Research tells us it’s not a lack of talent or qualifications that are holding women back. We support credible, driven women who work in male-dominated environments ascend to the next level of their careers. We do this by bridging the gap between women’s intentions and other people’s perceptions while championing gender diversity for greater results.
Melissa Lewis, Founder/CEO -The Ascension Group
THE ASCENSION GROUP
The Ascension Group works with top talent in companies across the APEC region, assisting more women step into leadership roles. Our aim is to help mid-to-senior level female managers working in male-dominated industries win the roles they are capable of.
With a focus on Executive Presence, The Ascension Group supports gifted, driven women to transcend and navigate the many challenges presented in the corporate environment. For women, this leads to greater influence and success. For top-performing companies, our work enables them to attract, retain and develop female managers who deserve success, while promoting gender diversity.
We provide the data and insights to:
- Build on your natural strengths (we don’t fix, we elevate)
- Uncover blind spots
- Bridge the gap between your intentions and perceptions of others.
- Provide services and tools to elevate your professional Image
While having women as leaders is widely linked to better organisational performance, they face multiple challenges getting to that level. Research tells us that key challenges include unconscious bias (where women face unfair perceptions of their leadership potential) and women’s own mindset (a lack of confidence and inability to articulate their value).
Our approach…only 1:1
The Ascension Group has designed two comprehensive, tailored pathways to help women lift their presence.
The internal process deeply explores leadership traits and behaviours for professional growth through 360 or proprietary diagnostic tools. This helps us discover if ours and others’ perceptions are aligned with our intentions and professional goals.
The external service provides highly popular image and wardrobe solution packages. Women feel confident having a wardrobe that supports the many hats they wear for work and play, in a style they feel comfortable with. It allows them to focus on their work and what they love to do best.
MELISSA LEWIS, FOUNDER/CEo – THE ASCENSION GROUP
Melissa Lewis, founder of THE ASCENSION GROUP,
is Australia’s leading expert on ‘the power of a woman’s presence’.
Her fascination began as a little girl when she spent many hours in her grandfather’s couture boutique watching him style high-end clientele with his tailored suits and stunning evening gowns.
At that early age, Melissa began learning the skills to run a successful business. She also saw how defining one’s style and personal image gave women the confidence to shine from the inside out.
Today, Melissa and her team of specialists at The Ascension Group change lives by enabling talented women to step into leadership roles through their presence and power. They help hundreds of high performing women (and the leading organisations they work for) become unstoppable by building a presence that is authentic, powerful and polished.
Having spent most of her professional life in commercial and retail property, and shopping centre management, Melissa knows better than most the pressures intelligent, hard-working women in male-dominated environments face.
She also understands the challenges of being a mum of two, wife, cook, cleaner and businesswomen.
Her key is being organised and always wear shoes you can run in! In her spare time, she loves training for half marathons, it’s her sanity.
In recent years, she has worked alongside leaders from such organisations as
KPMG, EY, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBUS Superannuation, Hall & Wilcox, Shine Wing Australia and Coles.
“I’ve worked with Melissa for the last 18 months as I made the transition from senior manager to Executive. We spent time defining what the elusive ‘Executive Presence’ meant for me and which is so important for senior women to understand. Through a combination of redefining personal presentation and defining and staying true to my brand she made having a leadership presence so easy and effortless. It continues to feed my confidence at work as I grow as a leader. Thanks Melissa – you are a genius.”
Head of risk conduct ANZ
“I absolutely believe in leveraging your strengths and Melissa is outstanding as an executive presence coach. I engaged Melissa recently for a style ‘refresh’ as I undertake the transition to my next role. She takes the time to get to know you, your personality, your style and your aspirations. Her preparation is amazing and made the whole experience effortless for me. Looking and feeling great creates enormous confidence and Melissa’s support has been invaluable to me. It’s also loads of fun and an investment that will have a lasting impact. Thank you Melissa – you are one of a kind!”
“The time I spent as a client of Melissa’s I found my self- confidence grow. She gave me the confidence to believe in myself that I can achieve my goals and I am to be valued. My manager recommended I work with Melissa and I found this time & experience to be invaluable. I continue to grow and draw on what I learnt from Melissa. I feel stronger and now know I deserve my position in the organisation and the results are showing.”
Collins Street Branch Manager
“I appreciated the candid and helpful insights Melissa provided through the use of the presence assessment tool and the coaching sessions. I can already see the results that I am achieving by implementing the strategies Melissa has given me. Combined with the process of elevating my executive style, I have an inner and outer confidence that is aligned and complements who I am.”
“Mel brings an amazing energy and focus to the essential task of helping senior professional women present themselves in the best possible way. For those of us that are time poor, and sick of poor styling decisions made on the spur of the moment, Mel’s calm and methodical approach helps all of us recapture our own personal style. Mel saves me time, money and helps me make better decisions, all in a way that makes it really easy to take my medicine. I cannot recommend her more highly!”
Senior Investment Banker & Non-Executive Director
“Having worked in large corporates for most of my career, I started my own legal practice last year to specialise in working with retailers. Melissa she worked with me to determine my personal brand and to ensure that my goals and visions for my legal practice were aligned with the image that was being conveyed through my presentation. I found Melissa’s service to be incredibly efficient and accurate. I have come away from this process feeling both personally and professionally inspired.”
Principal at Gladwin Legal
“Melissa Lewis has taken my executive presence to the next level, through a structured and evidence-based approach. The results are staggering. I’ve recently been appointed to my first Board, selected for a global program for elite business development professionals and am now working with amazing international clients. We also worked together on my executive style – the shopping is just a lovely side benefit and so much fun.”
Managing Director at First Follower
QUALITIES OF THE ASCENSION GROUP
Our approach is not a one size fits all. We tailor each female leader’s executive presence strategy so they can achieve success in their own unique way.
SCIENCE BASED DATA
Using 360 or proprietary diagnostic tools, we give women meaningful and accurate data specific to them to uncover the gaps between intention and perception.
CLARITY AND CONFIDENCE
We provide organisations and individuals with a clear, consistent structure to elevate female leadership.
POINT OF DIFFERENCE
We specialise in executive presence, the missing link to leadership success in today’s workplace. No stone is left uncovered as we combine an internal process with the external to elevate credibility from the inside out.