Meet my guest Anne Thornley-Brown. Jamaican born and Montreal raised and President of Executive Oasis International.
Anne Thornley-Brown has successfully made the transition from family therapist and professional counsellor to commercial account manager and later the owner of a consulting firm specializing in business team-building simulations and executive retreats.
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Thornley-Brown had clear career goals: to work as a family therapist for five years and then return to Jamaica to teach in the social work department at the University of the West Indies (UWI). During this time, she worked as a professional counsellor in both Jamaica and Canada.
After returning to Canada, she obtained a contract position at a family service agency and co-authored the book: “West Indians in Toronto: Implications for Helping Professionals.” After the book was released, she started facilitating diversity workshops. But finding career opportunities in social work was a challenge when couple with racial dynamics.
So Anne began to explore career options. Returning to school part-time and attaining her MBA from York University in Toronto. After interviewing and consulting with dozens of leaders in the nonprofit sector and the corporate world, Anne decided to transition into corporate training and development.
A stint as a commercial account manager at a major Canadian bank helped Anne remove the perception that her previous experience wasn’t relevant to business.
From there, she became responsible for executive and management development for two major corporations. Went on to launch her own consulting firm specializing, initially, in training and development. She also started writing the “Spice of the Month Accelerated Learning Ezine”, which attracted over 5,000 subscribers.
She eventually, captured the interest of executives in Asia who read her ezine or found her website through Google searches. Since then, Anne has toured Asia 19 times and facilitated workshops for over 2,000 executives across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and India.
In 2003, Anne’s business was impacted by the SARS epidemic and with the rise of e-learning her business faced a bump in the road. So, Anne sought advice and eventually spun off Executive Oasis International, a separate brand focusing on the design and facilitation of executive retreats and team building, areas in which she was experiencing more demand.
The strategy paid off. Her clients now come from companies in 18 countries across North America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. To date, she has travelled to 24 countries for work and leisure.
She is a highly successful blogger having written for several high profile sites including for HuffPost and was recently featured in Forbes Magazine.
So most definitely a woman of many facets, let me introduce Anne Thornley-Brown
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