About us

Our vision is a thriving, safe and wise social purpose sector where individuals, organisations and communities are achieving their full potential.

We help you to steer through change and growth in your organisation and team, and in your own professional development. Our specialisation in the for-purpose sector means that you know we get the context that you are operating in with its blend of passion, pace, and complexity.

Our Approach

We offer an approach that is strengths-based, and laser focused on what you need most in just the amount you need it. We work with you to co-create programs of work that are responsive, tailored and right sized.

Our training is grounded in the evidence of effective adult development including brain-based coaching, neuro-leadership and Conversational Intelligence®. We combine this with a humanistic outlook informed by practice areas like gestalt, and global best practice in areas like adaptive leadership and systems thinking. Like our clients, we are always learning and innovating.

Why clients love working with us:

We are flexible and responsive, co-creating right-sized solutions.

We solve real and present challenges bringing learning and fresh perspectives.

We bring deep and broad sector expertise and perspectives.

We sensitively navigate complex contexts, issues, people and perspectives.

We are contemporary, attuned to the needs of our flexible and hybrid workforce.

We support over the long-term, embedding value and capability.

We walk our talk of co-creation and respect, bringing laughter and joy as well as insight.

Who we work with

We work with organisations whose objectives are primarily social purpose. This includes not-for-profits, charities, social enterprises, government agencies at all levels, and some social purpose businesses.

We primarily work with those in leadership. This includes CEOs, and members of the executive leadership team, as well as management, operations and emerging leaders, as well as Chairs and Boards of Directors.

Our experience spans the breadth of the social sector and organisations from large to grassroots and everything in between.

Our experience spans the breadth of the social sector and organisations at all sizes – from large charities to grassroots not-for-profit groups.

  • Arts and Culture
  • Disability
  • International Development
  • Health and Medical Research
  • Children’s Services
  • Community Services
  • Religious entities
  • Environment & Heritage
  • Philanthropic and Corporate Foundations
  • First Nations
  • Aged Care
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Independent Schooling
  • All levels of Government
Meet the Team

We are a close-knit team of Professionally Certified Coaches (PCC) and master facilitators. Every member of our team has deep social sector sensibilities, passion and experience along with robust expertise in the full suite of our services – from strategy to leadership development, team performance and culture. We provide you with flexibility, fit and skills, when, where, and how you need it.


Elise Sernik PCC, Founder


Barbara Barkley PCC


Sarit Vandegraaff PCC


Nicola Rothmann PCC


Melinda Hobson

Our Values

The behaviours we live by in the service of ourselves, and the people we work with; both their and our own inspiring visions, meaningful goals, and striving for a better world.


Show up and step out, unlocking the value of what it means to be strong, brave, safe and authentic


Be grounded, deeply knowledgeable and real-world, delivering transformational value


Relish growth and insight, sharing laughter, lightness and surprise


Walk in partnerships of wisdom, enabling what is over the horizon to come into being

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