Touted as ‘one of the most influential, authentic coaches in the game’, Lisa Stephenson is the Founding Director of Who Am I Projects, author of Read Me First, and one of Australia’s foremost success coaches.
As a writer, keynote speaker, success coach and CEO, Lisa’s core purpose is to guide others in navigating and mastering their most critical project – themselves. From high-pressure boardrooms to public auditoriums, Lisa has earned a reputation for her unmatched curiosity, intuition and ever-compassionate approach.
Lisa is committed to not only inspiring, but challenging and enlightening her clients and audiences. An eclectic career has taken Lisa across the globe, with stints traversing vast industries; from telecommunications and banking to health and education.
Established by Lisa in 2008, Who Am I Projects is now one of the leading coaching consultancies in the country delivering programs across leadership, high performance and talent development. An enviable client list spans government, not-for-profit and ASX enterprises such as CommBank, Westpac, Treasury Wine Estate, Macquarie, Telstra, Hesta, Australian Unity and NAB.
Regularly appearing in the media, Lisa’s first book Read Me First attracted acclaim for its authentic, pragmatic style and widely celebrated ‘witty Stephenson candour’. Coverage to date has included spots on TODAY Extra (9), The Daily Edition (7), ABC Radio National, and print features in the Financial Review, Weekend Australian, Mamamia, Herald Sun and News.com.au.
With a love for crafting stories and a killer knack for ‘holding the room’, Lisa delivers keynotes on topics such as Emotionally Intelligent Living, Understanding Human Behaviour, Drivers of Individual Success, and Learning in an Era of Hyperconnectivity.
A self-confessed 80’s junkie with an insatiable appetite for Australian beaches, fine wine, all things Italian and quality time with her three children, Lisa is a natural leader, a generous giver of sage advice and sharer of her own (self-admittedly ‘flawed’) stories.
From Professional athletes to CEOs, entrepreneurs and a diverse list of exceptional individuals in between, building trusted connections and powerful life pathways with fellow humans is one of the greatest privileges of her work.
I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa Stephenson for over 8 years, most recently as a senior leader host of NAB’s Thrive, 9-month development program for our most talented people.
As a Thrive host rather than participant, I was also given the opportunity to work closely with Lisa’s coaching team (the wonderful Anna) and to develop my own ‘I am…’ statement. The whole experience was deeply impactful for me personally, and led to some profound personal understanding that I certainly had not expected, particularly for someone with a banking career of over 40 years and even more years of life experience.
Participation in Thrive stands out from almost every other personal development program I have experienced, and is something that I wish I had been given the opportunity to undertake much earlier in my life and career.
Mal Carter, General Manager Risk Management, Business Bank Risk, National Australia Bank
I was extremely lucky to have attended one of Lisa’s leadership programs some 12 years ago. It was at this time that I made a commitment to myself that, wherever possible, I wanted as many of my leaders to experience the same inspiration I felt during the program.
Lisa immerses herself into understanding your business needs but, importantly, also the needs of each individual to ensure they can be the very best they can be. I’ve watched much of my team grow and develop into capable leaders who now hold very senior roles in various organisations.
I appreciate their ‘no excuses’ approach, how they ensure that staff has a very clear understanding of accountability and responsibility, and their focus on ensuring that everyone drives their own learning and development. They’ve delivered programs on change management, courageous conversations, leadership skills, high performing teams, corporate story telling, values assessments, and communication skills. Every staff member who has attended one of their workshops comes away inspired and wanting more.
The Who Am I Projects team has consistently delivered programs and team building experiences for me over the years, for whatever organisation I’m working with. This team will always will be my first choice when I’m looking to grow both potential and senior leadership capabilities.
Charmaine Waugh, North West Regional Manager, Australian Unity Retirement Living Services
I met Lisa of Who Am I Projects in 2010 as EGM Corporate & Specialised Banking at NAB where I was developing what would become our highly-regarded THRIVE program, initially aimed at high-performing potential leaders in my team. From the very beginning Lisa offered us a program that was innovative and engaging.
During the highly effective 12-month THRIVE program, participants were challenged to think differently, grow in awareness and reframe their potential. The cornerstone of its effectiveness was undoubtedly her personal commitment to the program and every individual going through it. It’s been so successful that Lisa and her team were engaged to deliver the THRIVE program across the entire NAB Group.
I’ve engaged Lisa in coaching senior staff, as well as facilitating and leading team events. Testament to her incredible work is the fact that I recommend her unconditionally for her ability to deliver transformational coaching programs and events. She knows exactly how to engage the room at every level while delicately managing the balance between fun and confronting.
This is no day spa experience. The learning is long-term, and the results are a gift that participants keep forever.
David Hornery, CEO, Judo Capital
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