself, working smart (not hard) to increase your impact

Who this is for:
Business leaders, corporates, teams, educators, high schools

Engaging Asia: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity

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Billion Dollar Business: Impact Entrepreneurship

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Winning over the World: Diversity in Diplomacy

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The Decade for Action: Driving Equality and Sustainable Development

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Millennial Entrepreneurs and Leaders: Take the First Step

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Tailored themes

  • International academic keynote speaker
  • International changemaker keynote speaker
  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Creativity
  • Leadership and Intergenerational Leadership
  • Motivational Speaking
  • International Affairs
  • Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power
  • Australia’s Brand and Influence Internationally
  • Creativity
  • Antifragility
  • Scholar Entrepreneurship / Combining Research and Entrepreneurship
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • International Womens’ Day speaker
  • International Youth Day speaker
  • Gender Equality
  • LGBTI+ Inclusion and Rights
  • Asia Pacific Business and History

Media

Google, Deloitte & Energy Australia, Outstanding 50 LGBTI+ Leaders.

Griffith University, Incredible Griffith Alumni Recognised at 2020 Outsanding Alumni Awards.

Australian Embassy in VietnamElise Stephenson.

Young Australians in International Affairs, Career Spotlight: Elise Stephenson, Social Entrepreneur and PhD Candidate.

Social Change Central, Social Change Champions: Lara and Elise Stephenson.

And more… check Twitter and LinkedIn!

Past work

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