Holly Ransom – CEO of Emergent

DEPRESSION + EXERCISE – During this interview Holly opens up about her biggest challenge of being diagnosed with depression and the affect that this had on every aspect of her life. She openly shares on the difficulty of hearing that news and the steps that she took to overcoming and beginning the road to recovering. Holly shares on her motivation for competing the Iron Man and how she felt the moment she crossed the finish line for the first time.


Depression can cause people to think a lot about death, dying, and sometimes cause them to want to die. If you are feeling like this it is important that you let someone know. This might be someone who is a friend or a family member but you could also ring the following numbers:

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline  0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline  0800 611 116

Depression Helpline  0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234

Holly Ransom
About Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom is the by-product of mixing systems thinking and pragmatism together, and leaving it to bake in the Australian sun. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex problems for corporations, governments and non-profit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

Before she started Emergent, Holly’s corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, leading key organisational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects. She also worked in a variety of leadership positions with more than twenty global non-profit organisations and (begrudgingly) completed a Law degree and BA (Economics). In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. Holly also co-authored the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.

Emergent has worked with the likes of Microsoft, the Australian Institute of Sport, CPA, INPEX, Conoco Phillips, DFAT- and many more.

LOCATION, Melbourne, Australia