Tracey Spicer AM is a multiple Walkley Award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster, renowned for her exceptional work as an anchor for national programs on ABC TV and radio, Network Ten, and Sky News.
As the pioneering national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey's talents on stage and online have made her one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and emcees in the region. In recognition of her remarkable contributions, she was honoured as the NSW Premier's Woman of the Year in 2019. Additionally, Tracey received the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize alongside Tarana Burke for their significant involvement in the Me Too movement, and she was the recipient of the national award for Excellence in Women's Leadership by Women & Leadership Australia.
Tracey's exceptional achievements continue to garner recognition. In 2018 she was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence, winning the esteemed Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. Women's Agenda also acknowledged her as the Agenda Setter of the Year. To acknowledge her three decades of dedication to the media and charity work, Tracey was awarded the Order of Australia.
Throughout her illustrious career, Tracey has written, produced, and presented captivating documentaries shedding light on the lives of women and girls in countries such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India. She serves as an Ambassador for notable organisations including ActionAid, The Ethnic Business Awards Foundation, Emerge Australia and Purple Our World. Additionally, she proudly holds the position of Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.
Tracey's impact extends beyond her television and radio work. Her debut book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, quickly became a bestseller. Moreover, her powerful TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has amassed over six million views. Her thought-provoking essays have been featured in numerous acclaimed books, including Women of Letters, She's Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.
Most recently, Tracey's invaluable contributions to the #metoo movement were highlighted in the three-part documentary series Silent No More, produced by the ABC. The series featured the stories of hidden survivors, further showcasing Tracey's commitment to amplifying marginalised voices.
Amidst her engagements as an emcee and speaker at live and hybrid conferences, Tracey dedicates her time to corporate media and presentation training sessions. Her new book, Man-Made: How the bias of the past is built into the future, explores the hidden bias and inequity in artificial intelligence.
Tracey was spectacular, highly-knowledgeable, engaging, fun to listen to/learn from, flexible and very human. She was instrumental to delivering an event that delighted our guests. To date, we have received excellent feedback!
Camden City Council, IWD event
Your professionalism and uplifting spirit was a highlight of the night. I know the panellists and patient speakers were grateful to have your calming reassurance on stage and I wanted to thank you for handling the whole night with sensitivity and compassion. Thank you again for sharing your personal story with honesty. It was inspiring and empowering for all of us in the room.
Elizabeth de Somer, Chief Executive Officer, Medicines Australia
With her usual rigour, Tracey Spicer dives into big data and uses of AI, revealing its clear biases and range of inequalities, making this urgent topic easily comprehensible.
Founder of Silver Sirens
Tracey has hosted World Vision's annual gala Women of Vision Dinner since its inception. Always a glamorous, engaging and professional MC, Tracey's warmth and passion radiates to all audience members, but is complemented by her highly professional skill in keeping the program moving smoothly, ensuring the event's ongoing success each year.
It is always such a pleasure to work with Tracey Spicer, and it was a joy to have her involved as our headline speaker. Tracey was adaptable and agile to our needs when creating the events, and her presentations were always engaging, dynamic, informative, and personable, and her messages resonated with our audiences because they were relatable and honest.
Event Manager, Women & Leadership Australia
My speaking topics...
Event Host | MC | Panel Facilitator
Tracey is an accomplished and highly sought-after MC who is experienced in hosting events in an efficient and appropriate manner with the professionalism of an experienced television anchor who is utterly at home on stage.
As a panel facilitator, Tracey always ensures that the discussion is both informative and entertaining. She draws on her experience as a journalist to ask the right questions at the right time. Her television and radio background has enabled her to elicit all the relevant information and keep it engaging for the audience.
How the bias of the past is being built into artificial intelligence
In this fast-paced, funny and illuminating keynote, Walkley Award winning journalist Tracey Spicer AM will expose the real story about the technologies that will determine our futures.
- Compelling detail about how bias is embedded in the AI we use every day
- Eye-opening stories about how this is worsening societal inequity
- Changes for the workplace and home to beat the biased bots
Will artificial intelligence take my job?
Walkley Award winning journalist Tracey Spicer AM will help you navigate the fourth industrial revolution, making a clear case for human oversight of the robot revolution.
- The latest data about industries and occupations facing major disruption
- Examples of companies retaining workers, while using technology in rudimentary roles
- A glimpse into a utopian future where humans master the machines
Frontier Feminism: Beating the backlash
This thought-provoking keynote explores how far we've come - and how far we have to go - in the fight for true equity.
- Stories of the history of intersectional discrimination
- The latest stats and facts on where we are in 2023
- Proven solutions to breaking down the structures holding us back
Walkley Award-winning journalist Tracey Spicer exposes the next frontier of feminism. Man-Made aims to open readers’ eyes to a transformative technological shift in society and give them the tools to make positive change.
`Mum, I want a robot slave.’
Broadcaster Tracey Spicer had an epiphany when her young son uttered these six words. Suddenly, her life’s work fighting inequality seemed futile. What’s the point in agitating to change the present, if bigotry is being embedded into our futures?
And so began a quest to uncover who was responsible and hold them to account. Who is the ultimate villain? Big Tech, whose titans refuse to spend money to fix the problem? The world’s politicians, who lack the will to legislate? Or should we all be walking into a hall of mirrors and taking a good, hard look at ourselves…?
This is a deeply researched, illuminating and gripping ride into an uncertain future, culminating in a resounding call to action that will shake the tech sector to its foundations.
The Good Girl Stripped Bare
From bogan to boned and beyond -- a full-frontal 'femoir' by one of Australia's best-loved journalists From bogan to boned and beyond – a full-frontal femoir
Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana Wendt, this bogan from the Brisbane backwaters waded through the 'cruel and shallow money trench' of television to land a dream role: national news anchor for a commercial network.
But the journalist found that, for women, TV was less about news and more about helmet hair, masses of makeup and fatuous fashion, in an era when bosses told you to 'stick your tits out', 'lose two inches off your arse', and 'quit before you're too long in the tooth'. Still, Tracey plastered on a smile and did what she was told. But when she was sacked by email after having a baby, this good girl turned 'bad', taking legal action against the network for pregnancy discrimination.
In this frank and funny 'femoir' - part memoir, part manifesto - Tracey 'sheconstructs' the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.