Thrive #25 presents
The Career Pivot
with Hester Spiegel-van den Steenhoven

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About Hester Spiegel-van den Steenhoven

After a 15+ year career as management consultant working with blue-chip companies in the financial services industry in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt, Hester successfully pivoted into a role as country lead for an education technology company. She advocated, secured funding for and has now successfully established the innovative education system and coding school “42” in Germany, which launched 1 Feb 2021.

She moved to Singapore at the end of 2020. She is currently moving forward in the education technology industry, pivoting her role to investing and venture capital to support startups that use technology to modernise education, for the ultimate benefit of the future of learning and talent. Hester is Dutch and is a mother of two boys, aged seven and four.

About our Session

  • Hester’s career journey: the roles she had as consultant in Deutsche Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers and as a Robotics teacher in the Frankfurt International School and the capabilities and transferable skills she’s gained from these roles to be able to make a career transition
  • Hester’s motivation for the transitions she’s made
  • the challenges and roadblocks along the way
  • the common thread that ties her previous experience together into a convincing narrative that is relevant to her future goals
  • what Hester’s network looked like in the early days and how she grew this.

Thrive Meetup Details

Date: Saturday, 22 May 2021
Time: 12.30 PM AEST (Canberra time) (80 minutes)
Format: Zoom call (video ON)
Registration: Required
Cost: Free
Guests: Capped at 12 on a first-come, best-served basis

Thrive Meetup Agenda

12.30 PM – 12.50 PM Introductions and networking (20 mins)
12.50 PM – 1.20 PM Rowena chats with Hester (30 mins)
1.20 PM – 1.45 PM Moderated discussion open to the group (25 mins)
1.45 PM – 1.50 PM Wrap up and photos (5 mins)
1.50 PM Close

Important Information on Thrive Meetups

  • Meetups are complimentary to join for career women only but require registration
  • Meetups are limited to 12 guests to ensure optimal engagement and participation for all
  • If you have signed up and need to cancel thereafter, please provide early notice (at the very least, 24 hours) so as to enable other registrations to come through
  • While informative and educational, this is not intended as a webinar but as a meetup. Guests are expected to put their video on and to mingle, chat and ask questions.
  • Meetups begin and conclude on time and guests are expected to be punctual. Late entrants (more than 10 minutes) will not be allowed in to avoid disruption.
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Selection of Recent Meetups

While the meetups began as face to face gatherings in 2017, they transformed into online gatherings from 2020 onwards. These are a selection of the most recent meetup themes.

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Selection of Recent Meetup Speakers

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  • Alice Rixon, Managing Associate at Rob Dobson and Associates (Australia)
  • Dana Rubin, founder of Speaking While Female and an advocate for women’s speech and voice (USA)
  • Elizabeth Kirk PhD, Wellness Wise practitioner and Founder Beyond Ergo (Australia)
  • Angela Bee Chan – 2x TEDx speaker, eco-Innovation Leader at Schneider Electric and CEO of Hackathons International (Australia)
  • Nina Shahril Khan – CEO and Founder of PopCon and host of #JustLanggar (Malaysia)
  • Sandra Ford Walston – The Courage Expert; global speaker and author; human potential consultant and trainer (USA)
  • Noelle Lim – Presenter, BFM 89.9; Coach at Asia School of Business and Mindfulness Teacher, Kindermind Center (Malaysia)
  • Shamila Gopalan – CEO and Founder of HerWit; Coach and Mentor (Accelerator Program – LaunchHUB) at RMIT University (Australia)
  • Ulrika Brunner, CEO Inspire Group Asia (Malaysia)
  • Nirmala Doraisamy, Independent Director Petronas Dagangan Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Nellie Wartoft, CEO Tigerhall (Singapore)
  • Billie Kaur, Senior Auditor BP Business Services Centre Asia (Malaysia)
  • Jia-Ping Lee, Founder and Principal, Tempatico (Malaysia)
  • Malisse Tan, Founder and CEO Bobble (Malaysia)
  • Claudia Cadena, Founder and Principal Consultant at Thread Advisory (Malaysia)
  • Urmilah Dass, Director Valley Psychological Services, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Malaysia)
  • Shi-Ying Lau, Partner/Investor/Mentor at NEXEA Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Accelerator (Malaysia)
  • Jocelyn Ng, former COO Uniqlo Malaysia and Consultant, Jocelyn Ng Consultancy (Malaysia)
  • Jude Tan, member of the Board of Advisors, Wholesome Leaders Asia (Malaysia)

About Thrive

Thrive is a women-only private group founded by Rowena Morais. We empower career women by connecting those who are starting out professionally (and needing support) with the more established women (who can mentor and share ideas). Thrive focuses on helping women develop their profile, network and body of work.

  • Thrive runs complimentary monthly meetups for career women. Guests need to register and the meetup is capped at 14 guests per meetup to facilitate discussion and sharing. This is a meetup, not a webinar
  • Guests are welcome to join the Thrive Meetup Facebook Group

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