Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach
Yvonne has over 20 years of international and intercultural consulting experience and is an executive coach certified in Inter-Cultural Intelligence. Her passion is to prepare clients to cross cultures with competence, both organizationally and globally. She believes that whether working in one's native country or abroad, we are living in a 'smaller' world which makes it imperative to have the skills to effectively navigate cultural differences as we deal with people and organizations with different frames of reference.
Her coaching philosophy is to start by looking at the big picture (organization, team, leader) and acknowledging what the client already knows. In this holistic approach the emphasis is on gaining more self-awareness, matching personal values with organizational goals, identifying self-defeating behaviors and defining ways to overcome them, welcoming change, setting of goals and committing to them. And last but not least, rediscovering passions in their career.
She speaks 6 languages and specializes in international and intercultural coaching assignments, large scale coaching assignments with leaders grappling with change and coaching engagements with a leader and their team. Assessment instruments include, but aren’t limited to, Inter Cultural Intelligence tools (by Knowledgeworkx), 360 feedback with open questions, Points of You™ and custom skills and values questionnaires.
Yvonne has lived in four countries for studies and work. Several of those years were spent working with international consulting firms, including Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), on organizational change and nation building assignments. She worked as an organizational development consultant in Pakistan for projects funded by USAID, UNICEF, and the World Bank and managed large change projects for Dutch healthcare organizations. A gifted facilitaotr, she conducts group workshops and individual trainings in the US, the Netherlands, and Pakistan and has extensive experience in developing and delivering training programs on inter-cultural intelligence, leadership development and career transition.
Yvonne earned her Master’s Degree in Sociology & Nation Building from The University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She did research for her thesis in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to Pakistan for work, moved back to The Netherlands and then relocated to the US (GA, AR and IL), where she has been living with her husband and two children since 1998.
Recent projects for clients in Atlanta include IHG, UPS, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Culture Connect (teams) and executives (one-on-one coaching). She also does speaking engagements on intercultural communication.