In Australia I’m known as a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, but I prefer to see myself as an unstoppable messenger of love and human potential. Join me on my mission to gain collective participation in conversations that offer new possibility and new vision; let’s turn up the love.
It’s pretty rad and magical to connect with you.
When I was 18 years old, I established a Not-for-Profit and grew it to sustainability, while completing two National speaking tours. I was a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year at 20 years old, and listed as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women at 21, shortly after taking out the Pride of Australia Medal. I’ve made the front cover of The Financial Review, the Yellow Pages and featured in a documentary aired on prime-time national television.
I’m a fierce ambassador for mental health, innovation and connection after recovering from my own terrifying lived experience with anorexia nervosa through my teenage years. I’m currently the Chief Executive Officer The Rogue & Rouge Foundation, and recently completed three terms as the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Mental Health.
In my career so far, I’ve facilitated workshops and presentations with over a quarter of a million Australians. I’m a skilled and experienced motivational speaker and facilitator, developing my own facilitation methods early on in my career, which continue to evolve. I draw upon 10 years of theatre training as the basis of my facilitation style.
I feel Australia has a lot to learn in the way of innovation and community-connectedness; much of our population lacks spiritual education and awareness and personally, I feel this a significant contributor to our high-rates of suicide and mental illness.
In 2016 I completed my first international speaking tour; speaking at institutions like Oxford University and The Anna Freud Centre. In my travels through Europe, the USA and Central/South America, I noticed how our universal need remains the same regardless of our physical circumstances. When people are provided a space to explore themselves safely, and find the opportunity to be held with love and acceptance; this equates to the biggest breakthroughs.
I truly feel there’s only one way to change the world; and that’s to transform ourselves. To connect to that deep part of you that realises your greatest potential, and understands your responsibility to give back to the world as the fullest expression of yourself.
I’d love for you to reach out and be a part of the change I’m leading. Where are you from? Let’s hook up and change the world together.
Peace amigos x
What I do
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CEO/Founder of The Rogue and Rouge Foundation
CEO of Startup Apprentice
Australian Commissioner for Mental Health
Queensland Mental Health Week Youth Award Winner 2017
Queensland Young Achiever Award Winner in Leadership 2016
Face of Sensis, Community Star 2015
Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist 2015
Financial Review’s 100 Top Most Influential Women 2015
ANZ’s Young Manager of the Year Nominee 2014
Pride of Australia Inspiration Medalist 2014
Young Australian of The Year Finalist 2014
Foundation for Young Australian’s Young Social Pioneer 2012
Youth Citizen of the Year 2012
It was such a privilege to have Nicole visit our community. She has absolutely left such an imprint on those who were lucky enough to soak up her wisdom. I cannot speak highly enough of this young woman, she has truly inspired myself, our workplace and our community.Stevie Kuhn, Support FacilitatorCentacare North Queensland
Nicole was absolutely unwilling to accept the status quo. Unwilling to accept ‘that’s just the way things are’. She was going to change it. She embodies unstoppable. I felt my cynicism dissipating and my own passions fire up in the presence of her love and compassion for humanity, and her grab-your-sword warrior-hood for people having a voice and loving their lives. I'll have what she’s having. Wow!IvaEmerging Voices Leader QLD
Being in the same room as Nicole Gibson was being in the presence of a Big Bang. Not only the room, but the world seemed bigger and continued to grow bigger around her. The rawness and realness of this misleadingly petite woman was a bombshell. Shocking because it’s so rare!Audience MemberInternational Conference for Mental Health Nurses
I’m not sure how to start this but I’ll just start with saying thank you. Today was the first day where I realised that I can consciously control my thinking, and isn’t that a crazy thought? Seeing you as a living, breathing example of someone who went out and accomplished dreams that were deemed ‘unrealistic’ is truly refreshing. Your talk was so riveting I did a little dance after – I am this able bodied human with so much potential! I have limbs! And a brain! And I am aware! And I can do things with these limbs and this brain and actually accomplish things and change self-sabotaging thinking. I was so inspired and moved, as if something actually dislodged itself inside me, and that is a sacred, sacred feeling – to think I can really be the best version of myself is a little scary but motivating.Lily SinclairQueensland Academy of Creative Industries
Nicole Gibson wants to make a change; she is determined to make a real difference. Through her personal experience she understands exactly the change she needs to make. Nicole is able to carefully dissect situations and provide me with a myriad of answers that propels me into new areas of thinking, not just about mental health but about the human condition. I always walk away with my thoughts reeling – not often an individual has this effect on me. Knowing what Nicole has been through, and the application of her unique way of thinking, makes it obvious why she has been so successful in getting to where she is today.Graz Van EgmondExecutive Director, The Banksia Foundation
Your talk moved people to tears. There was a shift in my thinking after your presentation. Your inspirational words woke up the entire room to how our current response to mental illness is not working. What I took home was the current system needs tweaking. Every mental health worker should have training from you to see the illness for what it is; no stigma, just love.Simone GillamSustainable Communities Conference, Port Lincoln South Australia
I was so inspired listening to Nicole’s story. To realise that someone the same age as me had achieved so much made me believe that I too could reach my goals, and kick started me to be where I am today. Nicole speaks with such a high degree of passion, she makes you a part of her story, and feeds you her message. I feel so honoured to have been a part of Nicole’s audience, and often share her incredible words with others I meet.Tamara Simone RYLA 2016