Founder and CEO of Bounce Australia

Maria Smith is the Founder and CEO of Bounce Australia, a highly respected training company serving job seekers and employers by providing training for personal and professional development.
Having spent years developing advanced skills,



Maria is a communications expert with an extensive speaking portfolio. Highly respected in the Australian employment industry and professional circles, Maria has performed speaking engagements to a large range of businesses and companies. Most recently, as a Keynote speaker at the 2019 Geographic Solutions, Workforce Technology Conference in California and IEP Virtual Conference in 2020 in the UK.


Maria’s coaching provides strategies and techniques for leaders and employees to achieve their desired goals/results, creating the links to move from good to better, and ultimately, best practice. Maria also provides individual coaching sessions on public speaking, giving leaders the confidence to deliver their message with clarity and emotion to inspire the listener.


Maria has been delivering soft-skills, employability skills and job readiness training to the long-term unemployed, as well as professional development to teams and leaders in Australia and internationally for over a decade. She connects people with their purpose and passion – empowering them to listen to their heart and live their lives from there. Her workshops and presentations are profound and powerful, always leaving you wanting more.

Find Your Way

Moving speeches, intuitive coaching and expert facilitation, all molded to your needs.

“I really do believe, deep down, that when people find their purpose they connect with a deeper passion within themselves, and that is why we are the way finders.”

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With a strong background in positive psychology and business development, Maria is highly influential in increasing employment of disadvantaged job seekers including Indigenous job seekers, people with disabilities, long term unemployed, youth and mature age, as well as high level relationship building and professional development with businesses, companies and government departments.

Maria’s business savvy attitude has taken Bounce not only across Australia but also into the USA and New Zealand, with plans on further expansion. Maria has been involved in talks at the White House regarding strategies on improving employment rates across the US and has developed and integrated the Bounce Program into Worcester, Massachusetts and the Hawke’s Bay area, New Zealand.

Maria has been involved in the employment and business development industry since 2006 and has a strong focus on education and change implementation.


2016 Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Australia

2013 The BOMA Best Business for the Month

2007 The Powercor Central Goldfields Best New Business Award

2015 Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Australia

2013 Silver and Bronze award at the International Stevie Awards

2011 The Powercor Central Goldfields Best Small Business Award

2014 Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie Award for Woman of the Year, Australia

Board Positions

Nov 2017 – Nov 2019: Director, Committee for Maryborough

Nov 2012 – Nov 2019: Director of Bendigo Community Bank – Avoca, Maryborough, St Arnaud

2012 – 2015: Advisory Board Member for Jibo Inc. Boston.