Vanessa Gavan


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Areas of Expertise

Future of Learning  •  Leadership

About Vanessa

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.

Speaking Topics

  • Conviction and the exponential mindset

  • Creating anti-fragile organisations

  • Future-focused leadership

  • Purpose and the North Star

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