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Testimonials for Leanne Faulkner
Leanne was an outstanding presenter, inspired us with her story and gave us sound practical tips.
Sharrock Pitman Legal Pty. Ltd.
In all instances of observing Leanne present, either in person or online, I have found her to be an extremely engaging presenter. Leanne speaks with great passion, as well as great knowledge. Leanne courageously shares her own experience of situational depression during a tough trading time when she was running her own small business. Leanne is able to adeptly weave the story of her own experience into key messaging relevant to the event. Leanne presents with great confidence and authenticity, which enables her to effectively engage her audience. Leanne is a compelling presenter and I have no hesitation in commending her as a speaker and communicator.
Leanne is the current Small Business champion for COSBOA and is a passionate, skilled and experienced business person. Leanne is the only person I know of who is solely focussed on the mental health of the self employed, an issue that has been ignored for too long. I absolutely recommend Leanne as a contact as for anyone interested in the health of small business people and indeed for any business issues.
Leanne is a skilled and engaging public speaker and advocate for small business.
Safe Work Australia
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Leanne Faulkner's Biography
Many people in the business community might know Leanne Faulkner as “the soap lady” or the “goat lady”. Leanne’s youngest son had suffered with eczema from birth and in an effort to ease his discomfort she learned how to make goat’s milk soap as a gentle protective skin care alternative.
In 2004, Billie Goat Soap began. It was a humble affair initially and started in Leanne’s kitchen. By 2010 she had grown to employ over 20 people and sold the products in over 2000 outlets around the country. Billie Goat Soap was the NSW Business Chamber Business of the Year in 2010 and the Myer Supplier of the Year (general cosmetics) at around the same time. Leanne sold Billie Goat in 2012.
The challenges that came with growing a small business came at a cost to Leanne’s mental health. Needing support, she was shocked to learn that there was nothing available specifically for her – a small business owner. There were resources available for employees and the general public, but nothing for entrepreneurs and business owners. That put Leanne on a path to lobby for change…
As a small business mental health consultant Leanne has worked with a range of government departments, industry associations and corporate clients to help them better understand the realities of small business ownership.
She’s a keen collaborator and expert advisor focused on how big business and government can improve their support for their small business clients. Projects she’s worked on have included:
Consulting on wellbeing initiatives developed for the small business community
Educating employees on the realities of small business ownership
Advising on policies and procedures that may affect small business clients
Leanne has consulted on a range of projects that have been developed to support the mental health of small business people including:
Ahead for Business
My Business Health
and the original developer of the Victorian Small Business Mental Health Strategic Plan.
Speaking Topics Include
Building and strengthening your resilience muscle in small business
Identifying and overcoming the challenges of growing a small business
Investing in yourself as a key investment in your business
Developing a strategic mental health plan for small business ownership
Supporting your small business customers – what can you do?
Self-care at work – the secret to business success