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Carmen Marton & Kate Thiele

Carmen Marton

Taekwondo | Australia


Carmen Marton is Australia’s most decorated Taekwondo athlete. She competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and is Australia’s only World Taekwondo Champion. Carmen is an Athlete Ambassador/Motivational Speaker for the Australian Olympic Council, Victorian Olympic Council and Victorian Institute of Sport for school and community programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science-Exercise and Sport Science and has recently been awarded a full Scholarship on the Elite Athlete Program to complete her MBA at The University of Sydney.

For over 10 years, Carmen has been coaching and assisting the Sports Director of Melbourne Taekwondo Centre and Taekwondo Victoria in mentoring young athletes, as well as developing and implementing fundamental programs in strength/conditioning, sport science, sport psychology and injury management.

In 2016, Carmen Marton and her sister, fellow Olympian Caroline Marton, created the business Combat Sisters, with the aim to provide self-defense and Taekwondo seminars to Australian Martial Art clubs and the corporate sector. Utilizing over 20 years’ experience in the sport of Taekwondo, the sisters teach a basic self-defense skill set for first timers, to Olympic level techniques for competitive athletes. The sisters inspire, motivate and educate participants by sharing their stories in what it takes to be an Olympic athlete, how to overcome obstacles, the power of self-belief, and never giving up on your dreams.

Carmen has also been a successful Athlete Ambassador for international brands 2XU and Swisse Multivitamins. She represented the brands and promoted sales by engaging in media and motivational speaking duties at public engagements and product launch events. Carmen worked collaboratively with top Australian Directors and Producers when she starred in TV Commercial campaigns—2XU’s Heart not Hype and the Swisse Rio Olympics Campaign.

Kate Thiele

Founder and Principal | Klarity


Kate Thiele is the founder and principal of Klarity. She is an accomplished and awarded business leader.

Kate is passionate about assisting people and businesses to deliver sustainable outcomes through clarity of purpose. Focused on strategy, effective stakeholder engagement, building successful cultures and using the right metrics.

She is well known for her passion about the power of the right narrative – to cite Marshall Ganz, a professor at Harvard University who helped structure the platform for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, “Learning how to tell the story and the craft of the narrative is an important skill, critical for those in leadership roles.”

Kate has a demonstrated track record of delivering at national and international level and has worked in a range of industry sectors – including health, retail, manufacturing, in private and the NFP sectors. This includes with a Top 50 company and with two of Australia’s most recognizable not-for-profits. Her wealth of experience enables her to draw on a range of models and strategies to support Klarity to craft the narrative for people to achieve their business goals.

In 2015, whilst CEO of Guide Dogs SA/NT Kate was honored to win the State and National Telstra For Purpose and Social Enterprise Awards, along with the honor of being recognized as the South Australian Business Woman of the Year. In the same year, she became the first South Australian to receive a Harvard Club of Australia Fellowship, undertaking the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard University, Boston, USA.

She is achievement-oriented and customer-centric, placing high value on innovation, change and good governance. Her style can be described as collaborative; operating with influence and builds trust with boards, business, leadership and key stakeholders.

Kate is currently a Non-Executive Director with ZoosSA, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and the Crows Foundation and is honored to be on the Selection Committee for the Winston Churchill Fellowship.

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