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!
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.
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Sounds simple however we are often our own best or worst enemies on the path to our own success. To make progress past what we are used to, it often takes a third party, a disassociated observer to see the obvious trip point than others get accustomed to as normal. Normal is great for those with no desire to excel beyond that point, for the rest of us its a set point to challenge and change within ourselves first before its evident elsewhere. If you are ready to Kick ‘but’ then let’s connect!
My name is Anulika Mojekwu , a Document Controller with over 10 years experience in Oil and gas industry, having worked with different multinational companies on different major project from inception, planning, execution and closing ,I realized my importance in the grand scope of any organization’s success and wish to mentor anyone interested in becoming a document controller or presently a document controller but having challenges in any area
With over 10 years communications experience across a wealth of industries and locations, Sara really has seen it all. Having worked on remote mine sites, in aviation, government, not-for-profits and as a consultant, her experience has led her to work on some incredible projects that are truly diverse in nature. Having worked in-depth on strategy development, PR, crisis communications, social media, major change management, internal communications, large-scale event management and writing for just about every channel imaginable – Sara has the experience to advise on all areas of communications.
A core part of her role has always been stakeholder management and influencing those she is working with – Sara believes building and maintaining relationships is key to any role or position, not just communications. Working on this skill set and learning how to understand and engage with people can see you go from simply doing well in what you do, to really excelling. Really being thrown in the deep end can be a challenge and bring great rewards – this is something Sara has done successfully, time and again throughout her career. It’s not for everyone but there are some key learnings that can be applied which help improve this process.
A quick snapshot of some of her career includes working for Air New Zealand and seeing them win and maintain corporate reputation in not only New Zealand, but also Australia; supporting a variety of clients for one of Perth’s leading consultancies, Clarity; experiencing the highs (and some lows) of FIFO life with FMG, working on a mine site in remote Western Australia, while building their internal communications strategy; and, supporting a major corporate acquisition of HWE Mining by BHP Billiton.
While it’s important to have some degree of relatability to another person’s career or role as their mentor, I believe it’s more important to have a good connection and rapport. For this reason I’m open to mentoring anyone regardless of experience, background, skill set or industry you work in.
Want to make public speaking your niche? Clueless about how to collect and out forth your points across a crowd? Do you feel shivers up your spine when you have to address a gathering?
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My coaching is casual, personalized and challenging. We will, together, enlight your Path to success!
I enjoy getting to know each client and project so I can tailor my consulting to each one.
I have created 3 successful businesses over the last 20 years, retailing and wholesaling. I can guide you to ensure you will not pass by an opportunity and will optimize what you already do. We will boost your marketing plan and reach out.
My E-consultant expertise will serve your purpose to optimize your resources online.
I am an experienced Jeweler with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry for the last 17 years. I am creative and dynamic, I can help offering new designs to your collection, as well as in your search for new markets. I have Designed my own products for more than 12 years and have commercialized worldwide products internationally for over 20 years.
I am an opportunity Seeker and Finder, we will reach and accelerate your business full potential and yours as an entrepreneur.
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I am a very creative, wise mentor who will tailor my style to your needs. I am passionate about young people who are interested in acting and the arts and can help you in the right direction. I can provide training and support and life coaching so you can maximise your potential and learn how to live a fulfilling and satisfying life, doing the things you love! I have been around the arts field for a long time so have a lot of background knowledge and skill in order to give you the edge you need.
As a mentor, I can provide guidance, reflection, and insight to guide you toward your next step. My approach is casual and personalised, and I enjoy getting to know each individual supporting them in the way they need.
I have experience in public sector software implementation projects, hospital planning, business analysis, event management, music teaching, singing, charity work, non profit organisations, volunteering, running, cycling, balancing extra-curricular with work, and relocating (lived in 5 countries).
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.