Liza Pavlakos – Keynote Speaker

Survivor and Inspirational Speaker

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Specialist Subjects

  • Changed Mindset
  • Motivation
  • Power and Vulnerability
  • Self-Awareness
  • Trauma
  • Resilience


  • English


Liza Pavlakos wasn’t always the confident entrepreneur she is today. She was once a victim. As a small child, Liza became homeless having run away to escape sexual abuse. As a young adult, she endured violence and disfigurement. But, not one to be cowed down by adversities, she had the guts to take challenges on the chin, the strength to grow and bounce back stronger, and the passion for achieving her goals. Today, Liza is a successful businesswoman and a motivational speaker who helps others overcome challenges.

Liza is also a committed philanthropist and human rights supporter and has established the non-profit Liza Pavlakos Foundation, A Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Non for Profits Commission (ACNC) for supporting the worthy cause to empower the disempowered through setting up on online school. The Liza Pavlakos Leadership School hopes to educate the disadvantaged with accredited foundation courses for free.

At 23, she pulled off the epic task of planning and staging a new international beauty pageant – the Miss India International Pageant that generated around $100,000 in ticket sales in its very first year.
After that initial success, she took the plunge as a young, self-taught business entrepreneur and successfully transformed a struggling restaurant and bar, Minibar Piccolo, into one of the most popular small cafés in Melbourne.

Similarly, she transformed Finest Alterations, a floundering clothing alteration and tailoring enterprise into a profitable five-outlet franchise with A-list celebrity clientele and tailor for International events such as The Australian Open, Grand Prix and more.
In 2015, she launched her career as a motivational speaker, speaking at prestigious events such as the 10th Annual HR Congress (Asia), Miss Earth Coronation Night, The Win Summit (New York) among others.

In October 2017, on her way to present a keynote presentation in Africa, Liza Pavlakos and her team which included her cameraman and assistant were human trafficked in the Middle East. Luckily, they were saved by military intelligence and lives to tell the tale of narrowly escaping death once again. Liza is a human rights supporter who believes in the empowerment of the girl child and victims of human trafficking.

Today, Liza is engaging and inspiring thousands at international events, and guiding corporate teams to tap their leadership potential and achieve business goals. Featured on CNN, Channels TV, Hello Nigeria and Qatar Airways as an inspirational speaker from Australia, and human rights supporter encouraging women to become successful entrepreneurs.

Liza believes that our life is defined by the space between what happens to us and our reaction to it. She empowers her audience to become fearless and reach their highest goals by cultivating a resilient mindset.

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