The Resilient Leaders Foundation began in the combined imaginations of James and Kirsty Greenshields … “Imagine a world where young people have the skills, resources and structures they need to build, lead and collaborate for a strong, thriving humanity“.

Almost 10 years on, the idea has grown to become a national charitable organisation, which provides young people, and their families, these skills resources and structures.

We believe every problem on the globe can be solved at a community level within a global context.

The operations of Resilient Leaders Foundation therefore strengthen the basic building blocks of community – people – to contribute to a thriving humanity and planet.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions” – Albert Einstein

Kirsty and James are about real connections and feeling into what a situation requires to create change in peoples lives with intention. In the almost 4 years I’ve known them their work has deepened and touched many people’s lives for the better, myself included.

Claudia Frasca-Jones • CEO , CSJ LeMoNaiD


After a near-death incident changed the trajectory of their marriage in 2007, Kirsty and James began a journey of healing TOGETHER. Their own journey became the inspiration to help others create stronger relationships, and a greater sense of wellbeing. Their experience showed them that their relationship had survived because of an early foundation of mutual trust and respect. Over the years though, with careers, depression, marriage and a child, they had forgotten the basics. On ‘that’ day in 2007, they received a second chance. The chance was to create a new life – one where they weren’t just ‘surviving’, but their whole family was thriving.

And so, the idea of Resilient Leaders Foundation – an organisation to provide young people with the skills, resources and structures to build, lead and collaborate for a thriving humanity – was born. 

Kirsty Greenshields

Kirsty has been helping women redefine success for around a decade, after redefining her own life upon exit from a ‘successful’ career as an army intelligence officer. As a high-achieving woman, depression and anxiety were suffered in silence, and Kirsty learned the hard way that you can’t do it alone.

A naturally positive person, she redesigned her life, and since she left the army in 2002, Kirsty has assisted 100’s of people to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her experience with her own treatment during the dark period in her late 20’s helped her realise her passion of natural medicine and the power of the human body to heal. As she embarked upon her new career as a naturopath she quickly discovered others appreciated her insights and support during their healing processes too.

As the Lead Facilitator for Women’s Wellbeing at Resilient Leaders Foundation, Kirsty is a great example of the power of finding our own authentic voice to inspire and lead others. She loves helping others find the thing inside that wakes them up to live a more powerful life – not a fairytale life – but a life where challenges help them grow stronger, so they can create greater meaning for themselves, and for the world around them.

James Greenshields

James is a man with a huge heart and a vision to match, and one of his favourite sayings is “we haven’t hit the causal issue yet …” His experience with Post Traumatic Stress, after serving in Iraq, set him on a path to learn all he could about healing the ‘causal issues’. The success of his healing journey is evident, and he describes himself as a man who lives with post-traumatic growth! 

As the Lead Facilitator for Men’s Wellbeing at Resilient Leaders Foundation, James is intensely passionate about assisting others reach their highest potential, and his mentoring and teaching programs are transformational, to say the least.

James’ ability to ask the hard questions, his extensive leadership experience in challenging environments, and his affable manner mean organisations love his workshops.

James is an inspiring and engaging public speaker, with a reputation to move an audience to tears within the first few minutes of a presentation. He will always encourage listeners to lead from the heart by oozing this quality himself

Rhonda Ransford

Rhonda’s wealth of experience spans over six decades! Though you wouldn’t know it. She’s right at home camping in the bush with our young warriors, some as young as 11 years old.

Rhonda was born in Germany, and adopted by American parents as a baby. She’s lived a colourful life and came to Australia around the age of 30 years.

A self-confessed workaholic, Rhonda was a church pastor, and has completed a Masters in Theology. After completing the Masters in Conscious Leadership, Rhonda decided to forego the completion of a PhD and focus on assisting others to integrate the incredible changes she has experienced since deciding to embark upon deep inner work.

The creator of Growthology, Rhonda believes all loyalty must be to the True Self first.

She brings her talents in writing to join us as the Publications Creator at Resilient Leaders Foundation.