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 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).
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!
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
Sean is an entrepreneur, business strategist and operations expert. He has gained extensive experience through his own start-up, Yumchaa Teas, a highly regarded and now publicly listed, multi-channel tea company. During that time, Sean developed specialist skills in sales and training, growth and operational strategy, and creating high-performance teams. More importantly, Sean is an active listener and will provide a sounding board for founders when they need it.
I help organizations look at business problems, test new ideas, experiment and design new products and services. I am focused on the “outside-in” view, specifically from the customer/client perspective to generate new value for companies. I have experience in for-profit and non-profit innovation, community building, business modelling and customer research across a wide range of industry verticals.
Entrepreneurs can no longer afford to lack communication skills and leave branding, growth marketing, social media know-how to others. If you’re a startup founder, it’s time to utilise this knowledge and let it finally work for you. I can help you get there, share tips and tricks on reaching a certain level faster, joining thought leaders and turning yourself into the natural and best ambassador of your startup/passion project. Become my mentee and benefit from my experience in big corporations, top tier advertising agencies and tech venture builders.
My speciality is in discovering and clarifying strategies for growth quickly and effectively. My family has been in diverse businesses for over 110 years giving me direct access to business thinking from childhood. I have used this to my own benefit and the to the benefit of thousands of individuals and organizations. I would love to use my talents to serve you.
Whether you have your own business or whether you work for a large corporation I will be able to have a positive and tangible impact on your performance and your ability to grow and make a difference in your respective workplace.
I decided to become a mentor because a few of my close friends love the helpful tips I have given them over the years in their life both financially and personally. I’ve learned how important it can be to act as a sounding board for others making formative decisions without the benefit of experience. I truly believe that you will never know if you can succeed at something if you never try. Let me help you.