A catalyst for transformational change

Have you ever had that someone who believes in you even when you've lost that ability to believe in yourself? Have you ever had a mentor who was able to show you how to see your abilities that you couldn't see were with you all along? Maree is that person.


Maree's background as an educator, experience in counselling and psychotherapy, Ph.D study and her work coaching and mentoring has combined to give her an intuitive insightfulness into the interpersonal challenges professionals face in this ever changing environment.

A thought leader whose thinking is at the cutting edge of leadership development internationally Maree has the ability to present this thinking in ways her respective and differing audiences can understand and utilise to win their inner game and stand out in the crowd as leaders. 


Maree has the capacity to unlock the potential in people of which they are often unaware and helps them actuate it in the cause of their professional career development and making them extraordinary.

She creates empowering spaces where you can identify the interpersonal challenges that stand in the way of you becoming the leader you want to be both personally and professionally. 


Maree has a fundamental belief there's a leader in everyone and a life long commitment for being a catalyst for change and transformation in people's lives. Not momentary change but lasting transformational impact.

Working with Maree, you will discover insights that will empower you to take the transformative action that will see you step into the leader you need to be in this new and ever changing economy.


I passionately believe in creating dynamic spaces where people can empower themselves for the success they really want to achieve. My expertise is in inspiring and motivating people to be the best version of themselves. I want to be remembered as someone who empowers people to transform their lives and their organisations.

- Maree Harris

Qualifications and Experience

‘Lead From Within and Win Your Inner Game’ - Maree Harris


Maree completed a primary teachers’ training course upon leaving school, and 18 months later took up a post-graduate travelling scholarship to study overseas. Upon her return she went on to teach in the secondary, tertiary and adult education sectors. Later she did undergraduate study at Latrobe University. She followed that with a Degree in Social Work at the University of Melbourne where she was the top student in her final year in Practice with Individuals. She commenced her Masters there but transferred to RMIT and to a PhD where she drew together her extensive experience, writing a thesis on Being A Reflective Practitioner In An Age Of Uncertainty which received high praise from her examiners.
One examiner, Professor Bob Hodge, wrote: “This is a superb thesis, well written, highly original both in argument and conception, taking risks yet carrying them off. Its scope is such that most candidates would have supposed that they had to narrow it down to a single focused topic, but it is this scope which proves so exciting and illuminating, as it is developed in this thesis. I thank the candidate for providing so satisfying, thought-provoking and inquiring experience, and I congratulate her on her achievement.”


Maree's 18 years in her own counselling and psychotherapy practice gave her extensive understanding of the interpersonal challenges people face when dealing with change in their professional environment. In 2005 she opened People Empowered to focus on transforming people into empowered leaders through Soft Skills enhancement.


Having conducted hundreds of workshops customised to each individual audience, over 50 workshops alone for CPA, Maree understands what is needed to keep attendees engaged and learning for the entirety. She also has an innate ability to facilitate the expertise of the participants to make it available to the group learning, ensuring a truly interactive experience for all.


Committed, firm and genuinely caring is how people describe Maree. She carefully chooses the people she works with because she knows who she is able to give 150% of her knowledge, drive and ambition towards and she will work equally as hard as you do to ensure you succeed at achieving your goals and dreams.
Maree Harris, Ph.D.

Organisations Maree has worked with

This is just a small selection of the many organisations Maree has had the pleasure to work with over the years. Some can not be mentioned due to confidentiality.

Ballarat Community Health
Victoria Department of Human Services
MACS Geelong
Youth Involvement Council, South Hedland
Achtung Camper
Lifeline Ballarat
Catholic Eduation Office, Ballarat Diocese
Family Violence, Magistrates Court

What you can become by working with Maree

Maree brings to her engagement with you her experience and specialised knowledge of Change Leadership. 

Maree believes that organisations don't change. People change and they then change the organisation.

Her expertise lies therefore in helping organisations lead their people by developing the Soft Skills they need to inspire and motivate their people to move with them through the change process.


  • The transformational leader

  • The highly sought after professional

  • The best version of yourself

  • The employer of choice

  • The organisation of high performers

  • The place of empowered employees