We’re still unsure about how to react

I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year. I’ve struggled with the fact that it might come across as attention seeking and I’ve struggled with the fact that these are memories that I either want to push to the back of my mind…

5 things 5 years (in Brussels) have taught me

When I arrived in this city, I never imagined I’d be here long enough to be in the eye cream market, or to afford eye cream for that matter. I certainly never imagined I’d have to make decisions like do I buy the night one or the day one or both? So in light of this major rite of passage, I feel it is time to share some of the collected wisdom the five year journey to eye cream has brought me. Some of it might be useful. Most is probably not.

Can we escape from the dinosaurs of EUrassic World?

In the week that dino-thriller Jurassic World has broken box office records, Politico Europe published a story about a group of dinosaurs running riot in another institution, the European Union. In a front-page article, Politico discusses the exploits of “the most exclusive dining club in Brussels”. Dubbed “the G5”, the dining club consists of Commission…

The right place and the right time

The smells of sunscreen, ice cream, and sweaty beach-bound people are filling our nostrils. It can only mean one thing: summertime is upon us. Many people take the opportunity to take a, undoubtedly well-deserved, break from their daily business. My own break is pretty short this summer, but my flexible approach to work, means I…

Young Women in Online Startups: The Takeaways

For Leadarise Dublin’s first panel discussion we invited three young women in online startups to share their experiences with us: Catríona Barry is the co-founding CEO of Trakax.com, which provides consumers with the tools to create original videos. They currently operate products on PC and Android, which are tailored for beginners, allowing them to take…

Four Lessons on Cross-Cultural Communication and Democracy

Today, at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, a selection of 15 lucky Leadarisers enjoyed an intimate lunchtime discussion on cross-cultural negotiation, dispute resolution and cultural bridge building with leading public diplomacy and international relations expert Akram R. Elias. Leadarise participants represented the public, political, security, hospitality and communications sectors leading to a…

Yes we can (make a difference)

Three Points We Should Take Away from President Obama’s Speech in Brussels The full video For many of us involved in the Leadarise movement, President Obama’s speech in Brussels on Wednesday may have come as an afterthought, as we were all so thrilled to see Leadarise’s co-founder Laura Hemmati introduce the President himself.  However, President…

Tickled Pink

My first ever job interview? Textbook and utter failure. The application? For an intimidatingly interesting internship with a United Nations office. My expectations? Not many. With interest bound to be high, when they did call me in for an interview, I was hugely excited. I was on top of the world, I had climbed the…