Hello! I’m Samantha Nolan-Smith, founder and CEO of the School of Visibility. If you care to know a little bit more about me, read on…
I’m a non-indigenous Australian woman who has proudly supported women and their right to be seen and heard in the world, since childhood where I regularly lectured my parents about the fact that ‘girls were just as good as boys’. Fortunately they encouraged me to not just talk about the inherent value of females, but to go out and prove it to the world.
And so, I focused on my education and as a university student I co-founded a women in law group to try and increase female representation in the highest echelons of the legal profession.
Upon graduation, in a wholehearted nod to my inner good girl, I embarked on a career in corporate law only to quickly discover that it was not my cup of tea. Searching for an alternate career path, I happily ensconced myself in the world of social justice, working to support Aboriginal people in Australia, refugees in Britain, and people with disabilities in Canada.
Four years of suffering from chronic fatigue saw me apprenticing in the way of the feminine – a way of being that I initially resisted fiercely because it invited me to rest, to stop doing all the time, to break down my old ideas about achievement and success, to listen to my body, to accept its limitations, and to open to a new way of engaging with other people.
As part of that experience I eventually stepped away from more traditional work environments in favour of something I could do on a laptop between naps. Hello online entrepreneurship! I started my own online business in 2009 and within 6 months, I’d healed completely from chronic fatigue. Yay!
I went on to build a strong and loyal following. Business was good, but each time my community would grow quickly, or I’d start getting more promotional opportunities, or I’d welcome in a whole lot of new clients or students, I would internally shut down.
Fears of being judged, being wrong, or being exposed in some way, were overwhelming. I was happy to be seen by a small group of ‘safe’ people but not by the world at large. I was happy sharing my opinions in intimate circles but not with a wider audience. I was happy being known in my small pond but terrified to step into a larger one.
Eventually I decided to do something about all those fears, and to support other women to do the same. I developed techniques and repeatable processes for overcoming visibility fears. I started teaching those processes and seeing great results in myself and in my clients. And so I built out a full curriculum to support women to overcome visibility blocks, embody a new form of leadership that’s influenced by the wisdom of the feminine, and take consistent action to become more visible in the world.
And after doing all that visibility block clearing work I also co-founded and became the founding CEO of a national day of celebration for women and girls in Australia.
Over the next few years I’ll be publishing books, hosting a podcast or two, welcoming in a diverse group of teachers to ensure we’re covering the broad spectrum of women’s experiences, and exploring ever more innovative ways to deliver an intimate and transformational learning experience to you.
I’m so excited to have you with us on this journey.
To get started and to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, sign up to receive our free audio training, ‘How to speak up in a Noisy World’. In addition to learning 3 simple strategies you can take to speak up in a way that feels natural to you, you’ll also receive weekly visibility lessons from us that you can apply immediately to your business and life.
The School of Visibility headquarters are based in Canberra, Australia. We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the traditional owners of this land.
We recognise that the land was never ceded. We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and we pay our respect to Elders past and present.