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.
I am keen to help some of you navigate their careers, share experiences and discuss topics important to you. If you are interested in personal development, sales, customers and B2B, get in touch!
I am a responsive, straight-forward and deeply empathetic professional, with a 15 year experience at both sides of the entrepreneur ecosystem (founding-advising). As such, I have a 360º perspective on funding, scaling and advising startups, and can help you avoid classical pitfalls. I am currently helping startups at one of the best programs worlwide, the Mobile World Capital Foundation accelerator (Barcelona)
As an industrial engineer, I combine a deep technologic knowledge with a huge experience in B2C industries. I’ll help you through your entire seed & scale stages.
if you need friendly, firm and focused support to either build yourself, your business or your team I can be there supporting you and your team as needed
My passion is in serving people. Nothing makes me happier than helping someone achieve what they are after and get life on their terms. It is this passion that drives me to continue to learn new ways to make changes and get the results that we want.
Leadership, Change, Team Engagement, Next Steps, are all areas that I love to coach. I love these areas because they represent seasons and environments that have been significant in my own life. Let’s take your journey to the next level as we work to walk through any or all of these areas. My background has been in working to help develop and design new projects in different cities and around the world. I have worked with both for-profits and non-profits and find the value of healthy employees, leadership and teams.
I am certified in DISC, People Mapping and Work Place Appreciation. I believe you are taking the first step now by looking for a mentor, which means you are seeking to move forward in some area. With questions, tools and accountability possibilities can be amazing if you are ready to engage the process. I love working with teams and individuals and look forward to hearing from you soon.
If you want to get more clarity in your life and business, understand and fine-tune your decision-making approach, be more impactful in your leadership and focus on the things that matter – let’s work together!
I connect deeply with people, helping them create visions that inspire, engage and energize and go through the process of making those visions a reality.
I am a professional certified coach and facilitator living in South Africa and working internationally. I work with executives, emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who want to be more impactful in their leadership, focus on the things that matter and to act on the change they want to bring.
Hi, I am ex military officer turned business man; and would like to train others in the fields of business management, leadership and entrepreneurship. It will be a pleasure to assist all those who want to grow across the globe.
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!
Approachable CFO, happy to work with all mentees from any location. With over 30 years experience I. Finance and now Corporate services I understand the highs of achievement and the lows of frustration and setback. I hope to be able to help others to learn how to pick themselves up and push on to their goals regardless of short term road blocks, while maintaining a healthy work/life balance for overall life success. My mantra to success is simple : perseverance wins the day. Let me help you win for you.
My experience and expertise as a scientist, executive, and mentor will save you time, provide you with the practical tools you need to be a succesful entrepreneur.