Gold Coast Speech Festival

The Arts Centre Gold Coast

9 July 2017, 1-7pm

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The Gold Coast Speech Festival shares inspirational stories and innovative ideas, while supporting charities which work to combat some of the greatest issues of our time. Expert speakers engage the community into powerful conversations, stimulate new ideas and inspire change – challenging us all to go ‘Above and Beyond’.

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Powerful conversations, Stimulating ideas, Inspiring change.


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Our Charities

GCSF is an annual charitable event, run solely by volunteers. This year, 100% of all profits will be donated to Able Australia, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Australia Anti-Ice Campaign. These organisations work ‘Above and Beyond’ to create a more just, cmpassionate and inclusive society and to combat some of the greatest challenges of our time.

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Able Australia

At Able Australia, we believe in an inclusive community for people of all abilities. We specialise in the delivery of high quality, person-centred services to people living with multiple disabilities…

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Saint Vincent de Paul Society

It was established by like minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in Australia…

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Our Speakers

The Gold Coast Speech Festival showcases outstanding speakers from a vast range of backgrounds – the academia, the business sector, our youth, and the community. Each speaker has an incredibly inspiring story to tell and will challenge us all to be better involved with the community and to believe in our ability to change the world together.

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Rosie Pekar

Motivational Speaker. From a policewoman to a professional speaker, Rosie Pekar has become an inspiration with her powerful, witty, entertaining, and motivational speeches. She has spoken in multiple events in Australia , Asia, and North America.

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Property Developer. At 24 years old, David was a Development Manager on one of the largest property development project’s in Australia known as Darling Square, a $2.5 billion mixed use precinct in Sydney.

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Elise Chambellant

Women’s Advocate. Elise, 21, is a beauty queen, commercial model, and fashion model. Beyond her physical beauty lies an even more beautiful character and personality.

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Navdeep Pasricha

Teen Entrepreneur. He is the founder of iYouth, an organisation committed to the mental health of Australia’s young people.

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Mark Hunter

World Public Speaking Champion. In 2009, Mark Hunter beat the 30,000 strong competition from around the world to claim the much-coveted title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking…

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Josh Holms

Writer / Poet. Combining philosophy, vulnerability, story, political protest, and raw expression, Josh believes poetry to be a universal connector. Josh is the founder of Bigger Than Poetry on the Gold Coast…

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Gavin Topp

Australian Boxer. After finishing his illustrious boxing career, Gavin Topp found that many men had a desire to test themselves in the ring. This led him to create Fight Like a Pro…

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Jason Ganis

Entrepreneur of the Year. With his innovative business mind in digital, hospitality, and manufacturing, he won the prestigious award amidst a strong competition in the Gold Coast’s booming industry.

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Lloyd James Ross

Lifestyle Entrepreneur. A former lawyer, Lloyd is a local Gold Coast entrepreneur with a traditional business in property marketing. He also runs a home-based network marketing business…

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