Writer, communicator, creator – Libby Fordham commenced working for herself at the age of 23, opting for a portfolio career which spoke to her talents as well as her interests. It also removed her from the routine of the grind, something she believes she’s had an aversion to since birth.
Now at 49, she combines her corporate strategy/communications work with her other much more creative pursuits of art, writing and teaching.
She has worked for over twenty years both in Australia and internationally in corporate communications, engaged by Government, business, community and the not-for-profit sectors in areas of transport, infrastructure, sustainability, major events, health, policy delivery and lifestyle among other things. Libby’s experience has seen her work alongside Prime Ministers, Federal Ministers, famous oracles, community leaders and the people on the street, whose messages are often the most important.
She has lectured and delivered masterclasses in social media and corporate communications for both business and educational institutions, including the University of Melbourne, and run smaller community based workshops to support small business. She has been a television panellist, a book reviewer and speechwriter and currently writes a column for the online women’s magazine, SheSociety.
Libby loves to explore the ironies of where so many of us find ourselves with our careers, our own development, our relationships and within the world we live. She often has a dig at the system of work, the need for a shift in generational feminism and the effect of social media on our culture. Mostly, she works with others to encourage change and bring the magic back into the mundane.
Her art explores modernism, urban landscapes, secret languages and tiny worlds through watercolour, pen, paper and sculpture. She also dabbles in sewing, cooking, gardening and has quite the penchant for otherworldly pursuits.
Libby is currently working on her first book and has commenced creating and publishing a series of journals, including The Wish Manifesto, which was released in June 2018.
Libby is living the dream in the Yarra Valley with her winemaking partner, Stuart, her two children and two pet rabbits.