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Elevating Excellence

“If there is one thing I have learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their self-interest.”

John Glenn, Astronaut

“I want to come to work for more than just work”

Can we change the world? We can certainly change it for a few talented individuals—and with our help, they might just change the world for us.

We are successful because we make a difference. We know we punch above our weight. Our business is about being clever, maximising the leverage to be gained from what we know and what others have. We want to apply that philosophy and our skills to life outside our business as well.

The Elevating Excellence program is our contribution—using who and what we know to give a hand to a few who have talent, a drive and a vision. We call it Elevating Excellence because we aim to support our partners to level up, to take that jump to the next stage of their careers.

Elevating Excellence is eclectic. It’s not about supporting charities or foundations, although many of us do that too. It’s about people.

Individuals who seek to excel.

Who undoubtedly inspire, create and make a difference to those around them, and with just a little help, could do so much more.

We don’t know what our next project will be. We do know it will come to us from a heart filled with passion and determination to achieve something amazing, and that it will be our privilege to help.

Dr Stacy Fox

Dr Stacy Fox

Current Partner

Stacey’s dream is to make a difference to children and families through early childhood education.

Stacey marries rigorous academic research with an enthusiastic belief in the power of effective early intervention for our youngest children and their families. Stacey first came to our notice while a cadet at ADFA. She is now an “action academic”, driving social service delivery change through the execution of partnership funded programs.

Stacey’s profile is on the rise, with interviews on the ABC and recently sharing a platform with Sir Kevan Collins, the UK’s leading expert on early childhood education.

We have mined our networks to give Stacey additional contacts in international child development, early education and multi-agency partnership working. And we have connected Stacey with a personal mentor in Donna Hardman. Donna is a highly accomplished businesswoman who has run her own successful consulting agency and is now developing her next career as a Board director. Donna shares Stacey’s passion for ensuring all children receive the opportunity to develop to their full potential. She is working with Stacy to develop her professional speaking, personal brand, and career development.

Mechelle Moore

Mechelle Moore

Current Partner

Mechelle runs a charity working with women and children at risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation on the Thai-Burmese border.

Mechelle is a previous client of Kiah Consulting. We first met her in a public sector role, well on her way up the corporate ladder. But somewhere along that journey, Mechelle’s life took a dramatic turn. She found her passion in helping women and children at risk from the sexual slavery trade, and now leads her own charity, Global Alms Inc. She has given up friends, family and her own country to work with vulnerable women and children, teaching them self-defence, life and business skills to support their economic and social freedom and independence.

Mechelle is modest to self-deprecating. She told us that she wasn’t aiming to change the world. But last year she and her small team gave self-defence, life and business skills to 500 women and children at risk. She may not be changing the world but she has definitely changed the world of those 500 people.

Learn more about Mechelle and her work at www.globalalms.com and on Facebook

Natalie Blundell

Natalie Blundell

Current Partner

Natalie is the genesis of Elevating Excellence — a talented sportswoman we were proud to help reach the top of her game.

Natalie is an event rider – eventing being the triathlon of equestrian sport. Kiah MD John Glenn and his wife Julia McLean have a love of performance horses, Julia in particular being well known in the equestrian world.

In 2010, John and Julia found themselves the owners of a failed racehorse Julia had bought for $1,500 as a possible show horse. However, he proved a bit tricky for Julia – causing John to name him Algebra! They ended up loaning him to Natalie, then a talented young rider working her way through the lower ranks of Australian eventing.

Algebra had no eventing pedigree, was really too small to be a top level performance horse, and even after retraining was never the easiest ride. None of this stopped him or Natalie.

On the back of John and Julia’s “Pocket Rocket”, over eight years and amongst a host of competitions, Natalie represented and won for Australia several times in the Trans-Tasman competition, competed at four of the six top events in the world, and was Australian Team reserve for the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Equestrian Games.