Testimonials

Michelle recently spoke at our Women in Franchising event on how to “Be Your Own CEO”. 

Her energy, insights and thought-provoking presentation were fantastic, and feedback after the event was overwhelmingly positive. 

I highly recommend Michelle for any speaking engagements especially around diversity and women in business. Thanks Michelle! – Marianne Marchesi, Founder Legalite, Chair Women in Franchising.

 

Michelle Redfern was a guest speaker at the SEDA College International Women’s Day event in March, 2018. From the moment she began speaking she captured the attention of our students with her honest and down to earth manner. Her initial activity had them locked in on their competitive nature and ensured they remained invested in the whole presentation. Michelle was able to engage them with real life examples that resonated with the students and helped them to understand the challenges faced by women today in our society. Michelle’s presentation was really tailored to her audience and provided some great insight to the challenges of Women in sport and the massive potential for sport to grow with inclusive practices.

We would recommend Michelle to anyone who is looking to move the conversation about gender diversity to the next level. – Justine Bowers SEDA College Netball Victoria Program Teacher

I am a proud graduate of Michelle’s Mentoring 2 Advance course!
The combination of Michelle’s industry insight, confident facilitating and expert program content made this experience relevant and useful for me as an already skilled leader.
The group support model was effective in challenging constant personal and professional growth. This program, and any other opportunity to work with Michelle, comes highly recommended. – Rose Mentoring2Advance participant 
Michelle is a leader I aspire to be like. She’s brave. She’s vivacious. She’s so, damn, real.
I was at a point in my career where I wanted a leadership course to fast track my leadership capabilities. Upon researching the market, I found many courses that talked to the art of leadership, a rare few that talked to the science of leadership, and then I found Mentoring to Advance with Michelle Redfern. It had it all, from commercial/business acumen through to EQ and strategy.
I signed up, met my AMAZING coaching circle buddies, and strapped in for 6 months of truely a artfully arranged women centric business excellence in leadership. Detailed content managed in succinct 2 hr once a month sessions, with meaningful homework encouraging design thinking and a growth mindset – it was a joy to participate.On the other side I have grown. I’m ready to take the next step. I’m me, and I’m awesome. 😄Thank you Michelle for your relentless pursuit of advancing women. You are an inspiration, a leader, a teacher, a coach.
To the reader – if you are a woman or have woman keen to advance, don’t waste your time with other courses.

Take the leap and do this. #BestInvestmentEver – Carla Mentoring2Advance participant

Michelle has the ability to listen to your story and then help you map your path forward with so much more clarity than before. Her warm and engaging demeanour immediately puts you at ease and sets up great conversation. Undoubtedly, Michelle helped me land my dream job! Highly recommended. – Christine

 The Advancing Women mentoring program was one of the best investments of my time in 2017. It has provided me clarity and confidence on what I stand for, what I offer and what I want to be known for. Thought provoking content, very well facilitated and overall a great bunch of women. Highly recommend for anyone to help them reflect on their career journey and define a meaningful career path for the future. Thank you again Michelle. – Bronwyn: Mentoring2Advance participant 
Michelle is my go to career mentor. She has skilfully guided me through several scenarios, allowing me to discover the right answers for myself while opening me up to what is possible. Michelle is authentic and straight down the line and eloquently asks the right questions that lead me to ask the tough questions of myself. I feel like Michelle is my secret weapon! – Sharon: Mentoring2Advance Participant
Michelle is an incredible coach and mentor. She has a tremendous ability and expertise to help me grow both personally and professionally. I can’t speak highly enough of this Mentoring2Advance program!! – Mentoring2Advance Participant
Michelle lovingly held me accountable and challenged me to ‘dare greatly’ and drop my guards. The group of women that came together were so supportive and open of each other which was also testament to Michelle ability to connect and lead. The Advancing Women Mentoring Circle was a well worth while experience and I was sorry when that last monthly catch up was over. –  Mentoring2Advance Participant
I attended the Advancing Women 6 month Mentoring2Advance program. It was great to sit amongst ambitious women from the corporate world and understand what was important to them and understand how they develop. It made me realise that I have a lot of personal skills that some women wish for, which was a real confidence booster and put the rest in perspective, eg; I’m not afraid of the business-side of my career anymore. Although it’s something that requires my attention and focus, it’s achievable. 
I also felt like I understood myself WAY more than I did, and I can’t put a dollar value on that. There’s no way I would have been able to move forward without that. 
I learned so much about leadership in my own life and in my career, separate to that of teams and businesses, and how it’s all intertwined. I learned about what it takes to be a leader and what differences actually make a leader. I learned about outcomes and how we define those for ourselves and how we communicate them. I couldn’t say what one thing was the best, only that I knew that by the end of it, I was a different person and that I was in a better position to transition into leadership roles.
Michelle knew the right questions to ask to draw out of us how we felt about where we were in our careers, where we wanted to be and the self-awareness we needed to turn that into actions and results. –  Jacqueline: M2A Participant

Michelle is an amazing coach! She has a very practical and holistic approach. When I first went to Michelle I did not know how to take the next steps in my career to get where I wanted to go. Now I have a plan. I feel like I have had about 10 years of personal growth in 6 months as a result of the sessions with Michelle as each broadened my perspective. –  Marie

 

Michelle is a nice blend of passion and action. She was a great guide in helping me to identify my genuine career interests.  I felt her genuine kindness with her focus on diversity and desire to create a better environment for people to work and live in.  Her mentoring truly encompasses work/life balance – it touches not just work and career but other important aspects of life.  She’s a great connector.  I believe that all of Michelle’s great gifts can be fully beneficial when as part of mentoring process, there are specific avenues to connect the dots for those starting their careers in this region. – Jamillah

 

I had the pleasure of working with Michelle at UCMS, now Aegis. Michelle, had the unenviable task of being responsible for the client relationship and success of one of the most knowledgeable, canny and complicated clients in the Australian outsource and BPO arena.

Her tenacity and determination resulted in consistent growth along with a solid and continued client relationship with ever increasing revenues and opportunities.

I have watched with great interest as Michelle has forged her latest niche, based on her passion and drive – I, for one, am not at all surprised at her success and would recommend her wholeheartedly to any organisation around the world. – Justin Aldrich, Vice President, Conduit Global.

 

Michelle is a truly inspiring mentor and career coach. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her when my career was at a pivotal turning point. She helped me rebuild the confidence that I knew was inside of me, encouraging me to reach higher than I could have ever imagined. Through her tailored advice and exercises I was able to, express and understand my purpose, and discover what my non-negotiables were for the next step in my career with clarity. – Keirice

 

Michelle very quickly understood what was needed to provide support and guidance in accelerating my progression to an executive role. Her insight, warmth and genuine interest in my achievement was invaluable. – Jacinta

Michelle has been my mentor for the last 1 year. I strongly believe she is a transformational leader with a big vision in life. She also has a very refreshing outlook on organisations , people development and our communities. Her passion towards people , women empowerment , diversity , mentoring and her career and is truly inspiring.

The most important things I have been learning from all my mentoring sessions , have been focused on importance of communication with influence , emotional intelligence, self awareness, career planning & leadership . I believe that her personality and leadership style completely reflects that she is 21st century leader.

When compared to the past I am definitely now more focused , self aware and know how to use my strengths at both a professional level and personal level. My communication style has had tremendous improvements. In such a short period of time , I have already started receiving positive feedbacks from my peers, friends and family. – Sanket

 

Michelle is an exceptional coach, mentor and leader. She is well-versed in shaping internal and external communication strategy within complex organisational and policy contexts. I am very privileged to have benefited from Michelle’s wisdom, guidance and support over the years. – Krista

 

“I met Michelle whilst co-facilitating a voice of the customer session to her and a group of senior leaders at NAB, during which she stood out as a genuine ‘rock star’! Passionate, highly intelligent, persuasive, and possessing a drive to challenge the status quo, Michelle’s style is positively confronting and transformational!

I have been privileged to have Michelle play a key role in my own career as coach and mentor, where she has been a strong source of inspiration, wisdom and support. I would highly recommend Michelle in a leadership, coaching or mentoring capacity. – Scott Patterson, Small Business Customer Executive, National Australia Bank. 

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