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Resilience Speaker Luke Kennedy.

Australia's Most Requested Speaker

"They were absolutely gripped by his story and messages. It's created a tremendous shift and I'm so grateful." 

-Jillian Shapiro, School Psychologist | Reddam House Sydney 

"The impact you had on our year 4-6 was significant. They are still talking about it and we have seen a marked difference in the students being more ‘present’, particularly around adults."

- Donna Snow, Principal Wembley Primary

Luke is a thoroughly engaging speaker whose message of motivation and aspiration will leave your students feeling like they could run through a brick wall. His message his powerful and thought provoking as he relays his life journey and the lessons he has learnt. He left our students with some clear messages of hope and tangible ways of being true to what they desire in life. After almost 20 years in education, he is the most inspiring student guest speaker that I have heard.

- Andrew Rixby, Teacher, Cessnock

"Hi Luke, I go to Blaxland East and I would like to tell you my story. I have very bad anxiety and I always feel down on myself. I'm always sad and I don't want to go to school but when I heard your story I thought and I realized that you got through it so I can too. You really inspired me. Thanks and good luck in your gym and I hope you help other kids by telling them your story."

-  Yr 5 Student, Blaxland Primary

"Luke's the Best We've Seen!"

- Optus

"You came to my school today and it was the first time I actually listened to one of the motivational speakers and I got so much out of your speech. I have been having a lot of issues at home and I always thought it was going to ruin my life. Your talk showed me that we can do whatever we want in life, and our current lives don't always mean it will always be like that."

- Yr 9 Student, Engadine High

"He's the Best We've Had!"

- Andrew Savvas, Business Excellence Manager, ANZ.

"I just wanted to say thanks for your positive affect on my son. You came and gave a talk to his class. My son came up to you and thanked you for your openness and willingness to share your story and air your demons.

He was moved, almost to tears  he told me - he could see himself drifting down that same pathway, I think he is on a better path now, still not whole nor healed but putting one foot in front of the other.

He now recognises the differences and the possible end results - highlighted by your story - for this I thank you!"

- Parent, Fraser Coast Anglican

"Thank you Luke. It was a fantastic session today. I have never before been to a staff PD day where EVERYONE stayed focused and loving it the whole day! Well done to you! Your insights and information come from first hand, which really makes everything so relatable and interesting. The Gratitude lists, the Achievement lists and the I Am statements are going to used in all of their glory!"

- Teacher, St Brigid's, Emerald


Luke S. Kennedy

Luke uses his "breathtaking" story to inspire deep, lasting change and self-awareness for a wide range of audiences from primary school students to high school students, staff PD, business people, parents, and even prisoners.


For eight years, Luke was an obese alcoholic, drug addict (Luke PG's story and content for primary aged students) self-confessed bully and thug.

On the outside, he looked strong and confident, even happy at times, but on the inside his thoughts would haunt him. He was incredibly scared, depressed, anxious, paranoid, and hated himself.


Being stabbed on two separate occasions, and close to death numerous other times, Luke's future wasn't looking bright.

Speakers on resilience Luke Kennedy

Topics Covered (altered for each audience)

  • Resilience

  • Dealing with Change & Uncertainty

  • Mental Health/Self-Care

  • Motivation & Inspiration

  • Reducing Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (workshops available)

  • How to Be Yourself & Stop Worrying What people think

  • Bullying (Self-Bullying & Impact of Negative Self Talk)

  • Detaching from Labels & Negative Beliefs

  • Body Image

"Luke made a huge impact on our team here at the NRL."
- NRL CEO, Todd Greenberg.


"The BEST Speaker we've had!."
- Andrew Savvas, Business Excellence Manager, ANZ.

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"Luke's the best speaker we've seen!"
- Optus Marketing Team


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