Ariane Pearl Almeda Hoekstra
Ariane is the owner of Passion and Leadership. She founded her company in August 2014 with the mission to deliver value and make an impact through her knowledge and experience as an international professional, people manager and active practitioner of personal leadership. People growth and success is the core of her mission. She envisions that through her classes, coaching, blogging, and speaking events, she will be able to inspire personal leadership, inspirational leadership, and effective intercultural skills.
Portfolio & Projects
Storytelling as a Business Tool
Presented at the Excellence Platform of HvA University of Applied Sciences on April 2015. The talk focused on how storytelling is such a powerful tool to communicate who you are and what your vision is, to sell, and to lead. 45 minute interactive presentation.
Multicultural Team Management
A 1.5 hour interactive workshop presented at the HR Community Summer School 2015. The workshop focused on how to manage teams by being interculturally sensitive in giving and accepting feedback, building relationships, and avoiding miscommunication.
Personal Leadership: How To Actively Lead Oneself
A 45 minute interactive workshop presentation on how to actively lead oneself in order to lead others and achieve personal goals. Presented at the Excellence Platform of HvA University of Applied Sciences on September 2015.
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
International Business Consultancy Trainer
Intercultural Communications Training in support of the International Business Consultancy Project of 4th year Business Management Studies students. The goal is to help students perform excellent consulting on international expansion of a Dutch enterprise.
- Responsible for delivering and co-creating didactic training
- Focus on cultural awareness, intercultural competencies, cultural theories (Hofstede, Trompenaers and Lewis), and cross-cultural analysis.
Delivers intercultural communication and cross-cultural management training for Dutch expats moving to Singapore to live and work.
General information about Singapore – History, Politics, Social Situation
Intercultural Communication – Personal and Societal Values, Social Etiquette, Singlish
Cross-cultural management – Work Values, Communicating with Singaporeans.
- Designed workshops on discovering passion and strengths, talent development, giving feedback, and stress management.
- Designed training simulation: Leadership vs Management
- Delivered training in week-long conferences focusing on breaking personal boundaries and personal development.
5-day on-site coach for delegates and conference team members. Coached student leaders and young
professionals on personal and professional development topics.
How Passion and Leadership Has Made an Impact
“Ariane has the talent of moving an audience through her energetic and interactive way of presenting. I had the pleasure to be part of a coaching session about leadership through storytelling, in which she illustrated how to inspire and lead teams by adapting an narrative communication style. Overall, I was impressed by how passionate and knowledgable Ariane was about coaching young professionals to become effective and inspiring leaders. A great sense of empathy, in combination with her intercultural experiences, enable her to quickly adapt to the people she works with to create an environment for continous learning and development. Ariane would be the right person to drive change in teams and to lead across cultures through her work as a trainer and coach and comes with my earnest recommendation.”
You have been such a wonderful speaker. I was honored to have you sharing your insights, personal story AND transformational tips with our audience. Your message was delivered straight from the heart to heart, because YOU ARE your transformational self-leadership messenger.
“Before the workshop I thought I knew my strengths and talents – but I was not sure if I was using them correctly. During the workshop I saw that the combinations of your talents, strengths and values make you truly unique!. Realising this and making the most of your own element is the best thing you can do for yourself and your happiness. Getting a clear view on my element makes me fired up to move myself to the next level! Thank You Ariane and Liz so much for sharing your wisdom and nudging me to action, I am so looking forward to using my Element!!”
“I enjoyed talking to Ariane a lot because she is a really open person with a welcoming smile you feel connected to from the very first moment. During the session with her, she always knew when to ask the right questions, that make you think and reflect and but always keeping the goal of the session in mind. I appreciate very much what she is doing and I believe that she can help many others just the way she helped me in figuring out my true element.”
“I felt a personal connection with Ariane from the beginning. Thus, it was very easy to talk about my most intimate fears and struggles. She helped me a lot to understand myself even better and become aware of certain concerns I have. This insights have had a lasting impact. Furthermore, she gave me the feeling, that I am not alone with my beliefs that insecure me. I will always remember her words: “Sometimes it is the way it is and it’s okay – just accept it and trust in the process.”
Training Education and Experience
I’m Ariane Pearl Almeda Hoekstra, a Filipino and Dutch citizen living in the Netherlands since late 2012. I hold a degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Psychology. I started my career in 2005 and since then have managed service and specialist multicultural teams for international companies in Team Lead roles in Asia and Europe. My main motivation for taking on these roles was the passion to help people grow and succeed. With this, I’ve followed and attended numerous leadership-related training to enhance my knowledge and practice of leadership. In 2009, I studied Training and Development at the Singapore Human Resource Institute and earned my diploma thereafter with distinction. From then on, I’ve taken the initiative to train my teams for team building, succession planning, and managing change. Since January 2013, I’ve fully focused and dedicated myself as a Trainer by designing and delivering training at AIESEC Germany’s week long conferences, Tropen Instituut, etc.
Coaching Education and Experience
Within the same team leading roles and as an independent coach, I’ve performed over 2,000 hours of performance and personal leadership coaching. I’ve used the GROW method however I also coach intuitively by practicing different levels of listening and being empathetic while keeping the greater goal and client’s ambition in mind.
Personal Story and Philosophy
As an Inclusion and High Team Engagement Advocate…
Having been an experienced team leader, coming from Asia and having a passion for utilizing the talents in my team, I’ve always lead with a belief in mind: “A happy team is a productive team.” You would ask, “but what would it take to keep a team happy?” I’ve discovered that regardless of cultural diversity, and other individual differences, team members respond to a common thing: Meaning. So here’s what I did that allowed me to have consistently performing teams and zero departures because of the boss:
- Made sure I clearly communicated myself, the changing goals and their purposes
- Made sure everyone in my team felt supported in their work and in their development
- Made sure I empowered my team through delegation, challenging them and giving them access to necessary knowledge
- Made sure I was as consistent as possible with the values and goals of the company
- Made sure, in all of the above, took note of their individuality, cultural expectations, talents and motivation
These approaches, combined with the skills I’ve honed, allowed me to effectively lead teams across diversity, locally and remotely and amidst fast-paced strategy changes. This approach of authenticity, clear communication and team empowerment are exactly what I want to add value to the leadership development in your company. And with my knowledge of instructional design and adult learning theory, I am confident I can deliver an effective leadership program.
As a Transformational Personal Leadership Coach
I believe that all the answers that we need to live a fulfilling life is within us. With personal reflection and motivation to act, we all can make a big difference in our lives.
All my young adult and later adult life, I’ve been practicing personal leadership. I’ve graduated with my degree with distinction and became an inspiring leader since the age of 23 despite an unstable home and rough childhood. I’ve suffered from chronic depression since I was 12 and had a really difficult relationship with both of my parents. Despite all, I’ve built lasting relationships and now happily married to a Dutch man. I’ve come far.
However in 2013, I fully succumbed to burn out after moving to the Netherlands. Through this experience, I was even more challenged to come through. In the midst of several bouts of depression and poor physical health, I found the inner strength to reflect on what lead me to that place and what I need to do next to fully recover. This is when I began to truly listen to my inner calling, recognize my strengths and act on my passion. Since beginning of 2014, with focus and determination to get back on track, I involved myself in several Personal Development training as a trainer, coached acquaintances to live a fulfilling life and started my practice here in the Netherlands.
With my wealth of experiences and coaching skills, I am confident that I can help you get unstuck, figure out what makes you ‘come alive’, and lead a fulfilling life. This means we won’t only talk about your career aspirations. We will also talk about how you can make choices that are in line with your values.