Rebecca Jackson


I am an experienced public speaker who has been presenting for over 20 years including conferences, training, workshops, master of ceremonies, panels and debate. Over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to share my experience as an intranet, digital workplace and internal communications professional and also as a sketchnoter.

I updated this page in April 2020 with information about how you can engage with me as a speaker. I genuinely enjoy sharing my knowledge and meeting people through events and am open to opportunities where this is an open, friendly, diverse and inclusive experience for all. This update was inspired by Ashlea McKay’s own speaker policy. I encourage you to look at hers for reference if you would like to create your own: Speaker policy: Ashlea McKay | LinkedIn

To get in touch with me about speaking opportunities visit my contact page.

Current availability

Open to relevant opportunities with reasonable notice depending on preparation requirements.

Speaker Policy

  • Contacting me: Please don’t cold call me. Send me an email or a message and we will go from there.
  • Name, bio and headshot: I go by Rebecca Jackson, no abbreviations. Depending on your event, I may alter my bio to suit the context. Please check with me before publishing my photograph or biographical information, I like to keep it relevant.
  • Domestic travel: Currently open to domestic travel, location and COVID situation pending. Reimbursement of travel and accomodation costs is generally expected.
  • Overseas travel: Not an option for the foreseeable future. More than happy to be interviewed or present via video conferencing. Reimbursement of travel and accomodation costs is generally expected.
  • Communication: I have a full time job, speaking engagements and preparing for them are something that is done in my spare time. The more information you provide the better. Fewer and timely meetings will help me meet your expectations.
  • Recordings: I am comfortable with presentations / panels being recorded, but please advise me in advance.
  • Language: My pronouns are she/her/they/them. Use the language I use to describe myself.
  • Timezone: My timezone is AEST (or AEDT depending on the time of year) and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am open to presenting virtually at events in other timezones where it does not deviate too far from my normal working hours.
  • Payment: Not every event can afford to pay speakers for their time. But if you can, please do. If you can’t pay speakers because you legitimately don’t have budget (or support for budget), find other ways to balance the value you’re receiving. Please respect our value by offering something in return beyond ‘exposure’.

Diversity, inclusion and culture

  • I choose to participate in events that have balanced intersectional diverse representation at a minimum
  • When presenting I may agknowledge the traditional owners from where I am speaking if this has not already been expressed by the event organiser.

Keynotes and other presentations

  • 6 weeks notice is most helpful, particularly if it requires new content
  • I will provide a title and abstract for you, which I am happy to workshop with you. Please do not alter it without consulting me.
  • I may use content I have presented before, but I will let you know and always tailor to the audience / event.
  • I will make slides available to you after the event via my Slideshare account
  • Please provide clear guidance on expected speaker responsibilities outside of giving the presentation e.g., how long you’ll be allowing for questions, if you need me to participate in an interview etc.


  • I will only participate in panels with balanced intersectional diverse representation at a minimum. Panels where the majority of speakers are intersectionaly diverse are preferred. 
  • Please tell me who the other panellists are upfront before I agree to speak. You might not know yet which is understandable, so I ask that you at least tell me who you are approaching and keep me in the loop if anything changes. 
  • Panel questions must be provided at least 48 hours in advance of the event. I won’t provide canned answers, but I do need time to digest and provide a considered response.
  • Please allow a reasonable amount of time for me to provide input into media releases ahead of the event. 
  • If this is a panel focussed on diversity and inclusion, pleased consider the importance of lived experiences among your panelists as equal to academic or opinion pieces.

Fee-free speaking

Provided all other conditions in this policy are met, I am willing to speak free of charge at events run by:

  • Professional associations
  • My current workplace
  • Community meetup groups
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Educational institutions


If I can’t speak at your event, or you are looking for other speakers I am always delighted to make connections. I will do this by providing your information to my contact, not the other way around.

I encourage event organisers to look widely to bring diverse view points to their events. Do not be hesitant to encourage a new or novice speaker.

Previous speaking engagements

M365 Adoption Melbourne

Solving the unsolvable
Friday February 7 2020, Microsoft Melbourne

Microsoft Ignite the Tour Sydney

1, 2 3 to Microsoft 365 Adoption Success (Panel)
Thursday, February 13 2020, C3.4 & C3.5, 12:45 PM

Melbourne Office 365 Business Users Group

Digital Workplace Building Blocks
Thursday January 30th, Melbourne

Perth SharePoint User Group

Digital Workplace Building Blocks – Training and Change with Office 365
Monday December 2nd, Perth

Digital Workplace Conference Australia

Success Factors in a thriving Yammer network
August 6-7 2019, Sydney

Digital Workplace Conference New Zealand

Success Factors in a thriving Yammer network
April 30 – May 1 2019, Auckland

Digital Workplace Summit

A framework for technology adoption through employee experience
13 February 2019, Melbourne

Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards

Training staff on the digital workplace
6-8 June 2018, Sydney

Digital Employee Experience Conference (DEX)

Taking digital employee experience from start-up to scale-up
6-8 June 2018, Sydney

Digital Workplace Conference Australia

Take your digital workplace training to the next level
16 August 2018, Melbourne

Digital Workplace Conference New Zealand

Take your digital workplace to the next level
1-2 May 2018 Auckland

Intranet Leadership Forum

Showcase of NEXTDC’s new intranet
2017 Melbourne

Digital Workplace Building Blocks
2017 Brisbane

Whole of Government Intranet Managers Meetup

Showcase of Melbourne Water’s new intranet
April 2015 Melbourne

Ark Intranets Strategy and Design

Engaging your organisation in an intranet rebuild (Presentation)
Techniques to build and manage your intranet rebuild (Workshop)

March 2015 Sydney

Product Anonymous Meetup

Enhance your communication skills with sketching (Workshop)
March 2015 Melbourne

Share the Point – Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences

Engaging your organisation in an intranet rebuild
July 2014 Sydney and Auckland


How to make the intranet rock? Through rock solid user experience design (PechaKucha)
May 2014, Amora Sydney

Melbourne Business User Group (MBug for SharePoint and Office)

Balancing user experience with an out-of-the-box design in SharePoint 2013
February 2014, Melbourne

Ark Intranets: Best Practice, Management and Strategy

Personas: Injecting UX into your intranet
September 2013, Rydges Melbourne

UX Australia

Seven Sketchnotes in One Day (10 minute talk)
August 2013, Hilton on the Park Melbourne

Intranets 2013

Cleaning up your phone list
May 2013, Sydney

Ark: The Everyday Intranet

Cleaning up your intranet phone list data: a Melbourne Water case study
September 2012, Melbourne

Worldwide Intranet Challenge

What’s wrong with our intranet and how we are going to fix it
June 2012, Melbourne

Intranets 2012

Yammer case study: engaging staff from the ground up
May 2012, Sydney

Ark: Dynamic Intranets

Implementing internal social media: A Yammer at Melbourne Water case study
September 2011

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