Entries by Virginie Lemay-Vriesde

Diversity and Inclusion go together

Two weeks ago, I had a very interesting discussion with one of my connections about diversity and inclusion. I came across this article and one sentence stood out, one that my connection also mentioned:  “diversity won’t do a workplace much good if it doesn’t go hand in hand with inclusiveness”. Verna Myers said: “diversity is […]

Europe Day

For the first time ever, today is a national bank holiday in Luxembourg. 9th May has been chosen to celebrate the ‘Schuman declaration’ (9th May 1950), which is considered to be the founding text of European integration. On May 9, 1950,Robert Schuman’s political initiative was above all a desire for peace, as 3 wars in […]

What my burnout taught me…

Even though I would not ever want to be back in this situation, I am grateful I had a burnout and that it happened to me as it gave me a very valuable lesson: to make time for myself. How often do we say we do not have time? How often do we disregard the […]


To BE list

I saw a video in which one sentence really resonated with me: ‘Don’t keep a daily to do list. Keep a daily TO BE list’ How powerful is that??? ✅ Be grateful✅ Be positive✅ Be happy✅ Be curious✅ Be open minded✅ Be mindful✅ Be respectful✅ Be and live your life to the fullest✅ Be and […]

Be careful of assumptions…

I want to talk about assumptions and how we, consciously or unconsciously, make lots of them… A few weeks ago, I was talking to a coach and was telling him I had started to help expats and young professionals working in international organizations optimize their potential. His first question was: what is an expat? I […]

How something broken can be a good thing

I saw a presentation about ‘kintsugi’. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise (wikipedia). This made me think of French artist, Bruno Catalano, […]

What does it mean to be courageous?

Courageous, a word we do not often use or hear… In my life, I’ve been told 5 times I was being courageous. One of the last time was in 2017. I was working for Amazon, having a job that I really loved, with a great team and wonderful colleagues. I decided to resign because my […]