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Gabrielle Dolan Travels from Melbourne, VIC


  • Author
  • Business Skills
  • Communication
  • Engagement
  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development
  • Presentation Skills
  • Sales

Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader in authentic leadership and business storytelling. 

She’s worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. Gabrielle is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and works with some of Australia’s top 50 ASX companies, including National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Telstra and ANZ, and multinationals such as Accenture, Bupa, Ericsson and International Committee of the Red Cross.

In the past, Gabrielle has held various senior leadership roles at National Australia Bank in change management and organisational change. She also co-founded One Thousand & One, one of Australia’s leading storytelling companies, before launching her own practice in 2013.

In 2015 Gabrielle became an Australian and New Zealand Partner of Thought Leaders Global, where she works with organisations to help them gain a competitive edge through Thought Leadership. In the same year, she was also nominated for Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious business awards in the Asia–Pacific region.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in both the Art and Practice of Leadership Development and Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. Her other academic qualifications include a master’s degree in management and leadership from Swinburne University and an associate diploma in education and training from the University of Melbourne.

Gabrielle is also the bestselling author of Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, which was published in 2015 and reached the top 5 on Australia’s bestselling business books. Her other published books include Storytelling for Job Interviews, published in 2016, and Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling, published in 2013. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling is due to be published by Wiley in March 2017.

She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution #jargonfreefridays (jargonfreefridays.com).

When she is not writing or working, she can be found wandering in her vegetable garden at her 25-acre rural property on the southern coast of New South Wales. She believes the world would be a better place if there were more manure in gardens and less in business.

Keynote Titles

  • Ignite | Real leadership, real talk, real results
  • Leading Cultural Change | Time to get real with organisational change
  • Business Storytelling | How to connect, engage and inspire
  • Sales


Gabrielle is one of my ‘go to’ people when my clients are facing considerable change and need to work on different strategies to take their people on the journey.

Head Of People, Asia, NAB

We are an organisation committed to values based leadership and Gabrielle has been fabulous in not only helping us to tell our stories but in finding the narrative kernels that make our values come alive.

Villa Maria

We had the great fortune to engage Gabrielle as the opening keynote speaker for our 2017 IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C. In front of our international group of more than 1,000 people, she demonstrated an exceptional ability to capture and challenge our audience while delivering some great tips about becoming better leaders and communicators using the art of storytelling. It was one of the highest rated general sessions for our World Conference. I highly recommend Gabrielle as the keynote speaker for your next event.

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