Our People

Mike JennerMike Jenner

Director, Head Coach

Mike Jenner gained his Master of Business Administration at Harvard University before moving into business consulting with a focus on human behaviour and behavioural change.

He was appointed a Professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 1998 as the Faculty Chair of the School’s Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) program. In this capacity, he designed and ran a highly innovative, coaching-intensive, team-based leadership development program.

Mike moved his consulting practice to Australia and, since 2009, has been working with faculty at the University of Sydney Business School on their new Global Executive MBA program. He also lectures at the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales.

But that’s not to say Mike Jenner is your typical academic. In fact, once you meet him, you’ll quickly discover he’s exactly the opposite. Combining huge energy, passion, a sense of humour and a highly approachable manner, he instantly makes his clients feel at ease and challenges them to open up to dynamic new thoughts and behaviours.

By applying theories researched and developed in academic environments, he enables program participants to become aware of their own leadership competencies and style. And by creating a safe environment in which participants can enact best practice behaviours, they maximize their skills development, enhance competencies and gain the confidence to become maximally effective leaders in the workplace.

To achieve meaningful behaviour change, executives need targeted practice, followed by specific feedback, followed by targeted practice and specific feedback, followed by…” -Mike Jenner

MauryaRiederMaurya Rieder

Director, Senior Coach

Maurya Rieder is a Director at in•flu•ence and has been a coach within our programs since 1998.

Outside of in•flu•ence, Maurya is the Director of Sciforma Australia/New Zealand – a portfolio and project management software company.

Maurya’s extensive people management experience coupled with her direct communication skills and no-nonsense style, make her a highly effective professional coach. While program participants love the fact that she’s not afraid to call a spade a spade, most of all, they respect her real-world focus and extraordinary dedication to developing their own effectiveness.

Maurya grew up in the Minnesota, gaining a Bachelor of Science from Kettering University, Michigan before moving on to complete her Masters of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

From 1997 til 2002 Maurya was engaged as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting. In this capacity she ran a U.S. $40m public policy business, directly managing a team of 30 consultants and indirectly managing more than 10,000 clinicians.

Additionally, Maurya has held positions as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager with companies including Illinois Tool Works and General Motors – and in doing so, has first hand experience of many of the people management challenges our client executives face.

Maurya’s extensive people management experience coupled with her direct communication skills and no-nonsense style, make her a highly effective professional coach

LornaAndrew2Lorna Andrews

Senior Coach

Lorna Andrews is a senior change executive who has spent the last 12 years leading large, complex change management programs for ASX200 and equivalent organisations.

Having been engaged for both business restructuring and culture change initiatives, Lorna’s expertise encompasses project scoping, alliance building, project management, stakeholder management and project implementation. Her style is inclusive and engaging, drawing on the strength of individuals to build unique solutions that can be rapidly implemented.

Clients have included Woolworth’s, Railcorp, KPMG, NSW Dept of Health, News Ltd, IAG, Sydney Water and the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Lorna holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts, first class honours, in Town and Country Planning from the University of Newcastle, UK.

A truly multi-cultural individual, Lorna has lived and/or worked in Kenya, England, France, Belguim, India and Australia.

Lorna has been part of the in•flu•ence team since 2011.

Lorna is based in Sydney.

KarenRodriguez2Karen Rodrigues

Senior Coach

Karen Rodrigues is the founder and director of the Krysalis Group, a transformational and cultural change consulting practice.

Karen also holds adjunct faculty positions at both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, teaching on both MBA and EMBA degrees, as well as the Masters of Business Technology and Graduate Certificate in Change Management. She teaches the full range of people-related courses, including Managing Change, Managerial Skills and Managing People and Organisations.

Formerly, for 8 years Karen was a General Manager, responsible for transformational change, at Telstra Corporation.

Separate from her corporate work, Karen has hosted a breakfast radio lifestyle show since 2009, focused on self development and thought leadership.

Karen holds an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Calcutta University.

Karen has been part of the in•flu•ence team since 2011.

Karen is based in Sydney.

AliParker2Ali Parker


Ali Parker leads the investment funds sales team, managing the consultant relationships, at a leading financial services company.

Away from her day job, Ali has a passion for adventure sports. She is the captain of the Australian Women’s whitewater rafting team. She is an experienced whitewater kayaking instructor and regularly runs multi-day wilderness expeditions.

Ali’s financial services career has spanned advice, distribution and management roles in both Sydney and Melbourne for ING, ANZ and CBA.

Ali holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Ali has been involved with the in•flu•ence team since 2010.

Ali is based in Sydney.