Elizabeth Escolme Schmidt OAM, JP, Dip. Spec. Education,, BA (University of Queensland), G. Cert. Arts & Entertainment (Deakin University), MA (University of Adelaide)
Elizabeth began her teaching and training career in Papua New Guinea in charge of five teachers and six hundred children, responsible for the training programme for the teachers and implementation of the curriculum. She then joined British Airways where she was promoted from In Flight service to the Training and Development-Middle Management Division. As a Cabin Service Officer her responsibilities were training, research, writing of new programmes, (ie. introducing the Attitude Training programme for the public image of the airline) training trainers, selection & recruitment, and In Flight supervisory and assessment duties worldwide.
Elizabeth has authored several publications and contributed to tertiary education material. A board member for the Queensland Films Board of Review for five years, she has also been nominated for various awards inc. the BHP Pursuit of Excellence Award in the category of Community and Welfare, and received a Bicentenary award for the same, plus various business awards throughout Australia (the Telstra Woman of Achievement) and nominated as being one of New Woman’s 100 Spirited Women of Australia. She also held a board member position with the St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane. A member of the Arab International Women’s Forum, Elizabeth is also an Honorary member of The national Council of Women (UK).
Elizabeth has over 20 years experience of designing and presenting training programmes. She specialises in the fields of human relations, leadership, team building and mentoring and interpersonal skills which she believes are the foundation stones to solving the business concerns of the 21st century. Elizabeth’s experience has spanned internal consulting in the public sector, management in the private sector and external consulting with both private and public sector organizations.
She works at all levels in organizations, creating overall developmental strategies, delivering in a variety of training methodologies believing in blended collaborative learning. Experienced in coaching/counselling she is equally at ease working with groups or individuals. Elizabeth has studied extensively in the areas of consultation and facilitation skills both in Australia and the UK (Tavistock Institute).
Her clients include organizations as varied as: Telstra, Main Roads & Queensland Transport, The Health Commissions ACT, Queensland Health, Australia Post, The Dept of Defence ACT, NSW Dept, of School Education, Queensland Dept of Natural Resources, Anglo Coal, Detir (Qld) Westpac Banking Corp, The Dept of Immigration ACT, Sydney Water NSW, Integral Energy NSW, Dept Family Services, Youth and Community Care, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Lawyers,) Ampol, Caltex, TAFE, Dept. Housing QLD, Emergency Services, DPI, UniTAB
Victrix has initiated many award winning Open Learning training programmes to Australia. In conjunction with the mission of women’s career development and managerial training the Women in the Workforce Bush Challenge (the first and only all female outdoor experiential management programme) is another unique training initiative from this organization. Another first is the Statewide Rural Women’s Development Programme for women in the rural industries. She has implemented Mentoring programmes in over 40 organizations and is keenly sought for her expertise with that programme. Victrix Mentoring programme for Natural Resources won the Public Service Commissioner’s Award for Best Practice
Her developmental programmes have been used in Hong Kong and The Victix Mentoring Programmes are now used in the Civil Service Commission in the Philippines. The Personal Power Open Learning Programs are also in the Emirates. Elizabeth engages extensively in public speaking activities both in Australia and overseas particularly in relation to career development and management training.