Bio – Cassandra, change catalyst – career and creativity coach, mentor and professional speaker

Bio – Cassandra, change catalyst –
career and life coach, creativity coach and mentor

Cassandra is a high energy, positive professional who proactively combines a broad range of strategic and operational experience with a results driven approach to business.

Cassandra has over twenty years of experience in the coaching and leadership field.  Her specialist areas are leadership development, transformational change, coaching and talent management strategies.

She is highly regarded internationally as an expert in the career and personal development field. She believes in continually staying updated with best practice techniques and sharing these with others.  She is the author of Happy at Work for mid-lifers and for over 5 years she wrote a regular career column for the  Dominion Post. Most recently she has been writing for the New Zealand Herald on career and business issues.

She believes in staying abreast of change and regularly updates her knowledge of best-practice career management techniques, particularly those related to mature job seekers and 3rd age careers. She has presented her unique Passion Driven Work model to a world forum of career professionals at the International Career Practitioners conference in San Francisco, and attended a symposium of career professionals in Venice, Italy.

Her unique insight and in-depth understanding of human and organisational behaviour, particularly the various ways people embrace or reject change, and increase leadership capability, is gained from diverse business experience, qualifications and training in the areas of commerce, coaching, counseling, psychology, HR and strategic change communications. She has been on both sides of the fence giving her a rare ability to bring a fair and objective perspective to employment issues.

Cassandra is passionate about helping others to thrive and survive in the wake of change, work to their strengths, pursue their passions, and fulfil their potential. Put simply, she is passionate about what she does and does it well.

Cassandra’s qualifications and professional expertise

Cassandra favours positive psychology, solutions focused  and appreciative enquiry approaches to create positive, transformational and lasting change. She has experience using the Lominger FYI Development and Coaching System, Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator and Team Management Profile and Belbin to enhance leadership development coaching and facilitation.

Her professional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University where she majored in Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour
  • Diploma Psychology – holistic approaches to wellness
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Certification as a  Career and Life Coach
  • Cassandra is qualified to administer and interpret the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI)
  • Bachelor of Design – Wellington Institute of Technology (2yrs of)
  • Reiki – Second Degree of the Usui System of Natural Healing
  • Certified Image and Colour Consultant

Cassandra is regularly sought after as a keynote speaker and by media seeking an experts opinion.  She has also contributed to publications such as “Employment Today”,  “Career Edge” and “Marie Claire” and been interviewed on National Radio and  nati0nal television. In 2008 She was the resident coaching expert on Television One’s Good Morning Show.

She is a well-known writer in the area of “passion at work.” .For four years she wrote a holistic careers column for the Dominion Post has contributed to publications such as The New Zealand Herald, Marie ClaireEmployment Today”,  and Career Edge.

…and yes she does still manage to maintain work-life balance! In her spare time, she travels, nurtures her daughter’s passions, paints, sculpts and writes travel memoirs and romance novels! She is currently writing her first art-related novel of historical fiction set in Renaissance Italy.


Follow your passion not your pension – Listen to Cassandra being interviewed on Radio Live radio live iv

Check out her media page for other interviews and podcasts – click here

Visit for a comprehensive overview of her services

Watch Cassandra on The Good Morning Show:

TVNZ One » Creative goal setting

TVNZ One » Change your thoughts, change your life

Visit her Worklife Solutions site and learn how Cassandra and her team can help you life and work with passion >>

Cassandra has personally assisted individuals from a variety of career paths and organisations such as:


Department of Corrections
Contact Energy
Department of Labour (OSH)
Ministry of Defence
The Department for Conservation
Ministry of Education
Te Papa
Hewlett Packard
Mental Health Commission
Tower (NZ)
Department of Internal Affairs
Citi Bank
The Department for Internal Affairs
Accor Hotels
Inland Revenue
Ministry of Fisheries
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Buddle Findlay Telecom
National Library
Air New Zealand
Country Road
Ministry for Courts


Lawyers and Barristers
Web Designers and other creative people
IT Professionals
Nursing and health care professionals
Secretaries and Administrative Staff
Marketing and PR Professionals
Prison Guards
Hotel Managers
Policy Analysts
Recruitment Consultants
HR Managers
Sales Professionals
Self-employed entrepreneurs
Account Managers

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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