Bouncing Forward – Beyond the emotional status quo
For a long time, Melanie felt out of place at work. She tried to fit in at a great cost to her own well-being and overall happiness. As per her own words: “I had become someone that I vividly disliked”. Her trigger to change came in the shape of a rude awakening — being asked to resign after years of dedication and personal compromises.
Instead of settling for bouncing back to a position of “not being unhappy” after the humiliation and anger had subsided, she chose to bounce forward and go beyond the emotional status quo. Let Melanie inspire you and help you feel empowered to leap into a bouncing forward mindset.
Melanie works as a Revenue Controller in Singapore and has over 12 years of experience from a Magic Circle law firm as well as a premier international law firm. She chairs the Women in Business Community at ADB-Dutch Cham which has been an active partner with on various events covering bold, food-for-thought content. Melanie is passionate about making people aware of their ability to evolve and grow.
She is originally from the Netherlands but has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She speaks 4 languages and describes herself as honest with a hint of Dutch directness, balanced by a respectful and serviceable attitude. She has a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the " Hague". This has engrained in her a “getting things done with a smile” approach that serves her well in the industry she now works in.
Melanie’s story – told in a frank and unapologetic way – is a story everyone needs to hear, because it’s uncomfortable but most of all because it makes you stop and think. She delivers it with a sense of humour and self-deprecation, but it’s a painful topic that shouldn’t be avoided. It reminded my team, in a very elegant way, that it’s the response we have to difficult events that allow us to take back control and find a path back to a positive outcome. The team was clearly affected by the story and the very active Q&A session after, which Melanie navigated with authenticity and enthusiasm, showed how her short and simple story had huge impact.
Melanie is a phenomenal speaker and I cannot recommend her more for any engagements. She worked with me to ensure all components of the speech and discussion were tailored to the participants and delivered one of the most engaging presentations. Her story is incredibly inspiring and she was able to also flex based on what the audience expectations were.
Melanie is an engaging speaker and the content of her talk is thought-provoking and promoted a sense of harmony and self-awareness. It was a pleasure working with her for the event which we were hosting for a women’s network.