Anne Koopmann-Schmidt

Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker (self-employed) & Lecturer for Innovation Leadership at School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

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Follow your instincts.

What do you do?

I am an Engineer and worked 10 years as a leader in Manufacturing, then started my own business to support leadership in STEM and diversity. I work with individuals and organisations to empower leaders to inspire others and create impact. Through my work, I equip individuals with the key skills needed to become Courageous Leaders that embrace their unique strengths, celebrate diversity and take action outside their comfort zone.

Why did you choose this field?

I studied Engineering because I always had an interest in science and maths. I fell in love with Manufacturing when I did an internship with Ford at the end of my Bachelor degree. I chose Manufacturing Engineering as my major for my Master's degree. After graduation, I joined one of the big Rail Companies, stared as a manufacturing engineer and worked my way up to Head of Quality Australia and South East Asia. I am passionate about Engineering, Manufacturing and the rail industry. But I realised that my biggest passion lies in leadership development and supporting emerging leaders to believe in themselves. Now, through my own business, I equip individuals with the skills needed to build their confidence and resilience, embrace vulnerability, develop their leadership capabilities, learn impactful communication strategies and create space for open and trusted relationships and nurture the individual strengths of others.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I joined the Australian leadership Team of a global organisation within just 6 years of graduation. And I started my own business 1 year ago and I am really proud of how far I have come. My Engineering and problem-solving skills, as well as my personal development and leadership competencies, have been a great support on my journey and in figuring out how to run a business.

Why do you love working in STEM?

One of my first big projects was the build of the E-Class Tram in Melbourne. And up to this day I am filled with pride when I see this tram out on the tracks. I love that the STEM industry really has the potential to have a big impact and change the world for the better. The problem-solving skills individuals learn throughout their career are the best foundation for whatever they set out to achieve.

Best advice for next generation?

Follow your instincts and don't be afraid to step up and out of your comfort zone. Trust your own abilities and know that your voice matters. You will figure it out along the way! Don't be afraid to say yes and step into your full potential.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Leaders aren't born, they are made.”

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