Taryn Brumfitt

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Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt, 2023 Australian of the Year

Taryn Brumfitt is an award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and internationally sought-after keynote speaker. Recently named the 2023 Australian of the Year, she is a fiercely passionate advocate for social change and her message has reached more than 200 million people around the world.

Taryn is the co-Executive Director of The Embrace Collective, founder of the Body Image Movement, director of the inspiring documentaries EMBRACE and EMBRACE KIDS, and author of four books. Her global crusade to help people embrace their bodies has seen her recognised by UN Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute. Taryn has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses, and her talk at Google HQ in Silicon Valley was live-streamed to every Google office in the world.

In 2018, she was recognised in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards and received the SA Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership from Women and Leadership Australia. She was also crowned EY Entrepreneur of the Year, South Australia, and has been named among GE’s highest-rated speakers.

With a powerful, universal message and unwavering commitment to her cause, Taryn Brumfitt is a true force to be reckoned with.


Hundreds of millions of people saw Taryn Brumfitt’s unexpectedly viral Facebook post 10 years ago, but she saw something else: the chance to change lives. Through masterful storytelling, the 2023 Australian of the Year shares how she seized the opportunity to turn this one candid moment into a global movement and a career in leading change.

Through a decade of hard work, determination, creativity and plenty of polite persistence, Taryn has inspired millions of people around the world, changed countless lives, produced two award-winning documentaries, written four bestselling books and been recognised for her achievements by organisations as esteemed as UN Women.

With refreshing authenticity and a trademark sense of humour, Taryn shares her candid insights and actionable advice to demonstrate how you can adopt the mindset of empowerment to achieve your own goals – even if you have to break a few rules along the way.

Take outs:

· The empowered mindset in action: How self-belief, grit and persistence trump luck — every time

· Why you have to break the rules to achieve your goals

· When you back yourself, you can do ‘almost’ anything


In this thought-provoking presentation, Taryn takes her audience on her deeply personal journey from hating her body to embracing it, and how this powerful mindset shift has allowed her to inspire millions of others to do the same.

Lauded globally for her leadership in the body image space, Taryn’s work has been recognised by organisations such as UN Women and has earned her a number of esteemed awards, most recently being named 2023 Australian of the Year. Here she invites you behind the scenes of the last decade to discover the highs and lows of leading a global movement that has reached more than 200 million people and changed countless lives around the world.

With a no-holds-barred approach and trademark sense of humour, Taryn asks her audience to ask some hard questions about what’s really important in life, before delivering her life-changing Embrace manifesto, complete with actionable advice, so you too can Embrace your body to Embrace your life.

Take outs:

· A ‘to do’ list of things you can do today to start your own Embrace journey

· How to adopt and apply the Embrace mindset to all areas of your life


As parents, we only want to do the right thing by our kids, but in this post-COVID, digital era the question is — how?

In this powerful, thought-provoking presentation, Taryn shines a light on the global epidemic of body shaming and self-hate that the research shows is plaguing ourselves and our children today. Drawing on a decade of experience on the front lines of fighting this serious issue, and supported by the latest research from the world’s leading body image experts, she backs it up with the hope, inspiration and practical advice that all parents need to guide themselves and their own kids through this harrowing issue.

With her trademark optimism and determination, Taryn leaves parents educated, empowered and inspired to play their own part in making things better for the next generation, and generations to come.

Take outs:

· Why we need to urgently address the body image crisis for our young people

· What each of us can do to help the young people around us Embrace their bodies

· How to start our own Embrace journey so we can live by example