Helping people and organisations to strive and thrive.
Professional coaching, consulting, facilitation, education, and interim executive services backed by three decades of professional experience across the health, higher education and international development sectors, including 20 years of organisational management at the senior executive level.
Interim Executive Services
Interim executive support during times of change or transition, or while you recruit for senior roles. Sonja has three decades of experience across the health, higher education and international development sectors, including 20 years of organisational management. A skilled communicator and people leader, she has a track record of developing creative solutions to complex challenges and building stakeholder trust.
Workshop or Meeting Facilitation
Ensure strategic planning sessions, meetings or workshops are participative and effective. Customised to your needs, our facilitation services can include the preparation of workshop reports and strategic/action plans. Sonja is an experienced educator and skilled meeting facilitator. She can listen actively, build rapport quickly, and guide participants to focus on goals, while capturing agreed plans and actions.
Strategy Development and Implementation
Upward Strategy can support your organisation or division in developing its strategic plan, whether writing one for the first time or refining your existing plan. We can also help you develop the most appropriate organisational structure to implement the plan, help improve/streamline business processes, and work with you to develop creative and pragmatic solutions to other challenges facing your organisation.
Research, Policy and Advocacy
Our services range from desktop research and literature reviews to help you build the evidence base, to drafting or editing policy and advocacy documents or position papers. We can also help you to identify and engage with your key stakeholders, craft targeted advocacy messages, and draft impactful presentations.
Coaching and Leadership Development
Our coaching services can support individuals and teams at all levels of the leadership continuum to optimise their personal and professional performance. Whether you want individual support in setting development objectives and obtaining goals, or you want to create a desirable organisational culture and build effective, high performing teams, Sonja and Upward Strategy can help. Learn more.
Governance Advice and Support
Upward Strategy can assist your organisation with governance support and advice grounded in experience. We can work with you to develop or customise board assessment tools and/or a director development plan. A Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sonja couples a deep understanding of business with substantial not-for-profit board and company secretary experience.
Our customers love us
People's skills have flourished through Sonja's coaching.
"I unequivocally recommend Sonja as a senior leader, an outstanding health system insider and someone with a genuine connection with people. Professionals, including medical experts, who have worked with Sonja have grown and developed their skills through her feedback and an engaging approach.
Sonja radiates positivity and instantly engenders trust. She then delivers in a competent, thoughtful and efficient way. People's skills and competencies have flourished through Sonja's coaching and input. When I needed a senior leader to step into a short-term vacancy with a team going through a lot of change, I had no hesitation in asking Sonja to take on the challenge. And she performed admirably, as always."
- Natalia V (CEO and Board Director, Sydney)
Sonja brought out the team's best. Did an excellent job of facilitating.
"Sonja recently did an excellent job of facilitating a team building and planning session for my company.
She provided really novel and innovative ideas to tailor the session to the specific outcomes we were seeking.
I was impressed with the time and effort Sonja put into preparing in advance and how she thought about all possible contingencies.
As a great facilitator does, on the day she took a back seat and coached the team to contribute and bring out their best, resulting in a very fruitful session with great outcomes.
I highly recommend her as a facilitator."
- Melissa D (Executive Officer, Sydney)
Deep business understanding. Can't recommend her highly enough.
"Sonja was thorough in her preparation for our strategy session.
She was professional at every stage and guided the team and Board through the entire process.
Sonja clearly has a deep understanding of business and is skilled in keeping a group of people focused on the right things to achieve results.
As a result, [our organisation] now has a clear, achievable but exciting roadmap for the year ahead.
We can’t recommend her highly enough."
- Julie K (CEO, Sydney)
We'd love to help you strive and thrive
Get in touch to discuss how we can support you, your team or organisation.