Former President, Women’s Sport Australia

Acknowledged as an Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence, Carol brings thirty years of expertise and experience in elite sport performance to ensure leaders eliminate self-doubt and build more confidence, so they enjoy positive interactions at work and achieve successful outcomes.

Carol is the co-author of Confident Communication for Leaders and is the creator and founder of the program this book inspired.

During her career, Carol has worked with entire generations of leaders, influencing, guiding and inspiring them into effective, powerful, community-shaping action.

Her philosophy of applying the behaviours of elite performance to our own life at home and at work is simply transformational, enabling people to live at their best, with grace, flow, strength and confidence.

Carol’s work with leaders is a compilation of the lessons she’s learned in her thirty-year journey at the forefront of both business and sport, with her focus on confident communication, which stems from the power of aligning values to behaviour.

A former elite athlete in swimming, water polo and surf lifesaving and a busy entrepreneur, Carol is well practiced with the skills of resilience, maintaining a quality mindset and balance, all required for high performance, personally and professionally. Carol’s Master’s thesis focusing on the barriers women face in coaching sport at an elite level paved the way for equal opportunities policies for women and girls in sport.

She remains a vocal advocate for confident communication as a leadership tool to give women a voice and a presence on the field, in the workplace and in the Boardroom.



Deputy Director General, 2032 Taskforce,

Department of Premier and Cabinet QLD Government

Ms Kerry Petersen is the Deputy Director-General of the 2032 Taskforce within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and is responsible for leading the Queensland Government’s engagement in all activities associated with the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including engagement with a complex network of stakeholders associated with the 2032 Games.

Under Kerry’s leadership, the 2032 Taskforce was responsible for the successful candidature for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, drawing on expertise in major and mega‑event planning and delivery across government.

Kerry previously led the Queensland Government’s delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) including the delivery of the GC2018 infrastructure. Kerry brings over 30 years of public sector experience to the role including delivery of other significant public infrastructure programs and projects.

Kerry was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in June 2019 which recognises outstanding service by employees of Australian federal, state and local government agencies.



McKeon Swim School

Susie McKeon has been involved in swimming all her life. Firstly, as a member of the Australian Swim Team in the early 80’s, then a junior level coach, swim school owner and of course mother to Emma McKeon, Australia’s most successful Olympian.

Susie runs the McKeon Swim School in Wollongong.  Operating out of two facilities, McKeon’s have a staff of 95 and teach in excess of 4000 lessons a week, plus competitive training squads, school groups, aqua fitness classes and Swim Australia teacher Courses.



White’s IGA

Roz White is an award-winning business leader with 28 years’ experience, a charity volunteer and leading advocate for various industry groups.  Roz is the co-owner of White’s Grocers and White’s Commercial Property Group employing 400 people in the Sunshine Coast community and heartily shares her business knowledge by mentoring other local businesspeople and sharing her trade insights through guest lecturing at the USC School of Business and the Innovation Centre.

Roz is a passional business advocate having held leadership positions including board chair, president of the Sunshine Coast Businesswomen’s Network, ambassador of local food and agribusiness, is a professional member of various industry groups and an active community participant having founded and co-ordinated many successful fundraising events.  Roz is a current member of the board of directors for Montrose Therapy and Respite Services and the University and the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board.  Roz is a current member of the USC Business School External Academic Advisory Committee and a past advisory member of the Queensland Community Foundation (Sunshine Coast).

Roz was recognised as the SCBWN Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year in 2015 and named Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year in 2016 by the Australian Institute of Management. Roz was inducted in the IGA Hall of Fame in 2017 as the first independent female, a prestigious honour and significant milestone for women in the supermarket industry. Roz was also a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year finalist in 2019 and has been awarded multiple national and state industry retail excellence & community awards over the past 20 years.