As a teenager, Leonie tragically lost her two siblings to separate car accidents. As an adult, she lost her mother to cancer. After bringing up 4 children, she lost her marriage. Alone and afraid of the future, she forced herself to step out of her fears and redefine who she had been and who she was going to be.
Faced with an invitation that seemed impossible - to solo bike ride across a quarter of the globe, she said yes to her fears and that ride changed her life.
Alone, Leonie rode the length of South America over 12,000 kms and 214 days. She successfully raised money for children with cancer and wrote a book about what she discovered along the way.
Leonie now speaks about her experience alone on the bike. It is a story for anyone disillusioned with their life and wanting to be brave enough to face the question; 'What would I do if I was not afraid?''- the title of her keynote speeches and her book.
Leonie's keynotes are colourful, pragmatic and inspiring. Her stories are infused with her intrepid spirit. Her ability to capture an audience and speak with grit and impact was honed by her work over 15 years in indigenous health in the Northern Territory of Australia. As a national leader and CEO, she spoke professionally at national conferences and for industry bodies about the use of technology to support rural and remote delivery of health care.