Gabrielle Dolan

Gabrielle Dolan

Keynote Speaker  |  Business Storyteller  |  Best Selling Author
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About Gabrielle

“Over the last decade she has worked with thousands of leaders around Australia, and internationally, helping them to achieve outstanding business results with storytelling and being more “real”. ...”

Gabrielle Dolan can tell you a story or two.

In fact, it was while working in a senior leadership role at National Australia Bank that she realised the power of storytelling in effective business communication. Since that epiphany, Gabrielle has found her calling as a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling.

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, educator and author, Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world and helped countless of Australia’s top 50 companies and multinationals to humanise their communications – Telstra, EY, Accenture, VISA, Australia Post, National Australia Bank, Amazon, Vodafone and the Obama Foundation to name drop a few.

She holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Swinburne University, an associate diploma in education and training from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in both the Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership and Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. Gabrielle is also the bestselling author of Real Communication: How to be you and lead true, a finalist in the Australian Business Leadership Book Awards for 2019. Her other published books include Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling (2017), Storytelling for Job Interviews (2016), Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results (2015) which reached the top 5 on Australia’s bestselling business books and Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling (2013). Bringing humanity to the way business people communicate isn’t just a career, it’s a calling.

In 2020, her dedication to the industry was recognised when Gabrielle was awarded Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators Asia Pacific region. The ultimate expression of her passion for the cause is her Jargon Free Fridays movement/ global movement (

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What people say about Gabrielle

Gabrielle has a great connection with the audience whether they be CEO’s of businesses or front line team leaders. Not surprisingly she received the highest rating from all 700 delegates – the star of the event.

– Joe McCollum - Group Human Resources Director, Spark NZ

Gabrielle is an engaging and entertaining speaker who tells it as it is. Her humorous stories perfectly demonstrate the power of storytelling to communicate messages in a way that is both clear and unforgettable. She is a breath of fresh air. She challenges her audiences to think about new ways of communication without relying on corporate jargon and power point. Instead, she provides real and practical solutions for leaders to connect with people.

– Karen Wild - OD Professional, AGL

A stimulating speaker with a gift of being able to truly share captivating business stories that engage and fascinate in their simplicity and empower you to do the same.

– Adrian Downs - Enterprise Leadership Consultant, Australia Post