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BOLD STEPS 2024 SPEAKERS (alphabetical order)

Laura Anderson

Based in sunny South Florida, Laura Anderson is an accomplished Media Buyer and expert in AI. She has built a thriving media buying consulting firm, specialising in helping clients amplify their reach on platforms like Meta and TikTok while managing their email marketing campaigns. As a dynamic host, she runs the popular 7-day weekend podcast and serves as the visionary behind the 10hr $10k work month, where she empowers others to master the digital landscape and harness the power of AI to create businesses that break free from traditional norms. Alongside her impressive professional achievements, Laura takes pride in being a devoted mom to her two-year-old son and indulges in well-deserved relaxation at the spa. With a track record of managing substantial ad budgets in the hundreds of millions, she has catapulted her business to seven-figure success, harnessing the full potential of AI.

Laura Anderson is a true maven when it comes to the art of AI automation and prompt engineering. With a keen understanding of the power of AI as an efficiency tool, she has skyrocketed her own business to generate over six figures every month. Not content with keeping her knowledge to herself, Laura has made it her mission to empower others to harness the potential of this groundbreaking technology. As a sought-after speaker, she has graced prestigious stages, captivating audiences with her insights on AI. Additionally, she takes the lead in hosting exhilarating AI workshops, equipping individuals with the tools and know-how to leverage AI and stay one step ahead in the ever-evolving game.

Kelly Bayer Rosmarin

Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has a unique blend of experience in leadership, banking, risk management, regulated markets and driving innovation at scale, which has led to an impressive track record of delivering results whilst growing and operating large global businesses. Her most recent role was as the CEO of Optus, Australia’s second largest telecommunications company. Prior to joining Optus, Kelly spent 14 years with Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she held several senior positions, most recently, as Group Executive of Institutional Banking and Markets. She also spent time as a management consultant, in enterprise software and at a venture-backed high-growth software start-up.

Kelly currently serves on the Board of the REA Group and has previously served on many boards and advisory committees including Airtel Africa, the Football Federation of Australia, the Australian Financial Markets Association, Australian Federal Government’s Fintech Advisory, NSW Government’s Digital Advisory, and University of NSW Engineering Faculty Advisory.

Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and a Master of Science in Management Science and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. She was appointed as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE), and has been named amongst the Top 25 Women in Asia Pacific Finance, the Top 10 Businesswomen in Australia, and 50 Most Powerful Women in Australian Business.

Kelly lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

Kelly Bayer Rosmarin
Jolie Hodson

Jolie Hodson, MNZM

Jolie Hodson is CEO and an Executive Director of Spark New Zealand. Her appointment to CEO in July 2019 followed a substantial career within Spark, leading different areas of the operating business over a six-year period. As CEO Jolie is responsible for ensuring the Company has a sound strategy and builds a team around her that is able to deliver the digital infrastructure, products and services, and innovation that supports Spark’s customers and Aotearoa to win big in a digital world.

Jolie is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, digital equity, and the role of technology in enabling Aotearoa’s transition to a low-carbon economy. She is a member of Global Women, Champions for Change and a founder of OnBeingBold, and is passionate about mentoring women in business. In 2022 Jolie became the Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition, uniting New Zealand businesses that account for 32% of the country’s GDP to raise the bar on business leadership on climate action.

In 2016 she was awarded ‘CFO of the Year’ and in 2022 awarded ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Deloitte Top 200 Business Awards.

In June 2024 Jolie was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, governance and women.

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