Grace Leotta

About Affirm
Affirm Organizational Development and Training has been providing quality organisational and community development, and training for government and non-government human services around Australia for over 20 years. Clients include Commonwealth and state government departments, Councils, peak bodies, large non-government organisations, community-based organisations, and service networks.


The Principal Consultant
Grace Leotta is an organisational, community development and training consultant. She develops and facilitates training program, facilitates change management and organisational/service development, community engagement and planning processes, and conducts reviews, evaluations and research.

She is a Harvard University trained adaptive leadership (leading change) consultant, an internationally certified facilitator and public participation practitioner, an Australasia licensed community engagement trainer, nationally accredited trainer and assessor, and accredited social worker.

She has a background in service management, community development, family work and staff training.

She has taught community consultation, community management and social science at tertiary level.

Her qualifications include:


  • Master of Management (Community) University of Technology, Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate in Experiential Learning (Adult Education) University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Social Studies, University of Sydney
  • Certificate in Engagement, International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia
  • Certificate in Professional Facilitation International Association of Facilitators (IAF)
  • Certificate in Public Participation, International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) Plenty Training
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT)
  • Certificate in Business Management Australian Institute of Management (AIM)

She has also has also undertaken recent professional development in Adaptive Leadership at Harvard University, Partnership Brokering, Action Learning, Design for Social Innovation, Collective Impact, Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry, Organisational Resilience, Results Based Accountability including Train the Trainer, Social Labs, Case Management (National Certification) Competency Training and Social Artistry.

Professional Membership


  • International Association of Facilitators (IAF)-Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF)
  • International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)-IAP2 Australasia licensed Community Engagement trainer
  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)-Accredited social worker

Affirms Approach

  • Respond and tailor to your needs and situation, and to the environment in which you work.
  • Bring up to date knowledge, experience and perspectives.
  • Are highly consultative and collaborative.
  • Acknowledge and build on your strengths, achievements and aspirations.
  • Balance being practical with a strong framework.
  • Produce tangible and sustainable results on time.
  • Ensure what we do is responsive to the diverse needs and experiences of the members of your organisation and community.
  • Support you to match and integrate what you are doing at different levels: governance and management, community engagement and collaboration, and support and service delivery.

Grace works collaboratively with recognised consultants and trainers who bring their unique skills and knowledge to particular projects.