Learn a bit more about us, and why we do what we do
Our vision is a safe wise world.
We believe that social purpose organisations have a critical part to play in bringing this vision into reality.
Our mission is to strengthen the thriving social purpose economy and we do this by helping social purpose leaders to transform their organisation’s effectiveness.
We formally came into being in 2013 and we are a social purpose business; which is to say that our purpose drives our reason for being and our sustainability ensures we can continue to have the impact we care about.
Our theory of change
How we do it
We offer the ability to build capability in yourself, your team and your organisation so that you can do more of what you do, better and more efficiently.
Our team bring hands-on sector experience along with best in breed skills in Coaching, Facilitation, Consulting and Training.
Our approach is integrated because our experience and belief is that transformation requires a rich and responsive palette of skills and knowledge.
We combine expertise in neuroscience and neuro-leadership, strengths-based adult learning, integral psychology, mindfulness, conflict management, conversational intelligence, resilience, constellations, systems theory and much more.
Meet the team
Elise Sernik PCC, Founder
Elise Sernik is a professionally accredited coach who partners with leaders and teams from across the purpose economy to transform their organisations and their professional potential. She draws on a background in commercial and not-for-profit management, organisational consulting and executive coaching to support her clients to achieve their goals in leadership, strategy and organisational change.
Elise brings a rich palate of skills in neuroscience, mindfulness, systems dynamics, communication and conflict resolution, and a style that is dynamic, engaging and transformational. In 2015 was honoured to be recognised by ICF NSW for her contribution to the nonprofit sector.
Barbara Barkley, PCC
Barb is a professionally accredited PCC coach, with a business and accounting background, a Masters in Sports Management and a senior social purpose career. As CEO of Womensport Queensland, National Manager of the Telstra Foundation and through her own strategy and executive coaching business, Barb has created partnerships, developed strategies and delivered programs across sport, community, corporates and government.
Barb engages collaboratively, and with a leader’s perspective to help people and organisations clarify their vision of where they want to go and how they could get there while staying true to their values and purpose.
Andrea van der Merwe ACC
Andrea van der Merwe is a leadership and team coach with a focus on supporting leaders to thrive in complexity and change. She holds an associate coach accreditation with the ICF and has coached social purpose leaders and teams on three continents. This is supported by her own experience of heading up an innovative social purpose organisation in a complex regulatory environment, growing it from a start-up to a sustainable organisation.
Her earlier career was as a senior leader in banking and as a global management consultant. She has a particular expertise of working with cultural diversity and change at all levels, and is equally comfortable working with grassroot teams as well as leadership teams and boards.
Caroline Upsall brings with her 15 years of learning, leadership development and project management experience from the professional services sector coupled with a personal connection with the for-purpose sector. She has a passion for building awareness of behaviours and enabling personal growth and organisational effectiveness. Caroline has local and global experience in designing, facilitating and managing learning initiatives, as well as strong stakeholder engagement, business and project management skills.