For Life
For Success


What We Do

GSF.Academy, run by Girl Shaped Flames, prepares teenage girls for success across their school, work and personal lives. Our half-day intensive workshops have been designed – and are delivered by – experienced, professional women who offer their own personal strategies, tools and techniques across a variety of topics especially relevant to GenZ, including: stress management, emotional intelligence, fear, failure & resilience, communication, social media and financial literacy. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 Social Distancing measures, all GSF.Academy workshops are on hold until further notice.  Please register your interest via our mailing list at the bottom of this page.

Tanya Meessmann

CEO GSF.Academy | 
Communication Expert
Youth Educator

“I believe the girls of Australia have fires in their bellies. I believe they are strong enough, passionate enough and determined enough to blaze a trail that leaves the world with no choice but to embrace their extraordinary talents and ideas.

BUT: I also believe that in order to do this successfully they need to develop tangible, real-world skills, which in the case of GSF.Academy, are taught by women who are doing extraordinary things in their fields.”


Upcoming 2020 Workshops


Parents trust in Tanya

My daughter has thrived under Tanya’s guide, offering her a wide breath of experiences, lessons and skills. I highly recommend Tanya as a person of influence in your daughter’s life.

Parent of Year 9 student

Tanya has established herself as an innovative leader of our next generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and adventurers. Time after time she imparts her unique and incredibly uplifting impact on her captivated audience, who cannot help but leave workshops inspired, motivated and better prepared for their lives ahead.

Parent of Year 7 & 9 Students

Tanya is a force of nature and a lady who gets things done. Her enthusiasm and commitment to providing opportunities for high school students is extraordinary.

Linda Clark
Teacher at Mt Alvernia College

Tanya has an uncanny ability to bring the best out of the girls, creating a safe yet challenging environment for them to learn and take risks. She is clearly a highly organised facilitator and educator who is easily able to convey information and ideas using several different modes of communication.

Parent of Year 10 student

When meeting Tanya you’re immediately struck by her energy and passion – it’s palpable. Tanya’s genuine desire to educate the young women of today to be the best versions of themselves is inspirational. She is fantastic with the girls, engaging them immediately and building rapport and respect quickly while being articulate, humorous and stimulating.

Kelly Alford
College Director, Durack College & mum of a Girl Shaped Flame


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All workshops strictly limited to 20 participants.

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Extraordinary Women
All GSF.Academy workshops have been developed in partnership with a wide range of strong, professional, experienced women who have each spent decades honing these specific skills, and applied them to their own professional journeys for a high level of success.
Ky Furneaux
Hollywood Stunt Artist, Survival Expert & Author
Dr Diane Harner
Dr Diane Harner
Neuroscientist, MD of CleverMinds Consulting
Sam O_Brien
Samantha O’Brien
Partner, DLA Lawyers
Amy Chan
Winner of QLD Women in STEM Award 2018
Faith Rees
CEO SixPivot
vered netzer
Vered Netzer
Major in Israel Defense Forces


How we're impacting the girls

If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed with school, or feeling like you're getting nothing done, I would definitely recommend this workshop to you. Tanya's techniques have significantly increased my productivity levels and time-management skills in studying and completing schoolwork and I definitely walked away from the workshop feeling more on top of things.

Year 10

Having these strategies absolutely makes me feel more in control and less stressed. The ones I’m using the most are the “To Do List” and the “Quick Wins” and I also figured out my “OOS” which I’m has made such a difference!

Year 12

I really enjoyed the workshop! Using the ‘10 Minute Kick’ really helps to at least get started, and I’m finding I’m getting more done than intended. I also now get more done in a shorter amount of time because I take breaks and make a list in order of priority. I feel more in control of what I have to do. You won't regret going - it really helps with being efficient in getting work done!

Year 10

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Mentoring videos on the go

Parents: help your daughters navigate some of the key stress-contributing topics in their life with the help of an array of smart, experienced, strong, positive female role models. The GSF.Connect 10 Week Program gives you immediate access to 120+ 2 minute mentoring videos as well as Suggested Discussion Points across topics such as: Fear, Failure, Balance, Stress & Pressure, Motivation, Passion and Confidence.


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