Jane Caro AM

Click for full image Jane Caro has a low boredom threshold and so wears many hats; including author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer and Walkley Award recipient.

The common thread running through her career is a delight in words and a talent for using them to connect with other people. Today she runs her own communications consultancy.

She has published nine books; “The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education” co-authored with Chris Bonnor (New South 2007), “The F Word. How we learned to swear by feminism” co-authored with Catherine Fox (New South, 2008) “Just a Girl” her first novel (UQP, 2011) and “What Makes a Good School?” co-authored with Chris Bonnor (New South, 2012).

Her book “For God’s Sake! An atheist, Christian, Jew and Muslim battle it out” co-authored with Antony Lowenstein, Simon Smart and Rachel Woodlock, was published in 2013 by Pan MacMillan.“Just a Queen” (UOP) was published in May 2017 and “plain-speaking jane” and  “Just Flesh and Blood” were published in 2018. In February 2019 she published “Accidental Feminists” (MUP).

Jane is sought after as a speaker, MC and workshop facilitator by a wide range of organisations, in both the public and private sectors. She has created, written, presented and co-produced for ABC Radio and Television. She is a weekly regular on Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise and Mornings on Channel 9.

Jane has appeared frequently on ABC’s Q&A, Sunrise, The Project, The Drum *(See her below) and Playbox. She has also been a regular panellist on the ABC’s top-rating show on advertising “The Gruen Transfer.” She is a regular on radio and has filled in as host for RN’s iconic “Life Matters”. She remains in high demand by advertising agencies as a freelance writer and her advertising work has won many national and international advertising awards including Cannes, AWARD, London International, ATV, Asia Pacific, One Show, Mobius, Kinsale, and Caxton.

She is the only woman to have been Chair of Judges of AWARD (Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association) and both Adelaide and Brisbane Art Directors Awards. She has a BA in English Literature from Macquarie University. She writes a regular column in Mt Magazine and contributes articles and oped’s regularly to The SMH, The Drum, The Conversation, Mamamia and New Matilda.

In July 2018 Jane was awarded the Walkley Award for Women in Leadership.

Jane mentors young business people through McCarthy Mentoring. She is on the Boards of Bell Shakespeare and the NSW Public Education Foundation. She is also the mother of two daughters, a wife, a beef producer and a timber grower.         

Jane was awarded an AM in June 2018 for significant service to the broadcast media as a journalist, social commentator and author.

To engage Jane Caro for radio , television, or presentation engagements or to discuss speaking topics contact Jane’s manager Peter Wall at Wall Media on 0408 489 057 or www.wallmedia.com.au

Jane Caro on teachers on The Drum ABC TV – June 14, 2016. Over a million views in two days!

What people say about Jane Caro

Entertaining, energetic and engaging! At one stage at least a third of the crowd was scribbling notes on their napkins… I wanted to hug her! Winner, winner!

Jodi Elston – Pilbara Pulse Economic Summit

As Jane would be aware from the discussion, we found her talk stimulating and thought provoking, and we now have some great ideas about new approaches to our work.

Allen Cheng – Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine – Monash University

Jane’s presentation at our professional staff retreat was both entertaining and motivating. Her views on ‘hope’ and ‘fear’ and client engagement were particularly relevant and the example advertisements shown at the end of her presentation were a great touch. We would definitely welcome Jane back again.

Kathryn Garth – Director – Business Development and Marketing – HopgoodGanim Lawyers

We were very happy with Jane’s performance at the 2013 HESTA Community Sector Awards. We found Jane professional, warm, funny and engaging — a very natural MC who we look forward to working with again.

Communications and Events Manager, HESTA

I can say without hesitation that both your delivery and content were fantastic. I particularly connected with your insight into effective communications being a dialogue – very refreshing to hear. Thank you for assisting us in fuelling progress in the marketing profession.

Kristen Stephens and the AMI QLD Council Conference Manager –  Australian Marketing Institute 

It was a pleasure to have you join us at our annual event and your contribution during the program contributed to providing delegates with valuable content they sound inspirational. Our practitioners are passionate about the field in which they work and your presentation was an encouragement to many.

Michelle Blicavs  – Chief Executive Officer – IAP2 

Jane was fantastic for our event – it was perfect in so many ways. 

Denis Moriarty – Group Managing Director –  Our Community

Jane’s relaxed and humorous contributions at our conference were a big hit with our delegates.  The authenticity and candour with which she delivered her presentation was exactly what was required to punctuate our program.                                                                                                               

Angela Garvey – New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association

Jane was amazing today and everyone was commenting on how entertaining she was. She was fantastic at getting her message across. Teachers on a first day back at school are a hard crowd however she won them over!                                                                                                                                         

Deborah Hobbs – Assistant Principal Austinmer Public School                                                                                                                         

Jane was wonderful.  She was an absolute pleasure to work with                                                 

Cathy Moses  – Australasian Events Manage  IAP2 Australasia

Jane is such an eminent Australian and such a passionate feminist who’s done great things in her lifetime to move the cause of women forward. 

Lieutenant-General David Morrison AO – 2016 Australian of the Year.  

“It was a great day and Jane did a terrific job- fun, engaging, insightful and thorough. Very favourable feedback from the audience.”

Martin Krippner – Learning & Development  – ATO People

Jane was a wonderfully warm and entertaining host for the evening, as well as very knowledgeable in the subject area. Lots of comments on Twitter and in person about how she was the perfect person to MC the evening and I couldn’t agree more”

Cindy Chen – Adobe Marketing 

Wow – great job today!  Comments from the floor whilst you spoke and afterwards were fantastic.  It was great to have an ‘outsider’ speak who clearly is passionate about public education. Oh – and you are funny!  Nothing like throwing in a bit of humour.

Pip Arthur – Marketing, Media and Communications – TasTAFE

Thank you for your very lively conversation at the Australian Council of Deans of Education Forum. We all enjoyed your humorous but candid reflection on the state of Australian education and your personal experiences in this area.

Tania Aspland – President Australian Council of Deans of Education.

Your thoughtful commentary and sense of humour made the Summit a huge success and kept the audience engaged throughout the day.  Thank you for your very relevant observations on financial resilience that were both entertaining and informative. We were extremely impressed with your smooth facilitation of the conversation with the various panels and keynote speakers throughout the day and would highly recommend your services.

We are looking forward to taking the outcomes of the Summit and using them to inform positive change and action in the business, government and community sectors.

Andrew Mooney – Chief Executive Officer – Good Shepherd Microfinance

Thank you for your inspiring and entertaining talk at the Gallery for International Women’s Day last week – especially for making time for us in your extraordinarily busy schedule. The audience was enthralled and your engaging and frank style was a great fit for our program! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery.

Dr Josephine Touma – Manager Public Programs –Learning and Participation – Art Gallery of New South Wales

Fabulous evening, Jane exceeded all expectations. Funny, knowledgeable & totally engaging with all of the crowd.

Sharon Baxter-Judge – Abbeyfield Bungendore

Thank you very much for being a part of “All About Women” yesterday.Your brilliant input and thoughts were priceless and the event would not have been successful without you. Hope to work with you again in the future.

Carole Arulantu – Canberra Theatre Centre

“The conference was a great success with Jane as MC.

Jane’s easy going and humorous nature really contributed to the success of the day. We appreciated that she naturally contributed her own personal thoughts and experiences during her hosting of the sessions.”

Marie Noy – QCOSS

On behalf of the CMSF Programming Committee, thank you for presenting at this event. We are proud to have received extremely positive feedback and without your invaluable contribution, this would not have been possible. We appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to join us and thank you for sharing your insights and expertise with the CMSF19 attendees

Ava Scheerlinck – Chief Executive Officer – Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees 

Jane was fabulous as usual. We knew she would challenge the status quo with  a political view to lead into her presentation. What I loved particularly was the value for money as the conference participants were still discussing the concepts to their schools over dinner that night.

Kylie Becker – Principal – Seven Hills West Public School

Jane was a real hit and a true pro.

Kasy Chambers – Executive Director Anglicare Australia

About Jane’s Speaking

Jane is a very versatile speaker who – thanks to her advertising training – is highly skilled at pitching her message appropriately for almost any audience.

She can provide original and highly expert content about marketing, advertising and communications that is highly sought after by businesses, both big and small.

She can debate a wide range of topics with humour, consideration and respect.

She is a warm, welcoming and highly professional emcee.

She can be serious, expert, empathic, witty and, when appropriate, both hilarious and controversial.

No matter what group she is talking to, she sets out to engage, to inform, to entertain and to make you think.

Some Jane Caro Speaking topics:

  1. Advertising and marketing your business
  2. Clear and memorable communication in general
  3. Image management
  4. Women in business
  5. Women and society
  6. Hey Men! What Women Want
  7.  Hey Women! What men want.
  8. Motivation
  9. Writing workshops
  10. Creative writing; advertising and novels
  11. Education and schools
  12. Parenting