#HumanCourage: Constance Scholten

Human courage // posted 02-03-2022

Constance is joyful, curious, and tenacious. As an entrepreneur, investor, wife, and mom, she fulfills various roles with love and devotion. She grew up in an entrepreneurial family and followed her parents as an entrepreneur at the age of 19. After several successful businesses, she decided it was time for another step: creating a positive impact on the world. She knows what her added value is and why she is doing it. We invited Constance for an interview after hearing her passionate talk at Fempower Your Growth 2021. Her passion for EarthToday, the company that protects square meters of nature, and her story about being a female entrepreneur and investor were inspirational. It made us want to know more about her story and drive: what sets her soul on fire.

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#HumanCourage: Jannelieke Aalstein

Human courage // posted 25-01-2022

Jannelieke is authentic and hardworking; she stays true to herself. She likes solving complex issues together with others because she knows it gives richer solutions. We invited Jannelieke for an interview because her leadership style forms the basis of positive change. To mobilise and encourage others. Ask for help. Be vulnerable. Collaborate. Celebrate. In other words, be human. If we tap into our own humanness, we can create a better future for all.

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#HumanCourage: Jonna Wiersma

Human courage // posted 16-12-2021

Jonna thrives on connection. She believes that feeling connected, loved and valued are the most important aspects of human life. In her eyes, it’s what helps us embrace our fears, be courageous and become successful. It’s also what drives the work she does at JINC, where she supports children and adolescents from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to be successful in their educational and professional lives. Key to the approach is connecting them to individuals in business – and thus increase the feeling of connection for both sides.

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#HumanCourage: Julia van Reek

Human courage // posted 15-11-2021

She calls herself a CRPS warrior, and Julia is so much more than a fighter. She is open, vulnerable, smart, strong, loving and a source of inspiration and courage for others. In 2015, she was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). In 2020, after years of living with intense pain in her leg, her right leg was surgically removed. Now she finally feels like herself again and is ready to live life to the fullest, together with her loving support dog Guus.

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#HumanCourage: Marcel Dela Haije

Human courage // posted 01-11-2021

Marcel, also known as a ‘Stadsmarinier’ of Rotterdam, is trying to turn his hometown into a more inclusive hub. As the youngest member of a large family, he always felt comfortable making genuine connections with others. So, he turned his strength into his work and now, together with the Rotterdammers (as we call them in Dutch), he tackles complex issues like racism and discrimination.

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#HumanCourage: Ria Ana Sejpal

Human courage // posted 29-09-2021

Ria’s drive to create a more inclusive and sustainable fashion industry is palpable and extremely inspiring. With her label LilaBare she faces challenges head-on, even if she was told they are impossible to tackle. She’s a rebel at heart, a creative in mind and soul, and a true entrepreneur in business. Ria is the voice of her own movement, and unwavering in her values and beliefs.

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#HumanCourage: André Heuvelman

Human courage // posted 08-09-2021

Because we’re moving through challenging and exciting times, we want to give some of our favourite and most inspiring people the chance to share their story; how they deal with turbulence; and how they extend their drive to help others. Today we kick-off with performer, innovator and trumpet player, André Heuvelman. André is a living example of human courage: someone who turns standing out into fitting in.

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