Thanks for connecting. Known for my vibrant, outspoken personality; playing small and subtle is not my style. I discovered early in life that there is no passion to be found in being ordinary or average, or wasting energy on comparisons, competition, copying or conforming to the norm. Individuality rocks! Authenticity matters.
From zigzagging through decades of diverse leadership experiences, I’ve built a reputation as a change champion and passionate influencer on all things leadership related. I now bring all those rich learnings [+ more - I'm constantly reading, researching and growing] to inspire, encourage and enable others to step forward into the arena and courageously lead change.
I’m on a mission to develop dynamic leaders and boost diversity at decision-making tables.
In the past decade, I discovered my career sweet-spot, stepped out of senior leadership roles to become CEO of my own life; 100% on purpose and on-point in all that I do. As Director of Vital Leaders – I work with my partner - Gary Kerr to provide leadership consulting, coaching and tailored programs for industry sectors and client organisations. Together - we are quite the dynamic duo. As Founder and Chair of the ElevateHER Australia NFP social enterprise, I lead a team to provide ElevateHER and Lean In workshops, programs, retreats, and advocacy, and mentor leaders of Peer circles and networks. As a professional speaker I enthusiastically share real and raw stories and relevant strategies in keynote talks, articles and blogs ... and added published Author to my achievements, releasing my first book – ‘ROCK YOUR STRIPES’ in mid-2019. Stay tuned for the next book - all about the power of collectivism.
I'm always keen to explore new opportunities to partner and provide services. Expect bucket loads of passion, straight talk, and a playful splash of individual quirkiness in everything I do.
ROCK YOUR STRIPES ... is a frank, fierce, full-arse femoir;
part insightful memoir, infused with feminism, lively spirted, deliberately confronting, and purposefully instructional. As an experienced leader, change champion, mentor, proud feminist, facilitator of ElevateHER programs and advocacy, the book openly bares my passion and personal mission to encourage women to: step up bravely, stand out boldly, and speak up brilliantly.
Adopted as a baby, I share of my first remembered awakening at age 7 to see life as a blank canvas; a chance to create my own unique, colourful journey. Bursting out from belittling confines, I've embraced individualism, made brave changes, and continue to boldly disrupt the ‘play-it-safe’ conservative conformists. As each chapter unfolds, I share the valuable learnings gained along a zigzag pathway of continually advocating for what is right, fair, equal in choice and rich in opportunity.
Divided into two parts, Part ONE is an inspirational call out using my DARE formula: Distrupt, Aspire, Reach and Evolve. Part TWO is about turning aspirations into behaviour changes and positive actions, introducing my FAVE 5 formula: Individualism, Independence, Initiator, Influencer, Involved.
My core message throughout the book is:
“Don’t half-arse your way through life ... choose to be your full-arse version.”
“Straight forward and straight from the heart, this is a very accessible read - it just might make you reflect, re-frame and re-envision your opportunities for making a difference. Jilinda encourages women to lead with authenticity, find better ways of solving problems and build positive change in workplace culture.”
Vivienne Tippett PhD OAM
“As the head of one of the oldest and most respected leadership Institute’s in the world, I am frequently asked to read and review books about leadership. Few that I have read are as practical and as ‘different’ as Rock Your Stripes. And I say ‘different’ in a very positive way! Jilinda’s perspective on, and approach to leadership is unique. Rock Your Stripes is a bold, brave and long overdue book about putting your fear aside and jumping in; in to life and in to leadership.”
David Pich MA (Cantab) FIML
“For me, this book is a journey through a process of realisation in both personal and career. It is inspirational, challenges you and makes you reflect. One sentence sums it up for me: ‘If this book helps just one woman to step up, stand out, speak up and lead positive change ... then sharing my stories and experiences here will be worth it’.”
Jackie Paterson BA(Hons) MCIPD CMgr FCMI
Educational Practitioner & Consultant
“Rock your Stripes is everything I expected from the dynamic individual, that is Jilinda. Focused, gutsy and relentless are all virtues that she expresses well in writing and a very logical convincing argument accompanies every motivating chapter of her book.”
Errol R J Morrison
“Jilinda shares her life experiences, her rawness, honesty and vulnerability, through every chapter. There’s no fluffing of words. Jilinda is incredibly passionate about leadership, speaking out, questioning, disrupting the status quo; she encourages you to do the same. This is a book that you can read, absorb the message, take action, then re-read it. A manual to pour through, to inspire you to BE more, DO more, or pick you up during the challenges of life.”
Intuitive Leadership Mentor
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Jilinda in various capacities over the past few years and ‘Rock Your Stripes’, is without a doubt the summary of how she lives her life, how she leads and how she influences others. In a world that is becoming increasingly beige, it’s such a relief to read a book from someone encouraging high level integrity whilst maintaining individuality. I have enormous respect for Jilinda. So sit back, grab a big cup of coffee and go on the journey that ‘Rock Your Stripes’ is bound to take you on.”
International Bestselling Author and Global Speaker