Rachael Robertson: Biography highlights
Rachael Robertson is Australia’s most popular female speaker and a best-selling author who has an inspirational tale of leadership in one of the most unforgiving places in the world.
Full biography of Rachael Robertson
Rachael Robertson’s background
Rachael spent fifteen years as a team leader in various industries before taking the opportunity to become the youngest and only the second woman to lead the 58th annual expedition to Antarctica. The role was not easy: Rachael was on duty as the leader every day of the year, working in grueling conditions that many of us can only imagine. She brings this experience to life in her speeches, giving us practical, down-to-earth tips on how to deal with every-day situations in a leadership role.
Rachael has spoken before a wide variety of industries from pharmaceutical to finance, mining and construction to hospitality and health.
Davis Station, Antarctica
Davis Station is the most southerly Australian Antarctic station and is home to 120 expeditioners over summer and 18 over winter. The station is used for a number of scientific projects, including seal studies, penguin studies, the biology of the lakes and water in the area and geological surveys. The expeditioners also go on field trips and survival training. As an expedition leader, Rachael directed the core of 18, keeping them safe and able to do their work in the harshest and most hostile environment on earth. She was also required to manage the summer visitors and ensure the safe delivery of research programmes as well as keep the facilities working.
Watch Rachael in action
Rachael was engaging and responded well to the group. Her experiences are extraordinary and she did a great job of relating what she learnt. She was also able to illustrate the similarities between her roles and those of my team. In one word, 'Terrific!''
'Excellent - Rachael's presentation style highlighted why she was so successful in her role as leader at Davis Station. The wonderful stories told contained highly entertaining and compelling examples of leadership, hardship, and teamwork in extreme conditions. Rachael is a model of excellence in communication.'
'Rachael was very interesting to listen to. When Rachael was presenting, she made you feel that you that you were actually there with her. She made you feel that you could actually listen to her amazing stories all day. Allot of people from my division that attended gave me very good feedback. People were that amazed with her presentation that people are asking me details of how they could invite her as a guest for their forum.'
Fairfax Community Newspapers
'We've had great feedback about Rachael. Her presentation was excellent and very relevant to our leadership conference. Hearing her story was both educational and uplifting and Rachael herself was extremely personable, making the presentation all that much more enjoyable to listen to!'
'I have never received so much positive feedback from a guest speaker as I have this time. People continue to tell me how impressed they were with Rachael's story. She provided a fantastic insight into difficulties around management in a remote site. Her messages and insights can be applied within our business. She shared a range of unusual and interesting stories which made her message even stronger.'
'More inspirational than motivational and enjoyed by all. A very informative talk, she held them (200) for the hour and had heaps of questions.'
Rachael's speaking topics
Leading on the edge
This keynote explores how great leaders build and invest in those around them and turn 'moments into momentum' by paying attention to the little things. This is all about showing big leadership in small moments.
The future of teamwork
Today's and future teams are very different from what they once were. Now we come together quickly, remotely and are expected to perform immediately. In this keynote, Rachael uncovers the critical tools she uses to quickly create cohesion, purpose and resilience in teams.
Future. Woman. Leader.
In this keynote, Rachael outlines the key personal mantras, commitments and career tools that every woman must use to progress effectively. Perfect for both women's and mixed events.
Change is the new business as usual
In this keynote, Rachael provides the tools to navigate this world of flux that dominates business today. Self-leadership, resilience, and persistence are the keys to succeeding in a world of seemingly constant change.
365 shades of white
A hilarious and compelling account of Rachael's time leading up to 120 people in the remotest corner of the earth for a year. Hear about 'life in the freezer', the plane crash, how 'the bacon war' nearly derailed a $20m science programme and other unique stories.
Remote and dangerous
Workplace health and safety insights from the harshest, coldest, most isolated workplace on earth. Rachael recounts how she kept her team safe and sane through the long, dark, Antarctic winter by building a culture of safety leadership.