Lea’s Team



Claire Fortune

Project Manager

Claire Fortune (MAPP, BHlthSc, AdvDipAppSc) is a trainer, facilitator and course designer in positive psychology. She is passionate about empowering people with the tools to flourish in all spheres of life.

Having completed her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Melbourne, Claire has deep knowledge and training in the field of positive psychology. Claire is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and Positive Education Schools Association. Claire also holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Complementary Medicine with a particular interest in behavioural neuroscience and the mind body connection and has completed further study in positive psychology coaching with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener.

Claire has worked in the health and education sectors for over 17 years and has worked both overseas and in Australia as a wellbeing consultant, speaker and practitioner. In the Education Sector, She has worked with both State and Independent schools across Victoria, NSW, QLD, Tasmania and WA to improve wellbeing outcomes by delivering school health and nutrition programs, workshops on positive education, workshops on relationships and through the her role as a facilitator in the Visible Wellbeing™ program.

Trained by Professor Lea Waters as a Visible Wellbeing™ facilitator, Claire has contributed to resources on Visible Wellbeing™, the Strengths Stars Framework and The Strengths Exchange, collaborating with Professor Lea Waters and Lara Mossman on games to encourage strengths awareness through play in children.

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Nicole Macdowell

Personal Assistant & Project Officer

Nicole Macdowell is Personal Assistant and Project Officer to Lea Waters. Nicole holds a Certificate 3 and Certificate 4 in Business Studies and is currently completing her Bachelor of Education (Primary). With experience in the Sports, Health and Education Sectors, Nicole has amassed experience and skill sets in administration, group training and project management. She is passionate about helping young children to reach their full potential, not only in the classroom but in all aspects of life. Nicole seeks to help young people lay the early foundations for later success and is thrilled to be working with Lea on the Visible Wellbeing and Strength Switch projects as well as being Lea’s PA and co-ordinating Lea’s Speaker Bookings.


Nicole De Masi

North American Speaking Agent & Social Media

Nicole De Masi is an agent for professional speakers, Marketing & Sales manager for ADL Speaker Management, LLC and Social Media Manager for Lea Waters, PhD.

Nicole is based in New York, NY. Before joining ADL Speaker Management, Nicole worked as a Media Strategist in the Media & Acquisition department at Squarespace. Nicole began her career at CBS News where she field produced, shot video and conducted interviews during breaking news situations for all the network-level shows. During her time at CBS, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast and contributed to an investigation which won a George Polk Award for Television Reporting. Nicole graduated from The University of Texas at Austin.


Join Lea’s Team!

Become a licensed Strength Switch Facilitator…

Are you passionate about helping families to build positive relationships by taking a strength-based approach?

We are now offering the Strength Switch Facilitated Parenting Course based on the psychological science of Lea Waters, PhD and accompanied by Lea's established online Strength Switch program that is being used across the globe.

If you have proven facilitation or coaching skills and you are keen to help families apply the Strength Switch strategies, the licensed facilitator model will support you to deliver Strength Switch training to groups of parents in your community. Licensed facilitators receive course content, Powerpoint slides, worksheets, handouts, access to facilitator resources via the Strength Switch portal, instructional videos from Lea, membership to the online Strength Switch Facilitator community across and the globe, marketing materials to advertise our courses and your own slot on the Strength Switch website.