Strategy | Leadership | Culture | Performance

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Experience you can trust

HR Synergy Consulting are your trusted Brisbane-based HR advisors, helping businesses to improve their strategy, leadership, culture and performance. We consider ourselves a flexible, scalable and affordable solution for businesses, who require the expertise and insights of a HR professional – but prefer a tailor-made approach.

Our Director, Sonia La Penna is a qualified Human Resources executive, who understands the complexities of leading an organisation to deliver trusted HR services and commercially focused human resource strategies. Strategies that realise both the purpose and vision of the organisation.

You see, at HR Synergy Consulting we know how to create that important balance between strategy and agile implementation, so that your organisation can grow, adapt and thrive in any environment.

Director of HR Synergy Consulting

Sonia La Penna

Sonia La Penna is an accomplished HR Executive and the Director of HR Synergy Consulting. Sonia brings over 20 years HR experience from frontline HR advisory services through to executive management providing her with extensive knowledge and experience in contemporary people, culture and leadership practices.

Sonia has professionally practiced in Australia, Singapore, China, New Zealand and the United States of America. Her professional career extends across a number of industries including: retail and distribution, supply chain, contract management services for the Australian Defence Industry, hospitality, health and financial services.

Sonia takes her education and training seriously, obtaining formal qualifications in Human Resources and Business Management with an MBA in Strategy and Leadership from QUT (2018). Sonia is also an accredited Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Certified REACH Ecosystem Practitioner, Certified AdaptiQ Minds Practitioner, Member of Women on Boards (WoB), Australian Human Resources Institute of Australia – CAHRI Member and a proud Business Women Australia (BWA) Member.

Sonia enjoys conducting presentations at industry forums and sharing her knowledge and experience with fellow professionals across various sectors, including: Chair 2016 Women in Leadership Banking and Finance Conference in Sydney, 2018 Brisbane HR Summit, 2019 HRD National HR Summit Australia.

If you want to learn more, why not connect with Sonia on LinkedIn?

Our relationships

The companies we work with

An ‘all-in-one’ integrated leadership and culture development solution that we use to coach leaders, build teams and grow a high performing culture. It provides ‘real-time’ online leader, team and culture profiling through to 360s and personalised coaching companion. The platform has a comprehensive analytics and reporting capability too, which is very useful when it comes to providing evidence for proposed changes and continued investment in building organisational capability.

Sonia is an accredited REACH practitioner and often uses this program to coach individuals and teams for improved performance.

Known as a global workplace learning partner. Affiliated with the REACH Ecosystem, PDT offers a wide selection of leadership, strategy and business courses delivered online, in-house and hybrid style. PDT is dedicated to creating learning experiences that keeps pace with workplaces and technology.

Our clients value having flexibility in the way their people engage in learning and development. The PDT Signature series incorporates best practice in its learning engagement, content and delivery – giving our clients access to contemporary learning programs that builds their capability to lead, evolve and achieve.

Leading through ambiguity is a ‘must have’ capability for today’s leaders. AdaptiQ Minds in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology developed a way to measure the behavioural dimensions of leading through ambiguity and uncertainty . The ‘I AM’ diagnostic and associated tools are used to coach our clients on how to improve their ability to lead in uncertain times.

Individuals who display a high tolerance for ambiguity have a more positive influence on others, resilience and openness to change. From building confidence in taking risks, making decisions to leading others in challenging times.

Arete Executive is an executive search firm with a difference. The Arete team of qualified professionals help businesses with tailored recruitment solutions to find exceptional senior talent.

Part of Arete’s difference is their signature program called ‘Champions Forum’. It is an online peer-based mastermind group that connects like-minded senior executives to discuss challenges and issues in business and leadership.

HR Synergy Consulting partners with Arete to help solve client needs when it comes to recruitment, onboarding and career transition.

HR Law is a workplace relations law specialist that provides strategic, practical and commercially realistic advice to employers. A multi-award winning firm they have a team of workplace relations law specialists bringing extensive experience and knowledge you can trust. HR Business Assist works alongside HR Law offering a choice of outsourced HR service solutions.

We work with HR Law to ensure that our clients’ compliance and governance needs are met in employment law legal matters. Such as re-negotiation of workplace agreements, mediation services, organisational restructures, employment contacts, redundancy and terminations.

leadership & performance

Executive coaching services

Sonia’s personalised approach is focused on supporting her clients in their first 100 days.

If your senior manager is new to the organisation IMPACT can be used as part of the onboarding program. Alternatively, your senior manager may be in line for a promotion or has been newly promoted – coaching will help them succeed.


Support for HR teams

HR by Design

HR is constantly challenged to keep ahead of the game. To help HR teams to evolve and perform Sonia created HR by Design. This 12 week program is based on her experience in executive level HR and the latest thought leadership in this sector.

A Human Centred Design framework is used to help HR teams understand their ‘current state’ and design/create their ‘future state’ – lifting the capability of the team to deliver both strategically and operationally.

Not sure where to begin?

Complimentary initial consultation

Make the time to speak with an experienced HR professional and we’ll teach you how to lead, evolve, achieve and prosper in business today.

Lead. evolve. achieve. prosper.

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