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Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

Sally Foley-Lewis
Middle Manager Leadership and Professional Development Expert 

Sally Foley-Lewis

Sally helps middle managers move and improve! She boosts self-leadership and leadership by helping people reach their potential. She positively impacts effectiveness, confidence and results. With a leadership development career spanning more than 20 years, she has held roles from operational to CEO so she’s seen middle management from every angle! She walks the talk! 
She is a global award winning professional speaker, facilitator and executive coach. 
The drive to support and skill managers comes from her own senior leadership experiences. Sally delivers presentations, keynote speeches, workshops and coaching – all online and face-to-face – to help skill managers, boost productivity and self-leadership. 
Sally has worked with 15,000+ managers and leaders from medium sized to global organisations in Germany, Middle East, Asia, North America and across Australia. She has extensive qualifications, a wicked sense of humour and an ability to engage and inspire while making people feel at ease. 

Shelly McElroy

Shelly hails from Dublin and has made Australia her home for over a decade. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Media & Communications, and a Diploma in Leadership and Management, accredited in the neuroscience of Leadership and expert Coach for High Performance, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. 

With a track record of successfully managing large teams of up to 120 people in her previous roles as General Manager, Shelly possesses a deep understanding of people from diverse backgrounds. Successfully delivering outcomes for business partners at a global scale, she is driven by a passion for unlocking individuals' potential, believing that maximizing their capabilities ultimately enhances both individual and team performance. 

Shelly's forte lies in her exceptional communication skills and her unwavering dedication to fostering a culture of excellence and high performance. The constant evaluation theme across her work is how well she creates a space of psychological safety for all to thrive. As the founder and managing director of Dream Culture, she spearheads initiatives that empower teams and individuals to define and design their ideal organizational culture and understand role they must play to achieve it. 

Yarra Valley Lodge

Ellie Pietsch
Leadership Facilitator
Leading Teams

Ellie Pietsch

Ellie’s expertise lies at the intersection of culture, leadership and change. With a background in leadership development, stakeholder engagement and organisational change in sport, member associations and corporate consulting, the only constant in Ellie’s life is transformational change. Prior joining Leading Teams in 2021, Ellie was the global lead for Change Leadership at Deloitte Australia, supporting global executives to drive organisational performance during times of disruption. Ellie has worked with leaders in mining, government, infrastructure, education, construction and health to help them leverage their leadership capability to drive ambitious transformation agendas, whilst maintaining a strong performance culture.

Ellie is an expert facilitator, drawing on real life examples and using a unique blend experiential learning tools, stories and theory to get people talking about the things that really matter. Ellie’s clients appreciate the humour, vulnerability and honesty she shares, creating an environment of psychological safety that encourages openness and learning. And, if you’ve seen the ad about painting a surf club in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, ask Ellie about the three years she spent living in the clubhouse in a room under the stairs!

Smiths Beach Resort

Liz Del Borrello

Founder & Leadership Coach, Leaders Lobby 

Liz Del Borrello

Liz is a certified business and personal coach specialising in leadership. She is also the founder of one of Perth’s newest networking events – Leaders Lobby Perth. She empowers leaders and future leaders to be ready for their next career step. Liz also works with businesses to strengthen their team skills to increase trust, confidence, productivity and accountability. Her values-driven coaching reflects positivity and embraces clients wholly, to develop adaptable tools unique to their needs. This allows leaders to confidently communicate their authentic selves – unlocking purpose aligned opportunities.


Liz supports clients drawing from her 25 year corporate career as a communications executive. She left corporate Australia with burnout and turned her pain into purpose ... to now coach and train leaders to be more people focused and purpose-driven. Her high energy and empathetic approach makes her one of Perth’s most in-demand leadership coaches, trainers and speakers. In 2023, Liz was named in the Top 15 Coaches in Perth by Influence Digest.                     

Waitakere Resort & Spa

Mel Rowsell
Principal Coach
Wisdom At Work

Mel Rowsell

Mel Rowsell is leadership coach, facilitator and consultant. She has a background in helping ambitious and high performance leaders and companies. She co-founded technology success story Vend and scaled an award winning culture along the way. She guides entrepreneurs and leaders to be the best they can with an emphasis on difficult conversations, building resilience, self mastery and mastering the human connection at work.   


Mel is a Neuroleadership Institute trained coach with five years of experience coaching CEOs, founders, and leaders of all levels. Combining this with 20 years of practical leadership experience, and commercial nous, Mel brings a unique lens to coaching. Mel’s niche is bringing the human element back into the workplace. This combination of the human element and the practical, commercial and analytical is what sets her apart.  

"This Women in Leadership Retreat was outstanding, an excellent networking opportunity to share skills and learnings with other women from diverse roles and backgrounds. Our wonderful
facilitator had excellent knowledge and tools to provide. I left this conference feeling confident and ready anything. I highly recommend this retreat to all women wanting to refresh their
skills, pick up new tools and feel empowered by the strength of the women participating.."

Acting CEO, Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Services

"Safe and open space to really think about how to improve communication and management style. Loved the content, icebreakers, un-work aspects like the walk and breathwork. Felt renewed."

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"It’s tailored to your needs and what you put in is what best
outcomes are for you and your way of moving forward in your current job. It was wonderful for networking and our needs were met once again, fantastic way to work together. Wonderful facilities and clean and the staff are just wonderful."

Community Services Manager, Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Services

"Packed with several “aha moments” that will deliver the best impact in the development of my leadership style. I loved the cohort of women that came and their openness to share their
story. The content was really well structured for considering it was only a two day event I feel like I took away quite a bit from it."

Director, Ernst and Young Global Limited

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