About Melany and Great Expectations

Hello and welcome to our site. I established Great Expectations in late 2012, the first company dedicated to this niche area of business coaching. It has been a delight to experience the uptake of this service by forward-thinking firms, as a vital element of their broader gender and diversity strategy.

I believe that women CAN carve out a fulfilling life that encompasses challenging work and the blessings of a rich and rewarding home as life-partner and parent.

I draw on a depth of personal experience having successfully managed this ultimate plate-balancing act, with a 36-year marriage, and two beautiful accomplished well-grounded daughters as the fruit! Looking back, life was often out of balance, but that’s where we learn and grow. Sharing, dare I say it, the wisdom of my experience to inspire other women to challenge their comfort zone, is what I love to do. It’s wonderful to be able to make a difference in their lives, and in the greater corporate community of our continent.

Our Coaches

Karen is a Generation X Mom, with two school-going sons, living the daily challenge of integrating work with ‘life’. She worked closely with me in bringing this coaching concept to the South African market. With her own experience as a Mom and ex-corporate employee in professional services, Karen skillfully and passionately helps women navigate this challenging transition to manage both their career and broader lives optimally.

Karen operates as an independent facilitator and coach. Her clients describe her as engendering “a sense of trust and confidence” and being “empathetic” in her approach. She is an accredited ICF coach and COMENSA credentialed coach, applying a number of tools to her coaching work, including being an accredited facilitator of the Clarity 4D™ profile, 5LQ Enneagram and the Strength Deployment Inventory (Level 2).

She combines a clear business focus, based on her 11 years spent in Professional Services as well as a further 8 spent consulting to Corporates, with a tailored focus on the transitioning mother’s personal goals. “Through her coaching, I was able to connect the dots and create clarity, where independently I would still be ‘spinning my wheels’.”

Karen embraces the policy of coaching supervision and receives supervision in South Africa as well as through the Executive Coaching Consultancy.

Sally has recently joined the Great Expectations team to support our growing presence in Johannesburg.

Outside of being a working mom herself and having relevant coaching experience, Sally brings deep business acumen to her coaching conversations, from working in HR for 30 years, 25 of which were in Deloitte South Africa.  During her time at Deloitte Sally, amongst others was a member of the Deloitte Women in Leadership team, sat on various Employment Equity panels and was actively involved in various CSR initiatives.

She has an affinity with the unique challenges of fee earners in particular, and is well-placed to work with women who have this role in professional firms.

Sally has an engaging coaching style using methodologies based on both practical experience and learning from attending numerous workshops and short courses on coaching, counseling and mentoring over the years. (She is currently following a programme of full accreditation as a coach through the ICF)

In an attempt to maintain that elusive life balance Sally has recently discovered yoga, which she is finding trickier than she thought – goes mountain biking with her hubby on weekends and loves long lazy lunches with friends.  She is actively involved with several charities and does volunteer work – including mentoring young girls, helping kids to read and planning an annual  Christmas market which is hugely successful in raising funds for several charitable causes.

I am very fortunate to have found another wonderful woman to join the GE team and am delighted that Gill is on board to support our work in Johannesburg and KZN.

Gill recently left a 13 year corporate career in financial services, to follow her passion of business coaching. Her many years spent as a communications executive in a high pressure corporate environment, has fed her passion for building leaders who can navigate the corporate space with more self-awareness and robust leadership skills. She’s especially passionate about women in leadership and helping them manage and balance their personal and corporate lives.

From personal experience, having had both her little girls while working a demanding global role, Gill knows that driving high performance at work and at home can be extremely challenging. This is where she makes valuable impact, offering a level of empathy and relevance to her coaching. She is able to tap into her years of corporate leadership and management and marry these with an intuitive approach to helping people achieve their true potential at work. Gill’s clients are largely but not exclusively, in the banking and legal sector.

Gill re-energizes by spending time with her husband and two girls. Having a passion for conservation, birding and wildlife photography, she loves exploring our wonderful country, and especially being in the bush.