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Susan Pizzati

Consultant, Speaker, Researcher - Not for Profit Sector Other

Melbourne Victoria, Australia
Member Since May, 2020

"It always seems impossible until it's done - Nelson Madela"

Throughout my career, I have always been drawn to work that allows me to help others to achieve success. Whether that was through teaching children to play the piano while I was still a student myself; running workshops for teenagers to help them prepare for the transition from education to employment; managing professional sportspeople through their careers; or developing junior staff members in the teams Ive had the opportunity to lead, Im happiest when I can see others achieving everything theyre capable of. Im also inherently curious and always looking for opportunities to learn from those who have already achieved great success, and then to find creative ways to share that knowledge with the people around me. I have spent the last ten years working in a range of leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector in Australia. I hold Bachelor degrees in Business and Communication, a Master degree in Social Investment and Philanthropy and I have also recently commenced a PhD in not-for-profit leadership, which is providing the opportunity for me to explore how leaders in non-profit organisations define, measure and experience success, and how that impacts their approach to leadership. As part of my PhD, Ill be engaging with leaders in the non-profit sector, learning from them and compiling their insights and observations. My ultimate aim is to use the findings of my research to better equip not-for-profit leaders of the future with the skills and experiences they need to succeed.

Curious. Creative. Considered.

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My work life blend

Why are you a Business Chicks member?

Ive just left full time employment to focus on the completion of a PhD in not for profit leadership, while also establishing my own consultancy to support the not for profit sector. I have joined Business Chicks to be able to connect with other women who have made the leap in creating their own businesses, to learn from their experiences and to also expand my network.

What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?

The biggest pinch me moment was sitting around a Boardroom table with a group of people I respected and admired greatly, and realising that they had all turned to me to hear my advice on an issue.

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

I actually thrive on them - I have found theyve been the catalyst that has driven me to make the big changes Ive needed at different times in my life and career. These days I embrace them!

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

If you wait until you think youre ready, youll never do anything!

Which women inspire you and why?

Women who have the courage to believe in their own abilities and doggedly pursue their dreams inspire me.

What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?

I think all challenges shape who you become. The ones I have faced so far have taught me that no matter how insurmountable they feel, they can be conquered.

What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)

I really good at seeing the potential in other people, hearing what they dont say, and helping them to understand what theyre capable of. Seeing the lights go on for other people is what really lights me up!

What makes you happy?

Seeing others succeed and knowing I may have played a tiny little part in that success.

What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)

Finishing my PhD in not for profit leadership, writing a book, getting it published, and starting a program for aspiring not for profit leaders of the future.

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