Marlies and I worked together as storytelling trainers in the West Bank in Palestine.
She brings an incredible natural vivacious energy to any situation. One-on-ones are wonderful with Marlies as she is totally present, and her easy curiosity brings a deep, joyful focus.
Within groups, she flexes from becoming a positive influence as one of the community, to easily stepping into the holistic shoes of leadership.
Put simply, Marlies is the smile on humanity.
Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research
I worked with Marlies during the SIETAR Europe 2019 Congress, where she led a group of event assistants. She did an incredible job in briefing, assigning roles and supervising everyone, while also being an active participant in the Congress.
One could always see Marlies communicating and working with everyone around the entire event, always exuding incredible energy with a beautiful smile on her face.
It was honestly a great pleasure to be part of a team led by this extraordinary strong woman.
Sue van de Giessen
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture & Built Environment
Marlies is a friendly consultant who listens carefully to all parties involved. She asks the right questions, looks for the different perspectives and underlying motives and is persistent.
If she is ever unsure of anything, she will pause at the right time and ask for clarification.
An approachable, friendly person, who is a joy to work with.
My first encounter with Marlies happened during corona when many meetings took place online.
Yet, with her warm personality, Marlies inspired me from the very first moment.
With her creativity, hands-on mentality and her communicative skills, she volunteered to provide professional guidance to students in Rotterdam.
After participating in her work placement training, these young people know what it means to work as a trainer.
Working with Marlies is a delight! She brings energy, a positive outlook and has a talent for thinking in possibilities rather than problems. If she doesn’t know something, she will investigate and find out.
This inquisitive curiosity allows her to quickly fit in and make a valuable contribution. Within a very short time, Marlies became a valued and indispensable member of our team, and she helped solve various communication challenges.
She also gave a series of writing training and wrote a style guide for us, which we still rely on every day. And although she is no longer a permanent member of our team, we are very happy to still be able to use her knowledge, expertise and amazing writing talent.
The first time I spoke with Marlies, I noticed how she really connected. And that's exactly what I like! She pays attention to the other person, reveals herself, asks, listens and makes a lasting impression in just a few minutes. That is why I still remembered her many months after that phone call. I immediately thought of her when an interim assignment came up that I felt would be perfect for her.
Marlies is an open, energetic professional, no-nonsense, decisive, a fast and diligent worker and always ready to help others. And what really appeals to me is her international (life) experience, which gives her a practically limitless mindset that she uses to effortlessly builds bridges. In both international and Dutch organisations, colleagues and management were quick to appreciate her. I truly enjoy working with her.
I like working with Marlies because our trainees experience her as a pleasant and competent trainer.
They always return from their training filled with enthusiasm. It’s also nice to work with Marlies because communication runs smoothly, and she always finds a solution, no matter how complicated the question may be.
Anita van Stel
Dutch Research Council (NWO)
Marlies and I worked together on the final publication of the NWO research programme URSES.
You can rely on Marlies: she writes beautiful English texts and always delivers before the deadline. She really dives into the subject matter because she wants to understand what she writes so that readers can also grasp it. Marlies excels in wonderful communication!
Marlies is a whirlwind with a captivating energetic personality. She fills a room with her positive energy and seamlessly knows to combine intuition and decisiveness, making her a clear and goal-oriented communicator.
Her work signature is her smile, which makes her a welcome addition to every team, and a natural leader and enabler of positive change, motivating and helping others.