Zara D’Cotta – preventative health advocate, keynote speaker & founder of Oh My Goodness.
Zara’s breast cancer diagnosis in the days before her 30th birthday ignited a fire that could not be tamed. Discovering her passion for health and wellbeing, she left her decade long corporate communications career to bring Oh My Goodness (OMG) to life. Within months she was a finalist in the Bupa Health Influencer of the Year awards.
The years that followed brought more challenges for Zara, with a melanoma diagnosis on her 2 year breast cancer anniversary, and the loss of her close friend to cancer.
With each challenge has come a search for knowledge that has empowered her as she set out on her path to a healthy life. Drawing on the latest medical research, leading health experts, and her own experiences, Zara is on a mission to empower others with practical tips to take care of their health before it’s too late.
Zara has appeared on Ten News, The Project and Today Show, been featured in the Herald Sun, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, I Quit Sugar, Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe, Show & Tell Online and Sport Luxe.
Zara is a speaker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and contributed to the first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia. She has contributed to Medibank Be. Magazine and Fairfax Health online publications. Zara studied holistic health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.
Based in Sydney, Zara is available for speaking opportunities in Australia and overseas. Through her own experiences, Zara has learned that the decisions we make every day about the food we eat, the products we use, our state of mind and our surrounding environment can make us genetically stronger, or genetically weaker. In her talks, Zara shares practical tips her audiences can implement in their daily lives to minimise their risk of chronic disease.
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Zara was the keynote speaker at the St Catherine’s School annual Ruth Langley luncheon. Past speakers at the luncheon have included Dame Quentin Bryce, Magda Szubanski andTracey Curro.
“Zara’s honesty and vulnerability had a powerful impact on everyone in the room. Her presentation was professional while being warm and personal. It was overwhelmingly well received. Her tips were well founded in current medical literature and current health topics.”
“Zara’s personal connection to the subject matter meant that our audience had more buy-in to her tips, which I know will have a more lasting impact. People were engaged in animated discussion immediately after Zara spoke and the mothers were seeking her out to hear more – this demonstrated how strong the connection was between Zara and our audience. I have taken away all three key pieces of Zara’s advice. It was easy for people to hear and understand Zara’s message without it being overwhelming.
“Zara is incredibly easy to work with. Her warmth, kindness, integrity and compassion came through in all our interactions. I felt an instant connection and trust that our event was going to be really successful and easy. Zara did a fabulous job and the whole experience was just a pleasure to be involved in.” – Nicole Begley, Parents & Friends Association, St Catherine’s School, Melbourne.
Zara delivered the keynote speech at the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Ribbon breakfast for 850 guests at Flemington racecourse.
“Zara’s speech was very moving and I know many of the guests in the room were touched by her words. Her speech resonated with the audience because she was so open and honest about her experience. Many people in the room had been impacted by breast cancer and were able to draw comfort from Zara’s strength.”
“Zara’s speech was unique and really highlighted how a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment varies for each individual. The way Zara explained the highs and lows of her experience really moved the audience.
“Zara did a brilliant job of incorporating NBCF’s key messages in her speech, ensuring it had a natural flow and was in her own words, which allowed it to have impact. Thank you Zara on behalf of NBCF for helping to share our vision for creating awareness for breast cancer research.” – Moana Wood, General Manager, Fundraising & Development, National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“Zara stirred hearts and minds, captivating the audience at our Heart&Hustle dinner, with her message of life being too precious. She spoke to all the women’s hearts in one way or another. Zara’s presentation helped us achieve our goals of inspiring women to pursue their passions and talents and feel supported. She built rapport very quickly with our audience, connecting with them before, during and after her presentation. Having Zara as the keynote speaker took our standard of events and speakers to the next level. Zara is professional and a pure delight to work with. Thank you Zara for being vulnerable and real.” – Lisa Jenkins, co-founder, Lumi.
“I do believe I was struggling to hold back tears here… actually they were flowing pretty freely. So emotional but sooo good!” – Happy Little Coconut Aus“Zara, you are a true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your storing and filling me with the desire to follow my dreams! Life is too precious to wait to start doing the things you love.” – Anna Hawkins
“Last night I heard the authentically wise & raw (Zara) of Oh My Goodness… We were taken on her personal journey and were told a series of statements that patients told nurses in the last 3 to 12 weeks of their lives. Here’s the one that stuck with me: “I wish I’d let myself be happier.”– Samantha Gash, endurance runner, adventurer, World Vision Ambassador
“Such an amazing evening hearing this beautiful soul, Zara from Oh My Goodness speak about her journey. Her words really struck a chord with me (like I knew they would). Still buzzing from the energy in the room.” Niina Birrell – co-Founder, Lumi.
“Thanks Zara for such an eye opening reminder of all that is good and fright for me right here and right now.” – Mel Fabrici, photographer.
“Hearing Zara’s story I was instantly inspired and delighted to have her join our International Women’s Day panel of speakers for Accenture Digital employees and clients in Sydney. Zara speaks candidly and honestly while sharing her experiences and learnings with her audience and connects with them easily. She is passionate, inspiring and thought provoking.” – Rebecca Smith – Senior Manager, Accenture Digital, Sydney.
“Zara is such an inspiring and humbling speaker. As a powerhouse in the health and wellness space, I was thrilled Zara agreed to be a keynote speaker at our ‘health & wellness life hacks’ event for Accenture Digital & Reactive. Zara has this way of immediately connecting with her audience and drawing them in with her candor and authenticity. Zara talks about things with such passion and realism that it’s easily relatable to the audience and you walk away feeling inspired, and empowered to change something in your current situation.”
Steph Webster – Group Account Director, Reactive & Director of She Says, Melbourne.