Holly Ransom is a leadership trailblazer. As the founder and CEO of a top leadership consultancy, she has driven real-world results for such leading organizations as P&G, Microsoft, Cisco, and KPMG. She has also led discussions with such luminaries as Barack Obama, Malcolm Gladwell, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus. Having interviewed and worked with hundreds of the world’s top leaders, Ransom distills key learnings and strategies to help audiences bridge what she calls the “knowing-to-doing” gap to catalyze real change.
Ransom has compressed a power-packed career into a decade, spanning corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. Today, she is the founder and CEO of Emergent; author of The Leading Edge; and co-founder, chief curator, and catalyst at Energy Disruptors. Recognized as a global leader at a young age, Ransom was chosen to chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014 and the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016.
Ransom is a renowned speaker and master interviewer who has devoted her life and career to inspiring audiences around the world to stand up and lead the change they want to see. She has hosted influential figures from across the world, including Billie Jean-King, Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and the world’s first humanoid robot, Sophia. Ransom even delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama.
A Fulbright scholar, Ransom is a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21, where she received the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship. She has been named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence. Ransom was also nominated for WIRED magazine’s “Smart List” of future game changers to watch by Sir Richard Branson, and has been featured on Reuters, CBS, and Australia’s ABC.
Ransom’s fierce dedication to inclusivity and equity drives her work as Chair of Pride Cup Australia, a non-profit organization and movement devoted to eradicating LGBTQ2+ discrimination within sporting clubs. A two-time Ironwoman, Ransom is also the youngest director ever to be appointed to an Australian Football Club.