Vanessa Gavan

Future-Focused Leadership · Purpose · Foresight · Mindset · Legacy


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Vanessa Gavan

Future leadership brings together real purpose, the foresight to seize opportunities, and the capabilities to impact at scale.

In my role as Founder & Joint Managing Director at Maximus, one of Australia’s most progressive future-focused leadership firms, I am responsible for the firm’s future strategy, enterprise capabilities to deliver it, the sponsorship of exceptional relationships and the portfolio of offerings that differentiate our experience. We have built on decades of know-how, progressive partnerships, dynamic solutions, strong theoretical research and commercial nous with humanity and heart.

At the heart of it, I am an entrepreneur, psychologist and commercial advisor to leaders seeking progressive solutions and advocate for the criticality of strong leadership and legacy. I have witnessed the impact of great leadership and the absence of it. I believe leadership is both a privilege and responsibility and that connecting personal purpose with a compelling future-focused vision leads to the creation of visionary companies.

This aspiration must be backed by the capabilities and discipline to deliver impact at scale.

“Now is the time for a bold reset of leadership capabilities.”


Speaking and Workshop Topics

  • Conviction and the exponential mindset
  • Purpose and the North Star
  • Future-focused leadership
  • Creating anti-fragile organisations

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