Barack Obama Is Coming to Australia in 2023 for a Speaking Tour About Leadership

The former US President is heading to Sydney and Melbourne in March — and his Sydney talk will be livestreamed, too.
Sarah Ward
Published on November 24, 2022

Whether you're a political junkie or simply appreciate the 44th American President's annual end-of-year culture lists, block out your diary for March: you've got a date with Barack Obama. The former US leader is heading Down Under in autumn 2023 for a two-date, two-city speaking tour about leadership — marking his first Australian visit since 2018.

President Obama is making the trip for an event dubbed An Evening with President Barack Obama, as presented by business leadership and events provider Growth Faculty. He'll be the organisation's first headline speaker as part of its return to in-person events, in fact — and restarting with the ex-US leader is quite the statement.

Obama will take to the stage on Tuesday, March 28 at Aware Theatre in  Sydney and on Wednesday, March 29 at Melbourne's John Cain Arena. For folks who can't make it, won't be in either city or miss out on tickets, the Sydney session will also be livestreamed.

As for exactly what Obama will be focusing on — leadership is a broad topic — Growth Faculty quoted the man himself, from back in November 2019, as a guide.

"Being a leader is not a matter of having your name up in lights, making speeches or corralling power at the top. It's identifying the power in other people and unleashing it," Obama said.

The former US President will also cover unpredictable futures and how to navigate them, something that comes with his past job.

In-person tickets start at $195, or there's a VIP option in Sydney with a pre-speech cocktail party — although Obama won't be there sipping drinks before taking the stage.


Tuesday, March 28 — Aware Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday, March 29 — John Cain Arena, Melbourne

An Evening with President Barack Obama heads to Sydney and Melbourne in March 2023, with tickets on sale from 9am on Thursday, November 24. Head to the Growth Faculty website for further details.

Top image: Carol M Highsmith via Wikimedia Commons.

Published on November 24, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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