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Reflecting on Six Months of Growth and Gratitude 2024

12, Jun 2024 | Blog

What’s your most powerful lesson in the past six months?

Reflecting on the past six months, I feel a profound sense of gratitude, joy, and hope! Half of the year flashed by, and I’m overwhelmed with excitement. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to, the incredible experiences I’ve had, and the lessons learned.

I tapped into the power of community and did my best to boost inclusive leadership wherever and however, I could. This journey took me through keynotes, seminars, and workshops delivered to diverse audiences across Finland, the Nordics, and the Netherlands.

Engaging with Diverse Audiences

I’ve had the privilege to:

✨ Deliver 9 keynote speeches to 7 diverse audiences and companies in Finland, the Nordics, and the Netherlands:

– Two Keynotes at the Talent Forum Vaasa (one in English for International Talents and one in Finnish for Employers and Companies)

– Keynote at the Growth Forum ‘Energized for Excellence’ hosted by Lindström Group

– Two Keynotes for Anthony Veder

– 1 Keynote for Eläkeliitto – Finnish Pensioner’s Union “Kohtaamisten merkityksellisyys & Verkostot ja yhteistyön vahvistaminen – tulevaisuuden avain kansalaisjärjestöjen rahoitukselle -tilaisuuksiin”

Helsinki University’s Alumni Day

Navigate | Nordic Maritime Expo

Innofactor

 

✨ Host 4 dynamic events:

– Networking Event for She’s Got This Mentorship Program organized by Suomen Yrittäjät

– Diversify Nordics Pre-Summit Roadshow Finland

– Storytelling Workshop with Playback Theater artists for Russian speakers in Finland

– Crush 2024

✨ Launch 4 exciting projects:

– SUOMI+ Podcast

– My Official Event Host Video Reel. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9vVOD1QZBE 

– DEIB Finland community and Hosted 3 Afterwork events

– My SHEROES Spotlight Social Media Campaign where I post about the women I admire once a month

 

✨ Participate in 4 media interviews:

– 2 with YLE

– 1 with Le Mauricien Magazine

– Six Proven Networking Strategies for Entrepreneurs

✨ Be recognized as one of MySpeaker Finland’s top 60 spokespersons this year.

✨ Train Lindström HR directors on DEI leadership.

✨ Be a panelist at the SHIFT Business Festival.

Collaborative Workshops

I co-organized three engaging workshops with playback theater artists, focusing on stakeholder collaboration, social sustainability, and creating powerful narratives. These workshops were a testament to the transformative power of storytelling and shared experiences.

Podcast Debut

It was finally time to debut as a podcaster in Finnish with the SUOMI+ Podcast, in collaboration with Familia. This new venture allowed me to explore and share diverse voices within our community.

Building a DEI Community

To bring DEI professionals together, I launched the DEIB Finland community. This platform helps us stay on top of industry news and network for better DEI impact. Additionally, I started the SHEROS monthly social media campaign, celebrating the incredible women who inspire me.

Media Recognition

It has been rewarding to be featured on Finnish TV, in printed media, and even in Mauritius. Being recognized as one of MySpeaker’s top 60 spokespersons this year was an honor that reaffirmed the importance of sharing our stories and experiences.

From Vaasa to Helsinki, from Turku to Rotterdam, and Port Louis—thank you all for your collaboration and for inspiring everyone to be better leaders and speak fluent inclusion.

Turning 40 in February was a significant personal milestone. It was a time of reflection and embracing new beginnings, and it reminded me of the importance of authenticity and self-acceptance. This journey has been both humbling and empowering.

So, what have been your biggest learnings in the past six months? Share your stories below—I’d love to hear them!

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