An Australian to be proud of, Matina’s unique story is one of inspiration, of authentic leadership and resilience in the face of crippling adversity and of thriving through change across a trailblazing military career.
Her keynote presentations and workshops have transformed some of the countries biggest companies, empowering leaders from all walks of life. The bestselling author of "Caught in the Crossfire", Matina has also been the subject of ABCs ‘An Australian Story’ and has served on the ANZAC Centenary Commission and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council where she has given a voice to the rights of Veterans throughout the country. Matina’s vast experience with the military both during and after her years of service, coupled with her powerful story telling has resulted in countless standing ovations from Australia’s biggest corporations.
Audiences sit spellbound as they hear how Matina tracked down war lords, fast roped onto ships and took command, leading teams under extreme conditions under fire during the Lebanon War. With 'on-the-ground' footage from life-threatening missions bringing audiences’ into-the-moment, Matina shares an incredible journey; drawing out the lessons from her varied experience that affect long lasting change in leaders, teams and organisations, for years to come.
Matina, you were so inspirational. Your story reasonated with me and i referenced you several times that day. Have started on your book and with the Long weekend ahead of me, hope to finish soon. I too hope our paths cross again.
Director - Sabre Collective
To have heard Matina tell her story twice has been an absolute pleasure. Matina’s story is just sensational and the lessons she has drawn from her vast experience as a leader in the Australian army are truly inspiring. Matina took the whole room through a powerful and captivating journey of self-reflection, leadership, courage and life challenges. Her world-class delivery is unforgettable – one of the best speakers I’ve heard.
GM Operations NAB
“Matina is a speaker that will truly inspire any audience and take most on a journey of self-reflection as a result. I would recommend her to any organisation considering her for future events.”
"I met Matina at the CFO Strategy Conference in Sydney during November 2015. I was a panelist earlier in the day, and Matina was the keynote speaker at the CFO dinner. Her life story of military and UN service; the willingness to command in difficult circumstances; and the courage to lead while under fire, were defining leadership experiences from which all executives can learn.
General Manager, Strategy at MMG Limited
Today I was inspired, humbled and in awe as I silently sat listening to the courageous story of Matina Jewell To say this woman has overcome adversity is a huge understatement. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of her book Caught in the Crossfire.
Program Transformation Manager, Randstad Sourceright
Leadership lessons from the front lines of change
We all walk a tight rope every day whether it’s juggling the conflicting demands of work and home, our team and our leaders, or the needs of our customers and our staff – it’s how we handle these times that will define and ultimately determine our success.
You will be inspired, hearing how Matina cheated death, took command and demonstrated pure courage while leading her team in the most extreme of conditions — under fire during the Lebanon War.
Matina’s unique story is one of authentic leadership, of resilience in the face of crippling adversity and of thriving through change across a trailblazing military career. Using 'on-the-ground' footage from Matina's many life-threatening missions, this thought-provoking and moving presentation forces audiences to question everything they think they know. Inspiring, through self-reflection, long-lasting change.
Key takeaways include:
- Demonstrating leadership - even when it’s not in your job description
- Finding a way forward in high-pressure situations
- Leading through adversity and the benefits of facing your fears
- Taking responsibility to empower teams and motivate others
- Being the catalyst for teamwork and cooperation
- The keys to creating effective communication
- Decision-making strategies to make the best choice in high-pressure situations
Navigating the changing landscape of business
Matina's keynote and workshops can be tailored to focus on any of these key areas. Note, all of these business messages form part of the 'Caught in the Crossfire' narrative.
Demonstrating leadership - even when it’s not in your job description. Finding a way forward in high-pressure situations.
Change As Opportunity
Leading through adversity. The benefits of facing fear and ‘having a go’ in changing circumstances.
Taking responsibility to motivate teams and inspire others. Being the catalyst for teamwork and cooperation.
Communicating in a Crisis
Why it’s vital for leaders to really know and understand their teams, and to communicate with their people.
Performing Under Pressure
Thinking ‘outside the box’ and making it work. The importance of planning and practising before the crisis.
Mental Health & Awareness
Being alert to the psychological state of others. How your support could help turn a life around.
Risk management and decision making frameworks that allow you to act. Why no decision is sometimes the worst outcome.
Gender & Culture Issues
Tackling gender issues. Working in male-dominated environments. Addressing cultural stereotypes.
The skill of matching people to tasks. How to get the most out of individuals and your team as a whole.
Reaching Your Potential
The importance of overcoming the fear of failure. Managing your emotions as a leader.
Game-changing perspective for your 'corporate battlefield'
Matina is called on to help achieve step-change for leaders and their teams, globally.
Workshop ‘Deep-Dive’ Topics:
Team Effectiveness …for immediate & long-lasting impact!
- The importance of defining your team’s united PURPOSE
- The key difference between WORK-GROUPS and your TEAM
- Six critical factors that impact TEAM ENVIRONMENT
- 10 vital elements for TEAM EFFECTIVENESS
- War-gamed ‘ACTIONS ON’ plans are capture into workbooks for immediate impact!
Other 'Deep Dives':
- Culture for High Performance
- Authentic Leadership
- Change and Resilience
‘…we got six hours content in two.’
‘…helped us recognise we need to move past operating as work-group…’
‘…have rolled-out Matina’s program through-out our divisional teams.’
Everyone’s a leaderMarch 2nd 2018
Even without the title of manager, director, CEO, everyone at every level of an organisation should be thinking like a leader, a proven tactic to improve organisational outcomes.
In this enlightening video from “Courage Under Fire” author Matina Jewell, we’re told how to shift the organisational mindset to one of pervasive leadership.
What are you thankful for?December 19th 2017
If anyone we know exemplifies the spirit of giving, it's Matina Jewell.
Having given her all as a solider, she was then assigned a coveted post as a UN peacekeeper in an escalating conflict in Lebanon. Through injury in the line of duty, this role claimed her career as a casualty.
Matina continues to showcase the spirit of leadership and giving in her role as an ambassador for the Thankful Foundation.
So... what are you thankful for?
The Financial Services BattlefieldOctober 21st 2017
It's time for lenders to face their fears. It's a battlefield out there for lenders, where leadership and courage must go hand in hand for previously unassailable institutions to survive.
Matina Jewell outlines what's required of true leadership to face the challenges of the 21st century - and they're not that different from what's required of combat leadership.
Caught in the Crossfire
“…truly gripping read. You’re an inspiration.”
“…couldn’t put it down.”
“Thank-you for revealing so much of yourself.
‘Caught in the Crossfire’ is a frighteningly dramatic first-hand account of what really happens in modern warfare and the high price our soldiers pay for their country.
“Readers will travel with you through the emotional roller coaster ride – it will bring tears… but it is the triumphs that will capture hearts and minds.”
– Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (retired), RSL National President
In an Australian first, Matina's bestselling account of her time in the Middle East has been captured and is shared using QR code technology throughout her gripping book throwing readers into the reality of combat. Click here to see some of the action in-store.
To read the prologue [free] or purchase the book, visit: //matinajewell.com/#the-book
Watch Matina on Australian Story
Matina was featured in 2010 by ABC's Australian Story in a moving two part series.
"Matina Jewell accelerated through the ranks and served with distinction on challenging overseas operations.
But it wasn't until she served as a UN peacekeeper during the 2006 Lebanon conflict that she experienced the horrors of war first hand, with catastrophic consequences.
When it was over, Matina Jewell discovered the battles at home were every bit as difficult as surviving in a war zone."