Faculty: Industry Thought Leader Academy

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Our Faculty

Annemarie Cross is the Founder and CEO of Industry Thought Leader Academy and a key member of the Faculty Team. She is a Personal Brand & Podcast Strategist and Business Coach.

Dubbed ‘The Podcasting Queen,’ Annemarie Cross is an award-winning podcast host and is recognized as a pioneer in the podcasting space having started her first co-hosted podcast in 2008. Her podcasts have been syndicated on both National and International Radio and listed among the top podcasts for Entrepreneurs and small business worldwide.


Recognised as one of the Top 20 Business Coaches in Melbourne – Australia, Annemarie works with consultants and coaches around the world helping them create distinguishable, uncopyable and irresistible brands so they’re seen as not just A choice – but THE choice with their ideal clients.

Prior to her work in the podcasting space, Annemarie’s background has been in the area of personal branding, marketing, and communications.

This was initially in the career industry, working with Executives and Professionals helping them ‘Get Noticed, Hired and Paid What They’re Worth!’, and later within the business world, supporting coaches and consultants, helping them ‘Go from Invisible to Influential (and Profitable) with a Podcast.’

In fact, it is the principles, practices, and processes that Annemarie teaches, which has enabled her to become known as a Thought Leader across both those industries.

She has won multiple National and International awards, is a sought-after speaker and educator, Author of: Ace That Interview – Cutting-Edge Interview Techniques EXPOSED! and a contributing author to numerous Career titles. She sat on an International Board of Resume Writing Certification Experts and a Judging Panel for the world’s highest echelon in Resume Writing Awards – the TORI awards (of which she has won several herself over the years) and held that position for many years.

While Annemarie loves to educate and empower her clients – she is not just an educator, but is a practitioner through and through. She practices what she preaches – even today in her business and wouldn’t expect her clients to do anything she hasn’t learned and/or implemented herself. Because she knows what she teaches – works!

Career Highlights & Accolades:
-Career Management and Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategist
-Winner of: Best Executive Résumé and Master Résumé Lifetime Achievement Award from Career Directors International
-Only Australian Career Specialist to have worked directly with CareerBuilder.com as one of their elite Career Transition Coaches.

At one time Annemarie was Australia’s only triple certified professional résumé writer/career coach to be published in 15 internationally-leading career books, held eight internationally recognised certifications in personal branding, résumé writing, interviewing and career coaching, while receiving multiple TORI (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award Nominations and résumé writing awards, since 2002.

Sought after by one of Australia’s leading educational institutions – Chisholm Institute and asked to develop their Introduction to Digital Marketing Certificate – Social Media and the content for their Vocational Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing – Australia’s first-ever Industry-endorsed course

Invited to become a Microsoft Surface Brand Ambassador | Key Influencer (2016-2017)

Best Podcast in the Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurial Category in the CastAway Podcast Awards.

Certifications & Qualifications:
Grad.Dip.Careers & Education and Development
Business Management Diploma (Human Resources)
Diploma of Professional Counselling (Career & Workplace Issues)
Cert IV. in Business Management (Human Resources)
Money, Marketing & Soul Certified Coach

Money Breakthrough Method Certified Coach

Sacred Money Archetypes Certified Coach
Certified Professional Résumé Writer
Certified Advanced Résumé Writer
Certified Expert Résumé Writer
Certified Employment Interview Coach [first in Australia]
Career Web Portfolio Practitioner [first in Australia]
Certified 360Reach Analyst
Certified Reach Personal Branding Strategist
Certified EQ Career Strategist [first in Australia]

Authorised DISC Administrator | Behavioural Consultant
Credentialed Career Master
Certified Electronic Career Coach [first in Australia]
Career & Workplace Counsellor
Master Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) Practitioner
NLP TrainerMaster Sequential Mind Therapy (SMT) Practitioner
Accredited MBTI® Practitioner
Accredited Strong® Interest Inventory Practitioner

Booking Annemarie as a Speaker/Presenter at your next event and/or podcast interview:
To find out more about Annemarie's speaking topics and what previous event coordinators have said about bringing Annemarie to their audience, click here to go to Annemarie's Speaking page on her personal website.

Dr. Cheri Toledo

Cheri had a 44-year career in education, serving as an athletic coach, instructor, and educational administrator. 

As a leader in the field over educational technology, Cheri has become an expert in online learning and instruction, dedicating her career to mastering this evolving field, so we are blessed to have Cheri on our Faculty.

In fact, as a thought-leader, she has been creating, delivering, and assessing online courses . . . (she loves saying this) . . .this ENTIRE century ... that’s right, over 20 years!

Over the years, she has worked with a wide variety of individuals in educational and business settings. This enables her to be very effective with her ideal clients, no matter who they work with or what their focus.

And the fun part is that she has leveraged her experiences and training into the development of T.H.A.T. Program Course Creation Model. This approach to designing and delivering your online course will help showcase all you have to offer your ideal clients while staying aligned with your call from God.

Career Highlights & Accolades:

Academic Program Coordinator — overseeing 40 faculty and 600 students (for an Online International University with 60,000 students) in the Learning, Instruction, and Innovation (LII), Educational Technology, and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) PhD, EdD and EdS programs.

Dissertation mentor for Ed Tech and LII PhD students.

Editor of the Journal of Education Research and Practice.

Associate Professor teaching graduate level Educational Technology, general Curriculum and Instruction Masters and Doctoral courses, and undergraduate child development and secondary school issues.

Program Coordinator for Instructional Technology & Design Master’s Program and Elementary Education Program15-year career as an athletic coach

9-year career as a K12 teacher

5-year career as a personal counselor

10-year career as a life and business coach

Awards: 

Faculty Member of the Year 
Department Service Award

Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year 

Certifications & Qualifications:

Doctorate: Technology & Learning

Certified Elite Coach

Masters: Marriage & Family Therapy

Masters: Marriage & Family Ministry

Masters: Physical Education (Administration)California Teaching Credential

Bachelors: Physical Education, Economics minor

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