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Building a World of Courageous & Kind Leaders.

Keynote Speaker, Leading Author and Leadership Coach – Sonia McDonald

Sonia McDonald is a Dynamic Speaker, Leadership Coach and Author of the Neuroscience of Leadership, Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It!

“We were looking for an empowering speaker and Sonia stood out to us and boy she didn’t disappoint. Our attendees described the event as “inspiring, extraordinary, energetic, positive, motivational and incredible speaker”. We had ladies leaving the room – saying they were ready to ” Rock It.”


Sonia McDonald, Keynote Speaker, Leadership Coach writer and Author on leadership and mindset. Inspiring businesses, conferences and leaders – across the Globe.

Sonia’s Keynotes include –

Leadership Attitude

This is a powerful keynote which explores why leadership is an attitude, not a role or a title. Discover the five keys to a leadership attitude and learn how you can be a leader through your values, actions, mindset and behaviour.

Just Rock It!

This high-energy inspiring keynote has become a life-changer for many attendees. We need a world of courageous and brave people where everyone feels empowered to shine and stand tall and help make others reach for the stars.

Courageous Leadership

What does it mean to be a courageous leader? How do you build a team who have trust in you and are in turn brave and resilient? Explore the philosophy behind courageous leadership and in turn dare to step into your own power as a leader.

Leadership in Small Business

The number one challenge for small business is leadership. Many small business owners fail to understand their crucial leadership role in building a long-term sustainable business. This keynote will empower you and give you the skills, tools and confidence to lead and manage your business.

Leading the Next Generations

Effectively leading and inspiring our next generations is a key to success for our organisations and businesses. Research shows our young and up and coming workforces are more technically savvy, have a global mindset, want to build sustainable communities and crave quality mentorship.

Future Leaders

Designed for school and tertiary students to become the best versions of themselves and learn the skills needed to become leaders. Whether they aspire to become a school captain, lead a chess, sporting team or student union, students will discover valuable insights into themselves and leadership skills to carry through life.

“Sonia’s book brings refreshing clarity to many of the questions around what makes an effective leader. It’s the kind of book that can and should be referred to time and again, providing practical, well-researched tips and tools based on Sonia’s own extensive knowledge and experiences. It’s a perfect read for when you need a reality check on what it takes to be a good leader. Great for that plane trip too – when you need a refresher on all things leadership! ”

Samantha KennerleyCEO, Youngcare

“Sonia’s practical approach to leadership is honest and refreshing. A truly inspiring book for today’s leaders!”

Paul MilesCEO, BUSY At Work

“Sonia has been a highly engaging executive coach helping me to unlock superior levels of performance from my team, working with me on my leadership style to drive a highly engaged and motivated employee culture. She is 100% focused on her client, genuinely and authentically helping them to achieve outstanding results and help them perform at their best.”

Jaime Burnell

“Sonia combines three major assets: bucket loads of passion for her clearly defined purpose; a thorough grounding in the principles of leadership and neuroscience; and an engaging personal style which makes her an adaptable and engaging presenter in front of any audience. Presenting at the recent LeadX event Sonia had the audience captured with her energy, dance moves and compelling story telling, leaving all attendees empowered to surround themselves with the right people and confident to take risks to learn and lead.”

Rachel KerrGeneral Manager (Northern Region) REVELIAN

“Sonia McDonald is a powerful and captivating speaker that knows how to light an emotional fire under her audience. She speaks entirely from the heart, from her unique perspective, in a playful and adventurous manner, daring you to challenge yourself and push beyond the boundaries of what you thought possible.”

Leonie Neville

Sonia McDonald is an inspirational keynote and workshop presenter with a distinctive ability to bond and engage with her audiences. Sonia is well known for her dynamic charismatic workshop/presentation style and people walk away on an emotional and inspired high, feeling informed.

Tony WigginsHR architect and AHRI Convenor

Sonia has been speaking at the AHRI events and conferences for many years. Her workshops and presentations are always insightful, engaging and empowering. She is generous and inspiring with her audiences and focuses on bringing out the best in her participants.

Corinne ButlerState President, AHRI

Sonia leadership coaching has been instrumental in helping me to focus on what’s really important in being a great Leader. The investment in her coaching has paid dividends in enhancing my own personal productivity and leadership.

Alastair Dawson Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (International & Services)

“Sonia has been instrumental in developing my transition from Manager into Leader. Her support, encouragement and tailored methods for coaching are invaluable along with her energetic passion for bringing out the best in people makes for an enjoyable coaching experience.”

Cindy Thomas

“Let’s be honest there are a lot of books on leadership and I’ve read most of them – but, Sonia McDonald has written one that is so fresh, energetic and thought provoking that I loved every page. Sonia asks the big questions, the little questions and everything in between in such an authentic and honest way. Seriously, any leader who didn’t learn a great deal about themselves and how they lead their teams from reading this book should probably rethink their chosen career.”

Andrew GriffithsInternational Bestselling Business Author, Global Speaker and Media Commentator.

“Sonia has spoken twice at our annual event for 16-18-year-old student leaders, and each time she was instantly able to connect with her audience, generating challenging and authentic discussion. Sonia was able to share insightful expertise relevant to any age group and experience level, and her energy and passion made her sessions a highlight of the event. I would highly recommend Sonia for any speaking engagement or event!”

Elara Frith | Senior Events and Engagement Officer (Acting)Griffith University

“Sonia is one gutsy woman, her story of humble beginnings that led her to self- motivated success was very inspiring. She introduced us to the concept of confidence and leadership in our roles (even if we don’t have Manager or Leader in our titles) and she managed to keep a fairly chatty crowd engaged and eager to hear more.”

The EA Initiative Team

Absolutely loved seeing you speak at the CQIB Conference. Feeling very inspired and ready to rock it!!! Definitely a highlight for sure! You’re a STAR!

Kas Jane

“Out of all the guest speakers Sonia McDonald Keynote Speaker for me, was a stand out.”

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Who does Sonia work with?

Sonia has clients ranging from busy professionals, conference organisers, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, business owners and executive managers.

She will help you with a great strategy and leadership plan, help you executive it and become the leader you want to be. She will build your confidence, capability and INSPIRE you to greatness.

She’ll drive and build your strategy, leadership, culture and leverage. She will make things happen for you, keep you on track and deliver greatness for your business. She will CONNECT you with the right people and the right direction.

She will inspire and motivate your audience to reach new levels and capabilities of thinking and change. She will EMPOWER greatness in them.

Why Sonia?

Whether you’re looking to guide your career, business or life; Sonia will bring out the best in you. She is about performance, growth and results. She will show you how to build your confidence, boost your capabilities and give you the tools to inspire you to greatness.

As one of Australia’s Leading Coaches, Keynote Speakers and Author of Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It!; she is passionate about cultivating mindful and authentic leaders within forward-thinking organisations and businesses. As an internationally recognised expert in leadership and business, Sonia will help you deliver great business, leadership, and performance outcomes.

Named as one of Richtopia’s TOP 100 Australian Entrepreneurs and TOP 250 Powerful Women across the Globe, Sonia promotes fresh thinking and an empowered leadership culture within organisations. She is action-orientated and strives to inspire as well as educate wherever she speaks.


I would love to hear from you. What are your fears, challenges and obstacles that are currently holding you back from reaching your full potential?

I want you to think of me as your greatest cheerleader, most determined mentor and empowering coach, guiding you along a path of passions, clearly crafted goals and most importantly, great results!

I want to help you ‘bring out your stars’ not just in your personal life, but in your workplace as well.

I want you to be the best version of yourself.

Connect with me today. Sonia x

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