After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the deadly Christchurch Earthquake in 2011, I used these experiences as a catalyst for bringing a sense of purpose and joy to the lives of the senior citizens in my community on Waiheke Island. I established The Hip Op-eration Crew; a hip hop dance group consisting of 27 members aged 74 to 99 years old. As their leader, and with high expectations of my team, I gave my dance group the audacious goal of being good enough, in just eight months time, to perform at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas. With no background in dance, hip hop or working with the elderly; and with a team of dancers whose average age was 80 (with many members who were blind, deaf, disabled or had dementia), I had my work cut out for me. In my presentation I discuss my personal story, my belief in my team reaching a seemingly impossible goal, the obstacles we faced as a group, and the tight relationship we formed with the only group of people who supported us on our journey - a group of young street dancers kids from Otara. Against all odds and with strong leadership, togetherness and teamwork we made it to the World Hip Hop Championships and into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest dance crew on the planet. My unique presentation captivates audiences across all ages and industries, is moving, full of videos and photos (i.e. no boring text) and makes people laugh and cry (but all in a good way). It's a heart-warming story that shows, with the right attitude, anything is possible!
Motivational and Inspirational - Keynote, Conference, After Dinner, Workshops. A fun hip hop dance lesson can also be included. I tailor my presentations to ensure they meet client's individual needs, are 'on message', and have audience out-takes that are aligned to the client's goals and event purpose.
I am professional, adaptable, kind, considerate and very respectful towards clients and the agency whose brand I have the honour of representing.
M. +64 21 466 733
Teamwork, Ted Talk Speaker, Diversity, Inclusion, Well Being, Humanitarian, Team Building, Peak Performance, Leadership, Generational Differences, Risk Taking, Attitude, Personal Growth, Turn Around, Achievement, Mental Health, Adventure Experiences, Arts (Dance) and Ageing.
Speaking Key Messages/Audience Out-Takes
Thinking as One
Just Do It
Live Life to the Fullest
Bringing Ideas to Life
Making a Difference
Ageism (where appropriate)
Preparing for the Grey Tsunami (where appropriate)
Mental Health and Well Being
Some Client Comments
"Captivating! Engrossing! Our staff love hearing Billie's story so much we have had her speak at three different events now and she's also run a workshop at two different team building days. An amazing speaker who makes us laugh and cry every time!" Pepsi, Australasia
"Thank you so much once again for having Billie speak at our conference last night. Everyone absolutely loved her presentation and her dance crew's performance – today the office is abuzz with how amazing they all were." Lotto
"Billie was the highlight of our three-day conference. Her keynote address was amazing and the workshop she ran for staff the following day has received rave reviews from everyone lucky enough to attend. An incredible speaker for any event!" Activ8, Scotland
"Billie is an inspiration! She received a well-deserved standing ovation! I am sure she will be invited back by many of our colleagues!" Alberta Continuing Care Association, Canada