Petra Costigan-Oorthuijs – biography

Petra is a highly sought-after Leadership (-Team) Coach, Trainer, Guest-Lecturer, Facilitator & Speaker for one clear purpose: to narrow the gap between how the mind intends to show up and the reality of how the body actually shows up. The body being you, your team, your organisation. 

She has a Bachelors in Nurse Management, a Masters in Theatre-Based Pedagogy, is a certified Emotional Intelligence master and has diplomas in various physical and vocal techniques.

For over 25 years Petra has worked with Leadership teams in business, education, health and community to visualise how their embedded cultures, patterns and behaviours embody Purpose and to practice new, more effective and impactful ways . Beyond knowing what is needed, people are brought to BEhave what is needed. Framed by her in-depth application of Emotional Intelligence, her tough love brings bodies to a more integrated level of performance for stronger impact.

She guest lectures in Letterkenny Business School on the Masters in Leadership & Innovation; delivers Presence & Authenticity on the Masters of Advanced Leadership Practice in Massey University, Auckland and is an associate lecturer on the IPA’s Leadership Programmes. Petra is a chosen member of USA’s CoachSource and sits on many coaching panels of private, public, educational, community and health organisations.

She runs Master Classes, bespoke programmes and initiated WELL (Women Exchange Leadership Learnings) to pursue her purpose of growing Purposeful Leadership by narrowing gap between intention and actual.

On the Conference circuit Petra’s Engagement, with or without actors, is an energetic, interactive sample of the immediate impact theatre-based learning provides. Audiences ranging from 15 to 500 have been moved, in more ways than 1.

A vast range of clients & their testimonials describe her unique, effective way of tough loving work.