Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Self belief has opened many doors of opportunity for successful Adelaide educator and business woman Ann Grenci.

Dynamic, inspiring and motivated in her role as Advanced Skills Lecturer at TAFE SA for the last 28 years, Ann has been featured along with 54 other successful South Australian business women in the recently launched ‘Lounge to Boardroom’ book published by Ashley Knoote-Parke.

Talking with the publisher at a chance breakfast network meeting about her work at TAFE SA and within industry, Ann was asked to nominate for entry into the photographic biography. She was one of 200 women interviewed in South Australia, and selected by a panel of judges for her inspirational contribution to individuals in the community and the workforce. Her resilience against adversity and her ability to make a difference by contributing to other people’s lives stood out.

“I was both humbled and privileged to be chosen to feature in the biography,” said Ann. “I’m an ordinary person like anyone else, I just do what I do, but I love to see others succeed."

Ann has 35 years' experience in private industry, government and community organisations. Boasting experience in property investment, hospitality, management, leadership, motivation, public relations, promotion and marketing activities.

Ann has hosted and coordinated community functions, fundraisers, liaised with community organisations, migrant groups and numerous government departments. She has coordinated and been a speaker at many TAFE SA graduations, has represented TAFE SA as a presenter within industry, at Skills Expo’s and in liaison with migrant and refugee groups. She collaborated with the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Skills Advisory Council regarding pilot training initiatives.

Ann’s energetic approach inspires individuals to embrace the benefits of empowerment by having a positive attitude, improved communication and a better understanding of the elements of diversity and how they impact on individuals in contemporary businesses today. She is passionate about helping individuals better understand the dynamics of collaborative personal and work practices and the invaluable worth of team spirit. Leading by example, she demonstrates how genuine caring, sharing and a positive mindset elevates morale and enhances output and outcomes both on a personal and workplace level.

Once selected, Ann was involved in a whirlwind of interviews, for editorials, photo shoots, media workshops, cocktail parties and an official launch with media personality Jane Riley. Ann says the parts she has enjoyed the most are the inspirational stories, backgrounds, networks and friendships made with the many other women featured in the book.

Eighty guests attended Ann Grenci’s recent Champagne Breakfast celebration at her home with family, friends, colleagues, TAFE SA Educational Manager Peter Begg and network and business associates including parliament members and representatives.

In a speech highlighting Ann’s achievements and contributions Marlene Nicholas (past TAFE SA Educational Manager) said, “Ann’s inner strength, belief in herself, dogged determination and vision have put her where she is – a leader in her field and I believe on the cusp of even greater achievements to come. She is a shining star of the ultimate professional and is an asset to this state, a high level achiever and a brilliant contributor to the up skilling and credentialing of our workforce.”

Dora Crupi stated on behalf of her family “You have a strong sense of Social Justice towards those less fortunate, challenging injustices and passionate about educating others, driven and innovative.”

Working at TAFE SA Ann has diversified her teaching portfolio and her current work focus is on Skills Recognition in the workforce. “I have always loved my work and enjoy seeing people succeed when given the opportunity to recognise their skills and gain qualifications opening doors to a myriad of opportunities,” said Ann.

When asked what advice she has for other women wanting to succeed, Ann’s advice is “Follow your dreams, be passionate about what you want to achieve and surround yourself with energised people.

“Believe in your strengths and be the best you can be. If you believe in your abilities, you can make anything happen, live life don’t let it pass you by.”

Ann Grenci believes that her story featured in the book has opened more doors for her, empowering her to open more doors of opportunity for others. For example, she was invited by Jing Lee to set up a display in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar Year Celebrations, highlighting her presence and opening up more networks in the community

Media release issued by Catherine Caspers, TAFE SA Marketing Officer 8638 4265 or 0428 830 190

To contact Ann Grenci, Advanced Skills Lecturer:

P: 0403 255 241

PHOTO AVAILABLE: Ashley Knoote-Parke Publisher; Ann Grenci TAFE SA Advanced Skills Lecturer and TAFE SA Peter Begg Educational Manager, Vocational Preparation and Equity TAFESA Adelaide South

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Lounge To Boardroom

Based in Adelaide, SA,Tish’n Enigma Books is a boutique publishing company specialising in non-fictional accounts of inspiring people. The company published the best-selling coffee table book Footprints, which showcased South Australia.

Ashley Knoote Parke
Ph: 0403 944 199
Mob: 0414 69 70 71
Email: [email protected]

Catherine Caspers, TAFE SA Marketing Officer
P: (08) 8638 4265


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