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Tess Gerrand & Holly Ransom

Tess Gerrand

Rowing | Australia


Tess Gerrand is a National Business Manager at Coca-Cola Amatil, where she has outpaced market sales growth in Australia’s biggest grocery retailer. Starting at CCA in the Leadership Graduate Program, she has worked in diverse roles including strategy, commercial, procurement, transformation and sales which enables her to deliver insights-driven strategic plans and collaborative account management in National Sales roles.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Economics from Yale University and is currently completing an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

As an athlete, Tess was an Australian Rower who competed for Australia in the Women’s Eight in the London 2012 Olympics. Tess also participated in the 2013 World Championships and numerous World Cup regattas as part of the women’s eight and pair crews.
During her time at Yale, Tess won three NCAA National Championships in the Varsity Eight and was an awarded All-American honors all four years. She also became the World Indoor Rowing Champion during this time, winning the title in both 2008 (Open) and 2010 (Collegiate).

Holly Ransom

Founder & CEO | Emergent

MENTOR | IWF Australia

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change. Emergent, has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Virgin, INPEX, Europcar, KPMG, & the AIS, as well as local, state and federal government departments globally.

Holly is an experienced non-executive director across the private, government and non-profit sectors, in a statutory and advisory board capacity. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to Chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. In 2016, Holly became the youngest ever woman appointed to the board of an AFL football club with her appointment as a Director of Port Adelaide Football Club and was also asked by the AFL to serve on their advisory Board for the launch of the AFL Women’s League.

Her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth CEO Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, giving her a strong background in complex change strategy, public affairs and risk management, government and stakeholder engagement, and innovation and technology driven performance improvement.

Holly holds a Law degree and BA (Economics). In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President.Her work with Rotary has played a key role in the global efforts to lift youth participation in the organisation, more than doubling engagement.

An accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across 6 continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama. She has featured on ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Channel 7 News & Channel 10’s ‘The Project’, and is renowned for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social issues. A top-ten age group finisher in her most recent Ironman Endurance Triathlon, in 2016 Holly was listed by Sir Richard Branson as one of his dream dinner guests.

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Tess Gerrand & Holly Ransom
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