Stacey Back is a certified Career + Leadership coach and mentor to leaders and business owners in professional services. She is an insightful, inspiring speaker and passionate about sharing her knowledge on a variety of career and leadership topics.

Through her speaking, Stacey shares the successful strategies she uses in her professional coaching work, as well as unique insights from her corporate career and experience running her own business. She is located in Perth, Australia and delivers key-note presentations, group training workshops and online webinars nationally and internationally.

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“We wanted to empower and motivate our people to grow their career within our organisation, walk away with a sense of control over their career trajectory and with practical ways to plan and progress their career. The content Stacey delivered met the brief perfectly. Feedback from participants was very positive and aligned with these objectives.

Stacey’s signature career framework was a great way to remind people a successful career comes from the inside out. She provided some great reflection exercises to help people identify what they want out of their career and helped them realise they need to keep developing to stay relevant. Thank you, Stacey for adding great value to our internal Careers Week!”

— Danita Vrakking, Learning & Development Business Partner — Specsavers —


Stacey has presented at national conferences, business events and online webinars for professional associations and companies, including:

Origin Energy Australia: Career Development Sessions (national webinars)

ALPMA: Australia + New Zealand (national webinar)

Suncorp Group: Australia + New Zealand (national webinar) 

College of Law Australia: Queensland (online webinar) 

Specsavers Australia: Internal Careers Week (national webinar) 

CPA Australia: CPA Week Conference, Western Australia

Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA): Keynote presentation

Women in Safety WA: International Women’s Day Keynote


How to take ownership of your career

In the modern business world, taking ownership of your individual career planning and development is vital for career success. Organisations are no longer solely responsible for your professional career development, with decisions on employee development considered in line with strategic business needs. Ongoing self-assessment and management of your career is now essential — especially in a changing world of work.

This signature presentation will help you:

  • Understand why it is critical to take ownership of your career and be proactive about your career planning to progress professionally
  • Identify the skills you need for the future world of work and how to futureproof your career
  • Discover how to assess your current career situation to confirm where you want to go next
  • Learn how to clarify your career goals, development areas and establish a plan you can take action on
  • Find out how to get promoted, step into a leadership role or grow with your current organisation

How to have a meaningful career conversation

Investing in your people is no longer optional — it’s now necessary to retain your top talent. A key part of this is facilitating ongoing and effective career conversations between individual employees and their managers about their career goals and development. Conversations which go beyond job performance and that are separate to performance appraisals.

As an individual, career conversations can seem scary, pointless or uncomfortable. But learning how to drive your own development and approach career conversations with confidence is crucial to reach your goals and create the career you want. This presentation forms part two of our career planning series and can be delivered as a stand-alone topic or as a follow-up session to the ‘Career Planning with Purpose’ presentation.

As a participant of this presentation you will:

  • Know how career conversations differ to performance reviews and what makes them effective
  • Understand why ongoing career conversations are essential to create the career you want
  • Discover how to prepare for and have a meaningful career conversation
  • Learn how to implement your career development plan and reach your career goals

How to develop and retain your best people

Strengthening employee retention and developing your people is pivotal to build a sustainable team. ‘The Great Resignation’ has seen the mass exodus of talented people from their jobs with many re-evaluating their priorities, changing careers — and even leaving the workforce completely. With growing global skills shortages, your most valued employees have many options and the ability to negotiate the conditions they want. To stay competitive, investing in your people must be a priority.

Through this practical presentation you will:

  • Find out why it is now essential to invest in employee development and retain your best people
  • Understand current market trends, employee motivations and how to future-proof your team
  • Learn how to effectively prepare for and lead career development discussions and performance reviews so you can retain top talent
  • Discover how to help your employees identify their career goals, development gaps and establish a plan to reach them
  • Know how to educate senior stakeholders across the business on the benefits of people development and get them engaged in the process


Imposter syndrome is one of the biggest barriers to career progression. We feel like a ‘fraud’ despite evidence of our accomplishments. A lack of confidence leads us to disregard our successes, fear failure and avoid stepping outside our comfort zone.

This has major consequences for our careers. It holds us back from being paid what we are worth and stops us reaching our full potential. Stacey will discuss imposter syndrome and provide practical ways to overcome it.

After participating in this presentation you’ll: 

  • Understand what imposter syndrome is, why you experience it and the biggest mistakes keeping you stuck
  • Discover the unexpected consequences and how it’s holding you back professionally
  • Learn simple, actionable strategies to break this cycle — once and for all
  • Find out how to beat self-doubt, build confidence and develop the career you’re after

Insights from my career and business journey

In this incredibly raw, honest and inspiring presentation, Stacey outlines the biggest lessons learnt throughout her professional journey. These lessons have shaped the way she builds her business — and lives her life.

She shares stories and insights from her corporate career, life and personal experience growing two businesses and transitioning careers. Plus, the successful strategies used in her coaching work with leaders and business owners to help them thrive professionally.

Through this thought-provoking presentation, you’ll:

  • Understand why you are striving — not thriving — in your professional life and how to break this pattern once and for all
  • Learn how to clarify your career goals, figure out what you want and establish a plan you can start to take action on
  • Discover why knowing your ‘why’ is key to achieving fulfilment and success in your career
  • Find out what holds you back from reaching your professional goals and how to overcome it
  • Learn how to build resilience and stay in action — even in the face of personal or professional set-backs



“Thanks so much Stacey for the awesome session. This was evidenced by the number of attendees and volume of pre-submitted questions, which was higher than I’ve ever seen before. The feedback since the event has also been really good. If anyone is thinking of other ways to develop their employees, reach out to Stacey.”

— Chris Bath, Executive Manager — Employee Council — Suncorp Group —

“Our aim was to provide employees with guidance and a structure to approach their career planning in a proactive way and shift the reliance on managers to plan career pathways. We wanted our people to walk away with practical steps to take control of their career development, a new perspective on how to assess their values, passions and goals and a framework they could easily use and implement. Stacey delivered on all these objectives.

Stacey clearly articulated her advice, insights and always brought home how it was relevant to our people. She engaged the audience effectively, provided lots of practical examples and clear ‘next steps’ for employees. Stacey was a great presenter and a pleasure to work with!”

— Zung Dang, Manager – Employee Council Relations & Projects – Suncorp Group —

“Our goal was to empower legal professionals (the audience) to take ownership of their careers. We wanted to provide them with the guidance and tools to consider their current situation, what’s next and beyond — and learn how to establish a plan to get there. Stacey did an excellent job in providing a simple framework for our audience to follow.

In designing a purely online program, I require the members of the speaking team to be particularly engaging ‘through a screen’ and Stacey is very good at this. She is clear, professional and her warmth translates well on screen. I enjoyed working with Stacey to develop this program and would love to have her speak for the COL again!”

— Kristy Roodveldt, Community Engagement Officer — College of Law Queensland —


“Our objectives as an organisation were to build on the narrative that your career is your responsibility to drive. We wanted to give our people practical tips on how to assess where they are and where they want to go next — and Stacey delivered well on those goals. Our people commented that they found the exercises valuable, really liked looking at their values in a different way and gained a new perspective on how to align their careers to their values.”

— Sarah Hart, Employee Experience Design Lead — Origin Energy — 

“I’d like to see more of Stacey! Her expertise in career planning and execution is especially beneficial given the changing dynamics around careers and the employment market.”

— COLQ Alumni + Participant — ‘Career Planning with Purpose’ keynote —