Victor Perton on Victor Perton

A graduate of Oberlin College,Victor Perton never intended to be a writer. While having a real affinity for short stories, great narrative, and tall tales, she started out doing layout and graphic design. In 2006, she got the chance to pen an article about design and it was all words, sentences and ink from there.

My work centres on  "The Infectiously Optimistic Leader" and "infectious optimism" which brings together the research findings of The Australian Leadership Project , my research for the books "Optimism: The How and Why"  and “The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices”   and asking people "What makes you optimistic?"

I do this through inspiring keynote speeches, leading retreats, productive roundtables, meditation and one-to-one coaching.   

My underpinning beliefs are “The leader looks like the person in your mirror” & “All good leadership is optimistic.” 

I founded The Australian Leadership Project with the mission to "celebrate, understand and improve Australian leadership."

I wrote “The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices” to give voice to the yearning for a positive approach to leadership and life.  My follow up book "Optimism: The How and Why" answered requests for more of "The How" of optimism.

I am an author, speaker, compère, moderator & barrister. My services include supporting & advising the finest Australian & global leadership with optimistic leadership advice and strategy, advocacy, engagement support, integrity, crisis management and social media. For the right causes, my team undertakes CEO & board searches with optimism as a sought-after quality.

As a Director, I serve on the Boards of Yarra Valley Water, Lifeguard Health Networks, the Global Integrity Summit & the Australian Centre for Financial Studies.

My LinkedIn peers rate me highly for leadership & strategy, international relations, public policy, corporate governance and public relations. My professional qualifications & experience include law, economics, education, technology, innovation & environment.

My life experience includes stints as Commissioner to the Americas, 18 years a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman and board service. I was Senior Engagement Adviser in the Australian G20 presidency supporting Australian leadership of the G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors & in the Brisbane G20 Leaders Summit described by the Prime Minister as "the most important gathering Australia has ever hosted."