Holly is the CEO of emergent, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, government and nonprofit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.
In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. Holly also co-authored the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.
Her corporate career has involved working as Chief to Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, leading key organisational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects, Holly’s company, Emergent, has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.
Holly holds a Law degree and BA (Economics). IN 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s “Most Influential Women”, and also became the world’s youngest-ever rotary President. Her work with Rotary has played a key roles in the global efforts to lift youth participation in the organisation, more than doubling the organisation’s youth membership in the past five years. Holly is a Director of Layne Beachley’s Aim for the Stars Foundation and Global Voices, and is on the Advisory Board of Swimming Australia, Black Sheep Capital and RMIT’s Business School.
In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the board of the Port Adelaide Football Club.
An accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across six continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, presenting at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monaco and addressing the G20’s Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers. She is also a popular blogger, contributor to a number of leading publications and a regular radio and TV guest. She has featured on ABCs, “Q&A”, Reuters, Bloomberg Asia, Channel 7 News and Channel 10’s ‘The Project”, and is renowned for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social challenges.
She was named as one to watch by Richard Branson in Wired’s 2017 Smart List.