Working Hard,
Working Kind.

We believe in a future where every leader and organisation is committed to creating a sustainable world of equality and opportunity for all

Anna Sheppard
– Founder Bambuddha Group

We understand the imperative for leaders to meet the changing demands of employees, customers, stakeholders and the environment. At Bambuddha we consider ourselves citizens of the world, with a passion for making business a kinder and more optimistic place.

We work with leaders of all shapes and sizes, and we think you’ll find our approach inspiring to say the least.

Our team of coaches and delivery partners are experienced in conscious leadership, business strategy, marketing, partnerships, culture, customer engagement and environmental sustainability. Bambuddha Group really is a one-stop shop, and everything a socially minded and purpose led leader needs as they make the shift to working to solve social and environmental issues, while building competitive advantage for their organisation.

We’re positive, we’re experienced, we’re in the business of supporting our members to find solutions to complex systemic change.

Bambuddha Values

Balance

If we work as kind as we do hard success is inevitable.

Growth

We care about progress, embrace change and development.

Kindness

We are kind to ourselves and each other. We empower others to do the same.

Mutuality

We work to ensure all our partners and stakeholders have a mutual benefit.

Optimism

We approach life with a positive mindset and a good sense of humour.

Meet The Team

Our core group, experts in their fields, who we bring together to spearhead your leadership journey.

Anna Sheppard

Founder & CEO

(Strengths: Bravery, Creativity, Humour, Kindness, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence) Anna Sheppard is an inspirational keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Bambuddha Group.  Bambuddha is a network for dedicated learners who want to make an exceptional impact through leadership in business. Membership provides access to an evidence-based leadership framework that offers industry-leading coaches,…

(Strengths: Bravery, Creativity, Humour, Kindness, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Anna Sheppard is an inspirational keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Bambuddha Group.  Bambuddha is a network for dedicated learners who want to make an exceptional impact through leadership in business. Membership provides access to an evidence-based leadership framework that offers industry-leading coaches, community and the resources you need to be the change you want to see in the world. Why? Because Anna believes in a future where every leader is committed to creating a sustainable world of equality and opportunity for everyone.

Every paid membership at Bambuddha Group helps provide scholarships reducing inequalities in leadership and business.

Anna has added value to thousands of companies and inspirational leaders by showing them how to ‘work kinder.’ She is the founder of several other major initiatives including The Corporate Kindness Project, which is an Australian based research study focusing on the business benefits of working kind. The first white paper was released in 2019 and is now a new and feel good podcast show called ‘Project Good Boss’

Members get access to events, learning and like-minded leaders including The Gamechangers Gathering, which is an annual leadership conference founded by Bambuddha Group and which brings together thought leaders and social impact experts dedicated to creating change.

Throughout her career, Anna has raised millions in funds for charities via mutual partnerships created to reduce inequalities.  She is an old hand when it comes to showing the big fish how to give back, and do well while doing so.

Anna’s storytelling is relatable, down to earth and fun. She is a real powerhouse who is optimistic and engaging. Anna takes the audience on a journey leaving people feeling educated and inspired to be the change they want to see in the world. Book Anna to speak here.

Rachel Mason

Marketing & Relationships

(Strengths: Gratitude, Fairness, Humour, Curiosity, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence) Originally from the UK Rachel is our creative of the group. With an extensive background in marketing in both the corporate and NFP sector. With a degree in design and communication, she works with Bambuddha members and partners to tell the stories of impact from…

(Strengths: Gratitude, Fairness, Humour, Curiosity, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Originally from the UK Rachel is our creative of the group. With an extensive background in marketing in both the corporate and NFP sector.

With a degree in design and communication, she works with Bambuddha members and partners to tell the stories of impact from our community and to build impact into every alignment we make.

Rachel set up Aroura Studio to pursue her personal goal of empowering companies to make more social and environmental impact. Her style is very positive and she works with a holistic approach. Rachel is truly interested in supporting businesses behind the scenes, to help accomplish their goals along with working to create a positive social impact, freeing up busy business owners to do what they love to do. Rachel is a trained yoga teacher and meditation devotee, who is passionate about authentic, positive work culture and employee well-being. Rachel works with Bambuddha Group to offer Virtual Assistance including copywriting, FB Ad creation, Pinterest Management, Workshop & Webinar set up, EDMs and more.

Tom Goatly

Community Manager

(Strengths: Love, Humour, Honesty, Kindness, Judgement) Tom is the Community Manager and spends most of his days having impactful and purpose-led conversations with our members. His role is to ensure our community can access the services that will help them on their leadership journey, including creating awesome events built to educate, inspire and create a…

(Strengths: Love, Humour, Honesty, Kindness, Judgement)

Tom is the Community Manager and spends most of his days having impactful and purpose-led conversations with our members. His role is to ensure our community can access the services that will help them on their leadership journey, including creating awesome events built to educate, inspire and create a genuine connection. With varied expertise and a background in sales, hospitality and music production, Tom knows how to create the best KIND of vibes.

Mariane Power

(Strengths: Zest, Curiosity, Love of Learning) We are very proud to have Mariane Power working with us here at Bambuddha Group heading up the soon to be launched Bambuddha Leadership Lab. Mariane will be working with the team to design the next steps in our leadership research, learning and coaching program development. Mariane is unashamedly…

(Strengths: Zest, Curiosity, Love of Learning)

We are very proud to have Mariane Power working with us here at Bambuddha Group heading up the soon to be launched Bambuddha Leadership Lab. Mariane will be working with the team to design the next steps in our leadership research, learning and coaching program development.

Mariane is unashamedly obsessed with all things related to human potential, and her work is driven by her big audacious goal to see all unnecessary emotional pain and suffering eliminated within her lifetime. With a history of research contributions and practical applications of fostering purpose and potential across the lifespan, Mariane co-founded The Posify Group with her sister and partner in possibilities, Jenna O’Connell. Together, they are working to support the growth of impact-driven organisations and foster compassionate and courageous leaders who can navigate their teams through change. Their organisational work helps to fund the delivery of their immersive career programs for youth that seek to close the gap between education and employment for the next generation.

A sought after keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and executive coaching psychologist on behalf of The Posify Group, Mariane’s thought leadership dances between science and spirituality to address the human upgrade that is required for us to create solutions to today’s challenges. Mariane’s top strengths of zest and love of learning are reflected in her academic path, which boasts a Bachelor in Performance, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and more recently a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Mariane has over 15 years experience in consulting, facilitation and corporate training for personal and strategic growth. Her work as a Leadership Coaching Psychologist in the corporate world further fuels her understanding of the necessary skills for the 21st Century workplace, and she has a particular interest in supporting our next generation to thrive.

Outside of The Posify Group, Mariane is proud to have extended her personal purpose to support a number of not-for-profit and for-purpose initiatives including The Luminosity Summit and Project Gen Z, and she currently extends her expertise in positive youth development as an Impact Leader on the Board for Ambisie.

Izzy Dugan

Digital Storyteller

(Strengths; Love, Humour, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Teamwork and Fairness) Izzy is our Digital Storyteller and Social Media Coordinator. Passionate about powerful stories of impact and change, Izzy brings with her a youthful turn of phrase backed by an extensive background in brand development, marketing strategy and content production. Only 23 years of age,…

(Strengths; Love, Humour, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Teamwork and Fairness) Izzy is our Digital Storyteller and Social Media Coordinator. Passionate about powerful stories of impact and change, Izzy brings with her a youthful turn of phrase backed by an extensive background in brand development, marketing strategy and content production. Only 23 years of age, but don’t let the young face fool you 😉

Emma Kirkaldy

Leadership Group Chair- Canberra & ACT

Emma heads up the Bambuddha Leadership Group and business impact community in Canberra and ACT. An experienced marketing and communications professional with expertise in developing and executing strategic campaigns and programs, new business development, C Suite counsel, crisis and issues management and social media/online campaigns.  Emma possesses outstanding team development and management skills and has…

Emma heads up the Bambuddha Leadership Group and business impact community in Canberra and ACT.

An experienced marketing and communications professional with expertise in developing and executing strategic campaigns and programs, new business development, C Suite counsel, crisis and issues management and social media/online campaigns.  Emma possesses outstanding team development and management skills and has experience in devising and implementing integrated communications and marketing campaigns.

Want to be part of the Canberra leadership group? Get in touch today.

 

 

 

Adam Blatch

Bambuddha Group Advisory Council (Chair & Head Coach)

A leadership executive who specializes in organisational transformation to support business growth through strategy development, governance, human resources, workplace health & safety, project management and change management. Adam has been dedicated to the social sector for over 20 years and possesses a genuine passion for the positive impact that not-for-profit organisations can have on peoples’…

A leadership executive who specializes in organisational transformation to support business growth through strategy development, governance, human resources, workplace health & safety, project management and change management.

Adam has been dedicated to the social sector for over 20 years and possesses a genuine passion for the positive impact that not-for-profit organisations can have on peoples’ lives. His experience encompasses a variety of roles from operations, to program development and delivery. Adam brings all of this together with Bambuddha Group offering leadership coaching for purpose-led organisations.

Adam has an MBA as well as qualifications in Human Resources, WHS, Management and Governance.

Adam is also a senior advisor to Bambuddha Group, heading up the Advisory Council.

Lynne Parnell

Leadership Group Chair- Mid North Coast

With more than 30 years in leadership and management roles in the private and not-for-profit sector, Lynne heads up the Bambuddha Leadership Group and business impact community on the Mid North Coast.  Lynne, based in Coffs Harbour, has more than 13 years experience working within a governance and compliance framework and creating “Best Practice” systems…

With more than 30 years in leadership and management roles in the private and not-for-profit sector, Lynne heads up the Bambuddha Leadership Group and business impact community on the Mid North Coast.  Lynne, based in Coffs Harbour, has more than 13 years experience working within a governance and compliance framework and creating “Best Practice” systems that adhere to various legislative requirements, while also ensuring first-hand engagement with key stakeholders. Enquire about joining the MNC leadership group today.

 

 

Claire Quigley

Leadership Group Chair - Newcastle & Hunter

Claire Quigley has a practical, fun, no-nonsense approach to helping leaders, innovators and educators to stretch thinking, unify communications and push through everyday challenges to fast-track the path to meaningful, sustainable growth. Her specialty is in helping businesses design and embed innovation practices that produce predictable outcomes, inspire cultural change and move clients toward best…

Claire Quigley has a practical, fun, no-nonsense approach to helping leaders, innovators and educators to stretch thinking, unify communications and push through everyday challenges to fast-track the path to meaningful, sustainable growth.

Her specialty is in helping businesses design and embed innovation practices that produce predictable outcomes, inspire cultural change and move clients toward best practice.

“We all want to make a difference in our business, our community and our lives. Let’s work together to get you there faster.”

Claire holds local and international experience in the B2B space ranging across multiple industries including professional services, technology and traditional industries.

Her roles in several high tech startups helped set the foundation for their future success, the most notable of these being mobile cloud software company Feedhenry which was acquired by Red Hat in 2014 for $82 million.

Having been involved in the design and build of a number of strategic business units and direction changing Go-to-Market strategies for medium and large businesses, she understands what to look for when creating business success, including in people, strategic direction and execution.

Current services include: breakthrough workshop delivery, tailored client consultancy and in-house facilitation. Claire also provides insights as a public speaker on the topic of innovation for small to medium sized business.

Shelly McElroy

Leadership Group Chair - Virtual

Shelly hails from Dublin and has been in Australia for over a decade.  Shelly has a Bachelor of Science in Media and Communications, specialising in television production. She also has a Diploma in Leadership and Management. Shelly previously worked as the Training and Development advisor for the Merivale Group which had over 3000 staff. She…

Shelly hails from Dublin and has been in Australia for over a decade.  Shelly has a Bachelor of Science in Media and Communications, specialising in television production. She also has a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Shelly previously worked as the Training and Development advisor for the Merivale Group which had over 3000 staff. She has managed large teams up to 120 people in her previous roles as General Manager and Licensee. Shelly’s in-depth understanding of people means she can work in a wide range of industries with people from all backgrounds. She is particularly passionate about maximising individuals’ potential which results in a greater contribution to the team.

Our Members

Our members and the wider community of partners contribute knowledge and resources to ensure our members can access a wide range of workshops, education, programs and events.

Tegan Davies

The Oranges Toolkit

James Thomas

Feel The Magic

Lily Pejkic

Sydney Solar And Batteries

Luli Adeyemo
Luli Adeyemo

Best Case Scenario

Fiona Vale

Humanico

Paul Rush
Paul Rush

Humanico

Pamela Bishop

Blooms The Chemist

Nicole Done

Xceptional Testing

Catherine Ngo

Keynote Worthy

Pablo Garcia

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Amy Whalley

Australian Network on Disability

Mahza Ahadiwand, CFRE

Childrens Cancer Institute

Amanda Mandell

Sonic Union

Selina Sork

shcBOND

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