The Orijen Group About Us

Over the past 20 years, we’ve built a reputation for delivering highly successful mentoring and coaching programs aimed at attracting and retaining women and building diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Acknowledging that every organisation has its unique needs, we know how important it is to work closely alongside you and the women and men you employ to:

• Understand your strategic business goals, objectives and desired outcomes for the program
• Identify women who will most benefit from coaching or mentoring
• Develop the program structure, content and methodology to best suit your needs
• Provide the most appropriate facilitator, mentor or coach for the targeted group
• Tailor the training workshops to the level of the participants
• Provide careful monitoring and evaluation throughout the program
• Our programs have been delivered in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

The Orijen Group’s Awards and Recognition

• Jennifer Morris was recognised in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) awards as a ‘100 Women of Influence’ for ‘creating a bolder and more diverse and future for all Australians’.
• 2018 APS award for Diversity and Gender Equality being presented to the Digital Transformation Agency for Orijen’s womens leadership, mentoring and coaching programs.
• WITEM (Women in IT Executive Mentoring) was the winner of the 2008 EOWA award for the ‘most outstanding initiative and results for women in the workplace”.
• The “ICT Workforce Study” by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) cited Orijen’s Mentoring and Coaching circles as its best practice leadership case-study for women.
• A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) review of diversity in the Department of Defence cited Orijen’s Mentoring Circles program as best practice
• The independent KPMG Report found the APS WITEM programs to be highly regarded by both mentors and mentees, represented value for money and recommended they continue.

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The Orijen Group Team

The Orijen Group CEO and founder, Jenny Morris

Jennifer Morris Founder and CEO

Connect with Jenny Morris on LinkedIn.

In 2014, Jenny was recognised in the Westpac/AFR 100 Women of Influence awards for her contribution to “creating a bolder and more diverse future for all Australians“. She is passionate about supporting emerging talent through structured, and facilitated mentoring and coaching programs. She has been providing human resource advice and training to organisations since 1986. She founded The Orijen Group in 2000. Since then, Jenny has been responsible for the research, design and implementation of a range of award-winning bespoke coaching and mentoring programs including:

    • Public Sector Programs
      • WITEM (Women in ICT Executive Mentoring) – Winner of the 2008 Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Agency award for the ‘most outstanding initiative and results for women in the workplace’.
      • Dell WITEM 1-1 Mentoring program across the APS
      • Coaching Circles for mid-career women in ICT across the APS
      • Women in Defence Mentoring Circles across Australia
      • WITEM Women in Home Affairs Coaching Circles
      • Women in Defence, Design Science and Technology Group (DSTG) Mentoring circles
      • Mentoring Program for Talent in DSTG
    • Industry Programs
      • NAWO Transition to Executive Leadership Coaching Circles for women working in manufacturing and operations
      • Constructive Mentoring Program: a national program to provide mentoring for women in the building, design and construction sectors.
    • Corporate Programs
      • Executive coaching and mentoring in BNP Paribas, Leighton Constructions, Hewlett Packard, Penrith City Council, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, NRL, Leightons, Macquarie Group, Qantas, Freehills, Jet Star and Westpac.
    • Regional programs
      • Development of mentoring programs for Hewlett Packard in six countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
    • University programs
      • The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor’s Sponsorship Program for CALD Women,
      • University of Sydney Professional Women’s Mentoring Program
    • Not for Profit
      • Non Profit Australia Executive Mentoring Program
      • Women for Election Australia

In 2014, building on her award winning corporate and public sector programs which aimed to increase the number of women in leadership positions, Jenny turned her attention to the pointy end of all decision-making, the parliament. She founded Women for Election Australia (WFEA) as a non-partisan not for profit to inspire, inform and support women to step up and stand for elected positions in local, state and federal government.

She currently holds the position as the chair of WFEA and continues to actively drive for equal representation and gender inclusion. Her former executive positions in the not-for-profit sector include co-president of NEEOPA and chair of the NSW Council for NAPCAN.

Jenny co-wrote 52 Ways to Break Through the Glass Ceiling with Glenda May.

I want to acknowledge the expertise, compassion, and experience of Jenny Morris (our leader/instructor). Jenny was endlessly encouraging, constructively challenging, and inspirational.
– WITEM Coaching circle
The Orijen Group Team Member Glenda May

Glenda May

Glenda May is a facilitator and coach for the WITEM Coaching Circles and Mentoring Women in Defence. A registered psychologist with post-graduate qualifications in educational psychology, counselling and group facilitation, Glenda has over 25 years of experience working with some of the most successful and reputable companies in Australia, Europe and Asia.

An accredited executive coach, Glenda utilises the latest in psychological models, with a focus on positive psychology, to help her clients identify and harness their personal and professional strengths.

Her areas of expertise are career transition, performance appraisal, recruitment and selection, and interpersonal skills.

Glenda is also the author of the best-selling ‘52 Ways’ pocket-books, a series that provides valuable insight into a range of business topics including 52 Ways to Break Through the Glass Ceiling and 52 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence.

“I really enjoy Glenda’s energy and what she offers in terms of advice and tips/tricks. She is excellent in communicating and facilitating the sessions. Thank you, Glenda.”
WITEM Coaching Circle
The Orijen Group Team Member Heather Forton

Heather Forton

Heather is a facilitator and coach for the WITEM Coaching Circles,  Mentoring Women in Defence, and the University of Sydney’s Vice Chancellor’s sponsorship program and the Professional Women’s Mentoring Program.

With postgraduate qualifications and key competencies in business, law and coaching, facilitating, strategic communications, negotiations, issue management & resolution, stakeholder management, program management, advocacy, leadership and change management, Heather is an exceptional coach and facilitator.

Heather has accumulated a unique blend of experiences over her career, both in terms of roles and geographical locations. She has worked across various parts of North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result, Heather’s experience allows her to quickly understand and relate to clients and the issues they face, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

Heather, the facilitator, was fantastic!! She has an amazing ability to make you feel welcome and safe which allowed participants to be open and vunerable. We couldn’t have achieved the extent of progress without going through that process.
University of Sydney Mentoring Program
The Orijen Group Team Member Sarah Rogers

Sarah Rodgers

Sarah is a coach, trainer and facilitator with an extensive background in organisational capability development, cultural transformation and corporate leadership. Her coaching and facilitation draw on aspects of positive psychology with a client-centred, values-based approach.

Sarah’s varied corporate career spans 25 years. During this time she successfully coached many individuals and teams, developed and delivered numerous management and leadership programs and facilitated a range of team building and strategy sessions. She held senior roles in both Finance and HR, with roles including the GM People & Culture at the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation and GM People & Performance at Sydney Airport.

Sarah has been instrumental in developing and implementing people-related strategies, has successfully overseen the people-related aspects of two mergers and has dedicated the last 10 years of her career to organisational development with a specific focus on capability development.

Sarah Rodgers was EXCELLENT, the trust built with her assistance was amazing and the discussion about each other’s lives was really great to hear.
Defence Mentoring Circle

Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes

Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes is a highly respected leader and strategic thinker. With a strong blend of experience and the highest-level qualifications, Lianne has a powerful ability to coach, mentor and facilitate executive and personal development.

Lianne is especially passionate about working with women and has led a number of women in leadership programs, including Women in Defence Mentoring Circles.

Her executive roles include the first female chair of the Integrity Assurance Committee for Racing and Wagering Western Australia. She is also deputy chair of ChemCentre (WA) and the WA representative for Women on Boards.  She is an accredited Lumina Learning psychometric practitioner, an accredited facilitator for the Governance Evaluator and a Chair for The Executive Connection (TEC).

Lianne has a professional doctorate in Business Administration and is in demand as a speaker at conferences, both nationally and internationally on her topics of expertise.

“Lianne was the best facilitator we could have asked for. Her calm guidance was gentle when required but strong when our personalities started to overtake the room. I was surprised at how open and willing to share the group was from the start and I feel it was Lianne’s skills at facilitating this group that allowed that to happen. “
Course Partcipant

Margaret Jolly


  • LLB University of Queensland
  • MBTI accredited

Margaret is a facilitator for the Women in Defence Mentoring Circles.  She originally qualified as a lawyer but discovered an early interest in people and moved into human resources management. She worked in senior HR management in professional services for over 20 years before establishing her consultancy practice.

Her view of the people management function is that businesses will succeed if their people are engaged, committed and have clear career paths.  While her expertise is broad, she has a particular interest in career development for women, performance management, and coaching for improved performance.  She is also engaged as an independent investigator to conduct workplace investigations.

Margaret also has a particular interest in resilience and mental health and is a qualified mental health first aid provider.

Margaret your wealth of experience and knowledge, not tainted by the typical (departmental office) environment was invaluable.
Course Participant

“My main dealings with Orijen have been at two levels: as a client and a mentor in WITEM, and as a direct client through one of my Branches in the Department of Finance
Orijen has been a delight to deal with, partnering effectively in a complex five-way relationship (Orijen, the coordinating agency, Dell, agency SES and participants). The maturity and sensitivity with which Orijen has approached that complexity has proven to be a rare and powerful resource.
The test of the WITEM program has been the results it has delivered. WITEM participants most certainly became more “SES ready”, a fact demonstrated by the high participation of WITEM graduates in acting and permanent Senior Executive positions compared to their peers in APS/IT roles. There is no doubt that Orijen’s resources and program design have been fundamental to that success.
Orijen’s approach and results leads me to conclude that Orijen is a first-class program manager and that the company has the talent needed to readily incorporate contemporary coaching and mentoring practices into effective and innovative programs.”
Graham Fry, Former CIO, Dept of Finance

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