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Inspirational Talk ‘Follow your heart’

Ko Wierenga, M.H. Tromplaan 28, Enschede

By Katya Bassova

Ekaterina will host an inspirational talk about her life and the life lessons she learned so far. It is her goal to share her lessons and to let students believe in their dreams. How impossible they sometimes seem. Go for it. Find the courage to pursue them. Often Ekaterina had a obstackles in her life which she turned into challenges. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade Follow your heart, and listen when it speaks to you These are quotes that absolutely related to her personal story. Ekaterina was born and raised in Ukraine. At the age of 17 years old, she moved to Belgium for her studies. Ekaterina holds a BSc in Maritime Transport Management and a MSc Political science of international relations. At that time, studying abroad was a totally different experience as it is nowadays. Very limited contact with family and loved ones back home. A monthly short call to home and writing letters. She has an impressive career ranging from business development manager to project director. From working for logistical firms to the Dutch Embassy in Ukraine. Since the beginning fo this year she had to flee with her family from the war in her country. She ended up in the eastern part of The Netherlands. In a couple of months, she managed to find purpose again in her life. Far away from home, she contributed in her own way by helping out other refugees in Twente region. The local Dutch newspaper called her ‘The pearl of the region Twente’ as Ekaterina is doing so much voluntary work for the refugees who are here in The Netherlands. They wrote two impressive articles about her. She is combining this with her fulltime job at Oost NV, where she works as an consultant for start-ups in the tech and logistics industry. Though in the evenings and during the weekends she finds time to contribute to the wellbeing of other Ukrainian refugees. In hard times, she founds ways to be meaningful. Listen to her story. It is absolutely worthwhile. We are sure that you will take something home.

  • Ko Wierenga, M.H. Tromplaan 28, Enschede

  • 28 September 2022 - 17:30 until 18:15

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