Kelly is a serial entrepreneur who has been specializing in the arena of Human Resource Management, Recruitment and Career Coaching for 12 years. Initially focusing on commercial recruitment, and later moving into corporate Human Resources working with the likes of Ernst & Young and General Electric.

In 2003 Kelly co-founded The Clarity Group, a boutique Recruitment and HR Consultancy, selling her share of the business in 2006. In 2007 Kelly co-founded Six Figures, the Premium Job Site for Executives and Senior Professionals that is delivering talent to top employers, search firms and agencies.

Kelly’s experience working across HR, Recruitment & Career Coaching has provided her with a solid understanding of what the job market looks like, what employers look for and the common experiences and challenges both face. This has enabled her to move successfully into writing and speaking on the subjects that are both her career and passion. Combined with this, her first hand experience in starting and growing businesses enables her to speak candidly on the topics of business and entrepreneurship.

Public Speaking Topics

Kelly speaks on the following topics of which she brings significant educational, personal and business experience.

  • reating & Managing Your Personal Brand (online and offline) for career success and security
  • Successful Salary Negotiation in all economic climates for contractors, consultants and employees
  • Employer Branding for SMEs to attract and retain the right staff for your business
  • Talent Attraction & Retention of senior professionals and executives for organizational competitive advantage
  • Women & Entrepreneurship starting and growing your own business, locally and internationally

Speaking & Presenting Engagements

  • February 2008, Melbourne Business School, Career Success Program, Interview Preparation Training
  • November 2008, Business and Professional Women Australia, Salary Negotiation for Women Presentation
  • November 2008, Melbourne Junior Chamber of Commerce, Salary Negotiation for Women Presentation
  • December 2008, Career Communiqué Radio, guest presenter on the topic: Why in a market downturn job seekers need to think like an entrepreneur
  • January 2009, BTalk Australia, guest of Phil Dobbie on the topic: Do We really Need Recruitment Agencies?
  • February 2009, Melbourne Business School, two one hour presentations on Salary Negotiation & Personal Branding
  • February 2009, Online Divas, Melbourne Launch, Guest Panel Speaker
  • March 2009, BTalk Australia, guest of Phil Dobbie on the topic: Why Bloggers are good people to employ
  • April 2009, Swinburne International Business Club Event, Guest Speaker on International Entrepreneurship in the Current Climate
  • April 2009, Melbourne Business School, Guest Speaker on Women and Entrepreneurship

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • October 2009, Australian Institute of Management, Guest Speaker on Creating & Managing Your Personal Brand (online and offline) for career success and security

Writing Contributions

  • Australian Women Online, 08/09 regular article contributor around career related matters
  • CEO Online 08/09 regular article contributor around talent attraction and retention matters
  • Expat Exchange,, 08/09 regular article contributor around career related matters
  • Six Figures Blog,, 08/09 write multiple weekly articles around the topics of talent attraction and retention, job seeking and career related matters
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Journal, contributed to the October 08 article ‘Reeling Them In & Keeping Them’ by Domini Stuart.
  • Recruiter Daily, 08/09 regular article contributor around careers and talent attraction and retention matters
  • Onrec,, 08/09 regular article contributor around careers and talent attraction and retention matters
  • Anthill Online, March 09, ‘An entrepreneurial approach to job seeking in a recession’
  • Management Today, article published April 09, ‘The Talent Bus’


I've had the pleasure of engaging Kelly as a speaker and HR expert on numerous occasions in the area of salary negotiation, and she always delivers. Her enthusiasm and knowledge are obvious and she creates a strong and lasting positive impression.

Kelly is a great educator and smart presenter whose personable and practical approach generates great results - every time. I highly recommend Kelly as a speaker and presenter and as an HR specialist. Highly professional, motivated and knowledgeable

Kelly and her team at Six Figures work to best practice to get the job done. They are always polite, approachable and honest, and appreciate the specific challenges facing women in the workplace. Bridgette Engeler Newbury, Incognito Sum

An informal relationship between Six Figures and the Career Centre at Melbourne Business School has developed. Our team subscribes to the Six Figures Client Newsletter, and from time to time, I enjoy trading employment market insights with Kelly. In December 2008, Six Figures produced a Salary Negotiation guide for job seekers. We were pleased to add this valuable resource to our online career management library. When organising a Career Success program earlier this year for graduating MBA students, we approached Kelly to deliver a workshop on this subject. Kelly was kind enough to accept our invitation, and at our urging, agreed to extend the session to include insights on building and maintaining one’s Personal Brand – both online and offline.

I was particularly impressed (and gratified) with the amount of preparation Kelly put into this presentation, and the fact that she listened carefully to our brief and framed the material for the needs of our audience. Kelly delivered the two-hour session to an audience of some 50 students. The key quality that came across in Kelly’s presentation was her passion for the subject matter, giving her greater presence and warmth as a speaker. Leo Grogan, Melbourne Business School