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I'm Leanne Butterworth, Empathy Speaker & Educator, University Lecturer and Mental Health Advocate.

I'm on a mission to create a world where everyone feels heard, valued and visible.


I truly believe if we can show enough people how to communicate with empathy, together we will create healthier, happier, more productive workplaces and  communities - and save lives.

My values are Bravery, Empathy and Impact and I strive to deliver those in each and every empathy training session I conduct.

I am available to for workshops, speaking and interviews on my favourite topics - empathy and social enterprise.

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My Story

A few years ago, I experienced late-diagnosed postnatal mental health issues first-hand.  Through that, I recognised the impact of empathy based listening and communication versus judgment and stigma.


As an active member of the start up, mental health and social enterprise communities, I lecture Social Enterprise Business for the Queensland University of Technology, work closely with the Queensland Social Enterprise Council and have presented my work in Australia and the United States.


I'm a mum to Rowan and Zara, I have a degree in Applied Science and a Graduate Certificate in Business (Nonprofit and Philanthropy Studies). I received a George Alexander Foundation Scholarship, was inducted onto the Nu Lambda Mu International Honor Roll and showcased my work to His Royal Highness, the Duke of York.

Through my experience and research, I believe empathetic leadership is no longer a nice-to-have.

Your people, your clients, your projects and your community are relying on you to get this right.


  • Build connected relationships with people, clients and communities.

  • Create a culture of listening, non judgment and respect.

  • Find, acquire, retain and grow powerful and profitable relationships.

  • Build an inclusive workforce fuelled by trust.

  • Create happier, healthier and more productive workplaces and communities.

  • Provide a sustainable solution to support mental health over and above an EAP.

I look forward to working with you too.

Leanne Butterworth

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I featured as a guest on these podcasts and webinars:

ImpactBoom Podcast

YouBelong Podcast


Myoni Podcast

Advancing Humanity

BSB Raw & Roar

QSEC - Empathy & SE

The Remake Podcast

Please reach out for an interview.

Empathy First is a proud member of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council.