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Jill Birch

Leadership and Organizational Change Expert

Jill Birch
5 Stepping Stones to New Leadership
Jill Birch
5 Stepping Stones to New Leadership

Jill Birch helps audiences master 21st century leadership skills, going beyond today’s jargon and stereotypes to show what’s really needed to innovate and compete in today’s marketplace. Birch has been a CEO and member of several C-Suites and has facilitated leadership breakthroughs for Fortune 500 organizations around the world. Drawing on this experience, her captivating and customized presentations help inspire change, build leadership capacity, and drive competitive advantage.

As a consultant, Birch has worked with tech, energy, finance, telecommunications, professional services, education, health, and not-for-profit sectors. She uses relational leadership techniques — a new way to spark real and meaningful change in workplaces — to help leaders become more self-aware and fuse teamwork with organizational goals.

Birch developed the framework, “The Five SteppingStones in Relational Leadership” to provide organizations with a practical, grounded experience in leadership development. Leaping across the five “steppingstones”, leaders put current behaviours under the microscope to identify what may be holding them back, and then develop practical strategies to navigate change, connect the dots, and grow competitive advantage.

In her engaging keynotes, Birch begins by deeply researching her client’s organization and sector. She then combines case studies with her framework to support leaders in unlocking “turning point” moments to ignite new behaviour. This greater self-awareness forges stronger connective and collective intelligence throughout an organization.

Birch holds a PhD from Griffith University in Australia, and an MA from the University of Toronto where she researched how CEOs learn to lead, and how they learn to learn. She is also a Certified Association Executive.

Speaking topics

Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Jill is a compelling speaker, clearly excited about her studies in relational leadership and bringing a different way of thinking to today’s workplace environment.

  • Jill did an amazing presentation, one of the best motivational seminars I have been to – great dialogue, ideas, take backs. She made us think about issues around how we need to be open to adopting to change and gave us some good tools to go home with.

  • I was absolutely stunned by your presentation at the Women’s Summit. I loved the way you took a very complex, theoretical topic of relational leadership and made it engaging…

  • This was by far the best session I’ve ever attended at AFP Fundraising Day or Congress! Jill is a phenomenal speaker and has so much knowledge to share. Could have listened to her for the whole day – very intelligent and engaging Excellent session!

  • Excellent presenter! I could have listened with her all day. She was very exceptional. The best presentation that I have seen in a long time. The content and presentation was excellent.

  • Congratulations! The Shatterpoint Leadership presentation was outstanding and became the buzz of our event. Finally, someone who helped us see that there is a brave new way to think about the future of leadership. No clichés here, just strong content and practical insight we can quickly put to work.



    Jill makes you think and then leaves you with practical ideas you can implement right away. She definitely did her homework! She brings a world of experience, deep passion and incredible enthusiasm to her work. She’s not afraid to share the tough messages about what needs to change in leadership and team work and more critically, she demonstrates how to make those changes.

  • As an organization that prides itself in groundbreaking thought leadership, we needed to go beyond the “same old, same old” motivational talking head and Jill delivered the goods. She challenged us to do better, to be better relational leaders by sharing research that was fresh, information-packed and engaging. Here is a person who lives what she learns.


  • Really enjoyed the Smashing Down Silos workshop with Jill Birch. Great discussion with colleagues and some really interesting ideas.


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