Breakthrough program


Breakthrough is an achievable three-month intensive career and leadership training program, with a focus on real strategies to get you promoted.

The program’s emphasis on practical skills empowers emerging female leaders to take the next step in their career.

who would

benefit from this program?

Participants are emerging female leaders, typically aged from their mid-20s into their 30s. They have one or two promotions behind them, and aspire to grow into an executive leadership role.

BREAKTHROUGH is relevant to many industries, from media to government, hospitality, construction and finance.

what does

the program cover?

  • Diagnosing key growth areas
  • Addressing specific barriers to your next promotion
  • Increasing day-to-day resilience
  • Building influence in the right circles
  • Finding the right mentors and sponsors
  • Building a long-term career plan


the program format?

A group workshop sets the agenda and goals for the program. Participants also hear from an accomplished C-suite guest speaker and are introduced to comprehensive resources. The workshop provides valuable opportunities to network with like-minded women, with participants invited to work together on practical exercises.

Each participant completes a personal brand survey, and meets with an experienced leadership coach for three individual executive coaching sessions. After producing and working towards a career development plan, participants regroup to discuss key learnings.


It works!

BREAKTHROUGH is a tailored career program addressing the specific challenge, needs and goals of individuals and their organisation. 

It involves an open conversation with some of Australia’s top women in business, including former directors. These mentors help to identify participants’ strengths and areas for improvement. They emerge with a detailed step-by-step career plan to achieve their goals.


  • Gillian’s deep commitment to visible results – behavioural and financial – has meant that she is a much admired and respected coach, mentor, advisor and trainer to the entire Leadership Team. Her genuine warm personal support combined with the intellectual capability to introduce innovative frameworks and tools, plus deliver honest feedback, means that we rely on her for a broad variety of critical projects from High-Performance Leadership and Development Programs.

    Managing Director, Mizuho Bank Australia
  • Gillian has been able to quickly and confidently capture the essence of our organisation and turn that into a successful and popular development program that focuses our leadership teams on opportunity and growth. As a result, our managers are more confident and better equipped with the tools necessary to deliver results.

    Managing Director, Viacom
  • Gillian Fox talks the language, understands the business drivers and underlying issues that we have at SBS. Gillian’s offering has been invaluable and the results are seen in our leaders on a day to day basis.

    Human Resources, SBS
  • We needed our Leadership Team to take greater personal ownership of their business units and objectives. We’ve had some great performance shifts from the program and the feedback from the Leadership Team has been extremely positive.

    General Manager, News Advantage Sydney
  • Gillian delivered a development program for our female leaders. The program delivered strong results designed to maximise their impact, without losing any natural flair. I would highly recommend any program that leverages Gillian’s mentoring ability.

    Operations Director Pacific, The Wrigley Company
  • Following Gillian’s workshop, the coffee table discussions lasted a week! One of my team leaders said to me as we walked out that day that he got more out of it than any other training he could recall. I certainly hope to have Gillian back.

    Engineering Director, Queensland Government
  • Gillian helps our next generation of leaders to better position themselves within their team, the broader organisation but also the external market. I would recommend Gillian to any organisation looking to grow their leadership capabilities

    Director Human Resources, Viacom
  • Gillian facilitates and coaches in a way that drives individual results. She is compelling, earnest and connects well with a sophisticated group of senior female professionals. Her program design and delivery has been widely acknowledged by participants as one of the best they’ve participated in

    CEO, Women In Banking and Finance
  • We commissioned Gillian to develop and deliver an executive leadership development program to provide the skills needed to build effective teams, drive individual performance and achieve stronger results.

    Human Resources Manager, Bank Of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ
  • I found the training outstanding both personally and professionally. For me, it assisted in launching a new product that has wiped out my competitor and turned a department who was missing budget to one that is way ahead

    Classifieds Advertising Manager, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph
  • The group workshops followed by individual coaching sessions with Gillian provided an excellent support framework that will make a difference for [the attendees] and the General Managers they report to.

    Strategy Manager – Corporate Financial Services, Commonwealth Bank
  • Gillian is insightful, intelligent and intuitive in her coaching style. She is serious about exploring how leaders can achieve a higher level of performance in the workplace. Her approach is direct, clear and well-structured.

    General Manager Lifestyle Channels, FOXTEL