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.
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.
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.
A senior executive coach with over three decades of experience in the Corporate Sector and having worked across three different continents. Have coached over hundreds of senior executives across India, US, Singapore and China with regard to “doing business in India”.
Hello! With me in your corner, you will get full support to transition careers, gain leadership skills or unblock any barriers. I offer a fresh view to conversations and energise you for your next career journey. I am experienced in all facets of life and will move you to where you want to be,
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I am a CEO/ Management Consultant/ CFO/ General Manager/ Vice President/ Project Manager/ Strategist. A quick learner, understand circumstances in a very short time, transform with clarity, make wise decisions, work with frameworks.
Groom numerous CEOs and top managers, executives, professional (lawyers, engineers, accountants, programmers).
Hello my name is a Paul Taylor and over the past 30 years I have worked in a number of different areas (such as change management, operational management, and career development) across many industries (such as financial services, oil/gas, freelancing, charity and professional bodies).
I love being a mentor and helping people to fulfill their potential. I have mentored several people over the past four years (covering areas such as CV writing, going freelance, start-ups, change management, knowing when to leave a job plus many many other areas).
Therefore I will be able to use my years of experience to overcome the challenges, issues, obstacles, etc that you are encountering.
With 35 years of experience in financial services at Executive level leading State & National teams I have a wealth of experience that I can share with potential mentees. I am highly sought after as a mentor & coach, and as an IEC (Institute of Executive Coaching) accredited coach, I offer myself as a mentor with the added opportunity to bring coaching into our sessions. I have been fortunate enough to have some wonderful mentors and I see this as an opportunity to assist others to achieve their personal aspirations and dreams. I am more than happy to provide you with contact details of previous mentees who will share their experience with you.
If you are looking for a mentor to help you navigate your way through your career as an individual contributor or as a leader I have the experience & knowledge to assist you.
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.
Having been a leader in the military for 20-years, and now leading teams in the civilian sector, I am equipped to handle a breadth of mentoring issues. I am easy to talk to, straight forward in my advice, and a sought out mentor to many I come in contact with. I can give career advice in general, education goal setting, legal path decisions, or general managing people help.
An accomplished tv news presenter, a multi award winning corporate communicator, a respected and trusted communications coach.