Around 1,500 people delighted in the extraordinary experience of David Whyte on his third Australian tour in November 2018. We were so thrilled to bring our friend and internationally acclaimed poet, philosopher, author and pioneer of Conversational Leadership back to Australia.

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Who Is David Whyte?

David Whyte is an internationally acclaimed poet, author and philosopher. 

He David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology, honorary degrees from Neumann College and Royal Roads University, and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organisational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organisational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. 

In organisational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organisational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on his pioneering work - Conversational Leadership.


The Boeing Company | CEO Roundtable | Covey Leadership Center | Deloitte & Touche | Gap, Inc. Gibbs Business School | Harvard Medical School | Honeywell, Inc. | International Coach Federation Intel | KPMG | London Business School | Lucent Technologies | Massachusetts Banking Assoc. Mattel| Microsoft  | NASA | Novartis | Pace University  | Proctor & Gamble | Pueblo Bank | The Royal Air Force | Saïd Business School | University of Oxford | Seattle University | Sisters of Charity | Spence Diamonds | Stanford University | Strozzi Institute | Sun Microsystems | TEC International Unilever |University of British Columbia| University of San Francisco | Virgin Unite |Visa International | Wharton School of Business

Thank you to our 2018 Tour Partners and Supporters