Praise for Sally Foley-Lewis

Sally’s “Manage UP: Amplify Your Visibility, Voice and Value” presentation was engaging, high-energy, and showed a great sense of humor. She answered participants’ questions with lots of “how-to” that demonstrated her depth of experience and knowledge. Her visual diagrams clarified critical relationships and decision points so that people can quickly put ideas into practice. I truly enjoyed her presentation. 

March 2021

Richard Head

President, Learning Wisdom, LLC

South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce

Netball Queensland

Sally delivered an engaging and practical session to the lawyers participating in the QLS Open Day this year. They left with tips to take back and use right away. Time management does not have to be a dirty word!

Dr Rachel Baird

Snr Legal Project Manager, Clayton Utz

I had the pleasure of attending Sally’s Boost Your Productivity Workshop and a follow up one-one session.

I found Sally helped me understand the important elements of my role to give me focus, change my schedule and get the most out of my ‘peaks’, to allow me to improve my productivity at work, my staff and my life in general.

Sally delivers her sessions with energy, humour, well-founded experience and memorable anecdotes. I walked away feeling energised, and ready to take on my new role with a plan and enthusiasm.

Jennifer Torrance

Strategic Planner, Coffs Harbour City Council

Sally’s secret skill is to teach us practical tools to change our behaviours so we can increase our personal productivity and the productivity of the people we lead.

Gone are the days where productivity is equated solely to time management. Sally has shown me how to better focus on the effectiveness of my efforts in order to be more productive, and therefore get more done!

If you need help when it comes to your productivity, then I strongly suggest you speak to Sally.


Author, Mel-Kettle & Associates

Having interviewed Sally as a guest on my podcast, Journey Of The Successful Adviser, it was quite obvious she is not only a person of value and integrity, she is also extremely knowledgeable in her field of working with senior leaders to enable them to improve their personal performance – and impact the organisations’s they lead. 

It was a pleasure to learn more about Sally’s journey and understand how she has built a reputation for her expertise.

James McCracken

Mortgage Broker Consultant, The Successful Advisor

Sally Foley-Lewis coordinated an excellent Resilience, Confidence & Self-Esteem Seminar for a large group of public speakers.

I recommend Sally as a leader who is supportive, informative and highly professional.

Charmaine Burke

Director, Art of Communicating

Sally prepared on hosted an event with 4 speakers and she led the 1/2 day session.

She was extremely well prepared, was able to warm up the audience for the speakers. She did some research about the speakers and was able to introduce each of them so the audience recognized them for the individual achievements.

The atmosphere was warm and encouraging. I very much enjoyed the afternoon and learnt a lot.

Margrit Fisher

Committee Member, Toastmasters International

It was a pleasure to work with Sally Foley-Lewis on a project where Sally organised over 120 attendees for a training seminar with four speakers.

Sally’s approach was professional, supportive, friendly and informative before, during and after the event.

Sally ran the seminar and her approach as a MC was of the highest of standards.

I can recommend Sally Foley-Lewis for professionalism and ability with business seminars management of the highest level.

Adrienne McLean

Founder, The Speaker's Practice

I had the pleasure of working with Sally at a weekend seminar, where she Emceed.

I enjoyed her ability to engage humorously with the audience, transition smoothly between speakers and support them pre and post seminar, as well as on the day.

Sally’s style is fun, engaging and energetic and she certainly knows how to warm up a crowd before a speaker hits the stage. Thank you Sally for making my day a great day.

Donna Avery

Business Manager, Stewart Automotive Group

Sally was a vital, positive and engaging Chairperson and expert speaker at the EA/PA Skills Forum which I produced for Tonkin corporation.

Sally was a popular speaker and a vital element of the forum. Her energy and enthusiasm for her subject is infectious, her delivery I would describe as electric as she buzzes across the stage.

One delegate described her in the feedback as as simply “Brilliant.” I highly recommend Sally as a coach and speaker.

Clare Mansbridge

Digital Event Producer, IQPC

I highly recommend the Management Success Cards™ created by Sally to any manager.

The thought-provoking questions have guided me to better, clearer decision-making for driving team performance.  I know that if a people management challenge arises I can refer to the Management Success Cards™ for successful self-directed coaching.

I also love the colourful and vibrant design. Every corner of management is definitely covered! Great little bundle of motivation!

Annalisa Brimo

Director, The Transcription People

Sally coached me while I was establishing my business. I could not speak more highly of the mentoring and advice that she provided during this process.

Sally is firm and focused when needed, yet always supportive. She is exceptionally well qualified as a coach, both professionally and personally, and her ethical approach to business relationships is, to me, one of Sally’s defining qualities.

Her personal warmth and wonderful attitude instill confidence in making career decisions based on integrity and self-reflection. Sally is a gifted coach and mentor and most definitely “walks the talk.”

Allison Heller

Director Social Strategy, Ethos Urban

Sally has been my mentor since I’ve started practicing coaching. I consider myself very lucky to have her as my mentor as she’s one of the best.

She’s very intuitive, extremely good listener and her advices are always spot on. She makes me think and question myself to make sure that I always give my best and I don’t leave any stone unturned.

Through her knowledge and experience I’ve improved considerably in my coaching and I would recommend her to anyone who’s looking for a mentor or a coach.

Isabella Strambio

Founder, Twome

Sally is an extremely effective communicator. She delivers with great energy and passion.

Sally commits herself to every task she undertakes and ensures her clients a successful outcome.

Her professionalism coupled with her positive nature makes her someone you would want on your team.

Lyndal Hansen

Owner, Amarna Mentorcom

Sally has been the MC for the ICF Australasia Queensland conference in mid October, 2018. She has bought a lot of enthusiasm, professionalism and fun to her MC-ing and it was a great pleasure to work with her.

She has helped us tremendously to make the conference as successful as it was.

Zsofia (Sofia) Juhasz

Leadership & Talent Development, Coaching Team

Sally was recently the MC for the Launch of my Women with Influence Program. She was the dream person as she is warm, funny and makes the room safe for everyone to have fun.

As a result the feedback has been incredible, everyone had a fantastic time and had a wonderful response to my new program. She absolutely set the scene and made it a night to remember.

Jane Anderson

Strategic Communications Expert, Jane Anderson

Sally and I met 15 years ago and have shared projects for 7 years  –  ever since being in the same city. 

As a facilitator, Sally is insightful and diligent about being client-focused and serving the needs of participants. 

As an executive coach, Sally has a great knack for simultaneously being personally engaging while also being professional and challenging. 

This is a magic mix that really works for Sally’s clients (and colleagues). 

Scott Arbuthnot

Leadership & Executive Coach, Arbuthnot & Associates

We have just finished a 3 month program working with Sally, and her approach to our team was refreshing and genuine.

She allowed us to see a bit of the ‘real’ Sally, and challenged us in ways we needed to be challenged as a team.

I have no doubt we will continue to work together a strong team, moving into the future

Emma Rhoades

Yep Youth Mentor, Culture Shift

Sally is a professional MC, trainer and speaker who connects with the audience’s needs as well as the organisations needs.

Sally is a creative leader who engages with the topic/purpose of an event and offers valuable suggestions to enhance the experience for all involved.

Sally’s ability to understand the needs of the audience and organisation has lifted the quality of training and seminars within District 70 Toastmasters.

I have been blessed to have been coached by Sally and my training sessions and training plans have improved dramatically in a short time. I highly recommend Sally as an MC, trainer, speaker and coach.

Kaylene Ledgar

Assistant Director, Department of Human Services

Sally was the MC and presented at a skills forum where I was also presenting. Sally engagement with the participants was a delight to watch and equally to experience.

The content of her session was high quality and demanded attention. Her humour and warmth made her presentation very memorable.

Frances Cahill

Public Speaking Coach, Polish Your Pitch

Sally sees the big picture and is able to pick and lead a team of trainers to achieve very positive outcomes for all.

An over-achiever, Sally delivers excellent results and is very easy to work with. Her ethos is definitely grounded in service delivery and dedication to excellence.

David Fisher

Owner/Director, Jedda Investment Group

Sally is a determined and focused person who has great business insights.

She has created a wonderful set of management success cards that can help entrepreneurs with business concepts.

Her management success cards do empower managers to think and act successfully.

In the time that I have known Sally through the National Speakers Association of NSW she has been a great leader and team player, sharing her insights with others.

Stephanie Giannis

Author & Keynote Speaker, Stephanie Giannis

Wow, is short of explaining how awesome I find Sally and regard her expertise.

Her knowledge, understanding and expertise in training people to be better managers is simply amazing.

Having managed people for the past 6 years I found her advice real, easy to implement and has had a massive impact on how I will manage people in the future.

Sean Grobbelaar

Experience Director, The Entrance Lake House Restaurant

I strongly recommend Sally Foley-Lewis as a Management Trainer and Coach for you and the supervisors and managers of your organisation.

She combines top credentials, a keen sense of urgency, sharp facilitation skills and a very personable and engaging communication style to deliver recommendations and programs that improve staff performance.

I continue to rely on Sally for her management wisdom – because it works!

Robin Dickinson

Commercial Facilitator, RAD International (Australia)

Sally is a gifted coach and a generous mentor, both with her time and her wisdom.

Her guidance has helped me grow and excel beyond what I thought possible, and its been a privilege working with her!

Michele Johnson

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Pitfire Pizza International

Sally is direct, focused and energised. Her ability to listen and identify quickly the issue/s is powerful and intentional.

Sally is perfect at playing ‘devil’s advocate’ and moves quickly to help you identify any blockages and develop solutions and methods to move things forward. I respect Sally’s work immensely.

Nicholas Volpe

Founder, Laurellis Associates

Sally was an exceptional student who displayed the highest possible standard of work in every unit she studied with me at Wide Bay TAFE.

She achieved distinctions in all 14 units undertaken.

Sally has excellent time management skills and meets deadlines with time to spare. She is enthusiastic in manner and a wonderful communicator.

I wish we could employ her ourselves! I would welcome her in my teaching team any day!

Michelle Robinson

Hypnotherapist and Counsellor, Hervey Bay Hypnotherapy

Sally is an acknowledged expert and valuable author. I really enjoy working with her in the professional speaking industry and loved her book The Productive Leader. At the heart of this book is a simple model that allows the reader to analyse and then improve the different aspects of productive leadership.

The model is a traditional trefoil encompassing Personal, Professional and People productivity. This is immediately and easily translatable from the book’s focus on the productive leader (as an individual) to a focus on the productive board (or any other identifiable group that you may work with or within). The tools for personal, professional and people productivity are clear and useful; albeit not entirely new. However, they are backed by some impressive research (did you know that 78% of people say they would work harder if they were better recognised and appreciated?) and then extended into some ground-breaking new areas.

Sally (I am honoured to count her among my professional friends and recognise that she is one of the most transformational speakers on the professional speaking circuit) has focused not just on the three aspects of productivity but also on the intersections between them. This is highly prospective ground.

For example the intersection between personal and professional productivity relies upon clarity. In the board environment this is all about setting clear matters reserved for the board, goal-setting, prioritising and the value and methods of work being done to lift productivity. At the intersection between professional and people productivities are boundaries; we all know that good fences make good neighbours but we rarely consider how the establishment of clear accountabilities can provide the basis for personal, and board, productivity. At the intersection between personal and people productivities are relationships, both between the individuals on the board and between the board and other stakeholders such as management, shareholders, regulators, customers, and host communities. Applying these lenses to the areas where productivity is required to improve allows great insights.

I have been carrying this book around in my briefcase and cabin-luggage for two months. It gives great insights into the interactions that I have with my co-directors and others. It is making a difference (and I am already highly productive). I recommend that you try it also. It may well make a great difference for you too.

Julie Garland McLellan

Board Advisor, The Director's Dilemma

Sally is a great leadership coach and presenter.  Her MasterClass on Leader as Coach was inspiring.

In a few hours I was able to learn new skills and hone my existing skills to make me a better coach in the workplace.

Sally is certainly an expert in the field and I would recommend her courses to anyone wanting to further develop their leadership and professional development.

Jenny Mulkearns

Project Manager, QLD Health

Sally spent time coaching me in leadership and management skills.

She gave practical, expert advice which I could apply straightaway. Tough insights delivered by a supportive coach.

Catrin Hobart

Senior Marketer, Tafe NSW

I attended a Train the Trainer Course in Abu Dhabi, UAE of which Sally was the tutor.

From Day one Sally struck a rapport with all class members.  Aside from obvious exceptional management skills of being organized, punctual, flexible etc I found Sally to be culturally sensitive, an active listener with a wicked sense of humor.   She creates an environment that is conducive to learning not only with her props but her personality.

An experienced and professional presenter Sally is instinctive and knowledgeable.

If Sally is presenting or running a course I would highly recommend you attend.

Nicky Aiono

Education Advisor, Abu Dhabi Education Council

Sally is an exceptional trainer who has developed and delivered a broad range of management programs.

She is able to keep participants engaged and to build rapport and trust with a group of vastly different delegates.

Sally has a high level of attention to detail and always gives 110% to her job.  It was a pleasure to work with her.

Sally Douglas

Senior Management Associate

It has been a pleasure as a leader in District 70 Toastmasters (NSW/ACT) for the past 3 years to work with Sally , she has prepared and delivered many high standard interesting and interactive educational sessions for our members which has generated very positive evaluations and requests for more sessions from her.

Sally has taken on the role of Master of Ceremonies at some of our conference events and was a very entertaining and connective MC making both speakers and audience feel special.

Sally has displayed a willingness to prepare speaking and training sessions to suit our requirements for our members.

Joan Rinaldi

Branch Administration, Hudson Building Supplies

I have seen Sally deliver numerous presentations and also conduct training sessions to groups of 100 or more.

Sally has a very pleasant style and engages an audience from the first few words.

Sally is very energetic and provides lots of valuable information to the listeners, with an entertaining delivery.

Sally is an expert in gaining audience participation which always commands a high attention level throughout.

I happily recommend Sally Foley-Lewis for any form of corporate training.

Rick Haynes

Business Development Executive, Transcoast Express Pty Ltd

Sally is a joy to work with.  I have had the pleasure of working with Sally both as a coach and in a training capacity.  As a trainer Sally is fully of energy, engaging and incredibly creative.

She brings the best out in people and keeps the enthusiasm in the room, even in the face of a tough audience.  Her ideas for our away day were brilliant, on budget and enjoyed by everyone who participated.

Sarah Carney Green

Technical Delivery Manager, Microsoft

Sally is a powerful coach and amazing human being, her intuitive nature and go-getter attitude is mind blowing.

I can recommend Sally if you are looking for a no-nonsense, let’s do it coach!

Ilzé Mulder

Learning & Development Professional