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 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.
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.
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.
An effective mentor for you on all facets of your career…
Sales & Marketing
Bespoke Business plans, Softskills, Resumes, interviews , planning etc.
A one point solution to groom your career.
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.
I am highly motivated and passionate to help others find their Purpose in life. If you are trying to figure out where you should be in life whether you are 21 or 60 I can help you discover YOU.
If you are a budding or struggling Entrepreneur, or primary business owner, who is stuck or looking to get to the next level personally or professionally, then I can definitely help.
I always take inventory of my clients personal well being and mindset to generate a good starting point. From there I assess your current situation and develop an action plan to get you to the next level/goal in order to hit the bigger all-encompassing goal/target.
However, you need to be ready to work and be held accountable.
Nothing worth having comes easy.
I am a Co-Founder of a Tech training company, a Software Developer of some 25 years, a family man with 4 children, amateur musician, problem solver, maker, learner and doer. I have mentored many adults who have wanted to move into IT from other industries, and many youths from running years of youth clubs.
If you find yourself at an impasse, want to expand your technical know-how, want to relate to your children better, want to know how to get ahead in your job, your hobbies or life in general, I believe I can help.
This comes at a cost, so please take this process very seriously. I hope to meet with you soon !