Sonia McDonald Speaker Extraordinaire

Sonia McDonald
Speaker Extraordinaire

Sonia McDonald is a speaker who is renowned for her dynamic and entertaining presentations. Her enthusiasm and genuine love for the topics of leadership and strategy, organisational development, workplace diversity and the neuroscience of leadership, shine clearly from stage.

With a natural ability to take complex topics and present them in a clear and practical way, Sonia’s presentations are as practical as they are informative. She doesn’t believe in having people attend her presentations just to listen; she wants to see the learning applied directly into the workplace. After all, you can’t make a difference if you just talk about it. Leading and inspiring change requires action. That’s why Sonia’s presentations include actionable steps as well as understandable theory.

Sonia’s key focus is on the strategies behind successful business and leadership. Her presentations are both fun, vibrant and informative. Taking a neuroscience approach, Sonia shows how the power of the human brain can become the driver for business and team success, pushing our business to achieve and surpass organisational objectives.

Sonia has presented to some of Australia’s best recognised companies, events and conferences inspiring them with ideas and translating those ideas into productive strategies. For over 20 years Sonia has been inspiring leaders and organisations around the globe. She has worked across diverse industries such as retail, education, construction and engineering, consulting, executive search and the public sector.

Comments from a recent event:
“Amazing to see this presentation. The content and interaction was spot on. HR and leadership from the psychological perspective presented with such great energy and insight was amazing.”

“Sonia McDonald was my highlight of the event. Mostly because she interacted with the audience and truly got us involved in her presentation and each other. I think I swapped more business cards during her session than the entire day.”

Upcoming Speaking Events

Recent Speaking Events

Diversity Debate: Sonia created and hosted the first Diversity Dinner Debate held recently in Brisbane. It was her role to keep the conversation on track and to tie the contributions together in an informative way so that the audience were able to take the learnings away with them. Read more here!

LeadX: Sonia was one of the brains behind this outstanding event which focused on women leading innovation in productivity and profitability. She was also one of the featured presenters sharing her story of The Accidental Entrepreneur, and inspiring others to take a chance on personal growth as she did. Read the latest on LeadX here!

Mindful Leadership: Speaking at Australia’s Premier Event at the HR Executive Leadership Summit Sonia was instrumental in creating a session that focused on the importance of Mindful Leadership. In a workplace characterised by ambiguity, pressure and complexity, successful CHROs continually assess their own leadership capabilities. The session covered topics such as authenticity, strengths-based leadership, inspiring others as well as self-management through continuous change.

Rare Birds Con: The conference addressed how to grow and monetise your business in better, faster and more cost effective ways, and had a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Sonia led a workshop on the topic of entrepreneurial leadership, which is one of her special interests.

DEPOTNext: As an expert in the field of leadership, Sonia helped empower small to medium Australian businesses [and the people behind them] to take their business to the next level. Through her #leadership is an attitude Sonia explored why your mindset really matters when you define yourself as leader, how to build your leadership presence and how to become the kind of leader who inspires people to follow them.

  • "Sonia combines three major assets: bucket loads of passion for her clearly defined purpose; a thorough grounding in the principles of leadership and neuroscience; and an engaging personal style which makes her an adaptable and engaging presenter in front of any audience.  Presenting at the recent LeadX event Sonia had the audience captured with her energy, dance moves and compelling story telling, leaving all attendees empowered to surround themselves with the right people and confident to take risks to learn and lead."

    Rachel Kerr General Manager (Northern Region) REVELIAN
  • "I am grateful to have learned so much from Sonia through her sharing of stories and insights gained from her own life challenges. She connects deeply with her audience, and in doing so, moves them to act. I have seen the results of this and cannot speak highly enough of her abilities, enthusiasm and passion. It is truly contagious!"

    Leonie Neville LeadX

Sonia has also spoken at

Australian Human Resources Institute Forums and Special Events
Business Women’s Association for International Women’s Day
HR Summit for Key Media
EA/PA Summit
HR Leadership Summit
PMI Conference
National HR Summit
Property Council of Australia

HR Directors Forum
National Women in Construction – NAWIC
Australian Institute of Project Management
Griffith University
Super Retail Group
Project Management Institute Conference
Organisational Development Forums

If you need a speaker who will reach your people and inspire them to positive change and action, book Sonia McDonald now. This will be a presentation they enjoy, learn from and talk about for a long time to come.