I am so impressed by you as a human being, Helga. In our sessions I really valued the clever questions, patient restraint and thoughtfulness you brought to our time together. I get that I’m not an executive director, in charge of a large portfolio, but you still gave myself and my colleagues your all. And that was really humbling. Thank you for coaching me.
-Geoffrey Whiting, Student Services Team Leader, Melbourne University
Helga's coaching program was excellent. A great opportunity to reflect on my career, consider future options and take action for change. Helga is professional, inspiring and fun to work with.
-Laura Lynch, Sustainability / Renewable Energy
I highly recommend Helga’s coaching program. Helga is fun, professional and provided great support and insights to help me reflect on my values and skills and take the next steps in my professional development.
-Barbara Schade, Policy and Communications Manager / Board Chair
Helga improved my work performance immensely by helping unpack and evaluate that which I wasn't able to myself. She's undoubtedly skilled as coach, and also extremely approachable. I learned a lot from her about managing myself, and identifying solutions to adaptive challenges.
-Noel Lim, Entrepreneur
Thanks again for helping me get through a really thick brick wall last year. I was going around in circles, totally lost as to what was real and valuable to me. You helped me pin down what I really wanted in life and this gave me the courage to make the big decisions I needed to make, which would take me to where I am now, quite content and working towards a new career at a community development officer!
I had the good fortune to have Helga as a coach for six sessions to help on career planning. It turned into a lot more than that - Helga is a coach with great insight, lateral ideas and understanding of so many aspects of leadership development including strategic planning, compelling communication and organisational culture. I would recommend Helga without hesitation for anyone who needs some guidance to develop their full potential.
When I started my coaching, I hoped to actually see my strengths as strengths, to know how to work with them, to build on them and to recognise where my strengths would be of most value and to seek out those opportunity. I have actually gained a greater understanding of my strengths, the development of a personal mission statement, more confidence in connecting with others and using LinkedIn. I have joined the Board of a not for profit organisation which is a great learning experience and opportunity to be of service. The most valuable thing about coaching was keeping me accountable for my actions but not getting cranky if I didn't achieve them. The joint recognition that it is my journey and quiet guidance along the way was helpful. I feel more assured of my strengths and feel that it will be a great starting point for new opportunities in the year ahead. Helga's greatest skill as a coach is gentle guidance and listening. It's has been a pleasure working with you, Helga and thank you for the gentle guidance (and the tea and hand cream!).
My experience of coaching with Helga for a year was transformative. When I signed up for coaching I was at a crossroads in my life and Helga helped me find and walk the path of change instilling confidence, clarity and insight along the way. Her methods are both constructive and creative. Her ability to perceive what tool or activity is needed to help gain deep understanding about yourself or an issue is uncanny. Her detailed preparation and diligent execution makes the coaching personalised in a way that is both relevant and exciting at the same time. By identifying my innate values and stepping through exercises that helped turn my dreams into reality, I cannot recommend Helga enough. Her positivity, adaptability and cultivated skill meant I always looked forward to my coaching sessions. As I was working in a remote community for the majority of our coaching sessions I appreciated Helga's flexibility in doing sessions via Skype under sometimes difficult circumstances.
Helga is an excellent coach, tailoring each session to meet your requirements and progress your career goals. She is a positive, supportive and inspiring.
-Boyd Maplestone, Team Leader Education at Preston & Thornbury Neighbourhood Houses
I’ve had the privilege of working with Helga as both a colleague and in her role as a career coach. Helga has a wonderfully infectious attitude to work and life and she helped me get out of my own way in my career progression. She has a very gentle way of keeping you accountable to development goals and checking in.
-Ellen Mitchell, Regional Manager
Helga was such a supportive, clear-headed and positive coach to work with while I developed a vision and direction for my career during 2015. Her strategic and practical exercises, ability to listen and respond and unshakeable positivity helped me leave every session feeling focussed and like I could achieve anything. I have no hesitations recommending Helga to anyone who needs a new sense of purpose and momentum, or a very effective personal cheer squad.
-Claire Maries, Climate change, energy and environmental policy and advocacy specialist
Helga has been such a positive, influential coach. She directed my attention and my energy towards positive solutions during a transitional period in my career. Her energy and genuinely kind disposition, paired with intelligence and problem solving acumen provided a trusting environment, focussed on moving forward. I would leave our sessions ready to take on the world, both in an emotional/mental state, and equipped with practical methods to do so. I’ve learned a great deal from Helga and would highly recommend her.
-Caroline Cody, Owner and Senior Planner
Helga has been a wonderful business coach. Providing a safe place to share ideas and be challenged. Helga has assisted me to improve my business and management practices. Every senior manager needs a business coach like Helga.
-Julie Kun, Deputy CEO/ Business Development Manager WIRE (Women's Information Referral Exchange)
I recommend to a number of young graduates and those in career transition that they work with Helga Svendsen to leverage their capabilities and maximise their opportunities. Helga is well qualified and experienced to provide sound and ethical advice. She is an excellent listener and highly personable. Helga is insightful and strategic and brings an extensive network across a diverse range of sectors.
-John Cleary, Specialist assisting CSuite executives engage staff in performance improvement and digital innovation to increase ROI
Helga is an inspiration to all those around her. Her positive energy is contagious. Helga inspired me to be courageous and inspired me to face any fears and follow my passion. Thank you for your support Helga.
-Emma Edwardes, Life Coach - Lantern Coaching
We were pleased to have Helga facilitate a strategic planning session for the North East Catchment Management Authority. It was a particularly challenging time with plans constantly changing due to the pandemic lockdowns. Helga’s flexibility and patience in the lead up to our workshop was extraordinary. Helga’s facilitation was second to none. She very effectively led us to achieve the outcomes we had set. It was an efficient, worthwhile and fun experience- thank you Helga!
-Leanne Mulcahy, Non Executive Director at North East Water
Helga spent a day with my team and managed to fit in a full training and development program on technical and adaptive challenges while also guiding the team gently towards some strategic decisions which had to be made. Her flexible, engaging and relaxed style made it an enjoyable and productive day, and every team member was actively involved. The benefits and conversation are continuing, which is sign of a successful day.
-Michelle Delaire, Director, Strategy and Innovation at Taxi Services Commission
Helga facilitated our Board Planning day. What made it so successful was her direction around the mix of presentation/workshop style items and the timing in the pre-planning phase. On the day, she was as always amazing!!!
-Alison Rowe, Chief Executive Officer at Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd.
We were very satisfied with the preparation and follow up for this project and the delivery went extremely well. Helga was always professional and responsive in her preparation for the workshop, she tailored the sessions and their delivery to meet the needs of both SV and the participants and she sought feedback and responded thoroughly to requests associated with reporting and closing out the project. She is responsive, thoughtful, well organised and great company. I was very happy with Helga’s delivery and it was an absolute delight working with her.
-Lisa Shadforth, Sustainability Victoria
On behalf of 3CR's CoM, I'd like to thank you for your excellent work on 3CR's strategic business plan. CoM met last night and passed the documents required by ACMA and it's such a relief to have that done, so thank you so much. We couldn't have done it without you.
- James McKenzie, Chair, 3CR
I've worked with Helga, both as a participant and as an organiser, of a number of different strategic planning sessions. I've always found her great at maintaining enthusiasm within the group, keeping us all on track while allowing room for a variety of voices. I would highly recommend Helga for any facilitation work required to deliver what can be sometimes difficult to achieve objectives.
- David Meiklejohn, Executive Officer at Northern Area Greenhouse Alliance (NAGA)
Helga skilfully facilitated a strategic planning session for our community board recently. Her ability to process information quickly, focus on priorities, be flexible when necessary and guide participants with an effortless energy and enthusiasm, made her an essential element in the day's success.
-Stephen Torsi, Civic Events and Engagement Coordinator at Brimbank City Council
The ARM engaged Helga to assist with the development of our policy platform.
This was a complex and potentially fraught process and Helga played an invaluable part in ensuring that our board's deliberations were productive and meaningful.
In the lead-up to the meeting, Helga offered sound advice on how to most effectively structure the discussion - including appropriate techniques for resolving any disagreement that might arise. On the day, she demonstrated a deft touch as facilitator, intervening only as required and always ensuring that our discussions were on track. The ARM would use Helga's services again and I recommend her to anyone looking for a professional and experienced facilitator.
-Tim Mayfield, National Director at Australian Republican Movement
Helga is a highly effective facilitator and strategist, whose assistance with a recent service review was invaluable. She was committed, flexible, engaging, and above all great to work with.
-Mark Patterson, Manager Family & Cultural Services at Bayside City Council
Helga is a highly experienced and capable facilitator and consultant, possessing a unique brand of infectious energy and passion that brings out the best in the teams, individuals and projects she works with. Helga worked with Bayside over 2015 as a business partner, supporting the delivery of Council's Arts & Culture Strategic Service Review. As the Project Manager of the Review, I was impressed by Helga's personable style, her project management skills, the insights she brought to the table, her approach to engagement and her ongoing focus on the client relationship. Helga made a fantastic contribution to the Review process, supporting its successful completion.
-Matt Kelleher, Executive Manager at Bayside City Council
Helga facilitated a panel of speakers at a joint AICD and CPA Australia event. Helga was a dynamic facilitator with the ability to engage the panel and the audience, promote discussion and the sharing of ideas and experiences. Helga's energy and enthusiasm were palpable and assisted in the overwhelming success of the event.
-Gloria Sleaby, Victorian Divisional Council Councillor at CPA Australia
What a find Helga was! She quickly came on board and learnt about our needs, our organisation and community. Helga made some great suggestions for our workshop and facilitated the day with confidence, good humour and professionalism. I would recommend Helga to anyone needing a professional and competent, community development focused facilitator.
-Noelene Blair, Senior Consultant at Curve Group
Helga did a fantastic job facilitating business planning workshops to assist the executive team prioritise projects within available resources. Helga flexibly adjusted her approach to accommodate changing circumstances and to ensure strategic decisions were made in a timely manner. All participants appreciated her open, energetic and respectful manner. As the person responsible for the process I felt well supported by Helga and look forward to working with her again.
-Julie Richmond, Manager, Climate Change Program at Sustainability Victoria
Helga runs workshops that bring the best out of a team. Her facilitation helped the Social Enterprises team to contribute to critical decisions with the unanimous support of all involved. Furthermore - the workshops were enjoyable!
-Rodney Weston, General Manager, Corporate Services and Social Enterprises, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Working with Helga has been an absolute delight. She is a great listener / thinker and was able to formulate a plan that was creatively formulated and professionally executed. She is very thorough and goes beyond what is normally expected from a consultant in my experience. Highly personable and easy going Helga has delivered great results that will help transform The Thin Green Line Foundation.
-Brent Masters, Operations Manager, The Thin Green Line Foundation
Helga was a pleasure to work with, she has a natural understanding of people management and facilitation to meet both participant and organisation needs. She was flexible and supportive in event design and delivery.
-Kristy Roche, Strategic Coordinator at Sustainability Victoria
Helga facilitated a workshop for my team to explore and define our role and strengths. The workshop was a great success. Helga worked with me to clarify our aims for the day, she was organised, professional, challenged us and kept us 'on track' to ensure we were able to succinctly articulate our role. Helga's humour and understanding of strategic issues were an important part of her success in this role.
-Julie Garbutt, Sustainability Victoria
It was so enjoyable working with Helga who is thorough yet flexible, quick to understand the subject and audience, creative in delivery and fun to be with. Helga needs to take a great deal of credit for the success of the Climate Change Community Conversations run by Sustainability Victoria in October this year. The workshop results and feedback speak for themselves
-Trish Kevin, Strategic Coordinator - Grampians region at Sustainability Victoria
Helga helped Sustainability Victoria to prepare, run and report on a series of climate change conversations. I worked with Helga on one of these events and thoroughly enjoyed her enthusiasm and diligence. Helga has a style of 'professional empathy' that encourages genuine contributions from a wide range of participants.
-Martina Rienzner, Strategic Coordinator - Hume Region - for Sustainability Victoria
Helga has recently assisted our organisation to undertake a new strategic plan, involving both the Committee of Management and senior leadership team. Helga's extremely capable skills and ability, combined with a great style has made what can often be a complex and difficult process an absolute pleasure for all involved. I would highly recommend booking Helga if you want an engaged group, a professional and efficient facilitator and of course great outcomes for your organisation.
-Lisa Darmanin, Branch Executive President at Australian Services Union
The NRCL asked me to write to you in appreciation of the excellent work you undertook with our Board Review. It was incisive, forensic and focussed analysis which enhanced the Board's self-belief and enabled it to address an area you singled out for further attention.
-Mike Hill, Director of WestWyck eco-village
Helga facilitated a dynamic strategic planning afternoon for the Medley Hall College at Melbourne University. She was clear about what could be achieved in the time available. As a facilitator she was engaging, kept us moving and drove the group towards outcomes. It was a very positive day.
-Jennifer Fraser, Chair, Medley Hall Collect and Board Member at East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
We hired Helga to help us recruit 5 new board members to our non-profit. From the start she was warm and engaging plus professional and knowledgeable. She guided us through an excellent process so recruitment and interviews became easy. She was adaptable to the dynamics of the group and listened to input from all stakeholders. Working closely with Helga as Chair was an absolute pleasure. We plan to utilise her as a facilitator during strategy sessions.
-Paul Smith, Chair, Jane Goodall Institute of Australia
As a member of the Thin Green Line Foundation Board, we benefited significantly from the Pro Bono advice and expertise of Helga who conducted a Board capability and review. The expertise Helga provided enabled the TGL to completely overhaul its Board talent matrix and governance structures. Helga conducted this review with professionalism, directness and sensitivity.
-Jill Riseley, Director, The Thin Green Line Foundation and Managing Director at Meliora Group
Helga is energetic, enthusiastic and extremely professional. Her ability to plan and deliver effective and engaging workshops is only one element of her broader expert ability to engage stakeholders and deliver great results.
-Heather Sheffield, Melbourne Water
I have known Helga Svendsen since 2010 and since that time I have worked with Helga on numerous projects. Helga is bright, compassionate, clever, articulate and insightful. She has added real value to all the projects we have been involved in and I have always gained from her perspectives and relationships that she develops with co members. Helga is interested in issues, people and ideas and has always been one of the first (if not the first) to put up her hand and say "include me, I want to be involved"
-Sunita Varlamos, Volunteer Engagement Advisor at Save the Children Australia
Helga is an excellent facilitator: she's organised, thorough, strategic, friendly and respectful. She enables all voices to be heard and respected, while at the same time ensuring any process is focused on making decisions and developing realistic forward plans. Her diverse experience also means she's capable of working in a wide variety of environments from government to NGOs to corporate businesses.
-Gabrielle Kuiper, Director at Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW)
Helga was a diligent, passionate and inspiring leader as CEO of Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project. I found her to be direct, open, honest, intelligent, practical and respectful. I enjoyed working with her.
-Tim Lightfoot, Chair of Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project Board and Consultant Physician at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
As a member of the Board of the Asylum Seeker Project at the Hotham Mission where Helga was the CEO, I was in contact with her on a monthly basis at Board meetings and from time to time, directly, one-on-one. Helga came to the Project with a strong reputation for networking, management, drive and commitment. These were all confirmed and more. Intellectually quick, outgoing, and a natural team leader, she added greatly to the reach of the ASP. She had the full confidence of the Board who found her performance exceptional.
-Ian Howie, Adjunct Professor, International Development and Global Studies at RMIT University
Helga is a focussed and capable worker who takes on challenges with enthusiasm and good humour. Her work as a facilitator at Sustainability Victoria was excellent. She managed both internal and external stakeholders with aplomb and was widely complemented for her work style and quality. Helga combines intellect with a good sense of humour to balance the challenges of the facilitator role. I would gladly work with her again.
-Cameron Frazer, General Manager Commercial & Community
Helga was an excellent facilitator and coach, that brought together the ideas of a disparate group of individuals to produce a coherent and useful set of action items. Her ability to draw out information, prompt discussion and identify what people are actually trying to say was the key to our success. Thanks for your hard work and flexibility Helga!
-Kimberley Nell, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Helga has assisted the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited board in a number of ways over the past couple of years. She has facilitated our half yearly strategy/planning days, as well as providing specific support and individual director coaching on our stakeholder engagement strategy. She has a great ability to keep an a group on track with their agenda, syntheses divergent views into a coherent way forward and uses clever interactive exercises to surface key issues and build consensus. I would recommend her as an excellent facilitator to other groups and organisations.
-Monique Conheady, Chair, Moreland Energy Foundation Limited
Helga understands strategy development and has skillfully worked with our Board and management to strengthen and refine our strategy over the last 12 months. Helga’s approach to facilitating strategy development is very effective as she is skilled at quickly understanding the essence of diverse views and working them into a unified narrative. I am particularly impressed by Helga’s ability to understand the components of
strategy and where the work needs to be done to build a strong, supported and effective strategy.
-Paul Murfitt, CEO Moreland Energy Foundation Limited
NAGA's 2013 annual strategic review and planning process was facilitated (and energised!) by Helga Svendsen. Strategic planning for alliances and groupings of sometimes disparate members can be challenging due to conflicting needs, priorities and interests. Helga worked closely with NAGA's Executive Officer, Chair and Governance Committee to shape and deliver an annual event that effectively brought together and provided a forum for all members to work collaboratively to reinvigorate their shared vision, and to build a sense of concerted and coherent forward momentum for achieving goals and objectives. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail, commitment to understanding the context and background, all contributed to the success of the process.
-Judy Bush, Executive Officer, Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action
"Terrific feedback from the board last night regarding the first planning session. They wished me to relay how well the session was facilitated and structured and how fruitful they found the discussion. Ditto from the staff, who felt it created purposeful discussion of key issues and an opportunity for greater connection with the board."
-Veronica Pardo, CEO, Arts Access Victoria
"Helga Svendsen assisted our team and our board to develop a new strategic plan. Over two interactive sessions with a combination of exercises to assist our thinking and a range of key processes we made excellent progress in our planning for the next three years. Helga has a style that is responsive to what is going on in the group but also gently directive which kept us on task. Thanks Helga for your skilled assistance in doing this important planning work".
-Morag McArthur, Director Institute of Child Protection Services, Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Helga presented her "Courageous Leadership" session to RMIT's inaugural Inspiring Leadership program. The program has a great mix of students from post graduates to under graduates, 1st years to 5th years and obviously vast differences in leadership experience. While I knew Helga was bright and engaging what was most impressive was Helga's ability to pitch to the various levels of leadership experience. I have received wonderful feedback from students who now feel better equipped to be courageous leaders. Thanks Helga!
-Sally Tanner, Sport Management | Student Engagement
Helga is an engaging speaker and facilitator. I have especially appreciated her passion and ability to quickly connect with people. Her engagement with various groups of NAB executives, as part of a leadership development program, always produced very positive feedback from the participants.
-Diana Renner, Adaptive leadership practitioner
I am privileged to facilitate a Leadership Victoria program which Helga Svendsen is often a guest speaker addressing the subject: Courage, Leadership and the Big Issue. It’s a great interactive component, in which Helga engages the group with an exercise to develop Courage. I have vivid memories of a participant sharing her courageous goal to become a Life Coach in addition to her full-time role. In the past 12 months’ this goal has been achieved in an amazing proactive manner. It’s testament to Helga’s model and ability to quickly gain the trust of the group to participate.
-Louise Thomson, Leadership Performance Specialist
Helga is someone who LV loves to work with and we do so on a very regular basis. Helga is a regular speaker in LV's Igniting Leadership program, presenting on the topic of "Courage, Leadership and the Big Issues" and as a regular speaker in our Board Leadership Program on "Effective Boards". Helga is a story teller and is very effective at getting her messages across by sharing her lived experiences. I would certainly recommend Helga in any facilitation role where engagement and enhanced participation are intended outcomes.
-Tony Matthews, Manager Leadership Development at Leadership Victoria
Board KickStarter Group Coaching Program
I participated in Helga’s Board Kickstarter Program in August and September this year. It was such a great course to take part in. Despite being online, Helga kept everyone engaged and energised. It was a great opportunity to learn about what it takes to be on a board and allows you to connect with other strong and inspiring women. Helga also helped is to identify goals, values and strengths when thinking about our future career path. Would absolutely recommend this training to anyone regardless of what stage of your career you are at.
-Anna Masters, Strategic Communications and Content (Board KickStarter 2021)
I participated in Helga's Kickstarter Program earlier this year, and while I was dubious about how tiring another online event could be, it was great. Helga kept everyone inspired, energised and educated, while at the same time managing to create a space for people to be both truly vulnerable and truly spectacular. One of the highlights for me was being able to connect and establish relationships with so many accomplished women in such a collaborative environment. If you're looking at starting a board career, start with Helga's program!
-Gretchen Scott, CEO, The Human Collective (Board KickStarter 2021)
Helga’s Board Kickstarter program came highly recommended and despite being confined to video delivery due to lockdown in Melbourne, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sessions were practical, highly engaging and interactive. It was an excellent complement to the AICD Company Directors Course that I just completed.
-Sandra Parker, Chief Executive, Fair Work Ombudsman (Board KickStarter 2021)
Inspiration, confidence and practical tips – what comes to mind when I reflect on Helga’s Board KickStarter program, which I had the pleasure of attending recently. The program brimmed with useful knowledge about boards and governance and opportunities for reflection and mutual learning. Helga is a wonderful facilitator and the program was seamless and energising despite the limits imposed by our new virtual life. As a bonus, I got to meet, share and reflect with a group of incredible women also figuring out their governance path. I can highly recommend the Board KickStarter program, and Helga’s Take on Board podcast, to anyone looking to take their first step into governance.
-Adamina Ivcovici, Consumer Advisory Committee Member, Better Care Victoria (Board KickStarter 2020)
I recently completed Helga's Board KickStarter program and was blown away by the calibre of the content and incredible women I met and had a chance to work with. The fully remote format worked really well, and the structure allowed me to connect and collaborate with every other member of the program efficiently and hyper effectively. This program is an absolute must for any women looking to make the move into the board room.
-Hannah Browne, Managing Director, Midnyte City Full-time (Board KickStarter 2020)
The Board KickStarter course was exactly what I was looking for in exploring the opportunities and pathway for directors. Helga's exceptional facilitation skills, genuine warmth and practical approach made the course enjoyable and the group dynamic was natural. I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to learn with Helga and a bunch of talented lovely woman, well worth my time and investment!
-Nicole Vaughan, Engagement Manager, Bang the Table (Board KickStarter 2020)
I enjoyed participating in the Board KickStarter Program. It was an opportunity to meet likeminded women and delve into the world of boards!
-Shannen de la Motte, Law Graduate, AIG (Board KickStarter 2020)
I recently completed Helga’s Board KickStarter group coaching program. Even though it had to be conducted entirely remotely, it was really well-paced, well-structured and brilliantly facilitated by the super enthusiastic and supportive Helga. I got so much more out of the program than I expected, including some fantastic connections with a group of amazing women in different fields, and I have already been able put what I learnt into practice. I cannot recommend the program highly enough to other women looking for new ways to use their skills, broaden their influence and contribute to positive change!
-Eleanore Fritze, Project Manager, Fitzroy Legal Service (Board KickStarter 2020)
When I started to tell people I was thinking about a governance role, three women who I admire said "you should talk to Helga!" So, as an aspiring director, I attended Helga’s Board Kickstarter program - a fabulous three-day course designed to give women the initial knowledge and tools to find that first board role. Helga was a fun, knowledgeable and inspiring facilitator. We emerged not only with a good understanding of the director role, but also our own pitch and CV, pragmatic advice about the search for that first role, and connections to a dozen other accomplished women - also aspiring directors. Helga is absolutely dedicated to having more women and more diversity on boards, with the knowledge of the benefits that will bring to society. Her commitment, generosity, enthusiasm, expertise and charisma has convened a community of amazing women at all stages of their board journeys to this purpose, and I am delighted to be a part of that community.
-Nicole Baker, Principal, Nicole Baker Consulting (Board KickStarter 2020)
Helga's KickStarter program is exactly what I needed to translate my skills, experience and values into a format relevant to the roles I want to apply for. In a very supportive environment (yes! this is possible over Zoom!) we met a great bunch of people, had fun and completed alot of work. I am so impressed with her generosity in time, resources and ideas - love her and her work.
-Amy Wells, Business Manager, Enviropacific (Board KickStarter 2020)
I really enjoyed the Kickstarter Board course run by Helga. It was inspiring to meet so many fabulous women. Helga is an engaging facilitator and gave us so many useful tips and tools - all of which are practical and easy to put into place. The course was very well run and I have no hesitation in recommending it and Helga!
-Pita Williams, Non Executive Director, Consultant (Board KickStarter 2020)
Dynamic, Passionate, Generous - three words I would use to describe Helga and the Board Kick Starter course! Helga's Board Kick Starter program has opened up new doors and given me the opportunity to network with some amazing, talented women from all levels and areas across business, industry and community. Her passion to bring women together and increase womens representation on Boards is contagious. I have learnt so much about governance of Boards, critical skills matrix and importantly what drives me and where I want to focus in developing my Board career. Thank you Board Kick Starter and Helga for providing me new motivation and inspiration. Thank you
-Amanda (Molly) Neilson, Manager, Resource Recovery Infrastructure
Helga's Board Kickstarter program is brilliant - very well designed and full of practical information. Helga is so generous with her time and expertise. Not only that, Helga has created a community of talented, accomplished women that is a goldmine of support and contacts. Well worth it!
-Olivia Davis, Quality & service improvement | stakeholder engagement | complaints management
Helga’s Board Kickstarter course was a great experience. As a governance and risk specialist, I felt well equipped in theory to approach my first board role. In doing this course, I gained so much practical insight, networks and incredibly useful tips to really support getting onto a board. Helga brought together a great group, created a really open and supportive environment and generated a huge amount of positive momentum. Highly recommend the course and Helga as an incredibly skilled facilitator!
-Susan Staples, Senior Project Manager, Disability Royal Commission at Scope (Aust)
I was deeply honored to be a part of the super inspiring Board KickStarter Group. As an Aboriginal Women I felt culturally safe and supported. The program is interesting, interactive, fun and powerful. Thanks so much Helga
-Sue Tuitupou, Aboriginal Policy, Advisory and Engagement
Highly recommend Board Kickstarter program if you are considering joining a Board for the first time. Helga is a great coach who provides practical steps and advice needed to apply for your first Board role in a fun and supportive environment. It's also a great opportunity to meet other professional women who are seeking to do the same. Definitely worthwhile!
-Dimi Boubolas, Program Director and Executive General Manager
Helga's 'Board KickStarter Group Coaching Program for Women' provides a practical, hands-on approach to developing your own personal strategy to becoming a board member. Aside from creating my own framework to becoming a Board Member in the near future, it provided me with valuable insight into how I can work better with my own Board today, and introduced me to a supportive group of inspiring women.
-Jade Barnaby, National Accreditation & Compliance Manager at Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA)
The Board Kickstarter program was a really good overview of responsibilities of Directors and governance role and issues. I really enjoyed it - it was fun, collaborative and inspiring. To those that are thinking about it, I say "Go do it! Definitely sign up". Bring your thoughts and experience and also an open mind to absorb what you learn. Thanks for the opportunity. Helga facilitated the program with a combination of her energy and passion for driving women to be confident in taking a path to directorships.
- Anna Chung, Senior Finance Executive | Director
Helga's Board Kickstarter program was a really good way to explore and understand what's involved in a NFP Board and how to go about it. But it was more than just that - it was also a useful way to rethink career development. The atmosphere was creative and collegiate - a supportive network. Helga helped us to inspire ourselves. I'd recommend it to anyone in career transition or who is seeking to take up a Non-Executive Director role.
-Melissa Clarkson, Corporate Responsibility Manager at ME Bank
I recently completed the Board KickStarter with Helga Svendsen. Helga provided positive and uplifting sessions. She guided the group to set attainable personal and professional goals and gave us confidence to identify our strengths in order to determine some clear direction in our future career path. The sessions had a fabulous energy and it was great to share the experience with five inspiring women!
-Nadine Gaskell, Biodiversity Coordinator, Knox Council
The Board KickStarter program was great for motivating me, improving my confidence and connecting with other strong, interesting women. It really got me thinking about what's involved and helped me realise I can do lots of things. I found it enlightening, interesting and thought-provoking. To others who are thinking about doing the program I would say it's good for getting into positive thinking.
-Georgy Wood, Future Industries
The Board KickStarter program is perfect to get the lay of the land in Board appointments. It was wonderful insight into how it all works. The small group format was good and there was a really clear structure on what to do, when and how. I found it succinct, effective and fun. It was a really good grounding in what's required and advice on steps to take.
-Hanife Ymer, KPMG
Board Accelerator Group Coaching Program
2020 was full of surprises and uncertainty. Thankfully, I signed up to Helga’s Board Accelerator course and experienced nine months of learning, connection and growth that improved my decision making and my unique contribution to governance. Through Helga’s skilful and engaging facilitation I met and worked with an exceptional cohort of women who challenged and inspired me each month online. Helga can hold the space for big ideas but also thinks of the details and makes it easy to utilise technology (I actually looked forward to zoom!). Do yourself a favour and lock in an experience that is guaranteed to be a highlight of 2021 - work with Helga Svendsen!
-Michelle Isles, Sustainable Solutions
Are you are woman on a board seeking to build and enrich your governance skills and networks? I recommend Helga’s structured and supportive women’s Board Accelerator Program as a great way to hone your skills and be more effective in the boardroom.
Margaret Burdeu, Member of Council at La Trobe University and Principal Burds I-view consulting
Thanks Helga for the 2020 board accelerator program - it’s was an enlightening foray into the art of boardroom practice. The science of board practice is relatively easy - there are many courses and opportunities to learn. It’s the art, the practice that you can’t learn in books: board accelerator brings together a smart, supportive group of women with diverse experiences; a brains trust for challenges, questions and ideas.
Carole Alt, Non-executive Director | Deputy Chair | Chair: Risk & Audit | Member: Clinical Governance, Wimmera Health Care Group
Helga’s outstanding coaching and facilitation skills were further proven in the delivery of the 2020 Board Accelerator Program. With a conscious awareness of the limitations of online delivery, Helga adapted the program for virtual delivery by utilising a mix of tools, techniques and approaches keeping participants engaged throughout. Helga’s extensive experience as a Board Director, coach and mentor is evident in her program design, facilitation and knowledge sharing and her approach is practical and evidence based.
Nicola Raudys, Board Secretary, cohealth
Helga, I can't speak highly enough of her ability to bring the best women together and to help them become even better. Sometimes it is just asking the right question, sometimes just the right introductions, somethings just the right speaker. She has a wealth of governance expertise and a fantastic network, I have been blessed to have been introduce to her and thought this years Board Accelerator was so beneficial to by career and my own development I have signed up again next year.
Dr Dominique Hes, Trustee, Trust for Nature | Chair, Beyond Zero Emissions | Non Executive Director, Greenfleet
I would like to recommend the Board Accelerator course. I have just completed this and it gives you the opportunity to collaborate with amazing Director's. It is a real insight into real life board experiences and of course the value from this course would not be possible without the brilliant facilitation of Helga. If you are looking for a course to extend your government experience then this is for you!
Anna Pullinger, Director, Aunties and Uncles Queensland
Helga’s Board Accelerator Program brings together her passion for connecting people and creating communities of shared value and experience with her facilitating expertise. Thank you for creating a safe space to discuss board challenges and opportunities in a room full of smart women - what a gift!
Emma Humann, President, Environment Victoria
Helga's Board Accelerator program is a great way to learn from other women who are on Boards. Helga's facilitation expertise created a safe online space ( I completed the program via Zoom) for information sharing and discussion on an array of board challenges. I highly recommend this program.
Ann Roberts, Non Executive Director, Shepparton Access
It has been a privilege to be a part of Helga's Board Accelerator Program and I'd highly recommend to women looking to get to make the most of their board experience. Helga is an exceptional person and, as a connector, leader, facilitator and mentor, she is incredible. Her experience is second to none and her can-do approach and passion for connecting is clearly her superpower. I have looked forward to each and every early morning Board Accelerator session and have broadened my knowledge, understanding and contacts as a result. If you're thinking of joining the Board Accelerator, don't hesitate.
Michelle Shepherd, Non Executive Director, The Jane Goodall Institute Australia
Helga’s program is a fantastic way to learn from peers and get new insights into Board trade craft. I highly recommend it to all women directors.
Helen Campbell, Chair, Domestic Violence Victoria
I was part of the Board Accelerator Program run by Helga. Quite apart from meeting a great group of people, it inspired me to take on some issues around how our Board is run. We've now done a skills audit, are about to establish an annual calendar and are working on improving our working methods. The Board accelerator works equally well if you want to tease out some of the big strategic issues that go along with corporate governance, or if you need to get into the nitty-gritty detail. I can heartily recommend taking part.
-Antonia Mochan, Manager, External Communications and Content at Uniting
Helga’s Board Accelerator Program was terrific. Helga ensured a safe space to learn and discuss all the ins and outs of being an effective board member. I learnt lots and made really useful action plans for my improved board practice and the monthly meetings and regular follow up ensured I carried these out. Another excellent aspect was the great network of women participants. While each had different experiences all were generous in their sharing - we learnt so much from each other and I believe will remain firm friends. Thank you so much Helga for making this extremely rewarding experience possible.
-Leonie Morgan AM, Facilitator, Mentor, Problem Solver, Non Executive Director
I was a member of Helga’s Board Accelerator Program and found it fantastic. I enjoyed having the ability to discuss practical ways of implementing good governance. It has improved my confidence and effectiveness as board member, and having the calibre of other participants to share and garner ideas from was incredible. The women attending the program came from a diverse array of backgrounds which added value to the experience and I look forward to continuing to share ideas and thrash out issues with them in the future. Thankyou Helga for providing this opportunity and making it an extremely worthwhile experience. I encourage women to join Helga’s Board Accelerator Program, we can continue to add value and diversity to boards and therefore improve performance of organisations.
-Liz Kelly, Director at TLConsult
"Helga's Board Accelerator Program will help you refine your skills and enhance your mindset to be a more valued and effective director. Board Accelerator keeps you focused and pushes you to share your learnings with other board directors and accelerate your board career. The course helped me refresh and reshape my skills to be a more assertive and effective board member. It was insightful to see other women with similar challenges. As a group, we covered topics such as big data, how to manage the chair, the importance of board diversity, board skills matrix and effectiveness, strategy, risk, financials and many more relevant topics.
Helga brings a wealth of experience and energy to the group. It was amazing how after 2 sessions how quickly we bonded as a team of professional women who bought to the group diverse strengths and experience, all willing to share so that we could debate, challenge and learn from each other.
If you want to meet smart women, who want to be challenged and who you can learn from, join the Board Accelerator Program hosted by Helga Svendsen. It will help you refine your skills and enhance your mindset to be a more valued and effective director."
-Sandra Loader, Non Executive Director, ABCL (Australia Beverages Council Ltd)
"An extremely rewarding experience"
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