through growth and change
leaders and teams
10 years of partnering with for-purpose leaders to maximise their social impact
We support you to achieve what you want for yourself, your team or your organisation. We offer you a unique combination of deep sector expertise, along with finely-honed coaching and facilitation skills, and a very practical understanding of what it takes to succeed.
We are honoured to be trusted by social purpose leaders, teams and Directors, our First Nations colleagues, and government agencies.
"Sarit has been an incredible support to the Equality Institute as an organisational coach over the past 18 months. She has supported us in navigating a period of intense growth and change, provided considered leadership training and consultation, undertaken a listening exercise with the broader team, and facilitated workshops to strengthen our values and ways of working.
She is warm, welcoming, thoughtful, and brings deep expertise and wisdom on inclusive leadership. At the same time, she has a unique understanding of the social justice space and how to balance for purpose with sustainability. Our whole organisation is in a stronger and more connected place because of the work of Leadership Space.”
Dr Emma Fulu
Founder and Executive Director, The Equality Institute
"Working with Elise as my coach has been transformative. She helped me prepare for the transition to the CEO role and supported me through my first 90 days and beyond. I felt that I could be vulnerable and open and she engaged with curiosity and encouragement. This transition was the steepest learning curve of my career and Elise was there to support me through the ups and downs. After every session I walked away with plenty to think about as well as clear actions to put into practice. I would highly recommend this program."
CEO, Social Ventures Australia (SVA)
“There was a critical piece missing for us and that was in the leadership. The work with Leadership Space was more than a standout moment, it was a turning point for our organisation.”
Working with Leadership Space and specifically Nicola Rothmann has been excellent. Our organisation was ready to tackle some big questions, and the guidance and skill demonstrated by Nicola helped us to navigate those big questions more constructively and creatively than we ever would’ve been able to do otherwise.
More generally, working with Leadership Space has simply been easy: they understand the impact space and the non-profit sector so well that no time is wasted having to “set the scene”, allowing for the real work to get done. The non-judgemental and insightful support from the Leadership Space is a testament to their skill, knowledge and passion for helping organisations that do good do it even better.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust
Monique Ribeiro, CEO
"Thank you for your incredible facilitation and development of our Strategic Plan. As a community-based not-for-profit, we are a diverse group of passionate and committed Board Directors and Executives, and sometimes the conversations can get quite heated with so many diverse points of view.
Barb Barkley and Nicola Rothmann's expert weaving of narratives, opinions and objectives equipped us not only with a robust, achievable and measurable Strategic Plan, but also a greater awareness and understanding of our common vision, direction and of each other."
"We engaged Leadership Space to undertake an evaluation of our Board and Directors as part of our Board health check and a broader review of our corporate governance framework. Barb Barkley respectfully understood and addressed our needs, challenged our views, shared their knowledge and expertise of not-for-profit governance, and workshopped with the Board towards opportunities for growth as a team and clarifying our Board’s role.
Our experience was extremely positive, and Marathon Health would recommend Leadership Space to other organisations looking for robust review of their corporate governance and Board culture."
Chair, Marathon Health
“It’s one thing to talk about wanting to respect and learn from different personality types in the room, it’s quite another to have the actual tools and insights to put it into practice. The two team workshops helped us get beyond the rhetoric, freed us from platitudes and jargon, and instead were engaging, safe and above all, useful. Big thanks to Elise Sernik and Lumina Learning."
"The Lumina Spark workshop with Elise was fabulous. I walked out of the workshop knowing myself so much better. The Portrait itself is such a positive and helpful framework, and the workshop provided very helpful insights into working and personal relationships. It’s hard to put into words but it was kind of like transitioning from snorkelling to scuba diving! That is from two dimensional to three dimensional insights. It is something I will be keeping close by for a long while. Thank you!"