Christy Nichols
Global Leadership Venture Within
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About Me

Founder and CEO

Executive Leadership & Life Coach | Curator of Transformational Experiences | Purposeful Travel Advocate | Author

I am an educator, adventurer, Life Purpose Coach, speaker, author, purposeful travel advocate, leadership and personal growth expert, seasoned traveler, curator of transformational experiences, and serial ex-pat.

My objective through Venture Within is to cultivate deep learning opportunities that enable you to create more meaning and purpose in your life, which in turn, ignites more good in the world.

My professional education expertise has afforded me the opportunity to work around the world. Since achieving a Masters Degree and Teaching Credentials in Sussex, England, I have created and developed two companies focused on Leadership Development Programs through education and conservation projects overseas.

I have delivered leadership initiatives internationally to individuals, universities, small companies, and non-profits in the UK, Europe, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, South Africa, Canada, the USA, and Australia.

Through my company, Venture Within, I create transformational experiences for personal and professional growth. I live a full and meaningful life while inspiring and enabling others to do the same.

  • Expert in leadership development amongst professionals
  • 20 years an Educator, CEO of Venture Within, and formerly Co-Founder of EDventure International
  • Accredited Certified Professional Life & Leadership Coach
  • Author
  • Curated strategic leadership workshops catered for traveling professionals, with a focus on personal development and growth.
  • Utilizes cultural immersive experiences as transformative opportunities.


Degrees
(MA) Master of Arts - 2004

English Literature

University of Sussex

(BA) Bachelor of Arts - 2001

English Literature

California State University San Bernardino

Certificate - 2020

Leadership

Academy of Creative Coaching

Diploma in Teaching - 2005

English

Hazelwick School, UK


Teaching History
Global Leadership
Venture Within

May 2016 - Current

Create, develop and facilitate Leadership and Professional Development programs shaped to hone and enhance leadership potential and global perspective in individuals by applying leadership skills to education and environment conservation initiatives and projects overseas. Hired, trained, managed, supported a team of Program Managers, coordinated program logistics in Costa Rica, Thailand, South Africa and Nicaragua, and shaped the quality of programs to enrich individual’s experience and add inherent value to their personal, academic and professional sphere. Venture-within.com 

Academic Advisor
Australian Catholic University

Jun 2011 - Jun 2013

Provide one-on-one tutoring sessions and academic skills advising to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as facilitate Academic Skills workshops to student groups with a focus on academic structure and language. Duties include improving students’ abilities in researching, writing and referencing academic essays, developing students’ confidence in oral presentation techniques and skills to improve students’ academic performance. 

Global Leadership
EDventure International.

May 2011 - Aug 2016

Created socially responsible leaders through overseas programs shaped to develop personal growth and perspective by engaging in worthwhile projects making significant change locally and globally. Grassroots volunteer projects are paired with our leadership development curriculum, facilitated in via leadership workshops providing volunteers with opportunities in cultural immersion which strengthen inherent leadership skills within, and are then applied through volunteer work in local (in-country) communities. Hired, trained, managed, supported a team of Program leaders, coordinated program logistics in 5 countries, and shaped the quality of programs to enrich student’s experience and add inherent value to their personal, academic and professional sphere. EDventureintl.com 

Academic Advisor/Sessional Instructor
University of Melbourne

May 2011 - May 2013

Provide one-on-one tutoring sessions and academic skills advising to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as facilitate Academic Skills workshops to student groups with a focus on academic structure and language. 

Adult Literacy Instructor
The Gathering Place

Apr 2011 - Jul 2011

The Gathering Place is a healing center for disadvantaged aboriginal adults and I develop teaching plans aimed to encourage and engage adult learning at multiple levels. Using the ACSF as a guide, I assess individual levels of literacy, design and create dynamic resources that cater to each student’s individual interests and needs, implement teaching strategies, and evaluate curriculum objectives. 

Academic Advisor/Sessional Instructor
Victoria University

Feb 2011 - Feb 2013

Presenter at Victoria University Leadership Conference. Develop and deliver tutorials providing Biomed students with an introduction to communication theory and professional practice. Duties include improving students’ abilities in researching, writing and referencing academic essays, developing students’ confidence in oral presentation techniques and skills appropriate for employment applications. 

Online Writing Instructor
Pearson

Jun 2010 - Mar 2011

Provide postsecondary writing instruction online. Duties include: assisting with the development of multiple writing workshops; provide asynchronous tutorials for online students; create and implement key efficient rhetorical teaching guides. As Senior Tutor/Quality Control, I manage an international team of online instructors as well as edit and review tutorials to ensure they meet company standards. 

Global Leadership Instructor
Genysis Group

Feb 2010 - May 2010

Delivered a series of lectures, workshops, and seminars on Global Leadership for both corporate professionals as well as to senior high school students (Upland Christian School). Assisted in the development of Global Literacy Curriculum for emerging leaders that included objectives geared towards understanding and attaining personal, social, cultural, and organizational literacy. 

Writing
University of California, Riverside

Sep 2008 - Jul 2009

Lecturer in the University Writing Program teaching English courses geared to cover the ground rules of academic inquiry and exchange in English writing. These courses are designed to assist students in completing their University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement

English
Hazelwick School

Sep 2004 - Jul 2008

Plan and deliver English lessons for secondary school students; lead interactive classroom discussions utilizing Interactive Whiteboard Technology; prepare and administer written and oral exams; cater lessons for specific needs of SEN and EAL students, implement differentiation strategies; design and produce interactive resources and intricate schemes of work for departmental needs; organize and facilitate after school study activities. 

Humanities Specialism Coordinator: liaise with Primary Schools to exchange practice, coordinate guest speakers for various year groups; establish community links, coordinate and oversee whole school initiatives (Working With Others); establish links with charity organisations, through fundraising and assemblies; organise events for launch of Learning Resource Centre; event coordination for 

National Book Week and other collaborative Reading projects; track and implement subject enhancement strategies. (2 years) 

  • ➢  Organise and lead regular visits to London theatre, other off-site touring, or curriculum related visits for 40+ pupils. 

  • ➢  Involvement in Ghana Project: led Ghana cultural exchange tours and activities, taught visiting Ghanaian students; serve as community contact; attend bi-weekly meetings. 

  • ➢  Written, produced, and presented assemblies regularly on a spectrum of educational topics for Year 7 – Year 13 pupils. 

  • ➢  External marker of English exams for Edexcel, (3 years) 

  • ➢  Duke of Edinburgh volunteer leader. 


Areas of Specialization
Leadership Leadership Coaching Leadership Development College Writing English Language and Literature

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