Tracey Spicer AM

Tracey Spicer is an award-winning journalist, newsreader and advocate for various social causes. In 2018, she received an Order of Australia for her contributions to broadcast journalism and charity work.

In the mid 90s Tracey became a household name as the national newsreader for Network 10, where she remained until 2006, followed by nine years at Sky News.


In recent years she has been a vocal advocate for women's rights, equality in the workplace, and has played a pivotal role in the Australian #MeToo movement. In 2017 she released her autobiography The Good Girl Stripped Bare which recounted her personal experiences of sexism in the Australian media industry, and in 2018 her joint investigation exposing allegations against Don Burke won a Walkley Award. Tracey's three-part documentary series Silent No More,  premiered in October 2019, highlighting cases of sexual harassment in Australia.

Tracey will be signing copies of her book The Good Girl Stripped Bare following her keynote. Limited stock is available - pre-order your copy at a discounted price to avoid disappointment. 

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Samantha Gash

Samantha Gash is an endurance athlete, social impact entrepreneur and World Vision and Royal Flying Doctor Service Ambassador.

Samantha took the ultimate challenge and entered the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, which requires competitors to run four 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth – it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance series on the planet. She made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete the Grand Slam, and her journey was captured for the big screen in the award winning film Desert Runners.

She now uses her capacity to run long distances to impact social change in developing countries and within Australia.

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Neighbourhood Houses Victoria respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which this conference will be held - The Eastern Marr People - their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past, present and emerging.