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Making It Happen – Tips to Succeed, from a Stevie Award Winner

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Chandra Clements, Director of One Legacy Pty Ltd, in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia won the Gold Stevie for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand in the Individual Awards categories of both the 2012 and 2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. (The 2015 Stevie Awards for Women in Business are looking for the world’s best female entrepreneurs, executives and employees. REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.)

After consulting to and working for several industries in multiple countries, Chandra Clements recognized an escalating need to increase levels of operational excellence, innovation, equity, and empowerment for the benefit of organizations, individuals, and communities alike.

1403OneLegacy2 betterChandra founded One Legacy Pty Ltd in 2013 as a result. One Legacy offers customized solutions to address leadership, commercial and engagement issues across any industry or business. The business teaches leaders and team members how to leverage the power of their thinking and mindset to achieve the goals they desire.


Keeping It Simple

We asked Chandra what areas she felt would be the most important ones for her organization to focus on in 2015.  Her response: “The business world has faced a lot of challenges in recent times. People want solutions to their complex business and leadership challenges but need the solutions to be straight forward and easy to communicate to their people. One Legacy offer simple training and coaching tools to help address these problems. Simplicity is critical. ”


It’s All About Impact

Chandra left her role as CEO of global powerhouse Sentis to pursue her passion of changing people's lives through the application of neuroscience. She founded One Legacy so that, among other things, she could mentor and support various women, young girls, and charitable organisations towards achieving their goals.

Chandra has designed and written countless neuroscience and leadership programs targeting women's empowerment, entrepreneurialism, innovation in the workplace, confidence building, downsizing, redundancies and mergers, effective psychosocial leadership for managers and—her recent flagship— You First, a program targeting business culture and effective followership in the aviation industry.

“Winning a Stevie Award has rapidly expanded my profile across the globe,” Chandra told us. “I have had the pleasure of working across 28 countries, seven languages, and nine industries and people readily recognize that winning a Stevie is testament to the quality of my work. It has been invaluable.”

Added Chandra: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Don’t doubt yourself: enter the awards!”


Asia-Pacific: A Great Opportunity

Chandra was the Guest Speaker for the Global Mining Conference in October 2013, alongside some of the top mining CEO's in Australia. She was the Guest Speaker at the 2013 Women's Global Empowerment Conference in Bangkok. She was MC and Key Note Speaker for the Annual OHS LeadersSummit in Australia and will be the key note speaker for the Newcastle Universitys largest business and commerce fundraiser in October 2015.

As someone whose work frequently takes her to other Asia-Pacific countries, we asked Chandra for her view on the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

“The Asia-Pacific region is in many ways an ‘acid test’ for the current economy,” she told us.  “If you can succeed there, you can succeed anywhere. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards is a great opportunity to put yourself out there and explore where you are benchmarked against your peers and competitors in the region.”


Making an Impact

In addition to her other achievements, Chandra is a 2014 Inductee in to the Australian Businesswomans Hall of Fame, and was the 2012 Telstra Young Business Woman for Australia. She has won nine Stevie awards across four years.

We asked her where she found the inspiration for all this activity. “You get one life,” she told us. “It needs to have impact and it needs to leave its mark on the world while making it a better place than when you entered it. This is the test of life as I see it. People will forget your wealth or your title but they don’t forget, they never forget the impact you have on them. This is my inspiration.”

About Chandra Clements:

After completing her business studies in 2001, Chandra Clements rapidly climbed the ranks of the corporate world to lead the global psychology-based workplace safety consultancy firm, Sentis.  In 2013, she decided to turn entrepreneur and established One Legacy, which consults to companies on operational growth measures, ethical business, human capital improvement, innovation, and sustainable business modeling.

Chandra built her professional career in organizational development and management roles at Rio Tinto, Fluor, Campbell Brothers, and Reward Distribution. In 2009 at Reward Distribution, she led a business of 380 employees to achieve a Lost Time Injury rate of zero, down from 19 two years earlier, whilst managing 26 sites, 2,800 suppliers and 75,000 product lines across Australia and New Zealand. As CEO of Sentis, Chandra delivered a 33% growth in revenue and a 230% growth in earnings before tax. She took the business from broke to bestseller in two short years.

In addition to winning the Gold Stevie Award for Best Female Executive (Asia, Australia & New Zealand) in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business two years running, Chandra was named the 2012 marie claire National Young Business Woman of the Year Award and also holds an Australia Day Young.


About One Legacy:

One Legacy is a successful coaching, keynote speaking and consultancy business dedicated to equity, empowerment and ethics. It was founded to change the world, one mindset at a time! The business fosters sustainable change through an understanding of the "Total Human Workplace" and what people need in order to succeed. 

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