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’m capable of providing life-coaching advice ranging from overcoming obstacles in pursuit of any type of goal all the way to providing physical fitness plans and dietary advice. I have a vast range of real-world experiences that have taught me that in everyday of our lives we will face obstacles. What matters is not how quickly or how we overcome that obstacle, what matters is how you uphold yourself and your team when you face and eventually overcome that obstacle.
I had completed my masters degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in 2002.I am having more than 10 years experience in lecturing for the UG engineering students. In addition to that, I am having vast experience in mentoring the all level students to improve them personally and professionally.
Working with People Partners (HR practitioners) as a Coach and Mentor, I partner to develop leadership and HR capability across all levels and disciplines, enabling practitioners to become a more strategic, trusted and credible partner in the business. Starting with the strengths of the individual and how they work in the context of the organisation, I act as a translator, connector and strategist to support growth and build up confidence as a practitioner.
Leadership, Change, Team Engagement, Next Steps, are all areas that I love to coach. I love these areas because they represent seasons and environments that have been significant in my own life. Let’s take your journey to the next level as we work to walk through any or all of these areas. My background has been in working to help develop and design new projects in different cities and around the world. I have worked with both for-profits and non-profits and find the value of healthy employees, leadership and teams.
I am certified in DISC, People Mapping and Work Place Appreciation. I believe you are taking the first step now by looking for a mentor, which means you are seeking to move forward in some area. With questions, tools and accountability possibilities can be amazing if you are ready to engage the process. I love working with teams and individuals and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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.
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!
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”.
I have been an educator, business owner, and mentor for over 20 years! I am enthusiastic about learning and development which are key aspects of any mentor/mentee relationship. I cherish every opportunity given to serve and lead. If you seek a knowledgeable, high energy, dedicated mentor focused on helping you achieve your professional and personal goals then look no further! I look forward to partnering with you soon.
I help people make career decisions so that they can find fulfillment at work. If you’re just embarking on your career, or making a career transition, I’ll be happy to help you overcome the fear and anxiety that usually accompany those stages in life, and give you direction on how to equip yourself for the exciting career journey ahead of you. 🙂
If you already know what you want to do, I’m happy to help with job searches, resume and cover letter writing, and interview preparation. As an L&D professional, I can also assist in the development of specific skills you’ll need to succeed in the career path of your choice.
You can learn a little about me and what I’m passionate about from my TEDx talk.
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.
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,
I can help you in leadership, change and life choices.
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I am highly motivated and passionate to help others find their Purpose in life. If you are trying to figure out where you should be in life whether you are 21 or 60 I can help you discover YOU.