Our Why

To Sustain An Environment For Our Team That Is Positive, Safe And Inspiring And Share The Same "Why" With The People We Work With.

Our Values & Behaviours

Developing leadership skills, Leadership training for students, Learning management systems

We Are Focused On Developing People

We challenge current thinking to drive improvement

We listen and understand what success means for every person we work with

We develop rapport and sustain respectful working relationships

Learning management systems, Free online courses, Leadership training topics, Leadership programs for high school students

We Are Inspired To Support And Care For Our Team Through The Virtue Of Mateship

We are truthful and transparent

We are inclusive 

We are loyal

We have fun

Leadership programs for high school students, School leadership, Student-athlete development jobs

We are relentless in the pursuit of knowledge and sharing this With our clients

We explore outside our comfort zone
We pursue all new avenues of learning
We seek and are open to feedback to improve our performance
Student-athlete development jobs, Training for athlete, Leadership development program, Corporate training program

We are committed to our clients achieving their evolution

We search for innovative approaches

We make good decisions based on sound communication

We strive for balance in all aspects of business

Our goal is to build a global learning community of 100,000+ 4 C’s Certified Student Leaders by 2025! With your help, together we can inspire tomorrow's leaders, today.

Our Mission

To Deliver Innovative, Industry Leading Development Programs Focused On Our Clients Achieving Their Evolution


Our Vision

To Always Inspire And Share Mutual Development, Growth And Evolution With Our Global Clients


Our Co-founders

Since 2015, our founding year, the Leaders of Evolution team have collaborated with thousands of learners and industry professionals. Damian & Jon boast decades of teaching, facilitation, leadership and high-performance sport experience in Australia and abroad.

Damian Hecker, Director of Learning & Development

Damian Hecker, Director of Learning & Development

Melbourne, Australia

Damian's career pathway, goals and philosophy have always had a clear focus on the development of others and the building of respectful and productive relationships to achieve this. By placing people and relationships as the most important aspect of Damian's professional approach he has a proven track record of success in delivering results with the support of identified partners. A passionate believer in leadership, education and development, much of Damian's learning to date has been influenced with his involvement through and in sport. The community aspect of sport, its inherent need for cohesiveness and the importance of developing high performing teams continues to be a driver in Damian's ongoing development as a professional. As a former player, coach, educator and mentor in sport and his professional career Damian has developed and sustained a passion for identifying and supporting individuals, small groups and teams through a shared approach to learning and outcomes based results. This has not only satisfied his own personal quest for professional growth but has placed others in positions that they have been able to leverage to support their own goals.
Jon Shepherd, Director of Business Operations & Development

Jon Shepherd, Director of Business Operations & Development

Gold Coast, Australia

Jon possesses a unique skill set which has been a culmination of 20 years of experience as an elite athlete as well as working in the fields of sports management. Growing up in the small country town of Casino, NSW didn’t stop him from chasing big dreams. Perusing his passion for basketball, his journey progressed through the Australian juniors pathways and into the US college system. Playing more than 120 NCCA games and representing Australia at the World University Games, Jon also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as a 2014 Post Graduate in Elite Athlete Mentoring from Australian College of Applied Psychology and his Certificate IV in Training & Assessment from Victoria University. Away from the sporting arena, Jon’s long-standing role with the Australian Sports Commission continued to demonstrate effective leadership and foresight as he delivers numerous projects and facilitates programs at local, state and national levels. Jon’s keen eye for innovation, marketing and development push the boundaries to ensure Leaders of Evolution provide relevant and timely learning and development programs and strategies for their clients.

Our Advisory Team

Like any successful team we engage with experts who challenge our thinking and add value to our approach.

Dubbed the ‘A-team’, they have a combined 100+ years of global industry experience and are pivotal to the on-going growth and development of our company.

David Ryan, Managing Partner, Sloan Group

David Ryan, Managing Partner, Sloan Group International – Asia Pacific

David has a career history as a CEO, senior executive and consultant and held Chair, non-executive director, general Board and Committee Member roles on Commercial, Government and NFP boards. David has extensive experience across industries including B2B and B2C, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, sales and marketing, IT, professional services and FMCG from Board, project director, operational and consulting roles. He has led, managed and consulted on business and change in Australia, NZ, the UK, US and Asia. He provides leadership assessment and development services and works as an advisor and coach with business owners, boards, executives and Government senior leaders. Clients include NASDAQ, ASX, Public companies, Government and a range of medium to large SMEs including privately held and PE backed and member based organisations.
Dean Gordon, Partner VMG Accounting

Dean Gordon, Partner VMG Accounting

Dean is CPA qualified with over 20 years’ experience in the public practice accounting industry. Dean has a very hands on approach and works closely with his team at VMG to ensure a strong client relationship is formed and the right outcome is achieved for each and every client. Dean is happy to work with small to large businesses as well as individual taxpayers. Over the 20 years Dean has developed skills and alliances to help all types of businesses. Dean states “If I can’t help the client with their needs, I will know or will find a contact that can assist”. Dean is married with two children and has a strong passion for AFL footy. Dean played football for 20+ years and has also been involved with administration of local footy for 20+ years
Rick Burton, Author & International

Rick Burton, Author & International Marketing Consultant

More than 35 years of sports and entertainment industry leadership and scholarship working with image- driven organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, NFL, NBL, NCAA, NIKE, Visa, FedEx, Miller Brewing and Universal Studios. Comprehensive experience in league, team and product marketing with emphasis on strategic planning, advertising, sponsorship and strengthening global brands.
Cameron Baker, International Consultant

Cameron Baker, International Consultant

Cameron has a diverse background in the business world that has taken him to the US, UK, European and Asian business markets. Cameron has over 20 years’ experience of running business’ and structuring deals across a diverse group of companies including Excon, Shell, Holcim Cement and Caterpillar. Having originally a Military background, Cameron transitioned into the business world in the late 90’s and became the CEO of a global safety company based in Chicago Illinois and a medical nursing recruiting company based out of Austin Texas. He has developed many global connections through his business life. Cameron’s military background is highlighted by being a Graduate of Australia Royal Military College of Australia which included a prestigious exchange to the United State Military Academy, West Point and numerous combat orientated command positions. This lead him more recently to consulate for business’s in the Military space including Fusion Sport. Cameron was able to use his knowledge and network to work with the US, UK and Australian Military to follow on pilot existing programs as well as introducing the Smartabase technology into Special Forces units and traditional combat orientated units.

Our Global Consultants

Possessing an unwavering commitment to deliver world class results for our clients, we harness unique skills from the best of the best via a global cloud-based workforce comprising of industry experts who embody the Leaders of Evolution company Values & Behaviours. We pride ourselves on revolutionising content and delivery mechanisms with innovation remaining at the forefront.

Bong Aquino, IT and Marketing Manager

Bong Aquino

IT & Marketing Manager


Leaders of Evolution

Now Hiring 

Digital Marketing Manager


Emma Henses, Content & Comunications Coordinator

Emma Henses

Content & Communications Coordinator


Karla-Tovilović, Graphic Designer

Karla Tovilović

Graphic Designer


Matthew Burchett

Matthew Burchett

Head Videographer


Vinnie Petrelli, Videographer

Vinnie Petrelli




Mike McLaughlin, Curriculum Development

Mike McLaughlin

Sports Sector Capacity Developer


Gareth-Reid2, Videographer and Editor

Gareth Reid

Videographer & Editor


Our goal is to build a global learning community of 100,000+ 4 C’s Certified Student Leaders by 2025! With your help, together we can inspire tomorrow's leaders, today.

First Class Suppliers

Bell Legal Group, Gold Coast Lawyers and partners of Leaders of Evolution
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VMG Accounting