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Hello, I'm Joanne, a Thought Leader in Business Strategy dedicated to ensuring your successful exit from your business while securing a return on investment for all the years of hard work you put into building it. My mission is to guide business owners in operating their businesses with the exit in mind, so that when the time comes to leave, they can execute the exit strategy smoothly and safeguard their investment.

Drawing from my extensive entrepreneurial experience spanning over two decades, I have honed my skills in navigating the challenges of the business world. In 2016, I faced the daunting task of liquidating my own $30 million business. Although external factors played a significant role in this decision, I realised that there was a deeper understanding needed to ensure a successful exit.

As a business strategy expert, I am here to offer my expertise and insights to entrepreneurs, empowering them to create their ideal futures. Together, we will work towards strategically planning and executing your business operations, always keeping the exit in mind. By adopting this approach, you can confidently pursue your entrepreneurial goals, knowing that when the time comes to exit, you will be well-prepared to secure the return on investment you deserve.

My mission is to empower entrepreneurs, particularly female leaders, to
believe in themselves and embrace their confidence, both internally and externally.

By doing so, they can make a positive impact
and shed the exhausting facade, ultimately stepping into a future of success.

It is time to inspire transformation in the business ecosystem where female leaders re-awaken belief in self and their genius, to create a movement of equal recognition as the norm.

My approach is real and practical, focusing on guiding entrepreneurs toward creating a vision for their business that serves them long after they exit.

I definitely didn't get here overnight though.

In fact, quite the opposite...

I have navigated through over two decades of entrepreneurship and my mission is to guide entrepreneurs in creating their ideal futures. I lead them towards solid foundations, setting them up for successful exits that meet their future goals.

I specifically work with female leaders to believe in themselves, & to be confident inside & out knowing that by doing so they will create a positive impact. To reawaken their belief in self so they can lower their exhausting façade and know it is time to step into their future success.

My own journey to self-discovery started with the gut-wrenching decision to liquidate. This led me on an emotional rollercoaster that showcased how disconnected from my purpose I had become, which meant I had been making poor decisions, creating the perfect storm to liquidation.

I have spent the last 40 years smashing through barriers in my career, some due to my gender, my own imposter syndrome kicking in, or because others perceived that I wasn't good enough.

Great mentors who supported my journey to success were key in my self-re-discovery journey. They helped me awaken the passion within myself and made sure that I never lost sight of what was important.

My Journey to Self Discovery

My own journey to self-discovery began with the gut-wrenching decision to liquidate my business. This experience took me on an emotional rollercoaster, highlighting how disconnected I had become from my purpose. It became evident that I had been making poor decisions, inadvertently paving the way for liquidation.

Throughout my career, I have faced various barriers, be it due to my gender, imposter syndrome, or others' perceptions of my abilities.

However, with the support of great mentors, I embarked on a journey to success, rediscovering my passion and never losing sight of what truly mattered.

Navig8 Biz: Sharing Learnings for Success...

In 2017, Navig8 Biz was born with a singular goal - to share my learnings so that others can avoid the same pitfalls I encountered and achieve success with fewer obstacles.

Since then, I have helped thousands of leaders navigate the maze of success, demonstrating that they can lead boldly and be recognised for the impact they create.

It doesn't matter if no one else believes in you.

What matters is if YOU believe in you.

Reconnect Your Mindset, Heart, and Gut

Joanne offers a range of programs and resources to support your journey towards becoming an inspiring leader.

From mindset transformation programs to personalised one-on-one mentoring, online programs, as well as access to global MBAs, I provide the tools and guidance you need to reconnect your mindset, heart, and gut.


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Care to get even more personal?

Here are a few fun facts…

I’m a Wollongong gal turned Gold Coaster since 1974.

I'm Joanne, born in Wollongong, and my family is the center of my world. Every decision I make and every action I take is driven by my love and dedication to their happiness and well-being.

One of my favourite daily rituals is taking morning walks along the breathtaking bay, where I find peace and clarity to start my day. I have a deep affection for Belgium Shepherds, and my furry companions bring me immense joy and companionship.

Whether it's pursuing my career or pursuing new adventures, everything I do is with the intention of providing the best life for my family and maintaining our cherished lifestyle.

Traveling with my loving husband, Paul, is a special passion of mine as we explore new places and create lasting memories together.

My constant sources of inspiration are my amazing daughter, Nicole, and my incredible mum, Bev, who motivate me to be the best version of myself every single day.

Not to give you whiplash and get all "serious" all of a sudden, but just in case you dig a professional bio too...

I'm a seasoned professional with an extensive background in commercial banking and a successful business owner in the education space. For the first 20 years of my career, I thrived in the commercial banking sector, gaining valuable expertise and honing my skills. However, my entrepreneurial spirit led me to transition into the education industry, where I have thrived as a business owner.

Over the past two decades, I have launched 16 businesses across a diverse range of industries, including education, finance, construction, accountancy, law firm, marketing, IT, HR, and business consultancy.

Throughout this journey, I have experienced both remarkable success and valuable lessons from failures, all of which have contributed to my personal and professional growth.

My most memorable was building a business from the ground up to $30mil turnover in just 24 months.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I've had and the knowledge I've acquired along the way..

In the spirit of reconciliation, Navig8 Biz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.