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"Leading into the Unknown: Career Change". An inspiring panel discussion of Polaris Foundation in cooperation with Women Hiring Circle.

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Time & Location

27 mei 2021 17:00 – 19:00 CEST

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About the Event

Making a special career move is challenging. How do you know what would be a good fit, how to build your network and how to get into a new company building a different career? That is why we have a great panel of speakers that will share their experiences and answer your questions.

  • Women Hiring Circle is a professional network and initiative that aims to support women who are seeking a job opportunity or next step in their career. Created in Amsterdam in May 2021 by Wendy Garces.
  • Polaris Foundation is a development, networking and empowerment platform for professionals and entrepreneurs embracing diversity and inclusion and focused on making gender equality a reality.
  • Olga Pantchenko works at Polaris and she is also a member of Women Hiring Circle, she came-up with the idea of co-organising this panel. Since Olga and Wendy strongly believe in collaboration, it was easy to start organising the event. 

We extend the invite to members of both organisations, to share their experience. Because we have been working closely with Empower Amsterdam we decided to include them in the panel.

We are delighted to have you in this panel discussion, our communities will have the unique opportunity to learn from you.

  • Kris Nagorska - she has had a great career in Pharma (Janssen) and had managerial roles there, 1 year ago she quit her job as she wanted to work more towards her purpose - which is sustainability. She now works 5 months at Meatable as a Senior Portfolio Manager. She is a mentee in the Polaris mentoring program.
  • Dovile Corrigan - Dovile worked in different countries (amongst others in Dubai) and now has her own company with a colleague, Azkua. Her focus is on having people discover and develop their talents connecting to the career they will be most happy in. She is a mentor for Polaris and mentors people on career advice.
  • Ingrid Veling-de Block - Ingrid is an executive coach, trainer and has held various international HR leadership positions. She is an expert in culture change, leadership & talent development and diversity & inclusion. She helps companies in changing their culture, increasing team and leadership performance and bringing down the silos with the Outward Mindset philosophy of Arbinger. Helping people create their power network has always been a part of her professional responsibilities as well as of her personal mission at Polaris.
  • Flor de Maria Paredes - Flor has 20+ years of corporate experience working for international companies throughout Europe. She is an ICF certified corporate & executive coach and has an established coaching practice (Facing the change coaching & advisory services) working mainly on career, leadership and performance coaching. Flor is a co-founder of Empower Amsterdam where she leads the coaches team as well as founding director of
  • Wing Yu Chong - Wing Yu is an independent, customer-oriented professional with 20+ years of experience in Business-IT alignment. She’s a problem solving mind for companies facing challenges in their business processes, products or projects. Her mission is to create flow within organizations by optimizing IT, engaging and empowering people in order to maximize customer experience.

●     Olga Pantchenko - Entrepreneurially driven, strategy and analytics expert. Passionate about innovation, launching new ventures and bridging the gap between business and technology.

Carla Napoleão - Originally a marketer, she has experience working in advertising agencies and start-  ups. Last year she decided to quit her job, move to the Netherlands and change to a new career as an innovation analyst. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Wendy Garces - She describes herself as a connector, because she enjoys building relationships between communities and organisations. She combines her expertise in different fields and her interests in Tech & Environment to offer a diverse services to create engagement strategies for start-ups and non-profit organisations.  She wants to highlight the importance of Diversity & Inclusion that’s why she founded Women Hiring Circle.

If you have any questions you can contact the event organisers:

● Wendy Garces from Women Hiring Circle, send her an email to

● Olga Pantchenko from Polaris, send her an email to


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Participation is free of cost.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Women Hiring Circle & Polaris Foundation

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