LOUISE THOMSON - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Louise operates her Leadership Development practice from the quiet leafy suburb of Sandhurst in south east of Melbourne. It's a Golf Club estate and Louise is often tempted to stop working and play golf. However, she's motivated to work with people who wish to tap into their potential before she picks up her clubs. Aspiring CEOs, project managers tackling the resistance to their change and those people wishing to create a movement, will value the contribution Louise will make in focusing on the people more than the process.
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Louise worked in the '80s, 90's and into the new millennium in the finance sector which was typically a very blokey world. She quickly made her presence felt by confidently navigating her career and the corporate ladder where few women ventured. Her experiences included Sales & Marketing, Learning & Education, Human Resources, Project Management and Change Management. Louise's final role found her being the Head of Operations for Credit Risk Management - a return to the world of influencing men.
A career highlight for Louise involved influencing the right people to select her as the first person to read the morning news on NAB's in-house national television program. This led to changing roles and becoming a regular host of a leadership coaching segment which she wrote, managed and edited.
Featured in the NAB's magazine - 1997.
During her corporate career Louise joined a leadership development organisation, Junior Chamber International (Jaycees) which opened a whole new world for Louise's interest in building the potential of people. In addition to local roles of Victorian and Australian President, Louise was elected World Vice President assigned to Pakistan, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal. These assignments added to her eclectic group of skills to help businesses and communities build relationships, boost team performance and shift peoples' mindsets and influence their behaviour choices.
Louise is wearing her Shalwar Kameez in 1999 - an important outfit to adapt to the culture of Pakistan
Louise focuses on mentoring and coaching individuals and teams, to build their leadership capability. Teaching skills, guiding goal setting and inspiring everyone to experiment with leadership. She is a trainer of public short leadership skills workshops and facilitates programs within organisations.
Impacting Local Women
Louise is the founder and facilitator of the Sandhurst Women's Business Network where almost 250 women connect, communicate and celebrate operating their own business and being women in business. Her goal, with other women, is to make an impact in her local community - putting women first.
Together with Jules Torrs (Stylist), Lisa McIntosh (Cake designer/model of the night), Claire Gorman (Hair technician) and Danielle Marrs (Make-up Artist) - Louise (MC) hosted local business women to educate fellow members about how to style themselves to accentuate their features and hide their flaws!
In addition to the life full of family, friends, food and french champagne, Louise imposes many challenges on herself and others! She's run four half marathons, walked 100km in 28 hours raising $10k with three neighbours and she recently completed reading 52 books in 52 weeks and blogged her learnings - read here.