Tracey Spicer

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Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer AM is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour.

Currently, she works as a professional speaker and MC, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications.

Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

Her essays have appeared in dozens of books, including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 5 million views.

The 51-year-old is also the national co-founder of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, and founder of of not-for-profit NOW Australia.

In 2018, Tracey was honoured with an Order of Australia for work in media and as an ambassador for charitable and social welfare groups.

Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, was published by Harper Collins in April (officially a Best Seller).

Key Points

  • 2018 Order of Australia recipient, for her work in media and as an ambassador for charitable and social welfare groups.
  • One of Australia’s most recognisable journalists and media personalities.
  • Worked as a national presenter for Network Ten’s new bulletins for almost two decades in the 1990s and 2000s before anchoring programs on Sky News and hosting ABC TV’s The Drum.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Business in Communications from the Queensland University of Technology.
  • Regular columnist with Fairfax newspapers, magazines and online.
  • Ambassador for many charitable organisations including World Vision, ActionAid and Cancer Council NSW, and Patron of the Garvan Institute’s Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.
  • The Lady Stripped Bare – TEDx, seen by more than 5 million people.
  • Memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare became a best-seller within weeks of publication.
  • Spearheads the #MeToo movement in Australia, as the lead media investigator and founder of NOW Australia.

Speaking Topics

  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Media and Broadcast
  • The Lady Stripped Bare: How to Uncover the Real You. In this keynote, Tracey talks about the importance of authenticity, speaking your truth, and being comfortable with who you are. These are lessons learned after working for 30 years at the top of the Australian media industry.
  • Deconstructing the Beauty Myth: Stripping Away the Artifice. Tracey speaks about the historical and cultural pressure on women which leads to them being judged for their appearance, rather than what’s in their hearts and heads. She reprises aspects of her TEDx Talk, which has been seen by more than five million people around the world, by taking off her makeup, spraying her blow-dried hair, and kicking off six-inch heels.
  • Strong Women: May We Know Them, Be Them and Raise Them. In this speech, Tracey talks about the strong women and girls in her life, and what we can all do in our own homes and workplaces to work towards equality.
  • The Good Girl Stripped Bare: From Bogan to Boned and Beyond. This is an extremely funny and fast-paced presentation in which Tracey recounts aspects of her best-selling memoir. She shares the lessons learned when it comes to gender, class and inequality, and how we can break down the structural barriers still holding us back.
  • #MeToo: Where To From Here? How to Triumph in a Time of Turmoil. This is a powerful keynote in which Tracey traces her role spearheading the #metoo and NOW movements in Australia. It finishes with clear suggestions on best practice policies, procedures and cultures within workplaces and society, to stop sexual harassment for the next generation.


“Wickedly witty and wonderfully wise.”
Wendy Harmer

“Glows with the wisdom of a woman who has learned essential truths.”
Caroline Overington

“Thanks again for such an extraordinary interview the other night – I’m still having people say how fantastic and nuanced and perfectly pitched you were.”
Jemma Birrell – Sydney Writer’s Festival

“You were brilliant! Thank you so much for Race Day last Saturday which for us was a great success. You played a large part in the success of the day with your 3 p’s namely professionalism, poise and positiveness.”
Jim O’Brien – Wheelchair Sports NSW

“Tracey Spicer is an entertaining and inspirational speaker. She is truly authentic and we were honoured to have her at our ExtraOrdinary Women event for International Women’s Day. She held the attention of everyone in the room. Our delegates were so impressed with her presentation that they are already signing up for next year! I can highly recommend Tracey as a speaker at any event. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her. She is an amazing woman who is really making a difference in the world.”
Dr Annemarie Christie – The Children’s Doctor

“We would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking out the time to be the MC of The Ronald Ball. There has been a lot of positive feedback about the tremendous job you did.”
Ally Webb – RMHC Ball Committee