Annabelle Williams – Keynote Speaker

Paralympic Gold Medallist, international motivational speaker, business owner, TV presenter, lawyer, board director and Mum

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Specialist Subjects

  • Unleashing potential through courage and kindness
  • Empowering a growth mindset through grit and determination
  • Building resilience through inclusion and belonging
  • The art of storytelling as a strategic business tool (Masterclass)
  • The Power of Purpose


  • English


Annabelle Williams captained the Australian Paralympic Swim Team and managed to balance her sporting career with a highly successful and demanding corporate career as a lawyer. Annabelle competed in two Paralympic Games, broke five world records and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Annabelle was an M&A lawyer at top-tier law firm, Allens Linklaters, and in-house counsel for the Australian Olympic Committee. She is a strong advocate for the rights of athletes and, at the age of 24, was awarded with the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to sport. Annabelle is the Founder & CEO of “Grit & Gold”, a Director of Swimming Australia, a Member of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal and International Cricket Council Code of Conduct Commission. She graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she delivered the Valedictory Address and is a highly recognised and respected sports broadcaster, having most recently anchored Australia’s coverage of the Tokyo Paralympics and Birmingham Commonwealth Games, both of which won Logie Awards for most outstanding sports coverage.

Annabelle Williams is passionate about building belonging in the worlds leading workplaces and helping people and organisations to unlock a growth mindset, develop resilience, embrace diversity, inclusion, courage and kindness to unleash their full potential.

In a fun fact, Annabelle was briefly Charlize Theron’s stunt double in Mad Max 4: Fury Road!

Popular Talks by Annabelle Williams

Unleashing potential through courage and kindness

One of the earliest lessons we learn as a child is the importance of being kind. Fast forward to our adult lives, it’s one of the first things we forget when we’re under pressure. Goals, deadlines, and everyday stressors can make us easily overlook the importance kindness plays in our lives.
Studies tell us that kindness triggers moral elevation (a positive emotion experienced when witnessing a virtuous act) and is highly contagious. So how can we leverage that to fuel growth for ourselves and those around us? Better yet, how do organizations inspire a culture of kindness?

Annabelle is a perfect example of a life defined by the courage and kindness of ‘everyday superheroes’. She has been the beneficiary of regular acts of kindness from a huge number of people – even strangers. Annabelle teaches us how giving and receiving simple acts of kindness can empower us and create a path to achieve our full potential.

Key Takeaways:
– Identify blind spots that may be preventing a culture of empathy and kindness.
– Understand how kindness is crucial to business success.
– Develop strategies to become more courageous and uplift those around you.

Empowering a growth mindset through grit and determination

Let’s face it, there is a big difference between someone who sees a challenge as an opportunity and someone who views a challenge as a roadblock. Having a growth mindset means believing that our abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.

So how do you transform the perceptions of those who weren’t born with an innate ability to see possibilities and positive outcomes? How do you create and cultivate a love of learning and resilience in the face of adversity?

Growing up with a disability and training as an elite athlete has taught Annabelle that challenge equals opportunity. Through grit and determination she’s realized that anything is possible. Annabelle teaches us strategies to develop a winning mindset, including how to identify and leverage opportunities and how to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Key Takeaways:
– Learn to identify roadblocks and their source.
– Understand how to transform challenges into opportunities.
– Develop an empowered mindset – where you feel confident that you can achieve your goals.

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