I am Steliana van de Rijt-Economu and I am a Mother.


I am also an organization development consultant and a leadership coach with twenty years of cross-cultural working experience in multinationals in the energy, communications, sports, FMCG and NGO sectors.

I now live in The Netherlands but, as a dual-career couple, we traveled and moved around quite a bit. I grew up in communist Romania, in a small farm house, surrounded by a large extended family and a fair amount of sheep, goats and other farm animals.

The first years of my life have shaped my three most important values: family, freedom and independence. Personal development is a key driver for me and this was what drove my passion for developing leadership in people.

Ever since I became a mother I noticed how everyone tends to describe ‘motherhood’ as a problem you need to deal with, rather than as what it really is – a baptism in leadership. I started to keep a journal with my insights and became determined to pursue mothers in leadership. I started the research for a book (coming up soon!!) and I interviewed mothers coming from all parts of the world (i.e. US, China, Mongolia, Nigeria, England) and their real-life leadership stories are captured in my upcoming book on mothers as leaders.

This blog is meant to share advice, insight and tips from mothers to mothers and to keep our network alive.

I welcome your comments to the posts and if you have a story or a lesson you want to share via this blog, contact me via the form.