Professional Member


Sonia McDonald

Sonia is a thought leader, dynamic speaker, entrepreneur and writer. She has over 25 years human resource management and organisational development experience. She has held senior roles in organisational development, learning and development, strategic recruitment and talent management fields. She has worked in various industries such as retail, mining, construction and engineering, consulting, executive search and the public sector around Australia and around the globe. She is passionate about cutting edge research in her industry as well as innovative tools and strategies around Leadership, Organisational Development, Neuroscience and Strategy. Sonia’s expertise in organisational development, learning & development, facilitating, and leadership development makes her an excellent consultant to partner with organisations to ensure the full potential of their business is achieved through its people. She is about RESULTS!

Sonia is the Brisbane AHRI Diversity and Inclusion Convenor where she is actively involved in the HR Community with networking, organising and holding HR forums and sharing her knowledge. She was recently the Vice President for Professional Development for AHRI Queensland. She has been certified in Prism Brain Mapping Assessment, Leadership Architect and The Extraordinary Coach programs. She has also been published in the Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media.

Her company, LeadershipHQ provides solutions, programs and interventions that will help your organisation to achieve maximum success. They work in partnership to design, create and deliver high impact and customised client solutions. It is about YOU. Their purpose and vision is to partner with organisations and leaders in building high performance leadership, culture and strategic interventions – improving staff engagement, motivation, retention and ultimately – the bottom line!


  • Bachelor of Business (HRM)
  • Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership


  • Thiess
  • CUA
  • Coles
  • Super Retail Group
  • Origin Energy
  • Lend Lease
  • Wesfarmers

Sonia has spoken at

  • Australian Human Resources Institute Forums and Special Events
  • Business Women's Association for International Women's Day
  • HR Summit for Key Media
  • EA/PA Summit
  • HR Leadership Summit
  • PMI Conference
  • National HR Summit
  • HR Directors Forum
  • National Women in Construction – NAWIC
  • Australian Institute of Project Management
  • Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference
  • Project Management Institute Conference
  • Organisational Development Forums





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