general Manager inflight experience, virgin australia
It was great to work with Giovanna on our new program, Amplify, which inspired about 40 leaders from the Inflight Experience team. The content was tailored to our needs, the facilitation flexible enough to make the most of the opportunities that presented themselves, yet structured enough to meet the program objectives. The team is already asking when we’re doing it again. Thanks so much, Giovanna!
Manager Investment attraction, Tourism Australia
Giovanna is a mentoring superstar and extremely invested in the career paths and aspirations of those around her. She is a big picture thinker who helps connect the dots and goes above and beyond when it comes to creating introductions and connections. There needs to be more people like Giovanna around in the workplace - it's refreshing to come across someone who is so supportive of the growth and development of others.
leadership & Organisational development specialist, Virgin Australia
Giovanna’s passion for developing authentic leadership by mixing story telling with pragmatic tools and resources made for a wonderful experience in our In Flight Experience leadership team. Leading up to the event Giovanna listened to our needs, developed session plans that was just what we needed, and facilitated a high class panel discussion and workshop.
Participants left feeling energized and equipped with new tools to use on the job straight away.
It was a pleasure to work with Giovanna on what was a highly successful and valued leadership development experience.
LIFE & EVENTS, FAIRFAX MEDIA
‘Giovanna Lever is a highly motivated young professional who makes things happen. She has that great mix of knowledge and judgment combined with boundless enthusiasm for the tasks she takes on. I worked with Giovanna during the building of a great era at Tourism Australia and have her seen grow and blossom back in the commercial world since her departure.’
PR and Partnerships Marketing Manager, InterContinental Sydney
"I yelled at work one day; from frustration, I said: "Where is my PR god to look up to?" Next thing I knew, I was introduced to Giovanna and having coffee that same week. I had no idea what I was walking into, but that's Giovanna. She is the "solution" recommended by the best. For me, having Giovanna at a critical point in my career, where I had not only hit plateau but wasn't sure where to head next, Giovanna was the fresh air (okay, the hard push) I needed to get back on track. She has the ability to lift you up, not hold back, and hack into your insecurities to get the best from you."
general manager, The Conscience Organisation
In a very challenging year, Giovanna has been an invaluable resource. Her mentoring style is highly approachable, but structured in a way that gets right to the heart of the challenge at hand. I left each session inspired and with a clear path of action. I could not recommend Giovanna enough.
managing DIRECTOR, circul8
'I met Giovanna recently and we worked together on an exciting strategy project.
Her knowledge and contacts in the Australian Tourism Industry were invaluable and her infectious energy is delightful.
We produced excellent results and I'm looking forward to working together again soon.'
DIRECTOR, MENS STYLE POWER
‘I have worked with Giovanna on a number of projects within the hotel and business industries. To me, she is perhaps the most efficient and professional mentor/networker I have met, as well as having lightning speed comprehension of your business’s needs.
‘I trust her, which is disposition I don’t give lightly. If I could describe her character in one word, it would be ‘embracing’, as this covers her genuine heart for your success and her empowering business acumen on the dreams you want to build.’
‘Giovanna has been a breath of fresh air for our business. Giovanna entered our business, a professional services Technology Company, and very quickly was able to dissect from us in terms of what our needs were and define a roadmap to move the business forward in what we tried to do in the previous six months and several thousands of dollars later with other marketing agencies. Giovanna is a no nonsense person. She is straight to the point, she knows what questions to ask to get the best out her clients and she knows how to nurture and mentor for growth – with plenty of laughs along the way. She even gives us homework because as she says – success is collaborative and we need to bring our smarts together to see true growth. Not only is Giovanna helping us with our growth strategy, she also mentors our marketing team – a skill we lack, but one that she is a natural at.’
PHILANTHROPY & EVENTS
‘Giovanna is a can-do, dynamic businesswoman who understands the power of connecting people and causes. She is an asset to Starlight Children’s Foundation and was instrumental in ensuring the success of our premier annual fundraising event, connecting Starlight Children’s Foundation to world-class entertainment and sponsorship opportunities. Giovanna also gives generously of her time and expertise. We are currently working together on a number of strategic fundraising initiatives and we are so happy to have her by our side.’
FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
STORY ST CREATIVE
‘Someone-or-other famous once said ‘People influence people.’ Well, to give a specific example, ‘Giovanna Lever influences people.’ Giovanna has the natural ability to make you turn that influence upon yourself and to give you a forum to connect. This is turn creates energy; energy to direct and prioritise your own influence. Not many have the ability to genuinely do this, but Giovanna and the Sparrowly community have this in spades. Sparrowly influences us to grow our business in a manner we are proud of.’
CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT ALL ABOUT LOVE SOCIAL EVENTS
‘Having had the pleasure of working with Giovanna and seeing her in action, the moment I considered starting my own business, I knew she'd be the perfect person to bounce ideas off and steer me in the right direction. She is strategic, persistent and resilient. Brilliant at connecting the right people with encouragement and a smile.’
PARTNER, MR ARISTOTLE
‘We have been lucky enough to have worked with Giovanna and Sparrowly several times. Although the topics have been wide ranging we have always received exemplary service with positive ROI for our clients. A simple summary would be the process is always both easy and hugely enjoyable. On a side note, if you are lucky to be invited to or attend a Sparrowly event, I can't recommend them highly enough. Giovanna spends the time to highly curate the best connection mix with the right level of professionalism and fun.'
cr cassandra coleman
lithgow city council
In our recent local government election campaign, Giovanna played an integral role helping my team and I gain a seat on council with her effective communications and media relations program. Giovanna helped the team effectively and succinctly communicate our platform, ideas for the future and feedback from our constituents.
Chairman, The Juniors Group
The Kingsford area is undergoing great development changes with the Sydney Light Rail extension. Giovanna has led a project over last six months in developing a three stage communication advocacy strategy to ensure The Juniors and its members have a positive experience during construction and post. Her approach was collaborative and commercially minded whilst keeping our members and community focused which is key to the success of our business.
owner, Egg of the Universe
There is a natural friction between the creation of good business ideas and the cold hard facts of operational reality. Many businesses struggle or fail in not addressing this simply by not concentrating their efforts in the right areas. Working with Giovanna has helped us to focus our strategies and align our priorities so we can more gracefully achieve our business vision and personal dreams.
founder, JO GREEN COACHING
Giovanna and I had some mentoring sessions to help explore and scope out marketing for my business. It was fantastic to sit down with an honest, open and friendly expert who could help me weigh up options. Giovanna encouraged me to do things that felt a bit of reach, but having her support meant they were much more achievable and rewarding.
Giovanna also runs a fantastic networking group, Sparrows United with such a great philosophy for no nonsense connecting with lovely people. It was great to run a workshop with the group earlier in the year and Giovanna was so generous with her time and input in to setting up and promoting it.
Thank you Giovanna for all your support, inspiration and business help!