Vanessa Miles

Vanessa Miles

Senior Consultant, Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Vanessa Miles is a registered psychologist with a Master of Organisational Psychology. Vanessa has over 15 years' experience operating as a senior HR professional in fast-paced, high performance cultures. Her experience includes the development and facilitation of training programs, organisational redesign, change management, leadership development and career coaching. The focus of her practice has always been to understand how the workplace environment fosters individuals to thrive, and how people's strengths and motivators influence their actions. Through her research in work-life enrichment, Vanessa has developed a deep interest in perinatal mental health and the transitions associated with balancing work and family life.

Vanessa is accredited in a number of workplace assessment tools including The Leadership Circle, Saville Aptitude and WAVE Assessments, Motiva Individual and Hogan Personality Assessments.

Vanessa also heads up the Perinatal Workplace Wellbeing program which is focused on building organisational capability to support new, hopeful and expectant parents, as well as providing coaching to parents going through the Parental Leave transition. We're currently in the process of customising our program for small businesses across Australia as part of the Federal Government's Emerging Priorities Grant.

Vanessa lives with her husband and three children on Sydney's northern beaches and is ever-optimistic she will one day become a decent runner.


The Certainty of Uncertainty: Learning to cope with the ongoing uncertainty of pandemic life

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The kinds of uncertainties we face in 2021 are different than those we faced in 2020 but can be just as stressful and disruptive to our daily lives. Last year it was lockdowns, work closures and home schooling that were the big disruptors. This year we are facing the uncertainties of border closures, hot spots, the vaccine roll-out, hybrid working models, and the ever-present threat of more snap lockdowns. While uncertainty is something that we will all experience at some time in our lives, it has been exacerbated by the social, economic, work and travel disruptions created by the pandemic. This workshop explores strategies to build resilience, reduce stress and successfully manage the chaos of COVID-19.

In this webinar we will cover the following topics:

  • What is uncertainty?

  • Why do humans prefer stability and security so much?

  • What is the effect of uncertainty on our health? Why do we feel so stressed, anxious, worried, and have an inability to make decisions?

  • Creating a toolbox to successfully cope with uncertainty and to make the transition to 'COVID-normal' go as smoothly as possible

  • Practical evidence-based strategies to manage uncertainty that you can try at home and share with your family.

Confirmed keynotes include

Andrew Leslie

CEO, Recreation Aotearoa

Katherine Howard

Senior Consultant, Xyst

Sally Hamilton

Director, Environment and Planning, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Vanessa Miles

Senior Consultant, Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Robert Dalton

Acting CEO, Sport Australia

Tony McCormick

Director, McCormick Associates Design Pty Ltd

Peter Duncan AM

Director, Duncan Advisory Services Pty Ltd

Honourable David Speirs, MP

Minister for Environment and Water, South Australia

Chris Nunes, CPRE

Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas

Registration & Booking

Key Dates

Registration flat fee

Until 8 September

Program Launch

Mid June

PLA 2021

12-15 September

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