Science is my lawful husband
Tidy descriptors elude the Melbourne resident.
She's an author, educator/trainer and visual artist.
A partnership facilitator.
A builder of community.
A sustainability advocate and educator.
A digital change maker.
And a lifelong student with a swag of educational qualifications, awards and scholarships to her name.
While the list is ever growing as her side projects tend to take a life of their own, Maria has spent the past two decades playing at the intersection of sustainability, capacity building and creative problem solving. As a true Renaissance woman, she now combines
the arts and sciences to provide vibrant and
energising approaches to social change.
Her life is a reflection of her multi-faceted interests.
A creative catalyst… as one of those rare people who can effortless hop between the arts and sciences, Maria has an intriguing range of problem-solving tools at her fingertips. From supporting others to seize technological opportunities to drawing on the psychology of the human brain, she is the epitome of agile.
She provides a range of unique approaches to build creative competencies, skills sets and collaborative workplace cultures.
A bridge between worlds... many years of experience in high-level management roles in the sustainability arena have tuned Maria's skills as a creative conduit across diverse sectors. From non-profits and business to governments and community, each role aimed to find common ground, exchange ideas and facilitate partnerships to create vibrant and sustainable communities.
The award-winning sustainability expert has worked for organisations including the telco sector, Climate Positive Foundation, the Green Building Council Australia, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (Oceania), Thiess, BP (Melbourne and London), the United Nations Environment Program (Paris) and various Federal, State and Local Government departments.
A career redesigner... Maria is the creator of Sweet Spot Careers, a boutique consultancy for women who've reached their mid careers or mid lives, and are baffled by what to do next. With a book and online program, her message is simple: act on your curiosity and explore the next transition without fear to find clarity and a career you love.
A sculptress of sustainability... a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Maria's art works are informed by her desire to offer a different perspective and cross pollinate fresh ideas. She is the director and artist of Project Reclaim, an organic sculpture series that uses remnant fabrics and organic materials to create unique sculptural pieces. Her art as with other aspects of her portfolio, demonstrates how art can be a facilitator for social change. Further sculpture pieces can be viewed at www.mariasimonelli.com.au
Many pieces are sold and proceeds donated to charity.
For more about Maria read her detailed work history at
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