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Naomi Simson


“85 Broads Melbourne recently invited Naomi as our guest speaker at the University of Melbourne. Naomi delivered an engaging talk, whilst sharing helpful tips concerning our future careers. Hearing about Naomi’s experiences really gave students an insight into the endless, possible challenges and opportunities that await us in the future We would like to thank Naomi for taking the time to speak with us. It was thoroughly inspiring and left a lasting impression in everyone’s minds.”

The 85 Broads team (


"Naomi has spent considerable time and effort helping entrepreneurs in Sydney and worldwide through her contribution as President of the Entrepreneurs Organisation in Sydney. The natural marketing talents, inimitable enthusiasm, and business acumen that have made her so successful with RedBalloon, she freely shares with myself and other young entrepreneurs."

Scott Farquar, CEO - Atlassian


"I place Naomi among the top 5% of all growth company entrepreneurs I've had the pleasure of educating."

Verne Harnish - CEO Gazelles Inc. Founder Young Entrepreneurs' Organisation (now called EO). Founder MIT/Inc./YED 'Birthing of Giants' Executive Program, Author of 'Mastering the Rockefeller Habits'


"Naomi Simson is an inspiration both as an entrepreneur and a woman in business. She is one of the very few women in Australian to build such a large company. She has done this while remaining true to her value system. Visiting her office and seeing her staff - and her dog with a red balloon on its collar - is always refreshing. Although Naomi is running a $20 million business and a successful family, she always has time to share the secrets of success with others from her blogs on SmartCompany, to mentoring and speaking. In fact I have heard Naomi speak on many occasions and she is charming, articulate and riveting."

Amanda Gome - Founder and Publisher of SmartCompany


As a well known and respected, high profile business person, Naomi helped us secure a great audience. She created considerable interest with RedBalloon and other examples, but also showed a deep knowledge of business, people and organisational issues that people at management level could relate and learn from. I have no hesitation in recommending Naomi as a speaker, in a sea of potential presenters, she is the best there is.

Ken Boundy - Chairman Acelero, Chairman Regnan, Director Hudson Resources, Director Dexion and many more.


Naomi, thanks again for the fantastic presentation you gave at our ‘Talent xchange conference’ last week. We have had a stack of unsolicited feedback from delegates who attended the event, things like: ‘Naomi was amazing, I am going to implement changes immediately’, ‘That was great, we will definitely be rethinking our engagement strategy’. Thank you for making our conference a big hit!

Bruce Morton - Business Development Director, Talent2


"Naomi will set your company on fire."

John Yeo, Senior Consultant - PlayPower


"Naomi's goal of changing gifting in Australia and NZ is intriguing and makes you want to go along for the ride."

Carolyn Hazell - Deloitte