Women in Innovation and Leadership (WIL) – Leiden University College – Panelist
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On 10th March 2020, right before the lock-down, I was invited by Women in Innovation and Leadership (WIL) to join a panel discussion titled “Passion, Purpose and Paychecks”. I got the opportunity to share my journey as an entrepreneur with the students from different educational institutions in The Hague.
The overall question that most students had was how would one find her or his passion in work and in life. Together with the other panelists, each of us answered this question by highlighting the process through which we went to reach where we are in our careers. The straightforward answer is that there is no “one” way to go and experimenting with diverse settings could – at least – eliminate the directions in which we are not interested.
During this panel discussion, my main emphasis was on self-reflection throughout the process of discovery: as much as we want to be inspired by our personal experiences in our career, we need to also give ourselves the space to reflect and heal if and when necessary.
I had the pleasure to meet my former teacher Dr. Caroline Archambault from my undergraduate courses at University College Utrecht (UCU) in Development Studies. Caroline is is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University College. Her current research focuses on human rights, international development, and demography in sub-Saharan Africa.
My other panelist was Drs. Lieke Schreel, the Educational Director of Leiden University College The Hague; when I joined UCU, Lieke was the Curriculum Manager, a position that I took over in 2010 as an interim.
Alberto Gonzalez Otero was also on this panel – Alberto is the founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Just on Purpose which helps organisations, leaders and teams discover their purpose, transform and maximize results.