Introducing the opposing team!

Meet the opposing team for The Great Debate 2022! These shrewd Women (and Men!) of Influence will be presenting the opposing argument to the topic “that financial power is the greatest form of influence”. 

Ryan Tuckwood is the Co-Founder & CEO of SWISH Sales Coaching, a multi-award-winning business owner and public speaker. Having coached and trained over 6,500 businesses and individuals across five continents and showing his clients how to close over $1billion dollars in new sales revenue in the last few years alone, Ryan has positioned himself at the pinnacle of corporate professionals in the modern age. 

Ryan has shared either the stage or the interview mic with a range of iconic figures, such as Grant Cardone, Mark Bouris Jordan Belfort, Michael Lane, Harry Singha to name a few….  

Ryan first rose to prominence after featuring on Channel 10’s Hit TV Show Shark Tank in 2018, where he and his Co-Founder Jack Corbett successfully secured the support of three Australian Entrepreneur powerhouses in Dr. Glen Richards, Steve Baxter and Andrew Banks who still to this day are advisors and investors in the company. 

Dr Di Johnson is a multi-award-winning lecturer at Griffith Business School, an active finance and economics commentator in print media and on ABC radio, advocate for inclusive economics and mother of two teenagers. 

With qualifications across numerous discipline areas from human resource management, finance, behavioural economics and university teaching, Di worked for decades in people management, applied finance, and policy reform roles before making a career change to academia. Di has a vision of a more inclusive narrative in economics, finance and leadership and has current research projects on retiree experiences, financial decision-making under stress, and applied ethics. Along with her siblings, Di was first in family to university, grew up in rural north-west Queensland, and is not afraid of Huntsmen spiders. 

Michaela has spent the last 15 years leveraging the power of commercial and philanthropic relationships, working across FMCG, grocery, franchising, health and the not for profit sector. Michaela now works at OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, who collect quality, excess food and deliver it free of charge to more than 1,500 charities across the country. 

Michaela’s role with OzHarvest centres on working with business partners, local government, community groups and media to drive engagement, advocacy and impact.

The Annual Great Debate 2022