Contact Meredith: email@example.com
“Standing in front of a bunch of teens is one of my favourite things to do and I know that I must be real and authentic. It’s such a privilege to work with the future adults of the world, may they grow to be strong, healthy and proud of who they are.”
Meredith has been a presenter/facilitator for the past 15 years; her primary focus has been life skills and accelerated learning for eight to eighteen year-olds. In one way or another, Meredith has been speaking and performing in front of audiences for the past 30 years and feels completely at ease “on stage”.
Aged 14, a life-skills workshop sparked Meredith’s interest in self-development and from there she embarked on a journey of both personal and professional discovery. She knew from that point that she would have a career with young people. Having worked with teenagers from around the world, Meredith’s diversity of experience allows her clients to benefit from her knowledge of youth culture.
Meredith is trained in Accelerated Learning, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Group Dynamics, Outdoor Challenge Training and Communication and has a wide variety of skills to suit many audiences from young to the more mature. She is passionate about people learning effectively and reaching their goals easily, and ensures an ecological approach to transference of learning. Meredith is married, has two school-aged children and lives in Auckland.
* Enlighten Education New Zealand is independently owned and operated by Meredith Tourell.
Master of Philosophy (Criminology), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) with First Class Honours (Psychology)
“Young women today live in a highly marketed, beauty-driven, fast-paced world. This is an exciting world, but one that is also very challenging. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with Enlighten. I love seeing the passion ignited in the girls as they realise their true worth and own beauty.”
Rachel is an accomplished educator and an engaging presenter with a real affinity for young women, who respond to her enthusiasm and humour. She has extensive experience in education, counselling and graduate recruitment.
In 2002 Rachel was the recipient of a Chevening Link scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge (UK). This scholarship is awarded to New Zealanders of outstanding merit. At Cambridge, Rachel completed a Masters thesis examining the needs of adolescent girls in custody. After completing her Masters, Rachel spent time coordinating the graduate recruitment program at an investment bank in the UK, working alongside the top European universities. She then began teaching senior high school psychology in London. She also taught Criminology at Cambridge University as part of The Oxbridge Academic Program, a summer school for high school students from around the world.
On returning home to New Zealand in 2006 Rachel worked as a high school guidance counsellor and sexuality education teacher, as well as a mentor for young women. Since becoming a mother in 2008, Rachel has become aware of the huge influence of the media and marketing on children. She is particularly passionate about the issue of the sexualisation of young people by the media and popular culture, and she often blogs on issues affecting young women.