Dara Simkin
Dara Simkin
Play Master and Fun Maker

About Dara

Dara is an associate, play and fun master at ImagineNation™ and is a certified Mindset Coach, Author, Doer and all around Fun Maker.

She believes self-development and learning in the business environment should be approachable and that personal growth is about acceptance, curiosity and playfulness. Having studied self-development for more than a decade Dara utilizes fun and practical tools she has picked up along the way to co- design and deliver live innovation education events and workshops, including The Start-Up Game™ for ImagineNation™.

Her coaching style is direct and action-oriented; she is well known for my sense of humour and authenticity as she likes to keep it ‘real’. As a professional speaker, she brings a unique energy and enthusiasm to what she is presenting and can tailor innovation, entrepreneurship and intraprenurship topics and workshops for business enterprises, professionals, students or the general public.

She values the importance of Play for our mental health and well-being, and strives to build a community of like-minded professionals wanting to build better relationships and balance in their lives.

Dara also has a coaching practice at Melbourne Natural Wellness and The Urban Alchemist and is an accredited E-DISC facilitator, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Florida.

She established Project Play, to foster creativity and encourages innovative thinking. It involves an all-inclusive immersion weekend is an environment for brains to play, because big innovation lives right on the edge of ridiculous.

Whilst being originally from Miami, Florida she has been living in Melbourne since 2013 and is a member of Business Networking International (BNI), International Speech Division Winner of Toastmaster’s. She is also active in her yoga community and volunteers with the Helping Hand Project. When she is not on the clock, she is doing yoga, reading a great book or eating pizza.