Steliana van de Rijt-Economu – Founder &CEO
Steliana is a seasoned leadership consultant with twenty years of cross-cultural working experience in multinationals such as Shell, Vodafone, Nike and Kraft. During her career she focused on improving the performance of teams by using a systemic approach which stimulated the diversity of thought and nourished an inclusive working environment. 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’ (virtual)workshop.
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.