Conference Speaker and Professional MC

Facilitated conference experiences for organisers who want more than the average conference. Keynotes, masterclasses, panel interviews, audience engagement and MC services.

Keep people laughing and learning at your next event with practical and engaging interaction, facilitated by Alicia McKay. Alicia brings fun, authenticity and clarity to the stage, and keeps things free of corporate jargon.


Keynote Speaker

Alicia speaks at events of all shapes and sizes on strategy, change, leadership and entrepreneurship. She also runs masterclasses, workshops and interview panels for conferences.


Event MC

Alicia is a professional MC, regularly combining MC services with headline speaker roles. In this video, Alicia facilitates the three-day 2022 ALGA National Conference for over 1,000 Mayors and CEOs.

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Alicia joined L'Oreal Learning Week over two days, for a conference keynote and two half-day workshops on building trust and leading change conversations. 

Warning: contains raving fans.

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Alicia fired up an online conference during lockdown talking change, priorities and staying sane when the world goes mad around you.

Warning: contains swear words.

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TV and Media

Alicia appears as a guest and expert panelist on NZ and Australian TV shows like The AM Show and Sky News. In this snippet from Sky News Australia, Alicia spoke on flexible leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Alicia has appeared on dozens of podcasts as a guest and expert. Check out this snippet from the ThriveTV podcast with Lauren Parsons talking about boundaries, guilt, and resentment.



Alicia runs masterclasses and workshops for conferences and events. Check out this 3 minute snippet of an oversubscribed Strategic Public Leadership masterclass where attendees were stacked up at the back of the room and packed the hallway!

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Alicia runs public and in-house webinars and online keynotes for teams, leaders and organisations of all sizes. Spice up your next Leaders Forum or planning day. Check out this viral snippet from one of Alicia's strategy webinars.

Pick a topic, or decide something special

No fancy brochure download here.

Pick your own path by choosing a broad topic - or even better, tell me how you want your delegates to feel when they leave. Connection beats content any day. 


Learn the basics of good strategy - at work, and in life. How do we play the long game, plan for the future, and make our intentions a reality?


Change is the only constant. Learn how the most resilient people and professionals respond to change in their work and lives, with actionable strategies to use immediately.


Strategic leaders aren't swamped by the daily overwhelm. They have clear perspective, think in systems, and make smart decisions about how to use their time and energy. Learn how to go from busy leader to savvy strategist.

Public sector

Leading in the public sector is bloody hard work. But it's also the most fulfilling, high-impact choice for purpose-driven professionals. Learn how to cut through the crap and get good things moving.

Self employment

Self employment isn't for the faint hearted. Learn how Alicia went from teen mum and foster kid to successful entrepreneur, and what it takes to make the leap for yourself.


Authentic Inspiration

Alicia McKay is not your standard motivational speaker. As a special guest at the 2022 SODA RISE UP! event, Alicia McKay tells her life story as a stirring call to action for all women in business. Don't be fooled by the laughs; Alicia means business.


What event organisers say about Alicia

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"Alicia absolutely nailed the guest speaker talk at our RISE UP event celebrating female entrepreneurship! She was entertaining, inspiring, engaging and her down-to-earth manner made her easy to relate to and connect with. Our audience members were totally enraptured and we’ve never received so much positive feedback about a guest speaker before."
Erin Wansbrough
holly morchat
"Alicia brings strategic insight to her MC duties. She weaved a great narrative between speakers and bridged the sessions in a way that landed well with our audience of business leaders and owners. With 1000 things in my head at any given time organising a conference, her straight-shooting communication style is appreciated. The feedback from our attendees has been great!"
Holly Morchat-Stanko
General Manager, ACE NZ
"Alicia has delivered keynotes for our summits, on the virtual stage and in person. In either setting, Alicia exceeds expectations. She is a dream to work with, the feedback from delegates is outstanding, and you can't wait to put her takeaways into practice. What's not to love!"
Cass Brownlow-Davies
Corporate Partnerships Manager, ThinkTank Media
"If you want your leadership, strategy and management paradigms to be challenged, look no further than Alicia McKay. Her professional, unorthodox and no nonsense approach helps organisations take bold and courageous steps towards the future."
Neel Janse Van Rensburg
CEO, Bible Society NZ
colin ellis
I've never heard a speaker that cuts through the complexity of strategy quite like Alicia. Her speeches are powerful and strike at the very heart of what's required to create meaningful direction that can give rise to the cultures required to get things done. She is honest, forthright and uses case studies to land her points. Highly recommended!"
Colin D. Ellis
Author and Speaker
"Wow…. What a way to kickoff our event! Alicia’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious. The presentation was a blend of insights, entertainment, and cutting through jargon and theory to get to the heart of what people need to know. We had to deliver the whole thing via Zoom but we didn’t have to worry about maintaining engagement because Alicia got the participants involved throughout."
Jacob Toner
Auckland District Health Board
"Alicia cuts through the bullshit - hitting a few nerves and illustrating the importance of “big picture” thinking. We love her no nonsense approach to calling a spade a spade - the way she delivers the message and brings reality to a real life situation.
Kym Fell
Chief Executive, Masterton District Council
"Alicia is direct and to the point, which gives a fabulous insight and amazing clarity with her contribution to our conference. I'm really looking forward to our next collaboration!"
Alison Buck
Conference Project Manager, CAANZ
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"Alicia has a real talent for simplifying strategy in a way that is both thought provoking and incredibly impactful. We walked away from our short session with a collective understanding of the gaps and opportunities we have, which has given us a renewed energy and focus to really nail our strategy. As a speaker Alicia was engaging and relatable – her wealth of experience is obvious, but at the same time she makes it seem so achievable which I think is a pretty powerful combination."
Rebecca David
Sustainable Dairying Change Manager, Fonterra


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