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New Zealand entrepreneur and Author of 138 Dates

Choose your direction powerfully and go after it with two-feet.

New Zealand entrepreneur Rebekah Campbell is founder of three companies, and author of 138 Dates, a book about searching for love at the same time as launching a global technology business published by Allen and Unwin in July 2021. Rebekah is a former New York Times columnist who speaks and writes about topics at the nexus of personal and professional challenges that we can all relate to.

Rebekah grew up in Wellington where she first gained national attention as organiser of the ‘Levi’s Life Festival’ at age 20. She moved to Sydney the following year to work as an assistant at Neil Finn’s management company who she’d come to know organising the Wellington event. In 2003, Rebekah founded Scorpio Music which became one of the largest independent music companies in Australia, launching the careers of Evermore, George, Matt Corby, Lisa Mitchell, Van She and several other top selling artists.

Rebekah’s career pivoted from music into tech when she started in 2011, an online platform to reward people for sharing recommendations for cafes and shops. She raised more than $17 million to build the venture. In 2014, Rebekah joined forces with a cofounder to form ‘Hey You’ - a mobile payment app which is now used by more than a million Australians and is largely owned by Westpac Bank. She was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young Woman Innovator.

Rebekah is a high-profile public speaker who enjoys speaking at large conference events, corporate retreats, charity dinners and smaller boardroom sessions. She has spoken at TEDx Sydney, the World Class New Zealander national tour (2014), numerous events for Business Chicks and has given workshops at large conferences and inside corporates including Westpac, CBA, NAB, Tourism Australia and KPMG. In 2020 / 21 Rebekah hosted and curated the City of Sydney ‘Reboot’ online event series to help 18,000 business owners recover from the impact of Covid.

Rebekah’s talks centre around personal stories of risk, failure, authenticity, relationships, resilience and growth. She has light and humorous approach whilst sharing vulnerable moments that lead to strong insights and takeaways for the audience.

Rebekah lives in Porirua with her husband Rod and their two young children. Her personal passion her young family, exploring our natural environment and supporting others to achieve their career ambitions. She is currently the host CommBank Australia’s ‘Leading Women’ podcast and is working on her second book.

Talking Points

Cross functional leadership: You don’t know what you already know

Relationship lessons for work, work lessons for relationships. How to win at your career and at home by repurposing what you already know.
#Leadership #Relationships #Wellbeing

After losing her first love in a car accident, Rebekah Campbell spent a decade focused entirely on work. She built three businesses, raised more than $17 million in Silicon Valley venture capital and landed a column in the New York Times.

But at age 34, she hit a wall. She struggled to manage and motivate her expanding team of fifty staff. She consulted management books and mentors and still couldn’t understand why the people who worked at the business didn’t care as much about its success as she did. Feuds erupted between colleagues, and at a time when her board expected her tech start-up to explode in customer growth, productivity hit an all-time low.

When Rebekah arrived home at night, exhausted by days spent pleading team members not to quit, she found herself alone. She cooked alone, ate alone, watched TV alone and fell asleep clinging to a pillow.

Until one Christmas when she decided to change. She examined her successes and failures; she could win by aiming big, setting specific targets and sticking to them; she wasn’t good at personal relationships. But she was willing to learn. She set herself a goal: to find a life-partner. And specific targets: one date every week for an entire year.

In this unique uplifting keynote, Rebekah will share the insights she discovered through dating 138 different men in three cities and how she applied these insights to building a loyal, motivated team who cared about each other and the business’s success. She’ll share what she learnt raising capital and scaling her business and how she applied these skills to finding a partner, building strong personal relationships and a personal life filled with love and happiness.

There’ll be laughter, inspiration and possibly some tears. This is a talk you won’t forget.

Learning take-outs:
- Every relationship matters: How to build deep personal connections that flex whilst always remaining solid. Learn to foster a culture of creativity, collaboration and trust. Apply these relationship principles to both your work and personal life.
- Agility is a state of mind: Learn how agile principles can be used to plan and achieve in every aspect of life and why we must always be hungry to learn, adapt and grow.
- Make every moment count: Never be half-in again. This talk will transform how you think about productivity and its relationship to mental health and life satisfaction.

Growth marketing

What every business can learn from high growth start-ups - perfect for a marketing or small business audience!

Women in tech and finance

As an entrepreneur who has raised capital from 143 different investors, all men, Rebekah has some insightful and fun stories to share as well as ideas for how we can change the ratio.
Over the years we’ve been fortunate to have Rebekah share her entrepreneurial wisdom and knowledge with the Business Chicks audience. I’ve always found her to be level-headed and relatable and her depth of advice is sage and measured. She’s also just a delight to work with! Business Chicks

Rebekah gave a keynote talk at our 2019 Speakers Tribe Conference on the Gold Coast. Not only did she fit the exact brief we gave her, but she was the highlight speaker for the day at our international audience. Her message was one of inspiration, empowerment, with tangible takeaways for everyone who heard. We are looking forward to booking her again

Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe

Rebekah is a great storyteller. Her talks are always vulnerable, uplifting and packed with insights.

Tedx Sydney
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