Jane Caro AM

Jane Caro AM

Author, Social Commentator, Walkley Winner, Speaker and Broadcaster

Jane Caro AM (Member of the Order of Australia) is a Walkley Award winning columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She spent 35 years as an award-winning copywriter and 7 years teaching Advertising Creative in the School of Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. These days she is a full-time writer, social commentator, speaker and broadcaster. In August 2023 she won the B&T Women in Media Lifetime Achievement Award.


She has published thirteen books, including a trilogy of YA novels about Elizabeth Tudor Just a Girl, Just a Queen and Just Flesh & Blood, a memoir Plain Speaking Jane, and Accidental Feminists the life story of women over 50. Her first novel for adults, The Mother, is a bestseller.


She appears frequently on The Drum & Today Extra. She created and presented 5 documentary series for ABC Compass, airing in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is in demand as a speaker, panel facilitator and MC. She writes a regular column in Nine Media and her opinion pieces and articles appear frequently in The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Big Smoke. She is currently developing a TV series about education and is writing her second novel for adults.


She is on the boards of The Public Education Foundation and Every Age Counts. She is an Ambassador for The Older Women’s Network.

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

The Last Acceptable Prejudice

Cannes in Cairns regular Jane Caro is set to take the stage again for another electrifying and unmissable keynote.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Young Guns Versus Old Guard: Who Adds More Value to Our Industry?

What is more important to the advertising industry? Seasoned experience or fresh thinking? Debate Club, supported by IAB Australia, will feature some of the industry’s future leaders and legends to debate this question. However, not all will be as it seems as young debaters champion the cause of the Old Guard, while seasoned industry experts advocate for the Young Guns.