Vanessa Gavan is an entrepreneur who has spent the past 18 years transforming a range of leading international organisations and the leaders within them.
In 2001, she founded Maximus to bring a stronger leadership offering to the market. Today, Maximus is recognised as one of Australia’s most progressive leadership firms, working extensively with an impressive portfolio of leading international organisations to create relevant, astute, insightful and authentic leaders.
Inside Maximus, Vanessa co-creates with the leadership team to architect the firms’ direction, offerings and impact. She works with top leaders to develop their business strategies, improve executive leadership capability, redesign organisation structures and deliver business-wide performance solutions.
Vanessa is passionate about the impact great leadership can have on an organisation, its people and the community more broadly. She integrates work and her role as a loving wife and mother to two spectacular children. She lives life through the lens of creating a series of amazing experiences that impact people for the better. She travels widely. Learns and reads avidly. And loves to connect.
“I’m an advocate for creating workplaces where people can be their best. I believe in life long curiosity, challenging people to play a bigger game and being true to who you are. The entrepreneur in me loves getting my head around market opportunities and transforming organisations from the inside out.”
- 18 years of management consulting experience
- Psychologist with a strong entrepreneurial perspective (BSC Psych, Post Graduate Psych)
- Thought leader, industry writer and expert source for leading business publications
- Conference keynote speaker, presenter and experienced facilitator
- Harvard Business School Executive Education