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!
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.
Having spent 30+ years in sales I really want to help new and existing salespeople develop and advance their careers in the best way possible, by selling more!
I’m born and bred in The Netherlands and came in 2005 to Australia where I still live together with my wife and two daughters. I have about 30 years of experience in business, I’m multilingual with an international focus. Since 1997 I have been operating on Board level (COO and CEO) in Europe (Netherlands, Belgium and Germany), US (Boston, Massachusetts) and in Australia (WA, QLD, NSW, VIC and SA). I consider myself as an experienced manager, leader and strategist.
My passion is to build and grow companies. Whether it is a start-up or a mature company, the challenges to become or stay relevant are pivotal to any business. I have been involved as CEO of Technology Parks and incubators in many companies in a variety of industries, and I became sector agnostic. Since the last 7 years I became more and more involved with not for profit or for benefit organisations, which I find very inspiring and give me the opportunity to give back to society.
I have been mentoring businesses and individuals over the years, which I enjoy very much. I have met so many interesting people and some I can call friend now. I’m a big believer in innovation, collaboration and diversity and mentoring is an excellent way to support this.
Selling – Art Or Science?
Measurable Marketing Plans – Develop a simple effective marketing plan
New Product Development / Product Revamp- Uncovering the next step for your product development or identifying opportunities to revamp your products or services.
Marketing Effectiveness – Helping you get the best getting the best Return on Investment.
Customer Experience Improvement – Reviewing the current customer experience & developing strategies to improve and streamline your approach.
Sales & Marketing Resources – Providing you with the right resources to get planning and projects completed
Strategic Business Plan Development – Developing a clear path forward for your staff and business.
Online / Interactive Strategy – Helping you to maximise the digital & online marketing capabilities to grow your business beyond your expectations.
Retail staff training – Do your staff maximise cross selling, up selling, companion sales? Do they have the right knowledge for products they sell? I can provide training that will see your sales soar
Angeline Hibbert is a highly experienced business consultant having worked with start up enterprises and SME’s for many years. Her company was established in 2013 and therefore in addition to her business knowledge she brings first personal experience of starting a business. This allows her to relate to the business needs of the mentees and also their fears, challenges and excitement.
She has over 10 years experience delivering careers advice and CV writing helping individuals to find their dream jobs and careers.
If you are looking for the theory, then may I suggest you read the books or attend classes. My approach is very much a practical one to assist you to address and solve business-related issues in the minimum of time. My passion is not only the sharing of knowledge but ensuring you have the skills to implement your desired actions for beneficial outcomes. If you don’t have a goal, you’ll find it difficult to score. And don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive. So make sure you have fun along the way. Business is simple; it’s just not easy.
I am a Christ- follower Business Woman
My moral in running the business is integrity, transparency, passionate, eager to help and thrive!
Plan your marketing strategies in such a way that will lead customers to come to you!
Our Strike Rate
Can support to develop Sales and business develop skill as well as personal productivity and time management. Marketing strategy, sales consultation.
Help to create personal and professional Goals of mentees with proper guidance.
Personal development as a professional with right attitude towards corporate environment.
As a Consultant Facilitator and Researcher for over 30 years, I have conducted lots of research and led many meetings, study groups and strategy workshops for leaders, project teams and private individuals. A diverse range of clients has included Action Homeless, the generals of the US Marine Corps, senior managers from Unilever, a group of individuals suffering from cancer, HM Prison Service and the trustees of a disaster relief charity.
Drawing on this experience, I could help you to run better meetings, to facilitate difficult conversations and to improve working relationships with colleagues or strategic partners. I specialise in helping you to rewrite plans, contemplate recurring issues and develop innovative projects.
C-Suit Management Advisor and Board Member
Executive with more than 20 years of experience in strategic management of IT services for high tech and international manufacturing corporations. Strong background in business alignment of information systems as well as service management with business strategy. Various experiences in merger and acquisitions (M&A).
• Change Management
• Project management & strategic planning
• Business analysis
• Enterprise applications and data management, systems integration management
• IT infrastructure planning and management