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, Jean is highly respected for her bespoke presentations, meticulous research, and ability to use humour to break down barriers, broach taboo topics, to relax and entertain, educate, stimulate and challenge, to introduce new ideas and prepare for change.

She has been the first female MC for innumerable events and industries; including mining, transport, construction, engineering, automotive, energy, technology, communications, insurance, finance. She was the first female to MC the Midwinter Ball (and the only person to MC three times).

Jean came to national attention on ABC TV’s, The Big Gig, followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, Media Dimensions, Strictly Speaking, Talking ‘Bout Your Generation, Studio Ten, and The Today Show. She is also well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel Ten.

She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine, the Readers Digest Health Smart Magazine and the on-line magazine, The Hoopla.

Her film credits include Hating Alison Ashley and The Nugget.

Theatre includes Mum’s the Word, Calendar Girls, Siren, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

She is a regular panellist on ABC radio drive programme; Thank God It’s Friday and has conversed twice on ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler.

She is the author of Tongue Lashing, published by Penguin and the definitive book on menopause; You’re Still Hot to Me. The Joys of Menopause.

Jean Kittson is public advocate for education, youth, health, equal opportunity and aging. She 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.

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

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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.

She 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.

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.

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