How Story Makes us Whole

If you’re looking for a warm, passionate and persuasive TEDx level speaker who can bring the art and power of story, to your purpose driven audience in useful and meaningful ways, then you’ve found the speaker you’ve been looking for. 

Speaking with clarity and authenticity, using story, humour and practical exercises, Kate speaks with warmhearted skill to enable your audience to not only better understand story, but be inspired to become story practitioners and connect to themselves and each other through story. 

After 20 years communicating like a lawyer, writing like the Wizard of Oz, as if there was no-one behind the word screen, Kate has spent the last decade studying and practising, telling and teaching stories. She’s listened, taught, coached and encouraged groups, organisations and individuals to love, think, listen and tell story. It is her passion and tool of choice to change the world.

Kate is perceptive, with a passionate belief in human connection. 

She is excited about story as the tool that enables us to reflect, connect, feel, share, and convince. Story builds culture, compassion and cohesion.

Keynote Speaker



Workshop Facilitator


the moth in melbourne.

Kate Lawrence helps answer life’s big questions without judgement or assumption, based on her deep belief that everyone has a story to tell. Somehow, she manages to make her audience feel less self-conscious about letting the world know who we really are. Introspection never felt so comfortable.
— Alex Fisher, 2017 TEDx Bendigo host.
Kate’s presentation was masterful, intriguing and pitch perfect for our audience. The story that Kate put together was intriguing and showed just how much work and care she put into crafting it. It was a great collaborative process to work with Kate and we’d love to have her again.
— Lara McKinley, Community Stories Project Officer, Whitehorse Manningham Libraries

Kate delivers with a storytellers heart, a lawyer’s logic and an orator's presence to captivate, motivate and teach how story does the work of making us human. She shows with practical and convincing reasoning how to find, craft and share our stories, how simple practices can create a story culture at work, how to use story for and in our work. 

Kate’s ability to tell stories, to share the universal wisdom of life experiences in a vibrant and enchanting way, provides a unique perspective on how we can make teams, tribes and workplaces for real people.

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The Moth in Melbourne.

When Kate Lawrence talks story, she casts a spell. An articulate, heart-felt speaker, her ideas have inspired personal and organisational change.
— Jackie Kerin, president of Storytelling Australia Victoria, author and storyteller

Speaking Topics

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Leading Through the Story Looking Glass

  • Reflective self awareness and understanding through story crafting

  • Tools and structures for crafting a moment into a compelling story

  • Shaping and telling stories to share who you are, your beliefs and values

Culture and Connection Through Storytelling

  • How to build connection, culture, coherence and organisational intelligence through story circles

  • How to develop community and build storytelling skills through storytelling events.

  • Participatory processes to build cohesion, engagement and shared vision.

Keynote Speaker

Kate’s ability to synthesise and frame ideas, her training in law, experience as a TEDx speaker, thorough approach and artistry as a storyteller, mean she is the ideal person to develop and deliver a stunning keynote for your conference or convention. 

Kate is able to distill broad ranging notions, bring fresh perspective, inspire and entertain, to frame proceedings and stimulate thinking and discussion.  She will talk with you, your team and others in your field to ensure a bespoke and perfectly fitting opening, or closing to your event. 

Contact Kate to discuss your gathering and what you are wanting from your keynote speaker. She will willingly explore with you your aims and ideas, to see if she is the person to fulfil your needs. 

Book a 20 minute chat with Kate to discuss your next event. 

Storytelling Performances

Purpose & Engagement - A Sporting Quest

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Using Kate’s unique story of being instrumental in the development of women’s football in Victoria she will show:

  •  The guiding light of clear vision and purpose

  • The lessons of emotional expression and intelligence

  • The grit of the long haul.

  • The power of enabling emotions through story

  •  The power to make a difference

 Her story of her role in the development of women’s football in Victoria is singular and told with all the power, passion and wisdom of a classic tale.

Fantastic Feminist Folktales

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In this eclectic and gripping set of five stories, Kate uses all her skill and artistry as a storyteller , as well as her creative imagination and crafting to bring a spelling binding performance of stories that need to be told and retold. 

The performance ranges through an ancient Greek myth, a couple of re-crafted traditional European stories, and obscure but brilliantly re-told folktale and a true and fascinating retelling of amazing story of Joan of Arc. 

The stories speak for themselves and show the power and the urgency we need to bring to the task of re-shaping stories to create a different reality for women. 

Kate’s stories were adventures into funny and poignant experiences, and accessible to all. Kate also spoke about the magic and power of a story experienced as a shared imagination. Above all, Kate’s passion for storytelling and its role in culture was an inspiring addition to the festival launch.
— Emma MacKenzie