Thilan Legierse – Member in Focus

Thilan Legierse, Entrepreneur Member in Focus

Thilan LegierseThilan Legierse came to Australia almost ten years ago, after enjoying a wonderful career that spanned 17 years working as a barrister and a lawyer for the United Nations on human rights and war crimes globally.

Thilan loves empowering others by helping them grow and reach their full potential. She is passionate about helping people become unstuck in life or career, about helping people fine-tune their leadership skills as well as helping people resolve conflict and work together collaboratively.

Thilan is an Entrepreneur Behind Closed Doors (BCD) member. 

Thilan Legierse’s Career Journey: 

After arriving in Australia and working several years as a Human Resource Manager Thilan felt the strong urge to follow her passion, bundle up her expertise and experiences, to start working as a Consultant, as a mediator and leadership team coach. Through her business, Thilan focuses on helping business to improve internal communication, address conflict resolutions and improve leadership skills.

Thilan explains that starting was the hardest hurdle “I was super scared to let go of my paid government position, especially as the breadwinner of my family. However, I am a risk taker and thought I would regret it later if I didn’t take this step. So I handed in my notice feeling, literally sick in the stomach but I have not looked back since. I love what I do, I meet wonderful people and keep growing both professionally and personally.”

Along the way one of the biggest challenges was learning to become comfortable with uncertainty. You can no longer take for granted that you have an income, work from 9-5, have sick leave and normal leave etc. However, on the flipside, the most rewarding thing is to have the freedom to do what you love, to pursue your dreams and to birth new ideas into the world.

Thilan Legierse’s Advice for Women in Business: 

According to Thilan “being in business is like driving to your destination at night. You know where you are going and you need to trust that the road will take you there even if you can only see the next 100 meters in your headlights. You just need to keep on driving”.

When Thilan started her career as a young barrister there were certain assumptions made by people, however, she has never allowed these scenarios to hold her back. Thilan’s advice to women in business is to always stay in your own power, to put up boundaries and speak up when you feel disrespected, to show others how you want to be treated. 

Thilan Legierse’s Role Models

Oprah Winfrey is a significant role model for Thilan. Oprah empowers others, dares to take risks, dares to be vulnerable and confident and always speaks her truth and has been doing this consistently for a long time.

Thilan Legierse’s Top Three Business Book Recommendations: 

  1. The Big Leap by Gay Hendrick: helps you understand how self-sabotage works
  2. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz; helps you focus on your finances
  3. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: helps you become determinant and never give up

Thilan Legierse’s BCD Experience: 

It is important for Thilan to be able to ask other females for business advice. “Having your own business can be lonely. If you put women together they nurture and support each other and I love that. It has helped me improve my business skills and my business worth.

I feel very honored to have the opportunity to mastermind with likewise women and to receive their love and support.”

To learn more about the Behind Closed Doors membership options, view the details via this link or for any specific questions, email

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Toni RichardsonLuminaries Member

Kathy Drogmueller – Entrepreneur Member

Joanna Andrews – Executive Member

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