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.
A good comunicator, with varied experince.
I started in Sales but moved to Inventory and Purchasing.
My experince ranges form Very small to PLC sized companies.
Willing to help with any type of business which involes physical product transactions.
Approachable CFO, happy to work with all mentees from any location. With over 30 years experience I. Finance and now Corporate services I understand the highs of achievement and the lows of frustration and setback. I hope to be able to help others to learn how to pick themselves up and push on to their goals regardless of short term road blocks, while maintaining a healthy work/life balance for overall life success. My mantra to success is simple : perseverance wins the day. Let me help you win for you.
An Organisation Development and HR Director bridging Life Sciences, Financial and Professional Services, Industry and Manufacturing, as well as Non-Profit. Supporting and working with new business owners and experienced leaders to; set strategy and direction, design and develop organisations from start-up to scale-up, build skills and capability, enable high-performing teams and deliver projects during major transformation and change. I’m inspired by exchanging experience as a mentor and motivated by knowing that I’ve been able to benefit others and help them to succeed in work and life!
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.
Hi I’m Gary Polglase and I have over 30 years experience in Financial Services ranging from Lending Administration, Credit and Business Analysis, Compliance and being a Head of Credit. I look forward to passing on my knowledge and experience to interested mentees.
Hi! My name is Myrthe and I’m an ex-corporate girl living in Bali who’s worked as a management consultant for almost 7 years in Financial Services and decided to change her career and become a yoga teacher, holistic health coach and start her own business in retreats & coaching. With my corporate background and coaching skills, I can help you become a better version of yourself: both in your job and in your personal life!
Sara Snyder Balanzar is and bilingual Spanish-English experienced B.Arch professional of several trades. “Meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles through innovation”.
With 20 years experience overall across the fields always being analytical, objective and calm.
Sara strongly believes in helping other professionals with any insights and experience.
Struggling with career, business and life decisions ?
I can assist you with the following :
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).
• Domain Experience:
· Total of 16+ years experience in IT infrastructure architecture design and administration.
· Expertise in Design, automation and building Public and Private cloud infra.
· Expertise in Building IT infrastructure for Tier 3, 4 Data Center and Engineering Labs.
· Expertise in VMware ESX, Hyper-V, Redhat KVM, Oracle VM and Cloud automation.
· Expertise in EMC, IBM, Hitachi and Netapp SAN architecture design and administration.
· Expertise in Windows OS Clusters, MS SQL DB clusters and Load balanced WEB farms.
· Expertise in Windows Active Directory and Windows domain Architecture design and Implementation.
· Expertise in Disaster Recovery and BCP for Apps servers, web server farms and DB clusters.
· Expertise in IT infrastructure administration in multi platform/Operating Systems: MS Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, OSX and Novell Netware.
· Expertise in architecture design and administration of Web Server Farms using Microsoft IIS, Apache, SharePoint, IBM Web Sphere and Web Logic apps servers.
· Expertise in Unified Communication, Messaging Design and administration with Microsoft Exchange Server.
· Expertise in CISCO Network design for WAN, LAN, Perimeter and cloud hosting. ·
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
More than 16-year experienced throughout the industrial supply chain from customer support to supply chain cost management manager. Crossed-cultural program management and quality management in hi-tech , FMCG; MNC organization. Possess excellence skill in presentation, good analysis and abstract reasoning of complex issues. Work closely and support information and presentation to foreign corporate executives.
Adept in various business areas from technical engineering, quality management system, program management, customer relationship management through analysis of cost management. Good at deploying business procedure into practice with integrity but not limited self to generate an innovative idea to get the work done. Good managerial ingredient for all kind of MNC.
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.