Vanessa’s inspiring story is one of vision, determination, integrity, hard work and overcoming severe adversity, personal responsibility, discipline, growth, emotional intelligence, balance, compassion and giving. Her successes as an award winning social entrepreneur, brand and built environment strategist and ultra-endurance athlete have privileged her with the credentials and flexibility to now support others. She offers strategic, workplace, management, life and health/wellness mentoring to anyone in governance, business, leadership or influence. Her mentees are those looking to improve their organisational and/or personal performance and well-being in an agile, forward thinking, ethical and sustainable fashion. She brings to them an open mind, listening ear, extensive academic, professional and lived experience (including of trauma) and a willingness to both encourage and challenge. Vanessa is known as a straight talker and is often engaged as a board advisor, conference speaker and tertiary education guest lecturer.
For over 16 years Vanessa has been the Managing Director of Forward Thinking Design (www.forwardthinkingdesign.com.au); a Certified B Corp social enterprise, which she founded.
Forward Thinking Design is one of the most awarded brand strategy, stakeholder experience, fitout design & project management studios in Australia. The firm consults to leadership across restaurants and hospitality, retail, services, workplace, health/fitness, sporting club and community venues. It specifically exists to support fellow organisations with social, ethical and environmental impact values at their core and the business’ profits are retained to finance the provision of pro bono and reduced fee services to charities and social enterprise.
She is the Diversity and Inclusion Chairperson of BLocal Sydney, Australia (B Corporation business community) and an activist for equality, environmental sustainability and improved ethics in business and society. As a sufferer and survivor of serious illness she is an Ambassador for Polycystic Kidney Disease Australia, Member of the AKTN Scientific Committee and Co-Chair of the NSW BEAT-CKD Consumer Advisory Board.
Previously she was the Junior Vice President of the NSW Division of the Australian Shop & Office Fitting Association (ASOFIA), a committee on which she served for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons) – UNSW, a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies – Deakin and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors Course.
Vanessa holds a Fastest Known Time ultra trail running record and previously represented Australia in triathlon. She has been profiled in several books, national print media, on radio, TV and podcasts. She is a strong promoter of individual and collective empowerment, responsibility, achievement and well-being.
Kia Ora Mentees,
Believing that you should always be learning and embracing one’s challenges in life, never be afraid to give your dreams and aspirations a go. My support network has grown as I have become more willing to ask questions and remove myself from the process. Together we will make constructive steps to achieving your goals!
A senior executive coach with over three decades of experience in the Corporate Sector and having worked across three different continents. Have coached over hundreds of senior executives across India, US, Singapore and China with regard to “doing business in India”.
I have been an educator, business owner, and mentor for over 20 years! I am enthusiastic about learning and development which are key aspects of any mentor/mentee relationship. I cherish every opportunity given to serve and lead. If you seek a knowledgeable, high energy, dedicated mentor focused on helping you achieve your professional and personal goals then look no further! I look forward to partnering with you soon.
Suzi Chen is a cross-disciplinary strategist specialising in futuristic thinking. In addition to her strategic work, the former medical scientist also wears multiple hats including an award-winning graphic designer, a writer and a producer. As an avid traveller, Suzi has visited more than 20 countries as far as Mongolia. In 2018, Suzi chaired and hosted an international summit on gender equality at the United Nations in New York City.
Hello! With me in your corner, you will get full support to transition careers, gain leadership skills or unblock any barriers. I offer a fresh view to conversations and energise you for your next career journey. I am experienced in all facets of life and will move you to where you want to be,
I can help you in leadership, change and life choices.
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The Nurse Coach is an accumulation of all of the self-care work I have done myself in the last 5 years to create the happier, healthier, stronger, and passionate woman that I am today. Through this work I want to share with my fellow nurse compadres the art, science, and importance of self-care, especially when you work in an area where burnout, compassion fatigue, stress, and overwhelm often take over and leave us numb in a career that we once felt called to do. Let me help you learn how to take care of yourself in a kind and compassionate way, that provides you with tangible results and tools you can use from day one.
An Organisation Development and HR Director bridging Life Sciences, Financial and Professional Services, Industry and Manufacturing, as well as Non-Profit. Supporting and working with new business owners and experienced leaders to; set strategy and direction, design and develop organisations from start-up to scale-up, build skills and capability, enable high-performing teams and deliver projects during major transformation and change. I’m inspired by exchanging experience as a mentor and motivated by knowing that I’ve been able to benefit others and help them to succeed in work and life!
I am a CEO/ Management Consultant/ CFO/ General Manager/ Vice President/ Project Manager/ Strategist. A quick learner, understand circumstances in a very short time, transform with clarity, make wise decisions, work with frameworks.
Groom numerous CEOs and top managers, executives, professional (lawyers, engineers, accountants, programmers).
Hello my name is a Paul Taylor and over the past 30 years I have worked in a number of different areas (such as change management, operational management, and career development) across many industries (such as financial services, oil/gas, freelancing, charity and professional bodies).
I love being a mentor and helping people to fulfill their potential. I have mentored several people over the past four years (covering areas such as CV writing, going freelance, start-ups, change management, knowing when to leave a job plus many many other areas).
Therefore I will be able to use my years of experience to overcome the challenges, issues, obstacles, etc that you are encountering.
My methods rely heavily on science. I love to introduce concepts that are bleeding edge and perhaps unconventional, but are backed by data and studies. My mentees will walk away with reassurance that little changes can make tremendous impacts, and will be able to decide for themselves which little changes to make.
Professor R. Khalil – BEng, MBA, PhD, MIET MBB, CPM, MSCE, CENG, FPOMS, FRSA, MAUUP, CENG
Executive Director – Homeodynamic Autonomy Limited
E-Mentor – Prince Trust
Honorary Professor of Engineering and Autonomous Systems – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deputy Vice President of Research – Europe Division