With a background in the law, politics and the media, Mia Handshin is a powerful catalyst for leaders who want to lead their organisations, communities and their lives with greater authenticity, courage and resilience.

The immediate past Chair of the Board of the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (2012-2016), Mia is an engaging facilitator, an inspiring speaker and a uniquely experienced coach and mentor who specializes in working with leaders to help them become authentically powerful communicators for change.

Mia expertly assists leaders to clarify their purpose, hone their leadership value proposition and enhance their authentic presence. She also works with individuals, teams and organisations to strengthen their capacities to wisely navigate complexity and change; to connect, collaborate and leverage latent creativity.

Between 1997 and 2007 Mia was a weekly opinion columnist for ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper and then became the inaugural blogger and podcaster for Adelaide Now. She’s also been published in The Australian, Daily Telegraph, and online magazines Kidspot and Whimn.

Following graduation from law school, Mia worked as a Barrister’s Associate and at the International Crisis Group in Brussels during the Iraq war. In 2007 she was a candidate for Federal Parliament, went on to work as a Ministerial adviser and then as an Associate Director for a strategic advisory firm specialising in public policy and government affairs.

Other career highlights include attending the Constitutional Convention on Australia becoming a Republic, being named the Young South Australian of the Year and representing Australia at the UNESCO General Assembly in Paris.

Being a single mother of three children (aged 2,5 and 9) has further honed Mia’s skills in how best to navigate complexity, to mobilize people (especially when resistant), project authority with warmth and pitch ideas to meet your audience where they’re at!

In her spare time, Mia loves hot yoga, is an increasingly committed meditator and adores bushwalking. She has been an advocate and fundraiser for Plan International and an Ambassador for their global Because I am a Girl campaign since 2005. She founded the Adelaide International Day of the Girl breakfast event in 2012.


  • Feb 3, 2018
    Mia Handshin Consulting | Adelaide
  • Feb 3, 2018
    Chair of the SA Environment Protection Authority Board | Adelaide
  • Feb 3, 2018
    The Leaders Institute of South Australia | Adelaide
  • Feb 3, 2018
    Government Relations Australia | Adelaide
  • Feb 3, 2018
    Federal Ministerial Adviser | Canberra and Adelaide
  • Feb 3, 2018
    The Advertiser Newspaper | Adelaide


  • Leadership
  • Strategic Facilitation
  • Authentic Presence and Public Speaking Coaching and Capacity Building
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Emerging and Established Leaders
  • Change and Complexity


  • Bachelor of Laws with hons (LLB), Bachelor of Arts (BA) - University of Adelaide


  • Local, State, Federal Government
  • Professional Services
  • Education
  • Community Sector
  • Health and Aged Care
  • Social Enterprise