Keynote Speaker and Facilitator



Transforming some of the largest & most dynamic organisations globally.

“Hear how Matina took command leading teams under extreme conditions around the globe and under fire during the Lebanon War.”

Take-home value from this speaker is priceless and will have lasting impact on your audience


Design your purpose-driven culture to thrive through change.

“Brave, dignified and sharing her experience and insight in her down-to-earth style, take-home value is priceless!”



Team culture to turn change and adversity into opportunity.

“Matina Jewell is an Australian to be proud of.  Audiences are taken to a world we know little of and astounded with her courage and integrity.”

During her 15 year military career, Major Matina Jewell (Retired) tracked down warlords, completed the physically demanding navy dive course, worked with our SAS and US Navy SEALs, fast-roped from helicopters and led amphibious operations as Head of the Ship’s Army Department for two years aboard HMAS Kanimbla, then Australia’s largest warship – at just 23 years old!

Just some of the reasons Matina gets a standing ovation, time-after-time…

More than just another INCREDIBLE life-story, Matina draws out the learning from her experiences and packages it in a way that is relevant and appealing.

With enthralling first-hand footage from operations around-the-world, you will experience a roller-coaster of emotions to be deeply moved, personally and professionally.

Go on a ‘journey of self-reflection’ for long-lasting impact.

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Major Matina Jewell (Retired)

Major Matina Jewell (retired) is one of the most highly decorated females in Australian military history.

Matina’s military career culminated with a coveted posting to serve as part the United Nations in the Middle East.

Unarmed and the only Australian and female on her Patrol Base, Matina served on the front-line of a devastating war between Israel and the Hezbollah.

A ‘trail-blazer’…

  • Deployed on five missions over a 15-year military career
  • Headed the Army Dept on HMAS Kanimbla at just 23yo
  • Completed the demanding ‘navy diver’ course
  • Fast roped & served with elite American Navy Seals & SAS
  • Boarded ships smuggling contraband in the Arabian Gulf
  • Tracked-down a notorious militia leader in the Solomon Islands
  • Speaks three languages & holds a Masters in Project Management
  • Earned eight military medals; only Australian to be awarded two Republic of Lebanon War Medals

A ‘change champion’…

  • Former Prime Ministerial Advisor
  • ANZAC Centenary Commissioner
  • Former National Mental Health Forum member
  • A founding Ambassador for ‘Thankful Project’ and Australian Peacekeepers Memorial Project
  • ABC Australian Story feature & best-selling author
  • And… busy working mum with two toddlers (who, Matina says with a smile, ‘…make commanding 500 soldiers look easy!’)

Matina’s story is inspirational – of authentic leadership, resilience and courage in the face of crippling adversity to thrive through change across a trail-blazing military career… and beyond!

Matina Jewell - A Remarkable Story

Keynote Presentation

Game-changing perspective from military and peacekeeping operations around-the-world… for your corporate battlefield.

Speaker Topics


“Authentic leadership often takes great courage”.


“Create a purpose-driven culture to thrive through change.”


“Resilient people, teams and organisations have the courage to turn challenges into opportunities.”


“Ensure clear ‘mission alignment’ to deliver on the ‘vision'”.

Adapting for Success

“Actions-on ‘war game-planning’ to equip for success.”

Empowering Teams

“10 mission-critical factors for high performing teams.”

Mental Health

Really knowing your team; your support may just be the impetus to turn a life around.”

Performing Under Pressure

“Managing stress to operate effectively outside your comfort zone.” (Learning opportunities!).

Decision & Risk Management

Research-backed decision making frameworks tested in some of the most hostile environments on earth.

Crisis Management

“Planning, practicing and executing with military precision.”

High Performance Culture

“Creating a high performance culture that supports decision making.”

Culture & Gender

“Draw on diversity to strengthen teams.”

Workshops & Facilitation

Game changing perspective, for your corporate battlefield.

Team Effectiveness

  • The importance of defining your team’s united PURPOSE
  • The key difference between WORK-GROUPS and your TEAM
  • Six critical factors that impact TEAM ENVIRONMENT
  • 10 vital elements for TEAM EFFECTIVENESS
  • War-game your ‘ACTIONS ON’ plan

…for immediate & long-lasting impact!

Other Workshops:

  • Culture for High Performance
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Change and Resilience
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Coaching & Mentoring

One-on-one sessions* for life-changing clarity.

‘Purpose’ & ‘Meaning’

“It takes leaders who are courageous, who have the vision to take an organization in a direction where they may not be 100% sure about how things will look on the other side…”

– Matina Jewell, 2016


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The Book

“…truly gripping read.  You’re an inspiration”

“…couldn’t put it down.”

“Thank-you for revealing so much of yourself.

‘Caught in the Crossfire’ is a frighteningly dramatic first-hand account of what really happens in modern warfare and the high price our soldiers pay for their country.

“Readers will travel with you through the emotional roller coaster ride – it will bring tears… but it is the triumphs that will capture hearts and minds.”
– Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (retired), RSL National President


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Prologue – Sitting Ducks

Knowing what’s coming, I put on my sky-blue UN armoured vest and helmet. My team-mates laugh and joke about how cute I look in my little blue armoured suit. But after the first 1000-pound aerial bomb hits a nearby town seconds later, smashing buildings apart, the mockers scramble for their own flak jackets and helmets.

It’s my turn to joke now, as they frantically put on their body armour behind the parapet of the observation platform, which, though made of reinforced concrete, would be no match for a direct hit. Our excitement and fear grow. Adrenaline is pumping through our bodies, making our voices high-pitched and speech rapid.

The Israeli artillery batteries open up from the Golan Heights. Crump-crump-crump! They are after the Hezbollah headquarters and other bases in and around the town of El Khiam. We are in their line of fire. Freight-train sounds crack overhead and then – Kaboom-kaboom-kaboom! – the town is ripped up. I cringe at the thought of hot metal flying into buildings, cars and people.

The artillery barrage continues for twenty minutes and then it stops. Silence. Time freezes. The artillery lifts to allow an Israeli fighter jet to fly in on its bombing run.

Lethal load inbound.

Then in slow motion – at eye level from me, just a cricket pitch distance away – comes a massive 1000-pound laser-guided aerial bomb. With its fins out, it glides smoothly and relentlessly to its target only 75 metres behind our observation post.

We dive for cover. Instinctively tucking our bodies up into self-preservation positions on the deck behind the ramparts, my team-mates and I await our fate. There is an ear-splitting explosion as the bomb hits the Hezbollah bunker, right on target. A compression blast rocks our observation deck like an earthquake and an enormous fireball ignites above our heads. Large pieces of steel shrapnel, chunks of concrete and metal reinforcement crash into our compound and bounce back into the sky as I bury my head between my knees. I pray that a big piece of debris doesn’t fall on me.

The chunks of metal and concrete and clods of dirt continue to fall around us. Clunk! Thud! They rain down – big bits and small bits. The air is stained with dust and smoke. I wait for a cry of agony, as something heavy smashes an exposed arm or leg – or worse. I hope that it will not be my own cry for help.

Suddenly the noise stops and my ears are ringing. Wolf ’s voice breaks through: ‘Bunker! Bunker! Go! Go! Go!’ The five of us run towards the spiral stairs that lead down to our underground bunker.

And so, on 12 July 2006, began another ordeal in a military career that had already had its trials and adventures. When I graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1997, I could never have imagined the operations I would become involved in, both in the Solomon Islands and the North Arabian Gulf. Or that, nine years later, I would be running for my life in southern Lebanon as a member of a team of bright-blue peacekeepers – unarmed sitting ducks in the middle of a war.

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For authentic leadership lessons from the front-line, being resilient in the face of change and having a culture of success through teamwork, please contact Matina via the friendly team at ODE Management.  They would love to hear from you!  

Phone:  02 9818 5199  Email:  [email protected]

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