- Developing Leaders
- Women in the Workplace
- Working Parents
Following a personal passion to make a difference in the lives of working mothers, Melany established the first company in South Africa dedicated to offering Maternity Transition Coaching, Great Expectations (PTY) LTD, in late 2012. In strategic partnership with UK-based Executive Coaching Consultancy, she is pioneering this very specialized coaching service to professional firms and corporate organisations. Notably, Deloitte South Africa was first to contract GE’s services to support their senior women navigate this critical career milestone. Melany works with a team of accredited professional coaches, locally.Get in touch
One of Melany’s favourite sayings is: “all our potential lies outside of our comfort zone”. It lies at the heart of what she’s passionate about: supporting and equipping people to stretch, to grow, and to make a difference…”
Her clients describe Melany’s key strengths as her endless energy and optimism, and her ability to establish trust quickly, creating a safe space to engage and be challenged. She draws on vast business acumen and insight which adds significant value to training and coaching interventions she leads.
Having herself managed the ultimate ‘plate balancing act’, of being wife (35 years of marriage), mother (of two daughters) and career woman, setting up Great Expectations was a natural progression in her own career. She believes that the wisdom gained from personally having navigated the challenges of the maternity transition and other career phases to date, creates a solid foundation for her coaching conversations.
Originally a Latin teacher, Melany’s business experience gained in the financial, motor and real estate industries up until the late 80’s, laid the foundation for her future career as an entrepreneur in people development.
Melany is co-founder of Business Presentation Group(BPG) in South Africa, established 28 years ago – a leading specialist Learning and Development company, focusing on Business Communication skills. Melany is sought after as a professional facilitator, coach, consultant and speaker. Her speciality topics include the New Business Pitch, Personal Presence and Impact, the Power of Influence, and Persuasive Communication. She energetically engages with clients to develop creative learning solutions, and enjoys her sales capacity in winning new business for the company.
Training & Qualifications
- Bachelor of Arts cum Laude in all subjects – University of Cape Town
- Diploma in Higher Education
- Accredited Insights™ Discovery and Clarity 4D practitioner
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