Maree Harris BSW, PhD
Maree is a specialist in the development of Soft Leadership skills; those all important interpersonal, communication and people skills.
Maree is a specialist in the development of Soft Leadership skills; those all important interpersonal, communication and people skills. These are the personal leadership skills that are an essential complement to professional and industry specific technical skills. She has a background in education, counseling and psychotherapy, mediation, consultative staff supervision, consultancy and coaching.
Maree's PhD thesis, completed in 2003, was on "Being a Reflective Practitioner in an Age of Uncertainty". She has a particular interest in helping leaders and managers develop the reflective skills they need to navigate and manage, creatively and pro-actively, the uncertainties and complexities of these challenging times. An important part of her work is facilitating awareness of what values guide them and their strengths that will sustain them. Maree is the Founder and Director of People Empowered, a highly successful consultancy operating since 1989.
- Team development sessions
Coaching and Mentoring
- Business and leadership coaching
- Career coaching
- Mentoring for women
- Mentoring for personal leadership
- Online mentoring for accountants
- Employee assistance programs
Training and Presentations
- Personal leadership and soft skills workshops
- Interactive small group workshops
- Keynote presentations
- Leadership development workshops for women
- Networking workshops
- Speaker promoting work of Opportunity International
Service Delivery Locations
- Australia (in person)
- Worldwide (mentoring and coaching via telephone)
- Personal leadership and soft skills development
- Training program development
- Training program delivery
- Coaching and mentoring
- Consultative staff supervision
- Strategic thinking
- Problem solving
- Reflective thinking and practice
- PhD Social Science (RMIT)
- Bachelor of Social Work (University of Melbourne)
- Trained Primary Teacher's Certificate (Sacred Heart Teachers' College)
- Professional Supervision in Human Service Organisations (Australian Association of Social Workers)
- Family Mediation (Relationships Australia)
- Advanced Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Post-trauma Syndromes (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc.)
- Australian Institute of Management
- Ballarat Health Services, Community Advisory Committee Member
- Victorian Women's Trust
- Geelong Chamber of Commerce
- Commerce Ballarat
- Opportunity International – Ambassador
Current and Previous Clients
- St. John of God Hospital
- Ballarat Community Health Centre
- Patrick Rowan & Associates
- Kempe Group
- UFS Dispensaries
- Sigma Mindset
- Geelong CPA
- Regional Development Victoria, Ballarat
- Zonta Ballarat
- NM Institute of TAFE, Melbourne
- UDIA Women in Property Group
- Geelong BPW
"We approached Maree Harris of People Empowered to assist us with our Professional Development program. Maree was fantastic in working with us to develop a 'soft skills' program and was more than willing to customise sessions to meet our needs. She made sure she understood the profession and the challenges for developing less-technical aspects of the CPA's role in a busy workplace. Her delivery style is very engaging and she uses examples that we can all relate to in our own working lives to demonstrate her point. Maree's sessions have been a welcome addition to our Professional Development calendar!"Yvonne Hewitt
CPA Geelong Branch
"If you are a manager and looking for the essential Soft Skills to get the most out of your staff then you cannot go past Maree Harris and her business – People Empowered. Maree has a wealth of experience in this (and many other) areas. She is dedicated, passionate and able to translate complex human behaviour into simple terms that all can understand and improve from. I've known and worked with Maree for the past three years and have watched her develop her business into global standards. I highly recommend Maree.Julie Spain
"I have worked with Maree in an on-going professional relationship for an extensive period of time. She has coached and supported me through several changes in my career, one of which was a complete change of career, and each time she has supported and empowered me to define my skills, capabilities and potential. I had to stretch myself to take the risk of new directions and challenges. She also helped debunk self-perceptions that were blocking the way forward. In doing so she helped me believe that all of these opportunities were possible and well within my reach and scope. Maree has worked with me through the transitions of early leadership experiences, numerous and diverse senior leadership positions, a school principalship and now an executive position in health care.
Maree provides a reflective, proactive environment of support, challenge and encouragement that explores the potential of the individual. She is able to work with her client to help them change goals into reality with a clear, dynamic process that encompasses both soft and hard skills. She understands the business context, challenges and advantages of the global world and has integrated this knowledge to help my professional change and transitions. I would highly recommend Maree to anyone needing a coach who understands business and the skills needed to manage the complexities of today's world and will challenge her client to trust in themselves and soar to become a better leader."Suzanne Sherry
Director of Mission
St. John of God Hospital, Subiaco, W.A.
"We engaged the services of People Empowered to assist us to define our culture. It has helped us re-align our mission, values and goals. Through Maree's enthusiasm and her ability to share experiences our team has been challenged and inspired. We believe developing a broad range of skills in our team is paramount to our firm's success."Helen Pemberton
Patrick Rowan & Associates CPAs
"I have had professional contact with Ms Harris over a number of years, both in my current role and in other organisations. Maree has provided professional supervision, development and team consultancy through her private practice for several years.
Maree has a well-deserved reputation as an effective counsellor, supervisor, professional development coach and management consultant.
I have always found her work to be of a high standard – well planned and prepared, evidence based, reliable and most helpful to those who engage with her. Maree is committed to the development and empowerment of those she works with, and uses her professional skills and knowledge effectively to challenge, invigorate and then support change.
I wish Maree every success in her endeavours as Director of "People Empowered", and feel confident that she will continue to inspire and develop those with whom she works."Robyn Reeves
Ballarat Community Health Centre
"I have been fortunate to be able to utilize the services provided by Maree Harris to support staff in the workplace over the last ten years.
I have found that personal issues, usually outside the workplace, can often affect staff to the point that these issues spill over into the work arena and can cause major tensions. In my last two positions, I have utilised Employee Support services provided by Maree, which has been extremely helpful to the employees concerned in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Maree has an excellent reputation for helping people clarify the issues that are affecting them, and determine which matters are within their power to affect and/or resolve. I would strongly recommend her services to employers who wish to maximise the potential of their staff."Lynne McLennan
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