Lisa Wilkinson

Co-host of the Project, Mentor, Magazine Consultant & Speaker

Lisa Wilkinson is one of Australia's most admired and respected journalists and corporate presenters. She has successfully applied her journalistic talents to magazine publishing, television and radio.

Lisa is the co-host of The Project two nights a week and host of the program's Sunday edition. Prior to taking on The Project, she co-hosted Channel Nine's Today show for 10 years, resigning in late 2017 due to a contract dispute.

Lisa's communication skills have made her one of the country's most sought-after corporate presenters and conference and event facilitators.

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Lisa's media career got off to an astonishing start when she was appointed editor of the national women's magazine Dolly at age 21. Four years later, on the recommendation of the late Kerry Packer, Lisa was offered the editorship of Cleo. Over the next decade, she oversaw Cleo's rapid circulation surge, which took it to the position of the number one selling women's lifestyle magazine per capita in the world. Later, she became Cleo's International Editor-in-Chief, running editions in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Lisa went on to co-host the Seven Network's top-rating Weekend Sunrise program where she was credited with attracting a new wave of viewers through her relaxed and informative presentation style. She also filled in as a presenter on Sydney's 2UE breakfast program, hosted by her husband Peter FitzSimons and Mike Carlton. In 2007, Lisa was engaged as co-host of Channel Nine's Today Show and in 2018 she joined Ten Network to co-host The Project.

Apart from her considerable magazine skills, Lisa is a leading business mentor. Under her special brand of guidance and training, there are now 18 women and men around the world who have gone on to become successful magazine editors themselves. Nicole Kidman, Megan Gale and Kate Fischer can also thank Lisa for her astute talent-spotting abilities and the role she has played in launching their careers.

Today, she runs her own international magazine consultancy business, with many of her initiatives leading to major industry awards around the world.

Lisa was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours list for significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist and presenter, and to a range of youth and women's health groups.

In 2017, her portrait by artist Peter Smeeth was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, and winner of the Packing Room Prize. Of the portrait, Smeeth said, "Three important things in Lisa's life are her family, television presenting and print journalism so I have placed her between a television and a magazine, while her family members are reflected on the screen. I wanted to convey the idea that when Lisa is not on television, her family is her focus."

Lisa Wilkinson talks about:

  • From Campbelltown to Park Street
  • Managing people and teams
  • The importance of business mentoring
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone, both personally & professionally, to achieve success you never imagined
  • The struggle to juggle
  • Striking a balance

Client testimonials

Your presentation gave us the opportunity to learn more about your successful career, and the incentive to strive for our goals in life. I particularly enjoyed your insights into how you balance your work and home life so successfully. I am sure that it is something that all participants found interesting.

Women’s Network Conference

Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her presentation was motivating, interesting and entertaining. She is a consummate professional and all that attended have provided us with wonderful feedback on the talk.

Spotlight on Women Luncheon Series

The conference awards night (with Lisa as MC and host) went off with a bang, and certainly stirred up the males in the audience. I have had nothing but positive feedback. As I expected, Lisa added her own personality to the night and I can’t thank her enough for making the whole event so fabulous!

Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher’s Association

One of the most interesting talks I have sat and listened to – intently - for quite some time.

Western Sydney Institute Of TAFE

Lisa was very inspiring and her stories were very interesting. Lisa was happy to do anything we asked of her to do and was very approachable.

Conrad Treasury, Brisbane

Lisa was the perfect touch to our exclusive launch. Lisa was very well received and equally popular with the male and female members of the group. She won the audience over early. Her confidence and professionalism, combined with her humour and spark made her the perfect MC for the night. We will certainly be using her again.

Jack Morton Worldwide

An outstanding, elegant and gracious host of the Ethnic Business Awards. Everyone agreed Lisa was just tremendous and I so look forward to working with her again.

Entertainment Alliance

I could not have been happier with Lisa’s performance. From the very beginning I felt comfortable working with her because she was easily approachable, friendly and professional. She carried the forum easily and the audience responded very well to her. I personally had a great time working with Lisa and would be quick to approach her again for any relevant events I am working on in the future.

Australian Sports Commission

Lisa was an amazing and inspiring guest speaker. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed her 'tell it like it is' style, wonderful stories about her life, passion for the industry in which Lisa work and her experience in juggling family life with a successful business career.

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Lisa had us hanging onto every word. There was laughter and tears and all in the room were inspired. Lisa’s keynote address was a finale that has set a very high benchmark for guest speakers at our next conference! The conference was for a tough audience - and the group was blown away.

De Lorenzo