You can make a difference, just like our Alumni. We are proud to introduce and showcase our Speakers Institute Graduates who are sharing their messages, powerfully. (8).png

Sam Cawthorn


For over 10 years, Sam Cawthorn has served as a leading inspirer to renowned world and business leaders, and organisations. He has an unrivalled ability to distil complex strategies into simple and powerful models that can be applied immediately to produce measurable and lasting results. Sam’s thought leadership is in resilience and speaker training and his message to not bounce back but BOUNCE FORWARD through difficult times has reached people from around the world. As a professional speaking coach having trained professional speakers around the world to get their message heard while being commercially smart, he has been featured in USA Today and the New York Times and has been rewarded for his strategic intellect and business acumen. He is the 2009 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR for Tasmania, the 2015 EDUPRENEUR OF THE YEAR, and a Certified Speaking Professional by the Association For Professional Speaking.

In October 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident, where he was pronounced DEAD. He was thankfully resuscitated, but left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg - and it this journey that enabled him to develop a mental resilience that gave him the tools to miraculously recover from his accident. Sam generously shares what he discovered on his journey with audiences who are captivated by his every word. Sam has a diverse background within the Australian Federal Government as a Youth Futurist and is a highly skilled musician, and one of the only people in the world who retaught himself to play the guitar with an above elbow amputation.

Sam has been honoured for his business acumen, strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavours having started his own charity supporting children who live with a disability in developing worlds. ( He has the unique ability to transform impossibilities into possible realities. You only need to speak with Sam’s audiences to understand how powerful Sam truly is… and he does all this with the most advanced bionic arm in the world that he brags about being able to program with his iPhone 6.

Sam walks his talk, and it is through his experience that his authentic message is heard. After all we only have one life…


Kate Cawthorn


Kate Cawthorn listens and then acts. She is genuine, caring and considerate - the perfect attributes as our Relationship Manager. Kate is here for YOU and takes pride in building strong and positive relationships between clients and the Speakers Institute. 

Kate is also a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and is trained to help you understand and unpack your full potential through understanding your own unique gifts and talents. Kate offers one on one coaching and also facilitates group sessions within our events. With close to a decade of experience in the Professional Speaking Industry, Kate is able to hear you out and then unleash the power within you to succeed.


Jodie Spiteri-James

Programs Director

Jodie is all about people, strategy, efficiency, and making a difference with a purpose and passion. As our Program Manager she is in her element.

Jodie spent 20 years in Book Publishing as Sales Director and Managing Director until she realised the further up the corporate ladder she was the more removed she was from making a difference to the lives of others. So Jodie exited from the publishing world, qualified as a Coach and NLP Practitioner and transitioned into the wonderful world of personal development.

At Speakers Institute Jodie ensures our programs and courses are a transformational client experience which is world class.


Hershey Hilado

Social Media Strategist

Hershey lives her life each day with three intentions: to SERVE, SURRENDER and IMPACT. Her passion for Business and Entrepreneurship made her our perfect Business Strategist. Her expertise is in strategy, digital marketing and sales. 

Hershey started her fashion eCommerce business at the age of 20 and now being sold to over 25 countries worldwide. She is part of the worlds 30 under 30 Influencive Entrepreneurs for 2016 securing the 20th spot along with other hustlers and young Entrepreneurs around the globe.  

She is also a speaker and has been invited to speak in Australia and Asia.  Hershey is also a big advocate of self-development and looks at it as her way of life. She is our clients first port of call as they approach Speakers Institute.


Nick Harding

educator / COACH

Nick Harding helps people tell their story. He is a communication specialist who teaches presentation skills to entrepreneurs and executives. After working in the Education industry for 15 years as an English teacher and now uses his expertise in narrative theory to help people articulate their message in a clear, concise and compelling manner. He has coached Olympians, CEOs and best-selling authors in public speaking including TEDx speakers in Melbourne and Washington D.C. 


Drew Wade


Drew Wade is an innovative branding designer. She is a resourceful, influential and proactive publicist and coach with a unique ability to influence communities, organisations and individuals. As a presenter and a coach, Drew's style is naturally captivating with stimulated ideas fused with emotionally-influential content. 


John Lee


John Lee delivers information, like a boss. Anyone who requests information from the Speakers Institute, gets it. As a CRM specialist who can put any customer detail to good use, John ensures the Speakers Institute provides extraordinary and practical value, every time. Having been a full-time geek since high school, John continues to successfully collaborate all his software knowledge (including video editing) and puts it to use to serve. John's admin motto is simple - leave all clients personally acknowledged and delighted in all interactions.

So you would like to be a person of influence too? Yes, we thought so.