Norah Breekveldt

Norah Breekveldt, B.A., MBA, PG Cert. Neuroscience of Leadership

Director of Breekthrough Strategies

Norah is an executive advisor and leadership development consultant who has served clients in a variety of industries over the last 20 years including government, professional services, manufacturing, education, finance and not for profit organisations. She has worked with many aspiring leaders and high performing senior leaders to help them align their success with business outcomes. Norah is known for her knowledge around creating successful careers and for her expertise in helping leaders develop their capabilities in critical impact areas.

Norah understands how businesses operate and how the dynamics of senior management teams drive business performance. She applies this expertise in assisting executives, teams and organisations develop and implement strategies and initiatives that are not just ‘best practice’ but also contribute to profitable and sustainable growth. She is sought out for her ability to guide executives leading complex change and for her facilitation skills with organisations embarking on transformational change.

Prior to her consulting career she held leadership and advisory roles in human resources at Pacific Dunlop, Norwich Union, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, Exxon/Mobil and the Victorian Public Service Board.

Norah holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a distinction from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University and a Certificate in Professional Coaching. She is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation.

Norah has held a number of positions on boards in government and not-for-profit organisations. She was a recipient of a Telstra Business Women’s Award (Victoria) in 1995 and the Australian Financial Review/Business Council of Australia Corporate Work and Family Award in 1993.

She is the author of Sideways To The Top – 10 Stories of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever (Melbourne Books, 2013) Career Interrupted – How 14 Successful Women Navigate Career Breaks (Melbourne Books, 2015) and Me and My Mentor – How Mentoring Supercharged the Careers of 11 Extraordinary Women (Melbourne Books, 2018). Norah contributes regularly to professional publications, journals and blogs. She is a regular speaker at leadership and change conferences.

In 2021 Norah was appointed State Judge with the Telstra Best of Business Awards, Accelerating Women category.




1978 University of Melbourne, BA
1990 University Of Melbourne, MBA (Distinction)
1996 Williamson Community Leadership Program
2000 Cranlana Leadership Program
2004 Certificate in Professional Coaching
2008 AICD Company Directors course
2012 Postgraduate Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership, Middlesex University



Belbin Team Roles
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (Type I & Type II)
Benchmarks 360
The Leadership Circle 



1990 MBA: Best student in Organisational Behaviour and Managerial Project
1993 Business Council of Australia/ Financial Review Work and Family Award for the introduction of innovative diversity strategies in a major chemical company
1995 Telstra Business Women’s Award (Victoria, Large Organisations)Norak Breekfeldt - Telstra Business Womens Award




1994-1997 Board Member, Employment Services Regulatory Authority (ESRA) and Chair, Quality Committee.
1997-1998 Committee Member, Regulatory Review Committee of the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunity for Women) Act 1986, Department of Workplace Relations and Small Business.
2000-2003 Board Member, Very Special Kids Inc and Chair, Quality Committee.
2002-2005 Board Member and President, Extended Families Australia (formerly Foster Grandparents Scheme).
2012-2015 Board Member and Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, The Lyceum Club, Melbourne
2018-present Vice President,
The Lyceum Club



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Victoria Khroundina of SheRa Mag chats to Norah about inspirational women, some of the obstacles they faced in the workplace, and personal strategies that can help women navigate career breaks.
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