Avril Henry is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, author, leadership strategist and provocateur, who is passionate about diversity, and transforming old leadership models and workplace practices.
In 2016 Avril was named one of the AFR Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence, and one of the 10 most influential women in the Diversity & Equity space. Over the past decade Avril has won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in HR Award and been a finalist for Best HR Director at the Australian Human Resources Awards. She has been finalist in the Sydney Business Review Business Woman of the Year, recognised by the NSW government as part of International Women's Day and nominated multiple times for the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.
For two decades, Avril has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses to tens of thousands of people in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA and Asia to companies and industries as diverse as CEDA, IBM, BHP, Department of Defence, Australian Tax Office, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland Health, NSW Health, NSW Police, ANZ, Westpac, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Macquarie University, CPA Australia, Telstra, Australian Superannuation Funds Industry, the Property Council of Australia, The Global Women's Summit, and various Singapore and Hong Kong government departments.
Avril is a well-respected and sought-after authority on leadership, organisational change, gender differences and intergenerational issues facing contemporary workplaces.
She is a regular panelist on ABC’s The Drum, and ABC radio; and contributes articles to several industry publications and newspapers. For two years Avril also had a weekly radio program with the ABC as the resident expert on workplace relations and HR, which was broadcast to 16 countries in Asia. She is the author and coauthor of several books on leadership and the different generations at work, and her book, Leadership Revelations II How Australians Lead In Crises, topped the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine's best brain food books of 2012. In 2015 her latest book, Leadership Revelations III, How We Achieve the Gender Tipping Point was launched by the Chief of Army and the ASX.
Avril Henry is an outstanding speaker who is articulate, challenging, informative, compelling, dynamic and inspiring. These are just some of the words that clients have used to describe her.