Alis Anagnostakis - FaciliTator
ExMPLS, ICF PCC
For as long as she can remember, Alis has been fascinated by the complexity of the human mind and spirit. Ever since she was very young, she sought to understand the many contradictions inherent in human nature and find ways to cultivate wisdom in her own life. This interest was paired with her very deep love of reading and the many ways books can open paths towards new ways of experiencing the world. All this has later led her to a career in people development and coaching.
Alis believes that her mission is to support leaders in cultivating self-awareness, by helping make their thinking visible to themselves and others. She accompanies her clients towards developing their consciousness and getting more in touch with the workings of their own minds and more aware of others’ thinking too. It is her belief that conscious leaders can more readily access their capacity for becoming positive transformational forces in their teams and companies.
Alis has specialised in creating learning experiences rooted in neuroscience, positive psychology and theories of adult development. She has worked with thousands of managers in companies large and small. She accompanies teams, using dialogue as a means to surface assumptions and invite groups to shift their lens and gain new perspectives and insight. She coaches senior leaders, walking alongside them in their process of personal transformation.
In 2015 Alis created an ICF accredited coaching school for leaders, aiming at empowering them to learn the tools of coaching, pair them with the power of self-awareness and self-inquiry and use them to become a force for change in their companies. Over 100 leaders have graduated from the program, many of whom have started transformational projects in their own companies, thus creating a ripple effect of positive change.
In 2019 Alis moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast with her partner, who is a chef, and her young daughter. She started a research degree, studying the impact of transformational learning experiences on the consciousness development of leaders. Her research question is the same one that has been following Alis all her life : How can people learn wisdom? Now, as a mother working hard to be self-aware while raising another conscious human being, this question seems more relevant to her than ever.
Kate Peardon - facilitator
MBA, ExMPLS, ICF ACC, BBusMan(HR)
Passionate about holistic leadership, Kate’s focus is about supporting the whole person. This is not about a ‘balanced life’, but being a balanced person - mind, body and soul.
With a technical human resources background, Kate pursued her MBA in Australia and France, challenging traditional business methods and optimising results through people.
Continuing her career in business, Kate became the Director of People and Operations at Wiley & Co in 2014. She is now in a unique position of working part-time in an internal role, as well as externally as a consultant into other companies. This gives her insight to cutting edge consulting and practical reality for what it is like as an executive leading in Australasian business today.
In 2017 Kate co-founded Zenith Journey with Alis, whist they were both completing their Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University, Spain. Positive Leadership focuses on Positive Psychology applied to the human challenges of the workplace.
In early 2018, Kate's life took an expected twist, when she had a minor stroke caused by a spontaneous vertebral artery dissection. She refers to the experience as 'a gift without a bow' - although it wasn’t pretty, the experience is a unique gift, and the lessons have added great depth to her insights of the brain, self-compassion and connection with others’ experience. Kate has been rehabilitating and rewiring her neural-pathways, and life, using all her knowledge and experience in neuroscience, positive psychology, habit theory and performance coaching.
Her experience is now not only outside-in, but inside-out - she has LIVED it.
The experience has fundamentally changed and challenged her to get clear and live on purpose.
For fun, you'll find Kate relaxing at any piano she finds and cycling at sunrise. She is also a keen yogini, having completed a Yoga Teacher Training – another element of her holistic approach.