OUR TEAM

Steliana van de Rijt-Economu – Founder &CEO

Steliana is an internationally awarded author and a seasoned leadership consultant with twenty years of cross-cultural working experience in multinationals such as Shell, Vodafone, Nike and Kraft.  A mother herself, she lived and worked with her young family in three different countries experiencing first-hand the pressures that society places on women, especially as they become mothers. Her personal experience fuelled her passion for researching the impact of parenting on women’s personal leadership by  interviewing mothers of different cultures, professions and age groups. A selection of those life stories have been included in the ‘Mothers as Leaders‘ book and formed the inspiration for the ‘Mothers as Leaders.Dare to Dream’ development framework and the (virtual)workshop that she currently conducts in companies worldwide.

Irina Palarie – Transformational Coach

Irina has over 20 years’ experience as HR business partner and country HR Manager working across industries for major companies such as Citigroup and Danone. With more than 200 coaching hours conducted just in the last two years, Irina has an has an active career as an executive transformational coach using her skills to support both businesses and individuals’ success.

In 2019 she shifted her career focus from people’s growth in companies to people’s emotions and behaviours by starting a four-year Psychology degree alongside her HR consulting and coaching practice. She continuously enjoys juggling with the complexity of roles in her personal life: happy mother of 2, wife, daughter, sister, godmother, pets’ owner, friend etc. feeling grateful for each day passing-by.

 

Hedda Chester – Marketing & Events Lead

Passionate about the world of Learning & Development, Hedda aspires to continuously learn more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging. Growing up in a multi-cultural environment has helped her familiarise herself with working with different cultures and D&I, while diving into the topic of feminine leadership development for her thesis expanded her horizon about femininity, motherhood and leadership. 

As a graduate from Hotelschool The Hague, she is compassionate and loves to connect with others. In her free time you will find her organising events or doing marketing.

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