2015 Mentors

  • Anne-Laure Maddy
  • Marketing & Communications Manager
  • EU SME Center
  • Anne-Laurie is a Marketing & Communications Manager at the EU SME Centre – an EU-funded project helping European small and medium enterprises get ready to do business in China. She has been living and working in China for over 11 years with a focus on project management and communications.
  • Skills to share: Marketing, event management, cross cultural communication and public/private sector relationships development. I can also share my experience starting out in China and developing a career path here and balancing it with a growing family.
  • Alicia Noel
  • Dynamic professional with a range of international experience and knowledge in higher education, professional training, corporate communications, financial management, organic agriculture and food safety, and economic and industrial development.  With this wide range of experiences Alicia advises executives on working across cultures and also helps her clients preparing to work in other countries.Alicia’s worked and studied in China for several years, currently is returned to USA to continue her career there. Available on Skype.
  • Skills to share: Communication, planning, settling in a different culture, whatever is needed.
Cindy J
  • Cindy Jensen
  • Consultant and founder
  • Boldmoves
  • I am the founder of BOLDMOVES, boutique consulting firm offering services throughout Asia in the area of Talent Management with an emphasis on Leadership Training, Change Management and Executive Coaching. I love being a mentor. I was fortunate to start my own career with a great Mentor as a role model. She really influenced the direction of my career. Over the years mentoring others has been an important part of my life.”Skills to share: Career growth in particular when taking over or expanding a leadership role, strategic thinking, effectively managing across a stakeholder network [managing up and across an organization], cross cultural impact in particular when dealing with multiple cultures, loving your work while living a balanced life style.
  • Dalida Turkovic
  • CoachSmall Steps Coaching (China) Ltd.
  • Since 1995 Dalida has been working in the field of training, coaching and consultancy for corporate clients in China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia and Thailand. Through her work she has a profound insight into key issues that corporations face in a fast and ever changing environment. In 2002 Dalida founded Small Steps (China) Ltd. with the aim to assist performance enhancement and facilitate change through coaching using holistic approach. In all her work, Dalida is driven by a profound interest in what moves and motivates people. As a practitioner of internal martial arts and mindfulness Dalida actively applies the principles of Eastern philosophy in her coaching and consultancy.
  • Skills to share: entrepreneurship, leadership, coaching.
  • Jaspal Channa
  • Public Awareness Officer
  • IP Key
  • Jaspal is  responsible for communication and visibility of all of IP Key’s actions and activities. Previously she held the position of General Manager, Beijing at the European Chamber of Commerce in China where she was involved in lobbying on behalf of member companies operating in China. She worked on the China IPR SME Helpdesk as Project Manager creating business tools to help SMEs understand and navigate IPR in China.Skills to share: entrepreneurship in China, business development, work-life balance.
  • Kelly Brantner
  • Founder at Triticum Group
  • Kelly is the former Executive Director of Asian Operations for Rutgers Business School and she has over 20 years of work experience in the education/training sector.  Her career started in Vancouver, BC, where she worked for MICA International, one of Canada’s largest private consulting firms.  Her work experience has focused around market expansion, operations and business development.
  • Skills to share: How to build your network and tap into their expertise, the transition from a large corporation to an entrepreneur, working with multiple stakeholders, marketing and business development and making a career transition to a new industry
  • Keely M. Stanley
  • International Production ManagerBlue Ocean Network (BON)
  • Keely is an International Production Manager who has been active in the media production industry for over ten years as a Producer, Unit Production Manager, Business Development Specialist, Production Coordinator, and Marketing Specialist. Over the years, she has completed projects for all range of mediums – including motion pictures, television, radio, and advertising/sales.  Having the opportunity to work in key media markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and now in Beijing; Keely has a deep understanding of media production and the structure of storytelling.
  • Topics of interests for mentoring: Media & Entertainment, Career Development, Project Management, Interpersonal Communication, Networking
  • Laurie O’Donnell
  • Managing Director Beijing; Global Coaching Co-ordinatorCornerstone International Group
  • I have over 25 years management experience, 11 years experience at Cornerstone Executive Search in Montreal, Canada; most recently as Vice President. For over 10 years I held executive positions in the Design, Manufacturing & Property Mangement industries Beginning my career as a young entrepreneur in Montreal, Canada; I now live and work in Beijing, China.My strength is in building consensus with Global Leaders. Working with cross-cultural teams, I have led groups in Leadership Training and Development; with training and follow-up, coaching skills are effectively utilized by management to improve communication, increase productivity and profitability.Skills to share: Coaching; Career Planning; Global recruiting
  • Martina Gerst
  • Advisor Regulatory Affairs China
  • EUEU SME Center
  • Martina currently heads the Regulatory Affairs and Training team at the European Union Small and Medium Enterprises Centre in Beijing. She advises companies from 10 sectors in the EU on market access to China. Dr Gerst has more than 25 years professional industry and consulting experience in Europe, US and China. She has held senior positions at leading multinationals such as Siemens, Daimler, BASF and KPMG. Dr Gerst holds a PhD and LLM in Innovation, Technology and Law from the University of Edinburgh.
 Tracy Driscoll
  • Tracy Driscoll
  • Senior Consultant and Head of Coaching
  • Mindset Matters Group
  • Tracy is a professional coach and consultant with over 18 years of experience managing and developing people in China. Tracy’s professional experience has been in leadership and career development, executive coaching, marketing and communications, and recruiting. Her passion is helping people and companies to reach their highest potential.Her speciality is coaching and she leads the coaching practice for Mindset Matters Group with a team of 30 coaches in China.