Tania de Jong

Creative Thinking and Leadership

Developing  a Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship!
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About Tania de Jong

Tania speaks and performs around the world inspiring diverse audiences of 10 to 10,000 people ranging from corporate executive teams, boards and entire organisations to universities, hospitals, schools, business and entrepreneurship forums and at major national and international conferences and public events. She consults to a number of national and multinational organisations at C-Suite level providing keynotes, performances, leadership and innovation workshops, connections and strategic advice. 

She helps organisations build capabilities in creative thinking and leadership, develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, understand and manage disruption, foster diversity and community and unleash potential of individuals and teams. Click here for more information on Tania’s keynote speeches & workshops(PDF, 201Kb). Click here for more information on other fabulous workshops, team building, leadership, brainstorming and training programs.

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Tania always customises each speech and can develop a keynote topic to suit your specific audience. Here are some topic suggestions:

VOICES OF INNOVATION – The Power of Positive Human Collisions

Every voice matters. We are all creative.

What if your organisation could awaken the potential of your people, through the development of a creative and collaborative voice?

Your people, your community, your tribe are an amazing resource of untapped potential, who together have everything that is required to enhance innovation and creativity through the power found in positive human collisions.

In this interactive presentation, Tania delivers learning methodologies to empower you and your organisation with the skills to build an inclusive culture where innovation can flourish, and opportunity is found in diversity.

Tania also provides tools to assist teams in developing resilience and learning from failure. They will also gain insights into how creativity boosts performance, inspires leadership and ignites transformation.

Key Learnings

  •    How to build a collaborative and creative culture
  •    Insights into harnessing diversity and creating opportunity
  •    Enhanced innovation
  •    Tools to deal with adversity, enhance performance and inspire leadership
  •    Case studies and exercises to inspire action

Thinking outside the box: Leading Innovation and Change

This era of globalization will unleash a massive wave of technological, economic and sociological change. Innovation is coming from everywhere. Almost anyone can be an entrepreneur. An estimated 40-60% of current middle class jobs will become redundant due to artificial intelligence, robotics and other new technologies. We will need to be more creative and innovative than ever before.

Empowered people and groups are thinking ‘outside the box’ and challenging the established order in new ways never before imaginable – from building new business models and social enterprises to challenging old institutions.

This keynote will provide you and your organisation with tools to help you:

  • Develop creative, intuitive, right-brained and agile mindsets and think ‘outside the box’
  • Deal with failure and developing resilience
  • Build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that leads to business growth and success
  • Prepare for and manage in times of massive uncertainty, disruption and change
  • To understand why diversity will increase your organisation’s productivity and lead to sustainable growth
  • Make a difference to the communities where you operate

Creativity and Innovation – how to harness them in your people and organisation?  

  • We are all creative – building creative confidence and self-belief
  • Dealing with failure and developing resilience
  • Using neuroscience and your right brain to super-charge your work and life
  • Tools to unlock your individual and organisational creative potential
  • How to develop a culture where creativity and innovation can flourish
  • Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship within your organisation

With One Voice – building healthy, happy and inclusive communities

Disruption, caused by new business models associated with the internet, technology and globalisation, will be the greatest threat your organisation will face within the next 5 years. Virtually every business and institution is threatened and yet disruption can also provide extraordinary opportunities for sustainable growth.

  • Understanding and managing disruption
  • Dealing with failure and developing resilience
  • Building a culture where creativity and innovation can flourish
  • Why diversity will increase your organisation’s productivity and lead to sustainable growth

The entrepreneurial equation: how to transform your organisation

With a predicted 47% loss of middle class jobs due to robotics and new technologies, we need to invent many great new businesses to provide new jobs, opportunities and grow our economy. Often the best place to innovate and start-up new businesses is within large organisations.

  • Learn how to develop entrepreneurial spirit and skills
  • Unlock creativity and find regular sparks of ingenuity
  • Learn how to fail fast and experiment
  • Build a lasting culture of innovation

Creativity: the strategic tool of the 21st Century  

  • Why creativity has become our most endangered species, and why it is more important now than ever before
  • Using neuroscience and your right brain to super-charge your work and life
  • Tools to unlock your individual and organisational creative potential
  • How creativity leads to improved wellbeing, social inclusion, innovation, leadership, productivity and transformation
  • Unleashing the unique creative voices of your team and your organisation

With One Voice – building a united and positive culture 

  • Every voice matters. We are all creative.
  • Understanding and embracing the importance of diversity
  • How to create an outperformance culture through increased engagement
  • Why creativity leads to greater productivity
  • Why doing good really matters and connecting with the community
  • Building bridges of understanding and making a difference every day
  • Case studies to inspire action

OTHER TOPICS or co-create one with Tania 

  • Finding your passion and purpose
  • Using your right brain to super-charge your work and life – why the left brain is being replaced by machines!
  • Unleashing potential through creative leadership
  • Profits or Conversations? Creating meaning and purpose in uncertain times
  • Are we educating people out of their creativity?
  • Keys to business success and leadership
  • People or Planet? A new concept of internal ecology
  • Finding creative solutions while competitors are still struggling with problems!
  • Making a difference through creativity and social enterprise – engaging partnerships and communities
  • Social entrepreneurship = social change not social welfare
  • The Artful Human – Redefining intelligence and unleashing creative potential
  • The innovation paradox: Why Australia is falling behind as an innovative nation and what to do about it
  • Challenges, pitfalls, opportunities and celebrations of organising a world class, major event in Australia
  • The shifting business mindset – how business leaders are interpreting innovation and valuing creativity
  • Why music and creativity are fundamental to educating our children

Tania has a very warm and engaging style of delivery and her presentations draw laughter and tears. She is an excellent storyteller and often includes a song or two which brings down the house! She receives many questions from the audience, as well as spontaneous standing ovations and hugs, at the conclusion of her presentations!

Tania also presents a special customized song or two (or whole performance) during Gala Dinners, Plenary and Opening/Closing sessions.


  • DeakinPrime: Corporate Business Training
  • National Speakers Association of Australia
  • The International Society for Professional Innovation Management – Global Conference
  • TEDxMelbourne
  • 2013 National Local Government HR Conference
  • Howard Florey Institute
  • International Confederation of Principals Keynote Speaker, Singapore
  • Invergowrie Foundation W E McPherson Oration
  • VECCI and City of Melbourne, Keynote Speaker & Chair of Panel: “Creative City in uncertain times”
  • Creative Innovation Global – Ci2010-2013
  • Committee for Melbourne
  • Australian Secondary Principals Association
  • Serious Women’s Business Conference
  • National Australia Bank – Key Clients Constellation Series
  • National Conference “Creativity and Resilience” (Mental Health Foundation)
  • Mind and its Potential Conference
  • Melbourne Business School
  • Australian Centre for Educational Leadership National Conference
  • Universities incl. Deakin, Monash, Swinburne, La Trobe, Melbourne, CQU
  • National Catholic Schools Conference
  • Ernst & Young
  • Golden Door Health Retreats
  • Melbourne Fire Brigade
  • Not-For-Profit Forum
  • Rotary International
  • St Catherine’s School Alumni Lunch
  • VECCI Women in the City Network
  • Other corporate clients include McKinsey & Company, Thiess Services, AGL, ANZ, BHP, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Spotlight, David Jones, Perpetual, Veolia, AON, La Trobe University, Coates

Rave Reviews for Tania de Jong

  • “Tania’s keynote address was an inspiring call to action on our individual and collective creative capacity.  And I never thought I would witness our national team in full and rapturous song together.  The experience left us all with a sense of unexpected elation!” Mathew Browning, General Manager, Myer Family Company

  • “You make the world a much better place. This city and country are blessed by your talents, generosity and immense vision.” Louise Karch 

  • “The session was very well received and will always be a memorable one. The energy was great and we had excellent feedback.” AGL Senior Leadership Team

  • “The ONE TEAM, ONE VOICE Workshop was truly a binding experience, inspirational to a group in need of self-belief and confidence. In an engaging and memorable way, the team was able to perform as a unit like never before. Something to refer to for a long time!” Mondelez

  • “On behalf of ANZ and the ANZ Diversity Council, I would again like to thank you for your fantastic participation and contribution to our International Womens Day celebrations at ANZ this morning. Your passion and insights into the issues and opportunities women are exposed to on a daily basis, ensured every time you spoke, the audience were thoroughly engaged. You are not only an incredible entrepreneur and talented soprano, but a terrific public speaker and importantly, a very authentic ambassador for the advancement of women. It has been an honour and a privilege to spend time with you.” ANZ

  • “You are indeed a hard act to follow. I say again that your workshop was amongst the highest energy level shown by participants in the 10’s of dozen of workshops that I have been to. It was most enlightening and enjoyable.” Defence Science and Technology Group

  • “Session was great. A terrific buzz after it. Freedom is coming…truly first rate!”  McKinsey & Company

  • “Creative Brainstorming plays a critical role in developing campaigns for the release of Universal’s films but it’s important for us to create new stimulus in order to get the best out of these sessions.  For this reason we engaged Tania and her team at Creative Universe to help fuel the brainstorming by using the technique of singing to unlock our creativity.  It really worked and we saw a difference in the quality of ideas generated by each individual.  In addition the experience of singing as group also served as a great team building exercise and was loads of fun.” Universal Pictures

  • “A joyous finale for our annual national conference. Hundreds of people on their feet, united in song.” Family Business Australia

  • “Tania’s talk to the cohort of students studying the Master of Entrepreneurship was a fantastic finale to our first semester. Tania’s personal story of entrepreneurship told with energy, passion and feeling inspired the cohort who were literally sitting on the edge of their seats. A memorable session indeed!” Wade Institute

  • “In the true spirit of volunteering, Tania de Jong gave generously and freely of her time and amazing talent at our 2016 National Volunteer Week forum, Follow My Lead – Exploring Successful Leadership for Volunteer Managers. Tania had the audience hanging-off her every word during her keynote presentation and her infectious energy ensured audience members were highly engaged in the panel session that followed. Our forum ended on a high when Tania led the audience in song.” Volunteering Victoria 

  • “It was an absolute pleasure working with you and everyone present was truly inspired by your address. The evening was full of women power and energy and your concluding note was no less than a cherry on top!”  Women Lead Australia

  • “A fabulous immersion in innovation and disruption – I’d thoroughly recommend for organisations and people wanting to assess how they approach innovation and those looking to understand the risks of disruption and how to convert that to opportunity.”Chris Collett, Managing Director, Greenhill

  • “An engaging presentation, inspired stories and high impact messages. Tania delivers a unique in-the-room experience.”  Kerryn Gamble, Managing Director, CORE Potential

  • “We spent a fabulous evening being entertained by Tania. Her presentation was well tailored to her audience. We were touched that she would share a private family story of her history, it was very inspiring to hear. Her work with fund raising and the choirs is truly amazing and all left impressed!
    Then we wrapped with a finale of Tania singing La Vie en Rose which held everyone spellbound not only from the beauty of her singing but from the emotions it evoked in the wake of the attacks on Paris. Excellent evening, thank you.”  Business in Heels

  • “Tania has an ability to push people out of their comfort zones, something which is useful in facilitating creativity – just one of the subjects she is passionate about. Well networked and with a strong point of difference to most speakers and entrepreneurs, Tania’s presentation at Florence Guild was one of the more spontaneous and unusual that we’ve hosted here at Work Club Sydney.” Work Club

  • “Tania’s presentation at Creative Fuel 2015 was incredibly inspirational and a true highlight of the day. Tania provided relevant and thought provoking ideas to the audience around ‘Locking into your personal creativity’ and ended the day with a lovely and entertaining singing performance which delighted the audience. Tania picked up the mood in the room and truly lifted everyone’s spirits. I would highly recommend Tania for future presentations.” ADMA – Creative Fuel

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