Katherine McLennan

Head of Human Potential at WithYouWithMe, Industry Professor at UTS

About me

Katharine McLennan's combined career spans corporate strategy, operations, talent/leadership development and self transformation. Her most recent corporate roles have included Senior Vice President of People & Culture at Cochlear, Head of the QBE Global Leadership Academy and Executive General Manager, Talent and Business Unit HR for Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In addition to these corporate roles, Katharine has spent the last 14 years as executive coach and leadership facilitator serving the Top ASX 50 clients of Heidrick & Struggles, Johnson, Mettle and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she focused on C-suite preparation, development and succession planning.

Before becoming the passionate leadership developer, Katharine's execution and pragmatic sense was fully developed in her role as head of operational planning and execution of the Sydney Olympic Games between 1996 and 2000, as well as her experience in the non-profit sector with her work with the YWCA NSW.

Her corporate strategic background started from her formative years with Booz & Co across multiple industries around Australia throughout the early 1990's. Katharine has degrees with honours in Biology/Neuroscience and History (Duke), Business (MBA, Stanford), and Political Science (MA, UNSW) .

Katharine is a qualified psychotherapist, and Industry Professor of the Univeristy of Technology Sydney. She is also a Director of Petrea King's Quest for Life Foundation (questforlife.com.au), an organisation focused on providing provides practical skills and strategies for people to create peace and resilience in their lives.


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