Kashonia’s Story

Kashonia Carnegie PhD

Sustainability Ethicist, Philosopher, & Leadership Coach

I’ve lived a very colourful life, both personally and professionally. And although I’ve worked and travelled extensively overseas, I was born and have lived my entire life in Australia.

In my 20s, I raised day old calves on a little farm in Central New South Wales; set up and ran several small businesses; and lived under the stars with my two dogs, Freddie and Samson, in Australia’s harsh Outback where I caught wild donkeys and trucked them to sanctuaries in Brisbane to prevent them from being shot as vermin.

Following a move to Melbourne, which was a major culture shock, I was appointed Australia’s first female oil company representative where my duties were those of a business coach long before the term “business coach” was ever even thought of.

It was during my 30s that I had yet another major career change spending the next 14 years working in the media primarily as a talk-back radio broadcaster. And in 1988, I won the radio industry’s Pater award for the best voice on Australian radio.

However while I was at Melbourne’s radio 3AW, despite having left school in 9th grade at the age of 15, the opportunity arrived to do some special entry exams for a mature-aged placement as a 1st year undergraduate university student. This was the start of a decade plus of academic studies which resulted in the completion of five university degrees including a PhD. Some people collect stamps. I collected university degrees.

My majors were in the fields of Moral Philosophy, Peace Studies, Environmental Philosophy, philosophy-based Applied Ethics, Environmental Management, and Environmental Education. My post-graduate Honours degree and two Masters degrees were done concurrently. And my PhD was a multi-disciplinary thesis/dissertation called Heart-Centred Virtue Ethics: Raising Ecological Consciousness in Organisations, focusing on virtue-based sustainability ethics.

I then taught ethics, leadership skills, and change management for the MBA programs at a couple of leading universities in Australia and their off-shore campuses in Hong Kong and Singapore. During that time I also spent a couple of years delivering an Ecotourism Interpretation workshop that I designed for the Singapore National Parks Board which was held in the various National Parks in Singapore. And as many of my classes were held in the open, my “students” often included the macaque monkeys who joined in while watching intently from the trees above.

Woven throughout all of my media and university work were extensive academic and independent studies in areas such as spirituality, religious studies, quantum theory, new science, positive psychology, coaching psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science including Practitioner and Master Practitioner levels of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming); together with a range of different work activities as a leadership coach,  corporate trainer, speaker, and sessional mediator/conciliator for the Department of Justice in the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland.

My greatest passion has always been to elicit the magic in others that enables them to manifest boundaryless possibilities.