My journey started in Los Angeles but moved on to different venues after becoming an adult. My first trip to Europe was at 19, and it changed the direction my life would take.
After finishing university, I moved to Berlin but in an unconventional way. I bought a one-way ticket to Hong Kong, not knowing how I would get to Berlin. China had just opened up the borders to individual tourists, so I ended up taking the Trans Siberian Railway through the Soviet Union, Poland, and then eventually West Berlin.
The goal was to stay only for 6 months. 2 years later, I moved from West Berlin to Vienna, where I eventually married a Viennese. We are in year 34 and counting.
We moved back to the US, where I started a career in customer service. Those learnings about customer satisfaction are still very much ingrained in me today.
We came back to Vienna right before the Berlin Wall fell, and it's been my home since. My career moved onto Project Management, Product Management, and Business Analysis, and I worked for different multi-national companies.
I felt that something was still missing, so I set up my own company 8 years ago and have ventured onto activities that I couldn't have imagined beforehand. There is one common thread in all I have done. I love helping people and enjoy making a difference in any way I can. This, simply, has been my driver.
In addition, I have been involved in the world of academia for over a year in teaching this course as well as a number of others. There is nothing more satisfying than helping people reach their potential.