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Liza Pavlakos


Liza Pavlakos is a successful entrepreneur and a powerful speaker who has inspired over 100,000 audiences across six continents. Founder of Positive Breakthroughs, she is a qualified psychotherapist and transformational executive coach empowering others to succeed in the face of adversity

Her life story is a narrative of grit and gravitas, a tale of one woman’s journey of overcoming the impossible adversities and triumphing against all odds, inspiring others to thrive.

Liza Pavlakos is best known as an inspirational force for leadership, team building, and performance. Her heartfelt keynotes have led Liza to be recognised as Top 10 Female Speakers in the World for 2020. She has also been recognized as a thought leader in empowerment on CNN and other media outlets around the world.


As a small child, Liza became homeless having run away to escape sexual abuse. As a young adult, she endured violence and disfigurement but despite this she found the strength to grow and bounce back stronger, found a passion for achieving her goals

At 23, she pulled off the epic task of planning and staging a new international beauty pageant – the Miss India International Pageant that generated around $100,000 in ticket sales in its very first year.

After that initial success, she took the plunge as a young, self-taught business entrepreneur and successfully transformed a struggling restaurant and bar, Minibar Piccolo, into one of the most popular small cafés in Melbourne.

Similarly, she transformed Finest Alterations, a floundering clothing alteration and tailoring enterprise into a profitable five-outlet franchise with A-list celebrity clientele and tailor for International events such as The Australian Open, Grand Prix and more.

In 2015, she launched her career as a motivational speaker, speaking at prestigious events such as the 10th Annual HR Congress (Asia), Miss Earth Coronation Night, The Win Summit (New York) among others.

In October 2017, on her way to present a keynote presentation in Africa, Liza Pavlakos and her team which included her cameraman and assistant were human trafficked in the Middle East. Luckily, they were saved by military intelligence and lives to tell the tale of narrowly escaping death once again. Liza is a human rights supporter who believes in the empowerment of the girl child and victims of human trafficking.

A committed philanthropist and human rights supporter she has established the non-profit Liza Pavlakos Foundation, A Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Non for Profits Commission (ACNC) for supporting the worthy cause to empower the disempowered through setting up on online school.

The Liza Pavlakos Leadership School hopes to educate the disadvantaged with accredited foundation courses for free.


Liza Pavlakos is and engaging and inspiring speaker and helping to guide corporate teams to tap their leadership potential and achieve business goals.

Liza believes that our life is defined by the space between what happens to us and our reaction to it. She empowers her audience to become fearless and reach their highest goals by cultivating a resilient mindset.

Her topics include –

  • Beyond Survival – With her unique life story and incredible storytelling, Liza takes her audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Her keynotes inspire audiences to
    adapt and thrive in uncertain times; and discover their latent potential by harnessing self-love. She talks about viewing obstacles as opportunities, and pushing through beyond survival by embracing life and harnessing change.
  • Becoming by Overcoming – In this keynote presentation, Liza imparts her knowledge on thriving in the most challenging environments by mastering adversity and embracing the idea of possibilities and hidden opportunities.Through her soulful storytelling, Liza shares how to thrive in the most agonising circumstances by pushing past mental and physical barriers and exploring your natural inner strength. Liza shows her audiences how conviction,mixed with determination, perseverance, and an incredible amount of hard work, leads to success.Liza will inspire your audience to leave a legacy of kindness, which has the power to change the world.
  • Whats Your Narrative – In this keynote presentation, Liza shares her ideas on how to stand in your power in the most challenging times of your life, sharing her journey of what our human spirit is truly capable of by “controlling the controllable“.Her talk aims to lend inspiration to anyone facing a challenge, while imparting useful insight on how to discover the psychological power of your story. Learn how to overcome even the most daunting impediments by taking action while adapting in uncertain situations.

** Liza is based in Australia but available for online webinars for events outside Australia


Diversity & Inclusion
Overcoming Adversity
Women in Business


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Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.