AboutCharlotte Hillenbrand

Helping people navigate change with motivation, confidence and a fresh perspective.

Meet Charlotte

Speaker. Author. Coach.

Charlotte Hillenbrand is a personal and professional growth advocate.

Through authentic connections, Charlotte helps people realise their courage, employ perseverance, and follow their inner compass to sustain a successful life.

She is passionate about helping people realise their potential and embrace their own agency for change. No stranger to change, Charlotte has lived in several countries and navigated multiple career paths.

Charlotte’s personal coaching and mentoring approach draws from her life experiences, deep reflection, applied neuroscience, and positive psychology studies. Seeing her clients change their mindsets, build confidence, and experience clarity in their lives drives Charlotte’s commitment to sharing life lessons, skills, and perspectives with them.

As a speaker, Charlotte advocates for every person’s ability to change and employ resilience. She provides simple, effective ways to achieve this to drive personal and professional success.

“It’s in our nature to want to achieve great things. Somehow, we know on some level that great things are possible. And we are so right!”


Charlotte Hillenbrand helps introspective professionals with dreams beyond the ordinary under an evident mentality:

Charlotte's Story

Changing her trajectory. Navigating the change.

Charlotte grew up in Sweden and completed her higher education in Sweden, the US and France. Following receiving her law degree in 1997, she lived and worked in Germany and Switzerland and began her pilot career in 2001, which continued till 2020. At that point, Charlotte was an international pilot.

Being grounded and out of work during the pandemic was a disheartening experience Charlotte shares with many people. However, she could not return to her beloved pilot career due to an unexpected medical condition, prohibiting her from maintaing her medical licence.

“The world opened back up. My colleagues returned to work, but I remained grounded.”

Charlotte refused to let this unexpected turn of events weigh her down. She changed her career trajectory and began sharing her story and life lessons to inspire and motivate people in similar unexpected life-changing situations. Charlotte hoped to encourage people to adapt their future plans, access their strengths, and elevate their growth.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Your journey to sustainable success starts here!


Charlotte redefines sustainable success. Her unique life experiences have given her insights that help your audience access their resilience and full potential


Charlotte’s personal coaching provides clients with tangible results to access agency and greatly improve their lives. 


Stay tuned for this exciting opportunity coming soon.

“Change begins with self-awareness and a willingness to change. With a fresh perspective, you will face the unexpected with curiosity and confidence rather than fear, have agency in your life and create the success you’ve always dreamed of. “


Book Testimonials

Dr Elliot WilsonPsychiatrist and Therapist
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Growing Forward is a sensible and caring companion through difficult phases of life change. It reinforces that change isn’t about toughness and willpower, but about harnessing our unique individual qualities inside of us. The book harnesses the best of positive psychology in a practical guide to bringing about personal transformation and improving our lives.
Michelle HuntingtonAirline Captian, Keynote Speaker, Leadership Coach, Podcast Host
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Is an easy to read, practical handbook on how to deal with, understand and improve life’s challenges and apparent setbacks. I love the “plane speak” and plain speak for it’s no-nonsense approach to dealing with life and the curve balls that come with it. My favourite is Chapter 8, TAKE ACTION – FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, for its pragmatic approach to acknowledging your strengths, weaknesses, and key attributes. The exercises are practical and “do-able” and the real-life examples Charlotte uses give insight into her career as a pilot. Charlotte has a gift for writing it as raw and real as it gets. A great read which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to take charge of their thoughts and emotions, and to better understand themselves to become their greatest potential.
Dylan LennoxManagement Consultant
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Charlotte has reminded me that we are human beings first, and human doings second. Great personal stories, techniques and tools to help you strengthen your foundations to cope with and embrace inevitable change in life.
Min SwanPresident, Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network
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My personal mission in life is to live to my fullest potential and hopefully lead by example by not allowing myself to be held back by anything or anyone (even if that is my own self-doubt!). Growing Forward so closely aligns to this mission and reconfirms a lot of my personal views and ways of approaching the world. As you would expect from an airline pilot, Charlotte’s approach is clear, well-structured and logical. It provides a practical path to living to your values, questioning your impact on the world and being all that you can be. It is easy to read, and the exercises are simple yet thought provoking. You will get to the end of the book without realising the transformation that you have just experienced. It is a practical step by step guide that takes the pressure off the big questions and will leave you grateful and ready for your next step. Enjoy!
Ulrika SigerudJudge
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Reading Growing Forward feels like having a personal conversation with the author. The style is warm and approachable and the book provides new insights and perspectives which reach a level of depth that stays with me. I have been inspired by the author’s emphasis on the importance of valuing our own strengths and abilities. This perspective is something I will carry forward in my own leadership. The reminder that significant change can be achieved through small steps is powerful and relevant.
Johanna GittneLeadership Developer, Behavioural Scientist and Author.
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Wow, what a book. I work with neuro-leadership, leadership development and behaviour change, and can say; this book is very helpful. In plain language, it deals with a big subject where people often meet resistance. Many think about changing things in their environment/ business, but few think about changing themselves. The author delivers practical and easy ways to really bring about change. Her own personal stories make everything in the book feel genuine and plausible. It encourages the reader to take on the exercises and their own situation. The book makes me pause and reflect. It all starts with me. I can only take responsibility for my own life and self-leadership. I am reminded of my own promise to never let my fears rule my life but to change what I need in order to live at my full capacity. I warmly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find the best version of themselves.
Carol StewartExecutive Coach, 5 x LinkedIn Top Voice UK, and Author of Quietly Visible
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We all face adversities and challenges in life, but how we respond to them will determine how well or not we get through them. Charlotte uses concepts from psychology and neuroscience, as well as her own experience, to illustrate how we can be our best selves with meaningful lives, even in the face of adversity. She does this in a way that is easy to understand and apply practically. Growing Forward is a well written book, which, if what Charlotte suggests is put into practice, has the potential to transform your life.
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There is much value and insight to be gained from reading this book. What I loved most about Growing Forward is the way Charlotte Hillenbrand gently guides you as the gifted coach she is, it is like having a close friend explain how to transform with ease. Charlotte takes you on a journey of self-discovery from the comfortable seat of being yourself. You will be enlightened by how owning all parts of you; your strengths and the parts you want to hide, enables you to grow forward from a place of empowerment. You will be encouraged to take small steps, dispelling any feelings of overwhelm and be provided tools to coax yourself forward. The book is structured and progresses logically and easily from one section to the next. Charlotte generously shares her own experience in using the explained techniques providing helpful reference, insight and trust. Following years of reading self-help books, from Growing Forward I finally received the guidance and ability to change, and I did!
Trisha BrightExecutive Coach, Happiness & Emotional Intelligence Expert
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Growing Forward is a fabulous book! With a very friendly and approachable feel to it, it is relatable, easy to consume and filled with practical ideas and exercises that are at once effective and very doable. What a wonderful resource for anyone looking for a roadmap for their “what’s next” chapter.
Jane TurnerAuthor Coach and Publishin
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I love the way this book breaks down the process of change using Charlotte’s own experience of transitioning from a career as a pilot to becoming a coach. Charlotte’s approach to communicating the complexities of neuroscience and positive psychology in relation to people’s ability to change is totally refreshing. I’m really grateful to have this book to dip into if I need motivation, inspiration and practical advice at any stage in my journey, especially as I am going through massive positive change for myself and my business.
Lizzie KorsgaardCareer Coach
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Life is a series of changes – and this book may be just the thing you need to learn how to navigate through those changes. And what better way to learn how to navigate than from a former pilot! Charlotte shares her experiences and expertise on how to find the best version of you and become more resilient to overcome any change. Who wouldn’t want that? Worth a read!
Christer AnderssonFounder of the ID Group, Serial entrepreneur
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Read this book! Change is happening around us all the time. Charlotte shares generously from her story and gives us powerful yet simple tools to tackle this change from within. She shows us practical ways to take control of our thoughts so that we may determine our direction of travel and become the master of our own journey.
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