B.Sc. Engineering Chemical from University of Durban Westville
MBA from UCT Graduate School of Business
Coach certificate from Time to Think
Coach certificate from iCoach Academy London
Leadership Circle Certification
Time to Think Team Facilitation (in progress)
Having lead multi-functional teams in complex environments that demanded high performance, Vandena can understand and relate to the challenges leaders face. This lived experience together with her professional coaching expertise positions Vandena to help leaders grow their effectiveness.
Vandena creates an explorative coaching environment where she works with her clients on area’s that matter to them and enables them to think well and find their own solutions. A natural nurturer she encourages her clients throughout their journey and is interested in understanding what it is like to walk in their shoes.
She finds it very fulfilling to experience people finding solutions that give them freedom and release energy.
Vandena holds coaching certificates from Time to Think organisation and iCoach Academy in London. The iCoach program is accredited by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC), of which Vandena is a member and abides by the Global Code of Ethics. Vandena is an accredited EMCC Coach. She is certified in Leadership Circle Profile Assessments and has regular supervision for her coaching practice and is currently busy with the Nancy Kline Team facilitation certification.
Vandena’s clients value her ability to ‘listen, without judgement and interruptions,’ to create a safe space for them to ‘extract insights as they verbalise’ and ‘fully form their thoughts’, while ‘guiding them to find their answers.’
Her clients include business owners, entrepreneurs, senior leaders, and CEO’s guiding them to clarify personal and business goals, evaluate and manage career changes, and improve leadership capability in relating to others.
Vandena has a Chemical Engineering Degree and a Master’s in Business Administration from UCT GSB. With over 15 years in senior leadership roles in large listed corporates across petrochemical, Management consulting and financial services industries, she brings a wealth of experience into her coaching practice.
As Head of Direct at Sanlam Vandena lead a multifunctional team that had oversight of the call centre and online platforms focusing on all activities in direct and digital marketing including customer service. As Head of Operations in the sales environment at Sanlam, Vandena led a multi-functional team in a complex environment that delivered highly customised solutions. As Head of Program Office at Momentum Collective Benefits, Vandena introduced and set up program management approach to various strategic and IT projects.
Executive and Leadership Coach | Facilitator | Team Effectiveness Specialist