About Glenn

Glenn Manton is a former professional athlete turned author, media personality, youth advocate and professional speaker. He played over 200 games of AFL football for powerhouse teams Essendon and Carlton and was a member of the 1995 Carlton Premiership side. In 1999 he co-founded Whitelion, a not-for- profit organisation assisting youth in crisis within the juvenile justice system and beyond. Glenn’s media credits include stints on The Footy Show, Vega 91.5, 3RRR and various Foxtel programs, his own shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Fringe Festival, as well as regular columns for The Age and MX newspapers. He has just written he latest book 'Put your damn phone down'.

The room came alive during the workshop as Glenn led us out of our comfort zones to enjoy what he calls ‘positive conversations and life giving relationships’
— David Sharrock, Managing Principal, Sharrock Pitman Legal Pty Ltd

What does Glenn do...and how?


Glenn Manton has focused his vast knowledge of youth, in particular, to establish himself as one of Australia’s most regarded adolescent speakers and motivators. Glenn's youth based work extends to aboriginal communities and is complemented by his degrees in Education (RMIT)/mentoring (ACAP), teaching background and mentoring aptitude.

The corporate world has also identified Glenn as an authentic professional whom can be called upon to provide group development through presentation or facilitation. And product or event support as master of ceremonies/host.

Born of diverse successes (and failings) Glenn's celebrity is appropriately unique. When coupled with genuine human-interest Glenn’s ability to connect with an audience is profound.

Of course it doesn’t hurt to be able to share stories based on time spent playing AFL football, racing a bobsleigh, mentoring young drug users and performing as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival amongst others.



Three words that succinctly summarize Glenn Manton's approach to both life and business. 

Knowledge of self, relationship development and communication/s form the foundation of Glenn Manton’s presentations/workshops. Blending education and entertainment Glenn Manton connects in school based and corporate environments alike. 

Built upon an innate knowledge of his audience, improvisational skills and the ability to convince his listeners to not only come along for the ride but also share in the direction,

Glenn Manton's engagements always make a difference. No two presentations are alike. And yet all provoke thought well beyond their conclusion.



2017 marks the 18th year of operation for Whitelion the not-for-profit organization Glenn Manton co-founded to support youth in need. With offices Australia wide Whitelion’s affect on community development is vast. Since 1999 Whitelion has positively affected thousands of young people in particular those who have been able to utilize mentoring, employment and role modelling services.

Once again Glenn’s diverse interests have allowed him to engage in various aspects of community from his board membership of the Melbourne Fringe Festival to his consistent involvement with aborignial Australia via Red dust role models.

Publicly and privately Glenn Manton continues to identify and address issues within the community with creative thinking and a compassionate approach.