“If you had told me 20 years ago that my greatest life lessons would be learned in lycra, I would have laughed.

From the boardroom of Australia’s biggest banks as a leading Financial Advisor to qualifying three times for the Ironman World Championships despite health issues, Amanda Thompson has never been afraid of a challenge. 

As an Award-winning Financial Advisor and Founder of Endurance Financial, Amanda has, for the past 17 years, specialised in offering strategic financial guidance for individuals and businesses with complex matters requiring more than textbook advice. 

As a dynamic keynote speaker Amanda is able to captivate audiences with her intelligent wit and real life stories. She is particularly driven to help men and women overcome the gender biases that stand in the way of personal achievement; lessons learned after thriving in typically male dominated environments. 

Whether delivering financial advice or inspirational anecdotes, Amanda’s philosophy is to provide unique, accountable and comprehensive information that leads to successful outcomes. Her areas of expertise in business include investment strategy, wealth creation, self-managed superannuation, personal insurance and retirement strategies. Her areas of focus in life include resilience, determination and dedication to something bigger than self. 

There are three types of people in the world- realists, idealists and romantics.

“I am a romantic.  Not the fairytale type who believes a knight in shining armour is going to come and whisk me to a perfect world.  I am someone who believes that love will conquer all and good things will happen to good people. Over the years, my resolve has definitely been tested but as I always say, if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you. With change comes growth.  This is how I have seen the last 20 years of my life (at least) – a journey of growth. 

Throughout my life I have experienced my fair share of challenges and lots of changes. From a brutal sexual assault at the age of 24, enjoying the rise to the top as one of the youngest leading Financial Planners within a major bank, becoming a single mum and business owner, to qualifying three times for the Ironman World Championships despite health issues, it has been a wild ride to say the least.  

It’s always been my mantra that if you get knocked to the ground, you have to get back up again. Through my personal stories and experiences, I hope to inspire others to find the power of resilience, determination, and dedication to something bigger than self. Most of all, I hope to help others realise that love really does conquer all. Adversity is a given, but it is courage that is our choice.”