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Lisa Pagotto

Location: Sydney, NSW

Email: lisa@crooked-compass.com

Phone: 0467852939

Available as: Speaker


Lisa Pagotto has a fascinating journey creating one of Australia’s leading niche travel brands, Crooked Compass. Lisa sold her home to fund her business and what unravelled on her journey will have you spell bound, on the edge of your seat and on the brink of tears. With over 19 years of travel experience, she’s excelled in all facets of the industry. Lisa’s efforts in the experiential travel space have directly influenced the development of the experiential travel movement. Her commitment, curiosity and daring sets new standards for the industry. With incredible stories overcoming adversity and challenges you never dreamed possible, Lisa has battled it all. With a passion for fading cultures, education through travel and a new skillset of becoming a pilot at a time when tourism was at a standstill, she’s poised, whip-smart and straight shooting and will leave you feeling inspired and fired up to chase what you really want.


Regular speaker in the travel conference circuit e.g. MTA Travel, Travel Associates, PATA New Frontiers, also do regular radio interviews and some TV experience.

Speaker topics include;

  • Entrepreneurialism in tourism
  • Fem Founder
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Niche business
  • COVID Pivot
  • Becoming a pilot during COVID
  • Breaking down stigmas through travel
  • Travelling to some of the worlds most remote and dangerous reaches
  • Fading and diminishing culture and preservation
  • Experiential travel movement
  • Selling everything you have to back yourself and start a business