Tania de Jong AM

Entrepreneur, Leader, Innovation Catalyst, Soprano & Keynote Speaker

Tania de Jong is a leading Australian soprano, social entrepreneur, and the founder of four businesses and two charities. She is also an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker, MC, performer, workshop leader and innovation catalyst.

As the granddaughter of Slawa Duldig, who invented the foldable umbrella, innovation is in Tania's blood! She is passionate about the power of creativity and creative leadership to facilitate enormous and profound social change. She believes that every individual, team and organisation has untapped creative potential and that we need to unlock our human capital and allow people's voices to be heard.

Tania's speaks on topics including leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, diversity of thinking (‘positive human collisions'), disruption, preparing for massive acceleration and innovation. Her warmth, ability to engage with diverse audiences and connect and deliver profound messages is topped off with a special song to suit your goals for the session.

More about Tania de Jong:

Tania is in demand at conferences across Australia, NZ, USA, Europe and Asia. She has presented keynotes for a range of associations, Universities and education conferences as well as major innovation events and festivals like Creative Fuel and Switch. She delivered the opening keynote at the International Innovation Symposium in Vienna and has delivered keynotes to NAB, ANZ, BHP, AON Top 200, David Jones Top 150, Spotlight Top 300, BCG Top 150, McKinsey Top 100, Veolia Top 100, Perpetual Top 56 - to name a few. Tania's TED Talk sparked international interest.

As well as presenting keynote speeches and leadership programs, Tania performs internationally with her acclaimed musical group Pot-Pourri. Pot-Pourri presents a unique blend of international song, music theatre, cabaret, opera, magic, didgeridoo and comedy and customises their feature performances to suit each client and event. The group has released several CDs and has been named Australian Event Entertainer of the Year. Tania has released two solo albums.

Tania de Jong founded Creativity Australia, Creative Universe, MTA Entertainment & Events and The Song Room and works with disadvantaged communities through the inspirational ‘With One Voice' choir social inclusion programs.

She is also the founder of Music Theatre Australia Entertainment & Events and founder and executive producer of Creative Innovation Global, which presented the acclaimed Ci2010-Ci2015 conferences. Ci2013 was named Corporate Event of the Year in the global Eventex Awards.

Tania's numerous awards include Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 as Founder of The Song Room (bringing music to over 300,000 disadvantaged children), the 'Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture' and Churchill Fellowship and the Accessibility Award in The Melbourne Awards, induction into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University, and Brainlink Woman of Achievement in 2009.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the Arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities. She has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts.

If you are looking for an creative, uplifting and memorable keynote on leadership, creativity, community and innovation then Tania de Jong is a fantastic choice. Her strategies and programs will unlock capabilities in creativity and innovation, achieve outstanding results and inspire your audience to greater success.

Tania de Jong talks about:

  • Positive human collisions: the secrets of developing a culture of innovation
  • Creativity and Innovation - how to harness them in your people and organisation?
  • Thinking outside the box: Leading innovation and change
  • From profits to purpose in an era of disruption
  • Reconnecting to ourselves and our communities

Tania always customises each speech and can develop a keynote topic to suit your specific audience.

Client testimonials

You were wonderful. You engaged with over 700 of our consultants in a powerful way and reinforced our own potential. The standing ovation was a testament to the way you moved us into a different headspace. Many people have mentioned it was the best session they have attended at a conference anywhere!

Price Waterhouse Coopers

Tania was the most engaging speaker we have had – neve r in my dreams did I believe I would have over 80 of my clients holding hands and singing all in tune! A great testament to the ability of Tania to not only get a critical message across but getting people to take immediate action. Leadership is about taking action - there's no doubt Tania, that is what you delivered. Great presentation, great fun and most important, a message that people won't forget.


This golden-voiced diva gave us all goose bumps. Her message was powerful and her never give up attitude was so inspiring. She has clearly earned her success through hard work and extraordinary talent. Entertaining and brilliant!

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Innovator, entrepreneur, entertainer – Tania has it all and delivers it all! Tania gave our CEO members so much more than we expected - highly recommended for your next event.

The CEO Institute

One of the most memorable participative workshops many of us have ever experienced. The “With One Voice” workshop highlighted our key aims of creativity and innovation as tools for great leadership, and team work. The workshop brought these to life and proved that working as one team aligned to one outcome, can achieve amazing results.


It brought the group so much closer together – the room was tingling with our combined energy.

Macquarie Bank

Tania is an accomplished professional and delivered an immaculate performance with substantial impact in a short space of time. This in itself confirmed to the delegates how sustainable new behaviours are possible with focused commitment.


Tania is one of those rare people who change the world for the better and who positively influence and create opportunities for the community. At a recent presentation to BPW Geelong Tania inspired our members to rediscover their inner creativity, to aim high and to persevere toward achieving their goals. Her passion and enthusiasm is infectious.


A great activity that really brought together our 250 HR leaders as one team. We started with 70% saying they couldn't sing and finished with an amazing four-part harmony song that they really were proud of. Highly recommended!


It was truly amazing to hear everyone singing in a manner none of them thought possible! Finding the key event to launch a day of creative and innovative thinking was not easy however we 'nailed' it with Finding Your Voice

Centro Properties Group