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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 And Gallup Strengths success Coach

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.


Demian Coorey

Chief Facilitator and Coach

Demian Coorey is one of Australia’s foremost Futurists in Innovation Thinking.

He has a Masters in Finance, is an award-winning physicist, former chief analyst for Citibank Australia, and is the only vegetarian ever to be head of product development at Barbeques Galore.

As a very determined left brained, non-creative former scientist/analyst, Demian spent 10 years as head of his own media and animation company, Totally Clear, where he developed the skills of Innovation


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.

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Phuong Phan

Sales and marketing consultant

Phuong is all about empowering people and getting them up and taking action. Her purpose in life is to help people uncover their purpose and everyone has a story inside them that it should be shared to help people understand that life is all about making a difference. Phuong is a Sales and Marketing Consultant and she is passionate in this area.

Phuong has spent 15 years in education helping over seven thousand people find their purpose and has built three businesses in the fitness industry to help peoples wellbeing and build a place where people can belong. Phuong sold her businesses and started a whole new chapter in life coaching and entered the speaking industry world. 

Being amongst the Speakers institute industry she has found a new love to helping people realise being in proximity with a world class Speakers Institute is the best way to learn on building effective communication, confidence and certainty and it doesn’t matter what industry you are in.

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Van Alden Enriquez

PhDI Team manager & web designer

Van studied B.S. Materials, Sciences and Engineering at the Mapua University in the Philippines. But he fell in love working on digital, web, and mobile based solutions when he was working for a few national projects in Ateneo de Manila University. He also got his international diploma as a Professional Digital Marketer in Digital Marketing Institute of Ireland. 

Sam met Van during his first visit in the Philippines and hired him as an outsourced web designer and team manager who will work remotely at Cornerstone Business Solutions, located at Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines. 

At present, Van's role and core contribution to Speakers Institute is in process improvement, updating websites, and developing all digital platforms and initiatives, whilst managing and assisting other team members.

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Erika Angeline Carreon

PhDI Digital marketing specialist & events

Erika is positive person who loves to see the bright side of life. She shares her silent mantra to her peers to “always look on the bright side”. She believes that no matter what happens, good or bad, life goes on despite the greatest of challenges, because she knows that these are all temporary. 

Erika has also made helping, a part of her lifestyle. She is always willing to offer her assistance. She is always ready to help her peers and her attitude has kept the team intact despite all the challenges.

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Christopher Icmat

PhDI Admin staff

A Graduate of Marketing Management in Angeles University Foundation, Chris exhibits a "CAN DO" attitude that attracts people and make friends with this lad. He worked with various companies in the city that caters great service to people and the society.  

“Life is a blend good a challenging events.” This is how Chris sees the world and everything in it. His personality is flexible, deliberate, thoughtful, resourceful, and composer-like.  He embraces opportunities for change and exploration.

An awesome Bass/Guitar player. He has been a musician for many years and Funk, Jazz Fusion, Acoustics and Rock are a few of the genres he’s currently playing.

Working in Speakers Institute not only gave him a doorway of opportunity to be part of an awesome team, but it made him fulfill his dream of helping people reach their full potential.

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Ruchi Sethi 

Executive assistant

Ruchi Sethi is a philanthropist, an Entrepreneur & Sam Cawthorn's Executive Assistant. She adds value to peoples life  by helping them learn about their strengths, potential and possibilities. 

She believes in making a difference by giving back to the society as it comes back to her many folds. A post graduate from Xaviers Insitute of Communications, Mumbai ; she is born to an Army officer and today enjoys the same life as an Army wife. 

Ruchi has contributed through her work all over India and other parts of Asia. She works very closely with some of the worlds best Speakers/coaches/trainers and stand up comedians.

Ruchi is also a certified Access Bars practitioner. 
To get in touch with Ruchi, write to her at

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