What brought you/brings you to Amsterdam?
I was born in The Netherlands to a Dutch Mum and an English Dad. When I was three years old, we moved to Adelaide, Australia where I happily grew up in the sunshine. From a very young age, I knew that one day, I would live in Europe to explore my heritage. So nearly seven years ago I quit my job, sold everything, bought a one-way ticket and a dream!
What path has your career taken?
My path started at Parliament House in South Australia as an Intern, which lead to twelve years in the South Australian Government. During these years I had the opportunity to work in diverse positions including a Minister's Office and the SA Health & Medical Research Institute. After landing in The Netherlands I started a part time, temporary position in the Diversity & Inclusion Team at Nike, which has led to six years at an amazing company and still going strong!
What is your relationship with Zoku Amsterdam, and what are your thoughts?
After my first experience at Zoku Amsterdam, I was completely hooked! They have diverse spaces, offer inspiring experiences and connect people. I've held Nike team building days, met interesting people at networking opportunities and worked from the beautiful Rooftop Terrace. My favorite part of Zoku are the warm and welcoming staff, who greet you with a smile and always up for a chat! Last year I spent my birthday weekend at Zoku and loved how the design of the Zoku Lofts make you feel instantly at home, while giving you a small sanctuary in a very busy city.
What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
is an Australian author who writes books with easy to follow financial advice on how to become financially free. He wrote his first book after his farm was destroyed after a devastating bush fire, which is even more relevant in the current Australian crisis. His writing style includes classic Aussie humor, which makes it very easy to read and is helping me work towards a very happy retirement while living my best life.
What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
Following on from The Barefoot Investor
recommendation, I wish I had read this book twenty years ago as small financial sacrifices early on, can make a huge difference down the road. I was lucky enough to start exploring the world at 23 years old and haven't stopped since! It has allowed me to open my mind to different cultures and opportunities, while reflecting on what is important to me in life.
If you could pick one project to work on for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
An interesting question because if you can pick one project and make it your career, you are set for an inspiring life! What comes to mind immediately is, bringing people together. I am an extrovert and love to see a room of people connecting and learning. Working in the Diversity & Inclusion Team at Nike allowed me to support teams to align on their core values and build a high performing team culture. It was one of my favorite positions!
What does home mean to you?
Home is where the heart is! I'm truly privileged to have incredible friends and family around the world. When I'm with them, I feel at home. I love to share a home cooked meal, a bottle of wine and telling stories about life’s adventures. One day I would love to have a simple van and hit the road with my boyfriend, then that will be our home.