As a qualified Elite Athlete Mentor, Teacher and Mental Health First Aider, I essentially support people from all sectors.
I care about people who want to improve or are looking for a new direction.
My role is to listen to you & help “steer your ship”
If you’re up for the challenge to make some changes, I’m happy to have a chat.
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.
Sarah is a 15 year Military Officer and Gulf War Veteran.
A soloprenuer, founder of Dijolife, a community of over 50000 woman globally.
She specialises in female leadership, reducing the effects of high functioning anxiety and implementing self-care practices to improve work life balance.
I’m capable of providing life-coaching advice ranging from overcoming obstacles in pursuit of any type of goal all the way to providing physical fitness plans and dietary advice. I have a vast range of real-world experiences that have taught me that in everyday of our lives we will face obstacles. What matters is not how quickly or how we overcome that obstacle, what matters is how you uphold yourself and your team when you face and eventually overcome that obstacle.
I am passionate about helping people overcome whatever life issues they may be experiencing; I am a compassionate and caring sounding board for you; I’ll help you discover the underlying greatness you may have inside you; I’ll help show you how to embrace the shitty situations life may throw at you and how to come out the otherside with strength, courage, fortitude and a smile.
As your mentor, I will partner with you on your journey of discovery and support you to create your life from that place of Knowing.
From that place of inner wisdom, you live in possibility.
Working with People Partners (HR practitioners) as a Coach and Mentor, I partner to develop leadership and HR capability across all levels and disciplines, enabling practitioners to become a more strategic, trusted and credible partner in the business. Starting with the strengths of the individual and how they work in the context of the organisation, I act as a translator, connector and strategist to support growth and build up confidence as a practitioner.
Driven, enthusiastic, well versed and capable of interpreting convoluted concepts/ terminologies into easy to digest and understand terms.
I love what I do and I would like to bring the best out of you!
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.