Peggy Oki and Laura Wells – Change agents.Are you ready to be an agent for change? Join two pioneering women in arts and the environment to hear...

Game Changer: Peggy Oki and Laura Wells



Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

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Peggy Oki and Laura Wells – Change agents.

Are you ready to be an agent for change? Join two pioneering women in arts and the environment to hear how they campaign to protect oceans. Learn tips about turning your passion into action and explore what part you can play to have an impact. This talk is part practical and part inspiration. Peggy has always been a pioneer – as the only female member of the iconic Z-Boys skateboard crew and now as a veteran artist activist. Laura Wells is the next generation of female leaders – using her international profile as a model, digital influencer and marine biologist to educate others in the war on plastic. If you want to know what tools and tips you can apply personally and professionally, how you can build a community (on-line and in real life) and be an agent for change – join us.

Peggy will take the audience on a journey from her early years to now and how she has forged her way in the male dominated spaces of surfing and skating to become a respected environmentalist. She will share her passion for whales, current projects that she is working on and how she is playing her part.

Laura will share practical tips on how you as an individual can make a change and inspire others around you to help fight the war on plastic. She has lots of very easy and simple solutions to share. She will also share insights into how she built her own brand and become an influencer - and how she uses these platforms and tools to educate others.

For enviromental warriors - young and old - come and be inspired and meet others in your tribe. There will be a chance to mingle and network post the talk.


Meet Peggy Oki, skateboarder, surfer, artist, environmental activist whose art inspires others to care about our oceans. In the '70s, she broke into the boys-club as the only female member of the Zephyr Skateboard Team, made famous in the films Dogtown and Z Boys. Now at 60, she still skates, rock climbs and surfs. Her love of the waves directly informs her art. The large scale public art installation Origami Whales Project has enamoured hundreds of thousands of participants to the plight of whales and dolphins. 


Laura Wells is an Environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top plus size models. Holding degrees in both Biology and Law, Laura’s passion for the environment, love for the ocean and interest in climate change has led her to become a positive role model, advocate and ambassador for change. Working on environmental campaigns with The Boomerang Alliance, Greenpeace, 1 Million Women, WWF Australia and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), being an active and vocal participant of the Cash for Containers campaign in NSW, a climate reality leader in Al Gore’s, Climate Reality Project and the main subject of a Canadian produced documentary ‘A Perfect 14’ has allowed Laura to extend the voice of environmental campaigns and help to educate those people not normally influenced by such a sphere.

Laura has just returned from the largest all female expedition to Antarctica where she participated in a women in STEM leadership program. Homeward Bound Project aims to facilitate an international network of 1000 women in STEM to foster their leadership, strategic policy and decision making, visibility and communication skills and highlight the role of women as leaders moving toward a more sustainable future. Learning these skills in the isolation and beauty of Antarctica and seeing climate change effects in real time has given Laura the encouragment and education to continue to strive for change.  


Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.