- Founded Billie Goat Soap in 2004 which was named NSW Business Chamber Business of the Year in 2010.
- University lecturer for the University of Newcastle in small business growth and development.
- Works in a specialised and unique space combining small business growth strategies with a workplace wellbeing process, especially for micro business and sole operators.
- Is the COSBOA Mental Health ambassador and advisor.
- Is a founding member of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance - a peak body developing the National Workplace Initiative for all Australian workplaces.
- Working Well – the elixir to small business success
This keynote emphasises how workplace wellness is the key to workplace success in small business – especially for solopreneurs. Drawing on my own experience as a small business owner this presentation explores how to recognise the signs when we’re not working well and provides practical steps to address the imbalance. Attendees leave with ideas and strategies they can easily apply in their own business environment demonstrating that an investment in themselves is the best investment they can make to their business success.
- Working Wellness In
This keynote addresses how small business owners can build resilience and wellness without sacrificing valuable work time. Too often approaches to mentally healthy workplaces include strategies that simply don’t work in small business. This keynote provides practical and realistic ideas to support small business owners to work well in their business using strategies that fit with the realities of small business ownership. Attendees leave with a list of practical, often fun, self-care ideas they can apply immediately in their own workplace.
- Creating A Mentally Healthy Small Business
Do you want to address employee wellbeing but just don’t know where to begin? It’s often challenging talking about mental health in small business environments because our workplace is quite small and intimate. It takes confidence to address wellbeing topics head on! This keynote provides business owners with a roadmap to know how to have mental health discussions in the workplace and manage the wellbeing of their small business employees. The audience will learn how building a mentally healthy workplace is so much more than fruit baskets and lunchtime yoga!
- Workplace Wellness – not just for your employees
Do you know how to improve the working relationship you have with your small business customers? This keynote explores how corporate workplaces can provide mental health support to their small business clients. It explains the value of business connections and how reaching out beyond a business transaction adds value to a business relationship. It provides easily applied ideas to connect with small business customers including how to identify a customer in distress and direct them to professional support. It also presents easy and interesting ways to connect with the small business community to ensure all interactions add value to the business process.
Leanne was an outstanding presenter, inspired us with her story and gave us sound practical tips.
Sharrock Pitman Legal Pty. Ltd.
Relevant content, genuine delivery, communicated well.
Action Coach Australia New Zealand
In all instances of observing Leanne present, either in person or online, I have found her to be an extremely engaging presenter. Leanne speaks with great passion, as well as great knowledge. Leanne courageously shares her own experience of situational depression during a tough trading time when she was running her own small business. Leanne is able to adeptly weave the story of her own experience into key messaging relevant to the event. Leanne presents with great confidence and authenticity, which enables her to effectively engage her audience. Leanne is a compelling presenter and I have no hesitation in commending her as a speaker and communicator.
Leanne is the current Small Business champion for COSBOA and is a passionate, skilled and experienced business person. Leanne is the only person I know of who is solely focussed on the mental health of the self employed, an issue that has been ignored for too long. I absolutely recommend Leanne as a contact as for anyone interested in the health of small business people and indeed for any business issues.
Leanne is a skilled and engaging public speaker and advocate for small business.
Safe Work Australia