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).
Do you want a mentor who is confident and knows what success looks like?
Do you want a mentor who is adaptable and flexible to individual needs?
Do you want a mentor who can help overcome obstacles and achieve peak performance sustainably?
Then I am your choice. I mentor youth, students, athletes, business professionals and have a track record of success with all who are willing to open themselves to realising their potential. I am here to hep you grow and flourish!
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.
C-Suit Management Advisor and Board Member
Executive with more than 20 years of experience in strategic management of IT services for high tech and international manufacturing corporations. Strong background in business alignment of information systems as well as service management with business strategy. Various experiences in merger and acquisitions (M&A).
• Change Management
• Project management & strategic planning
• Business analysis
• Enterprise applications and data management, systems integration management
• IT infrastructure planning and management
A trusted advisor to organizations that truly want to build sustainable high performance while fulfilling their ethical, social and economic responsibilities in an ever more complex environment.
Individuals or organizations looking for a trusted advisor, an executive coach, or mentor, will benefit from solid coaching, mentoring, and advisory expertise and experience from over 25 years as a skilled leader and catalyst. I have worked in over 15 countries on all continents and possess exceptional expertise in corporate renewal, culture transformation, performance management, organization design, management effectiveness, and remuneration strategy.
As your Mentor, I will be able to assist you in the areas of or surrounding Business Administration and help you succeed in all of your future goals and dreams in your life.
As I recent graduate from Warner Pacifc College in Portland,Oregon with my Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with emphasis on Leadership and Management.I bring all my years of business wisdom to the table when you are my mentee.
I have many years of experience in various different business organizations, such as in the health services, customer service, casino and small business industries.
I have been employed with these different business organizations in various stages throughout my life and my wealth of knowledge in all of these industries is “Proceless.”
I am a very self- disciplined,motivated,and positive individual and my energy is around this is “contagious,’ when I am surrounded by others.
I am a extremely positive motivator who can help and assist you in achieving your future goals and dreams.
With more than 15 years of working experience and have held several key positions, I’ve dealt with thousands of people from all walks of life. Problem solving and soft-skills is my biggest strength. Apart from that, I’m well-versed in various fields and subjects. Mentees, feel free to contact me and I will bring out the best in YOU. Life is a beautiful Journey, embrace it and you will SHINE through always
I have the ability to find ANY small or medium-sized business $10,000 to $50,000 in additional revenue in less than 45 minutes – WITHOUT spending a cent on marketing or advertising.
If you’re interested in seeing dramatic and immediate increases in leads, sales and revenue, then I can help you. For more information, watch my guided tour (click on the 2nd link) and I’ll show you my online business academy that provides the tools, resources and training that will make any business the dominant player in their market.
If you want more leads than you can handle along with the ability to close new leads 80% of the time, I have a system that is tried, proven, tested and true. It’s being used right now by businesses all around the world.
I have had many years experience as a senior teacher/trainer over and above having extensive experience as an executive coach and mentor for emerging managers and leaders. I have over 35 years business and management experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors. My expertise is in strategic and operational planning, training, coaching, financial management, audit, business administration, governance and risk management, corporate services, and analytical skills have helped to ensure business success for many organisations and numerous individuals.