Achievements, testimonials and media

Small steps

make a BIG difference

A well-established speaker, presenter and facilitator, Lesley has amassed an impressive array of accolades from past participants, corporate clients and community groups. Her achievements have also gained significant media attention ranging from editorial pieces, television appearances, interviews and a regular radio segment on ABC Far North’s ‘Talking Trash’.

  • CBWC Business Woman of The Year 2017 (Cairns Business Women’s Club)
  • Regional Winner Australian Institute of Management – Owner/Entrepreneur of the Year 2016
  • Winner of Innovation in Manufacturing at the 2014 TNQ20 Awards

Lesley is an articulate, thoughtful speaker always with the end goal to make the planet and the community better. Her work in plastics gives her an inside authority few can match and puts her in the perfect position to incite change.

I have heard Lesley speak with zeal on the topics of waste reduction and a circular economy and talk with energy about empowering women.

Laurie PritchardManaging Director, Small World Journeys

Lesley is a leader who is empowering society to be inclusive, driving a culture which is innovative, promoting new growth and a diverse way of thinking, producing an environment of ingenuity.

She is open, honest and passionate when she speaks on any stage or any forum about the changes we need to make and she is creating a social impact not only in Cairns Queensland but Australia nationally.

Charmaine Grant AFIMLTeam Leader – Regional Managers, Institute of Managers and Leaders

Lesley is incredibly passionate about the environment and our impact on it. She is a leader and an inspiration when it comes to waste management, living and working more sustainably and providing real solutions.

She works in the industry, readily shares her knowledge to help other industries adapt more sustainable practices, she volunteers her time for environmental projects and is a regular speaker and panelist on ABC Far North ‘Talking Trash’ segment. Lesley is an amazing inspiration.

Amanda CranstonABC Far North

Lesley Van Staveren is a dynamic speaker who commands the stage and keeps her audience actively engaged throughout her presentation by staying connected to them. Lesley’s delivery is always exemplary, and she provides real value to her audience.

A truly professional communicator, Lesley is focused on elevating and empowering women through self-awareness, self-development and building their confidence. This includes but is not limited to The Social Effect, her annual Radiance Event, workshops or sharing her passion to create circular economies to reduce waste by recycling and repurposing plastic in Tropical North Queensland and beyond. Lesley is a leader in all that she does.

Yolande EntschFounder & Director, Empowering Women, Empowering Communities

Lesley spoke at one of our Meetups last year and we were so blown away by the energy she left behind, that we straight away asked her to speak for us again this year.

Lesley’s presentation was personal, entertaining and filled with high energy. She engaged the audience and left everyone feeling motivated.

If you are looking for a speaker who will leave your audience feeling good and have them making positive changes for weeks, months and years after, then Lesley is a perfect choice.

Krista Soerensen B.Ec. and MBAConsultant, Your Business Freedom

We have been lucky enough to have Lesley deliver numerous presentations for our members at theSPACE. Each time, our community has thrived from being in her presence.

Lesley has an incredible way of engaging with the audience by sharing her journey and story whilst offering practical knowledge on a specific topic. We look forward to having her back again soon.

Troy HainestheSPACE

Lesley was a great help for getting me started in the cold calling space. My business largely revolves around referrals, however cold calling is an area I was looking to grow in.

At Lesley's workshop I learnt a lot about the techniques needed to create meetings and sales. She engaged with us and made the environment a friendly and constructive one. It was a great experience and I will definitely be looking to work with Lesley again.

Joel GarmanVideoshift

Lesley immediately put the room at ease with her friendly approach to what many find to be a scary subject. Her style of presenting is extremely effective, and she communicated her ideas clearly, in a way that I could really relate to.

After only an hour with Lesley, I felt more confident and prepared to embrace the dreaded cold calling task and am delighted to report that by adopting some of her strategies, I got results!

Louise OttewellMarketing Specialist, Forte Marketing