Jeri Childers Professional Bio


Jeri Childers, PhD, is the founder of Advancing & Accelerating with Jeri Childers, a coaching, leadership, and business development company.

Jeri works with accelerators and organisations supporting leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want a coach or business catalyst that co-creates customized roadmaps for their careers, commercial or social enterprise startups or scaleups.

Jeri develops leaders and teams with a focus on mindsets and intentional change strategies that combine mindset research, brain science, and innovation strategies for leadership and venture development. Jeri uses Fingerprint for Success (F4S), a world-first people analytics tool, that enables mindsets and steps for success.

Dr Childers’ doctoral training focused on how professionals learn in the workplace, and she has international certifications from MIT related innovation and design thinking, and a certificate from F4S in Entrepreneur and Business Builder Success Factor Models and the F4S Assessment, which are invaluable to founders, founder teams and boards. Jeri is certified by the International Institute of Complementary Therapies (IICT) in Life Coaching (Practitioner), Passion and Purpose Coaching (Practitioner), Masculine and Feminine Coaching (MF) (Practitioner), Matrix Therapies (Practitioner), Archetypal Coaching (Practitioner), and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) (Practitioner).

Jeri is the Director of Education for iAccelerate at the University of Wollongong and is the chief evangelist for innovation and entrepreneurial education and services for students, staff, and the community. iAccelerate is a unique business accelerator and incubator program, where startups, scaleups, social enterprises and intrapreneurs thrive. The companies are supported by a robust model of education, mentoring, and seed funding.

Jeri has recently been working with Canva as a part of their advancing talent program with First Innovators, a rising Indigenous startup, powered by Investible and Indigenous Capital Limited, to deliver accelerator and business development services across Australia to enable Indigenous people startup and scaleup their careers and ventures. Jeri is partnering with Investible to offer business coaching to founders and business builders locally and globally.

Previously Dr. Childers was the founding Director of the UTS Techcelerator, at the University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Engineering & IT, which enables early-stage tech founders to prototype and validate their commercial deep tech solutions. Jeri also founded the UTS Female Founder Mentoring Program and the Advancing Women in Tech leadership development series.

Jeri is a non-executive director on the board of Friends with Dignity, a non-profit organisation advocating and providing services to the victims of domestic violence. Jeri has been a mentor and brand ambassador for Inspiring Rare Birds for many years. Inspiring Rare Birds provides professional and business development services to female leaders and founders. In these roles Jeri is a champion of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, and empowers leaders and organisation to advance and accelerate lives, careers, and ventures based on principles of social justice and making the world a better place for everyone.