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Rosie Thomas OAM has been hungry for creating positive change ever since she can remember. She launched PROJECT ROCKIT with her sister when she was fresh out of high school, and 15 years on it has grown into Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice, impacting half a million young Australians. In her role as CEO, Rosie serves on the Global Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and is passionate about engineering a kinder digital world. Rosie is a highly experienced and passionate (brace yourselves) speaker and is committed to helping her audience realise their own unique purpose and ability to change the world for good.
I was born in Melbourne, Australia.
Even though I started PROJECT ROCKIT when I finished high school, for years I had many random jobs on the side. They include, softball/hockey coach, NZ tour guide (who had never been to NZ at the time!), very average bartender… It was the best, most exciting day when I was able to work on PROJECT ROCKIT full time 🙂
Passion and purpose, bullying, leadership, social media for good, social justice, social innovation, social enterprise, women in business, empowering young people to stand up.
I had no idea when I finished high school that I could ditch the mould and invent a career that sees me leap out of bed each day with purpose, work with inspiring young changemakers and travel the globe to build a world where kindness and respect thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice and all young people are free to realise their potential.
Maybe! I’ve presented to thousands of students and grown ups on a range on Australian and international stages and sometimes appear in the media to speak out about young people, social media, wellbeing and bullying.
“The staff of St Francis Xavier PS thoroughly enjoyed Rosie’s fresh approach to managing young people’s understanding of internet safety and online respect. Rosie was enthusiastic and motivating which rubbed off on each of us. We immediately began planning how we could use Project Rockit in our school community.”
“Rosie’s presentation was fantastic. She was engaging and provided the students with a realistic approach as to how to achieve success. She related to the students on a personal level and allowed them to feel comfortable by discussing her experiences in an open manner. By allowing students time at the end of the presentation to reflect and ask questions, students were able to engage and communicate with Rosie and walked away feeling motivated and empowered.”
“Rosie is an outstanding presenter and facilitator. Her energy is positively contagious and she brings warmth and empathy to any room, virtually or physically! We had the pleasure of welcoming Rosie as one of our inaugural Impactologists in 2020 and her presentation was insightful, inspiring, informative and very well received. and captured hearts and minds globally. The work that Rosie, Lucy and The Project Rockit team do is vital in supporting the mental health and resilience of kids and adolescents.”