Kieran Flanagan

Creative leader, consumer engagement expert

As a rare female leader in the world of Mad Men, Kieran Flanagan teaches companies and leaders how to harness the commercial power of human nature. She is a passionate advocate for the commercial power of creativity and leadership that is more agile, adaptable and engaging.

Earlier in her career, Kieran was not only one of the very few female Creative Directors in the world of advertising but, at just 20, she was also one of the youngest Creative Directors to lead an award-winning advertising agency.

A captivating speaker, Kieran has wowed audiences as diverse as the UN, Coca-Cola and TEDx. Her message, that our humanity is our biggest asset when it comes to influence, will deliver lasting change to your organisation.

During her impressive career, Kieran has lead multi-national accounts across multi-disciplinary departments and businesses working at McCann, Smart, Kindred and VCD (a team she helped found and build into the agency of the year in her first three years in the industry).In that time, Kieran also directed the Strategic and Creative team behind the most successful new product launch in Australian history, won awards around the world for creativity and effectiveness, spent three years running Australia's premier creative school, AWARD, and co-authored Shift with her business partner Dan Gregory.

Over the past 25 years, Kieran has worked with a range of clients from just about every industry and government sector. From Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Financial Services, Communications and Community, through Fashion and FCMG, through Marketing and Non-Profit Organisations, to Retail, Sport, Tourism & Hospitality and Utilities, to name but some.

She is currently the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at research, training and innovation think tank, The Impossible Institute, teaches and lectures at The Miami Ad School and has spoken to audiences as diverse as the UN in Singapore (as part of a group working to end human trafficking), sales teams for Coca Cola, leadership forums and education summits. All while producing work for markets as far flung as the United States, Russia, Asia, Europe and as a partner to TEDx Sydney.

Kieran is a passionate advocate for the commercial power of creativity and a return to more human engagement, cultures and leadership. Responsible for some of the biggest product launches in history, nobody understands what make makes people ‘buy' or ‘buy in' better than Kieran Flanagan.

Kieran Flanagan talks about:

The creative leader - the leadership the world needs today

We-Q - The rise of Collaborative Intelligence

Creating engagement - Increase your insight, increase your influence

Creating change - the leadership the world needs today

Client testimonials

She was funny, content rich and relatable. Her examples came from real world experience (not text books) and above all, our audience responded extremely well.

Business Blueprint

In 12 years of running SWB, Kieran is the first speaker to receive a 100% approval rating from all delegates!


Delegates were literally buzzing!

Minister for Tourism

Kieran’s insight and depth of experience across the ever-evolving commercial landscape is second to none. (She) works at the vanguard of business evolution and brings her audiences a rare opportunity to grow their own understanding of the skills and competencies we all need to cultivate for today and tomorrow.

Sustaining Women in Business

Kieran’s ability to create solutions to complicated, political problems is extraordinary.

United Nations Singapore