Lisa Wilkinson delivers powerful Andrew Olle lecture

Tayla Gentle / October 29, 2013 12:15 PM

On Friday night, Lisa Wilkinson stepped onto the stage and delivered one of the most stirring Andrew Olle lectures in recent memory.

The Chaser’s Julian Morrow declared it “the best Olle ever” before she’d even finished speaking and others in the room were moved to tears.

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As only the second woman in 16 years invited to deliver the address, she chose an appropriate and timely focus – the treatment of women in the media.

She was fierce and wise, she recounted personal experiences and offered advice to women entering the industry, she warned of the dangers of cyber bullying and praised the work of her peers and her idols.

Her speech was met with glowing reviews.

It may come as a surprise then, that in the lead-up to the event Wilkinson, who is one of our country’s most accomplished journalists and broadcasters,  confessed to anxiety, self-doubt and considerable nerves.

Perhaps it was just the pressure of meeting the expectations of a roomful of media industry heavyweights, or perhaps she felt a more innate responsibility to draw attention to the issues facing women in the workforce.

Either way, she drew upon those nerves, overcame them and delivered a powerful message.

To read and listen to the full transcipt head HERE.

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