Our guest speakers

Get insights from some of the leading speakers and ambassadors of Men's Mental Health issues in Australia and Globally!
I want to increase my awareness, get involved and decrease Male suicide in Australia

Simon Madden

Simon Madden has a unique outlook on what it takes to be successful. With an initial career in education he still managed to fit in 19 years of Australian Rules Football at the highest level after making his debut at just 16 years of age.

After finishing his playing career he moved into the dynamic world of business and in sales and management roles successfully dealt with many large corporations and government bodies. During this time his football career was further acknowledged when he had the dual honour of being inducted into Essendon’s Hall of Fame as well as the AFL Hall of Fame.

While he has never been far away from football and is now a Director of the Essendon Football Club he has not been content to just be involved in elite sport. He has continued to build his professional skills in business, media and high performance people development. Along the way he’s had television, radio, public speaking and presenting experience and has continually been sought by business, government, media, educational and sports bodies for his views on life, business and sport.

Simon has a wealth of business experience in sales, marketing, media and information technology and now consults into organizations on “Sustainable High Performance” – how to “GET GOOD and STAY GOOD”.

Driven by his underlying belief that if you improve your people you improve your business, Simon is an engaging and entertaining speaker.  Swapping between his “two hats” – his “serious hat” and his “funny hat” Simon has audiences changing their views on what it takes to be a successful organization. Combine this with a passion for improving people and you have a powerful presentation.

Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher is the CEO of R U OK? – an organisation most well known for R U OK?Day, a national day of action committed to encouraging and equipping everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?”, of anyone who might be struggling with life.

Brendan is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention, and a former member of Lifeline Australia’s senior leadership team, where he spent seven years before stepping into his current role at R U OK? in 2013.

Jake Edwards

I have never allowed my knock backs to define the important work that OTLR now represents in the community.

With over 5,000 current active participants and a direct community positive impact of almost 60,000 people across Australia our program has only been defined by the great team that we have behind our mission and vision.

If you are reading this and you an idea you want to start. Or perhaps you have a dream job or career. My advice is to just get started. If you are passionate than showing up becomes easy. If you are true to yourself than finding a way becomes the only option. If I had of given up on my dream 3 years ago I would not have been able to save almost 600 lives through our program and I am sure there are many more that we just do not know about.

Justin Geange

Justin Geange is a community ambassador for RUOK as well as being a part of the Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Speakers Bureau. He is a plumber by trade and has spent the last 21 years in the construction and rail industries. Having his own battles with Bipolar and Depression and a lived experience of suicide, Justin is passionate about starting conversations with people in regards to Mental Health and suicide prevention. Alongside running his own plumbing business he is now working as a Field Officer for Suicide Prevention Charity Mates in Construction.

Warren Davies – The Unbreakable Farmer

Resilience, Persistence and Determination are the words to describe Warren Davies. He imparts his skills and pays forward his unique stories, their moral relevant to all ages, from the country to the city, a farmer or the CEO of a large corporation.

Andrew Griffiths

Today I’m known for being a bestselling author and a global presenter. Of course I’m an overnight success right? Well like most overnight successes, where I am today is the end result of a lot of hard work, taking more than my fair share of risks, falling over often but always getting back up, dusting myself off, learning my lesson and keeping on going.

Over many years, I’ve learned that there are three important keys to success – resilience, belief and determination. Master these and everything changes. See how it changed me…

 

Dr Jim Skivaladis

HI my name is Dr Jim Skivalidas and I am a chiropractor in Port Melbourne, I had a life changing event happen to me 3 years ago, I suffered anxiety, depression and had the thought of ending my life. I was one of the lucky ones that came through this and I am passionate about every MALE having the opportunity to do the same.

Whether you are struggling with forming an identity for yourself, pressures of earning sufficient income in your business to your own personal health problems. Increasing your awareness of this major problem that is now in epidemic form in Australia and being able to spot it out in the community is a key driver to reducing this. Join me at the 2nd I’m just a man event where we can continue the conversation is an educational, connected and fun way.  For more information click here

 

Matt Bosenberg - Actor

Matt is best known for his role as the notorious gangster, Snowy Cutmore, which he plays in two of the Underbelly series (Razor and Squizzy). He has also been in many other Australian dramas including Newton’s Law, Rake, Rush, Satisfaction, Carla Cametti PD, Blackjack, City Homicide, The Strip, Home & Away and All Saints.

Matt has also had a number of roles in American productions. They include Knowing (with Nicolas Cage), The Pacific (with James Badge Dale), Invincible (with Billy Zane) and most recently Busmans Holiday (with Jamie McShane).

Lance Picioane - Love Me Love You

After battling the demons through my AFL career life spiralled out of control with years of self destruction that almost cost me my life.
From the Darkest of places we find the brightest of lights and that’s what my life has become. At the end of 2011 I was 3 inches from suicide….. fast forward 18 months I founded a Youth Mental Health foundation called Love Me Love You Australia launching with a walk from Sydney to Melbourne
Awareness, Acknowledgement, Action your mental health journey because No One Travels Their Journey Alone!

Nikki Fogden-Moore - Mojo Maker

Known as the Mojo Maker for high achievers, Nikki specialises in working with super driven individuals and companies to find the ultimate blend of healthy, wealthy and wise for effortless success.

“Think Like A CEO, Plan Like A Visionary, Act Like A Buddha®” – Nikki Fogden-Moore

Not your average coach. Nikki’s decades of experience lies in truly blending both business with personal high performance for ultimate success.

A speaker, author and lifestyle expert, Nikki specialises in working with Founders, Fortune 500 CEO’s, Entrepreneurs and highly-driven organisations. The true one-percenters. Those who are dedicated, driven and yet still striving for that ultimate balance in sustainable performance and purpose.

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BECOME A SPONSOR

The 2018 I’m Just a Man Gala Ball provides a wonderful opportunity for you to partner with an amazing cause, created to raise much needed awareness around men’s issues, especially suicide.

With your help, we will be able to reach more men before it becomes too late.

I’m Just a Man sponsorship packages are designed to increase your visibility to our event audience and include benefits that extend your exposure beyond the event.

Sponsorship OPPORTUNITIES

Corporate sponsors play a vital role in the success of the I’m Just a Man Gala Ball.

With support from partners like you, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in reducing the astronomical suicide rates of men in our world.

Over 1500 Males have suicided in 10 months since I’m Just a Man event last year...

Suicide can be Prevented, find out how you can Increase your awareness, get involved and reduce this Major Epidemic affecting all Australians TODAY!

6 MALES COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY 24 HOURS

I want to increase my awareness, get involved and decrease Male suicide in Australia.

Justin Geange is a community ambassador for RUOK as well as being a part of the Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Speakers Bureau.

Having his own battles with Bipolar and Depression and a lived experience of suicide, Justin is passionate about starting conversations with people in regards to Mental Health and suicide prevention.

Andrew Griffiths

Known for being a bestselling author and a global presenter. Over many years, I’ve learned that there are three important keys to success - resilience, belief and determination. Master these and everything changes.

Warren Davies – The Unbreakable Farmer

He began the journey of piecing back together his life, but the road has been long, through his Resilience, Persistence and Determination, he now imparts his skills and pays forward his unique stories, their moral relevant to all ages, from the country to the city, a farmer or the CEO of a large corporation.

Founder - Jim Skivaladas

Dr Jim Skivalidas is a chiropractor in Port Melbourne and had a life changing event happen to 3 years ago. From this I'm Just a Man was born.

Nikki Fogden-Moore - Mojo Maker

Known as the Mojo Maker for high achievers, Nikki specialises in working with super driven individuals and companies to find the ultimate blend of healthy, wealthy and wise for effortless success.

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