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About Anneli Blundell CSP

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Anneli Blundell CSP


I’m on a mission to humanise the leadership landscape and change the way we see each other.

Anneli Blundell CSP


As the Australian Institute of Training and Development’s 2021, L&D Professional of the Year, and Gold Stevie award winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, 2021, Anneli’s passion for decoding people and performance dynamics makes her a sought after speaker, mentor and leadership expert. 

With her keynote speaking, and flagship programs on Women@Work, and DEI Dialogues, Anneli supports women to increase their visibility, confidence and personal power for greater professional impact. 


She brings her gender advocacy to large groups of leaders and is known for creating safe spaces to explore the issues and opportunities of inclusion, belonging and allyship in practical and profound ways. To Anneli, workplace equality is not only about policies; it’s also about the daily practices that support them. This is not about eradicating our human bias, it’s about humanising our leadership habits. 

This focus on daily behaviours features heavily in her guest appearance on a documentary called ‘Transcending the gender narrative’ along with several of her co-authored books on shifting human behaviour. Her pocketbook, ‘When men lead women: Navigating the facts, fears and frustrations of gender equality as a male leader’, explores the response of men to the rise of women in power and provides a practical pathway towards daily allyship and is a companion guide to her newest release, ‘The Gender Penalty’. 


‘The Gender Penalty: Turning obstacles into opportunities for women at work’, is a culmination of the last five years of supporting women in leadership through her award-winning Women@Work program. The book helps women navigate male-dominated leadership landscapes and gives them the tools to speak up, step in and stand out, on their own terms.

Professional work of Anneli Blundell

Anneli has become the trusted advisor for many executives and leaders when it comes to communicating, connecting, influencing and engaging with those around them. Her client list includes Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Ernst and Young, Telstra, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Victoria Police, ANZ, NAB, Australia Post, various government departments and many more.


Oh and she’s a nifty parallel parker, a keen roller blader and a salsa dancing addict who loves any meal cooked by someone else. 

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Anneli is on a mission to humanise the leadership landscape and change the way we see each other. Known affectionately as the ‘Professional People Whisperer’ (don't hold that against her), Anneli has become the trusted advisor for many executives and leaders when it comes to increasing their influence, engagement and interpersonal impact for better business results - for themselves, for their teams and for their companies.

Anneli uses her vast knowledge and decades of experience decoding people, to bring the everyday behaviours and communication habits to the forefront of getting results. It’s often the simplest shifts that create the biggest results, but the key is knowing what to shift. The way we interact, communicate and connect with others has a dramatic impact on our ability to get results.

Anneli Blundell is the President for Professional Speakers Australia (PSA) for VIC/TAS.

Turning obstacles into opportunities for women at work
By Anneli Blundell

It’s 2023, so you’d think that career progression wouldn’t still be impacted by your gender. Yet here we are. 


The truth is, work is a game originally developed by men, for men. Though the players have changed, the rules to succeed have not. When today's talented women play like men, they often get punished for not being 'ladylike', and when they play like women, they get punished for not being 'leaderlike'. Welcome to the gender penalties that sideline women from the game of work.

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In the new book, The Gender Penalty, leadership expert Anneli Blundell has written a practical guide for navigating career success in a male-dominated environment. Packed with easy-to-follow practical strategies, insights, case studies and stories, Anneli shows how to not only overcome the gender penalties on the field, but also change the game of work for good - for yourself and other women. The book explores how to navigate the five key gender penalties women are all too familiar with:


  • Confidence - being seen as arrogant 

  • Communication - being interrupted, talked over or ignored

  • Boasting - being expected to be humble

  • Strength - being seen as aggressive

  • Motherhood - being seen as uncommitted to work


If you’re sick of being ignored, undervalued, and overlooked, The Gender Penalty empowers you with the tools needed to get ahead and succeed without changing who you are.

The book provides multiple digital bonuses including:

  • The Coaches Playbook – a guide to help your manager fend off the gender penalties you might face at work

  • The Gender Penalty workbook - a summary guide to help you personalise the main plays of the book

  • The Gender Penalty Quiz – to see which penalty you need a stronger strategy for overcoming

  • The Chick Chat Guide – guided discussion questions to facilitate reflection and learning with a group of friends or colleagues

  • and various other bonuses like cheat sheets, summary checklists, and videos.

Anneli Blundell CSP will also be presenting her workshop on how to  CREATE PROFITABLE COMMUNICATION  at the Authors Book Launch and Expo 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. Come along and enjoy the learning that Anneli will share with the audience.  

Authors Book Launch and Expo 2023

6 - 7 October 2023

Crown Promenade Melbourne

8 Whiteman St, Melbourne

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I am looking forward to meeting you at the Authors Book Launch and Expo to share with you my story and showcase my book to you. 

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