About Vanessa & Mindful Managers
I envision a world where relational leadership is the norm, businesses are committed to decolonizing and reconciliation, and people can bring their whole selves to work (mind, body, emotion & spirit) in order to thrive.
Vanessa Lesperance is on a mission to increase kindness, joy and purpose in the workplace through workplace spirituality. Since attending the Graduate Beedie School of Business at SFU, completing her masters degree in leadership, leading her own teams for several years in the telecommunications industry and journeying to reclaim her Metis heritage and embracing Indigenous world views -- she realizes that relational leadership + decolonizing business is the secret sauce to invoking heart-centred transformation in business and increased well-being for all people.
Vanessa has been published in the World Federation Association of Teacher's Education journal with an article examining leadership traits children look for in leaders, featured on the LUVS podcast, presented at Fairleigh Dickinson University on emotional intelligence and co-organized Stride, a half-day event encouraging people to step into their best lives. Based on her masters research she has now created Mindful Managers, a way to encourage and guide leaders to consider how relational leaders might positively influence workplace culture and decolonize business.
Vanessa is also the president of Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club; teaches at the Justice Institute; does leadership and EDI work with Refinery Leadership.
For fun she loves yoga, dancing salsa and bachata, hiking and her morning ritual of reading with a hot cup of coffee.
Fortunate to reside on the beautiful, traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples on the Lower Mainland, B.C.