1. Tell us a little about yourself?
Vanessa Giannos is an International Master Behavioural, Executive, Leadership, Business, Wellness, Life and Career Coach. Vanessa is Masters’ qualified, with over 20 qualifications, and over 25 years of Global Human Resources, Organisational Development, Coaching & Leadership Development experience. She has helped thousands of professionals, leaders and business owners excel in their careers and business, and hundreds of business owners build, grow, and transform their businesses. Vanessa was awarded Global Entrepreneur in the prestigious BRAINZ 500 list 2020. Vanessa is a passionate and engaging consultant and coach, who has extensive experience in all areas of business. Vanessa brings to coaching a unique blend of coaching expertise, psychological and behavioural expertise, leadership, and management expertise, combined with business acumen and international corporate and start-up expertise. Vanessa’s passion is to assist individuals and organisations transform to the best they can be, to achieve their highest potential and become hugely successful in achieving their desired goals. Vanessa is undertaking a doctorate with Griffith University. Vanessa also specialises in Functional Diagnostic Health, Leadership Coaching, Organisational Culture, Change Management, Communication & Influencing, Human Behaviour, Human Resources, Organisational Design & Development, Merger & Acquisitions, Performance and People Management, Employee Engagement, Customer Experience, Strategic and Operational Planning, Team Building, and Management & Leadership Training.
2. Who are the women who have inspired you the most in your life?
Oprah Winfrey My mum Maya Angelou Every woman I have ever worked with!
3. Why do you think it’s important to increase the number of women in business, particularly in leadership roles?
It is critical. In Australia we have less than 30% of Board Executives women, meaning diversity is lacking. Further, women face gendered-ageism, lookism and other difficulties than men simply don’t. For my Doctorate, I am specialising in Female Leaders and specifically changing the taboo related to mid-aged women., without which, Diversity and Inclusion programs cannot succeed.
4. How would you describe your current thinking about diversity and inclusion?
I am an activist and always have been in over 30 years in HR, People Management and leadership. Diversity on all levels is critical to business success and Inclusion, it should not even be something we have to have ‘programs’ about. I am passionate on moving the agenda forward.