That question. “Where are you from?”

How does someone who doesn’t really belong anywhere respond?

Today I’m chatting with Özlem Özkan, who, in her own words, is a culturally diverse woman, based in Amsterdam. Born and raised in The Netherlands, comes from Turkish parents, and has lived and traveled all over the world. She’s a teacher, founder, podcaster, author and coach.

She talks to us about the identity clashes she faced growing up in the Netherlands, coming from Turkish parents.

We hear what she’s learned about human beings as a result of growing up as a number of different cultures and traveling to so many different places.

And what happened in her life that almost immediately got rid of some extremely deep-rooted biases, judgements and fears.

She talks about how living in Istanbul shaped her life and what she’s doing now. And finishes with some advice we should all take to heart.

Have a listen and be inspired.

Please do let us know what you think of this episode. And please don’t forget to leave a review, rating and subscribe.

And if you, too, are interested in getting out of your comfort zone and growing as a professional and leader, consider signing up to our next TIE Accelerator project.

We are looking for a team to work with a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, gurus and award winners for cleaner cooking technologies, and be involved with a project that involves the Minister of Resource from Malawi and a couple of extremely important UN meetings.

Keen to have a real impact on the bottom 2.8 billion people on this planet who don’t have access to clean cooking?

This is your chance.

To not only help these BILLIONS of people, but as a result SIGNIFICANTLY reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

If you’re a determined professional in business or communications or strategy this is an immense opportunity to make an impact and grow in new ways. And you don’t need any international development experience.
Kicking off at the end of June. Runs for 6 weeks. Takes 2 hours a day.

This is a BIG deal.

And a HUGE opportunity to grow in new ways, step out of your bubble and your comfort zone and make a serious difference.

If you would like to know more, join our info session apply.tieaccelerator.com or just get in touch, we can jump on a call and I can tell you more.

It’s time. Let’s change things!