I was born to Polish parents, and grew up on Sydney’s north shore. As a youngster, I was passionate about ballet, and was busy dancing, playing tennis, swimming, karate, piano, chess and anything else I could possibly do! At age 12, I decided to switch to Ballroom Dancing, and therein started my ballroom dancing career.
I danced until the age of 23, with highlights including representing Australia at the World Dancesport Championships in Miami, coming third in the Australian Open, and second at the Malaysian Open. My dancing took me all over the world, including London (where I lived for two years), and Hong Kong, where I taught ballroom dancing.
I retired at the age of 23, with a passion for psychology, and a desire to go back to uni. I studied, and completed a BA (Psychology) at Macquarie University, and began a varied career in the Organisational Psychology sector. During this time, I also learned Italian, and decided to take a year off to experience fantastical adventures and la dolce vita in Alessandria, in the Piemonte (Italy). A life-long dream to live in Italy and be fluent in Italian was finally ticked off the bucket list.
I have always had a passion for adult learning, leadership, innovation and organisational culture. My career enabled me to deliver outstanding outcomes for organisations in all sectors, and their employees. My particular work involved employee wellbeing and engagement, managing Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), adult leadership and development programs, psychometric assessments and certifications, and organisational consulting.
I followed love and ended up in Brisbane. Like any Sydney sider, I was initially hesitant about life in Bris-vegas, but soon fell in love with the beautiful lifestyle and warm, friendly people. I am passionate about self-development and business books, particularly my latest reads – “How To Be A Productivity Ninja” by Graham Allcott (so practical!), and also “Drive” by Daniel Pink (extraordinary book about adult motivation).
Moving forward, my passion is channelled into creating outstanding educational outcomes for the LIS sector. I am so excited about the changes happening in the industry, and am absolutely committed to working together with industry to deliver exceptional learning experiences for LTSA students. My focus is on future-proofing students to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
I am a self-confessed crazy cat lady with two cats and one dog, and am an avid traveller and a foodie who loves fresh, organic, delicious food and luscious wines. I am secretly addicted to Lindt Lindor chocolates and the gluten free donuts from the Eat Street Markets!