Jean Kittson

Actor, Comedian, Author, Keynote Speaker & MC

Jean Kittson is a dynamic actor, comedian and author. She is also an engaging MC, keynote speaker, facilitator, debater, interviewer, communicator, agent of change, provocateur, entertainer and crowd controller. Such is her talent that Jean will often MC an event, deliver a keynote, facilitate panel discussions, and provide a comedy spot at a Gala dinner.

Passionate, funny and engaging, she is an expert in making the general personal, the esoteric accessible, the complex simple and relatable.

A trailblazer in the role of women, Jean is public advocate for education, youth, health, equal opportunity and aging. She has written two books, one of them described as the definitive book on menopause; what it is, and its management, treatment, and impact at on women, the family and work.

Jean is a regular panellist on ABC 702 radio drive program, Thank God It's Friday and has conversed twice on Conversations with Richard Fidler. She performed Women of Letters twice and has been nominated for a Logie and an AFI. Jean won Best Comedy Performance for the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

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Jean Kittson is known for her bespoke presentations and meticulous research, her warmth, wit, intelligence and insight. She is also well known and highly respected for her ability to use humour to break down barriers and to broach taboo topics, to relax and entertain, educate, stimulate and challenge, to introduce new ideas and prepare for change.

Jean draws on her life experience to provide a connection between city and regional, rural and remote Australia and regularly works outside the city limits including Tennant Creek, Mt Newman, Emerald, Groote Eylandt to Charters Towers, Gulargambone, Mt Isa.

She has been the first female MC for dozens of events and industries including the Midwinter Ball (the only person to MC three times), Diggers and Dealers in Kalgoorlie, and the London Metal Exchange Dinner Down Under.

Jean is regularly engaged to ease the way for corporate mergers and company restructuring, to challenge entrenched attitudes and encourage new thinking. Her clients include PWC, QBE, Sydney Airport, the Rail Industry, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Clayton Utz, and Breastscreen NSW.

She has delivered keynotes on leadership for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Leadership Scholarships, Senior Executives of the Department of Diversity and Education and Workplace Relations, (DEEWR), and a Catholic Principals Masterclass on Leadership. Her work as a speaker also includes presentations at schools and universities and community organisations.

Jean Kittson was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia.

She is an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation Australia, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Jean is the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

Jean Kittson speaks about:

Jean presents on diverse topics that range from finance, free trade and the global economy, to leadership, innovation, construction, transport, cars, agriculture, wining, dining, mining, science, technology, communications, tourism, HR, police, defence, health, medical research, education, mentoring, training, equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion, social responsibility, women and work and motherhood and menopause, and aged care.

Jean addresses issues including how to attract more women to industries, sustaining women in leadership roles, the gender pay gap, motherhood and work, the role of mentoring and training and education and in particular women's health. She has opened the conversation and encouraged the conversation about the role of women in rail and mining, and construction and finance and science.

Client testimonials

Her monologues were well researched and relevant and extremely funny. Many people have commented that she was hilarious. Her professionalism and control of the night was extremely appreciated.

National Association of Women in Construction

Outstanding contribution. The emphasis was on wit and entertainment - something she achieved in abundance. It was a pleasure working with such a professional.

Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau

Simply magnificent. A pivotal role in ensuring the success of the event.

Foreign Exchange Association

Jean was fantastic. Feedback about her performance was very positive by all guests who attended our function. Jean was a true professional and made our event the success that we were aiming for.

Woodside Energy Limited

The audience received Jean Kittson Very Well. I got many compliments on how great she was and many people had an opportunity to say hello to her. She is funny and friendly. Jean Rocks.

Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid Services Inc