Paige Williams

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Dr Paige Williams began her leadership journey aged 7, when she was made Sixer of her Brownie troupe (yes there were six Brownies in each troupe and she led the Elves). Ten years later she was School Captain of a large co-ed state school in North West London, where she got her first experience of public speaking and loved it! 

By the age of 25, having graduated with an Honours degree in Business and worked in financial and corporate PR in the City of London, Paige was heading up a ski operation in Europe that spanned 7 countries, 14 hotels and a staff of more than 400.

The leadership learning was steep and the feedback immediate!

Returning to the UK from Europe, Paige continued her leadership journey in the leisure sector in senior roles for organisations that were looking for cultural transformation. An unexpected and potentially life-threatening situation at work (a story to be shared in comfy chairs, with a glass of red!) prompted her to revaluate leadership in the corporate world, and when she moved to Australia in 2002, Paige chose to return to her marketing and PR roots in a senior communications role at Geelong Grammar School.

This was to be a life changing decision.

Paige’s relationship with cultural transformation continued at Gelong Grammar and led to post-graduate study in Organisational Change. After returning from maternity leave with her second daughter, Paige combined her leadership role embedding Positive Psychology into the culture of the school with PhD research with the University of Melbourne. She was by now also a Master Trainer in Positive Psychology, having trained with Professor Martin Seligman (the guru), and since then has trained more than 10,000 people in the fundamentals and complexities of thriving in the modern world and workplace. Alongside this, Paige started her private practice, helping leaders understand how to thrive through complexity, challenge and change and create positive purposeful impact for themselves and others. 

To say life was busy is an understatement. 

In 2013 Paige joined the teaching and research faculty of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded her PhD in 2017. Her doctoral research examined pathways to create positive change and wellbeing in organisations. Following a successful teaching career, Paige is now an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Positive Psychology where she continues her research work and is an Associate of Melbourne Business School through which she helps leaders learn how to leverage their energy, attitude and mindset to feel well, do well and lead well.

Paige lives an hour from Melbourne with her two adolescent daughters, who ensure she uses the full extent of her positive psychology knowledge and help her show up as her ‘best self’ every day.