Stella Pennekamp MA
Founder & Coach at Orange Expats
Stella Pennekamp MA, founder and your coach at Orange Expats, launched her career coaching practice in 2005.
She uses a holistic approach, engaging and developing the whole person (think of different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).
She speaks fluent English and has over 15 years experience in the areas of Burn-out prevention and treatment, Stressmanagement, Personal & Career Coaching, Learning & Development, Cross-Cultural Coaching, Business & Performance Coaching and Executive Coaching.
She holds a Master's degree in Cultural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
And holds Post Graduate qualifications in:
- Personal & Career Coaching
- Burnout prevention, diagnose and treatment
- Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
- Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback
- Focusing (G. Gendlin)
- Polyvagal-informed Therapy (S. Porges)
- Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
- Mindfulness & Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Stella is a positive, inspiring, analytical & pragmatic, results-driven and Dutch native professional.
Her clients are Netherlands-based highly skilled employees: expatriates, (short- & long stay) migrants, their accompanying partners, Dutch natives and (inter)national companies employing them. Stella’s recent clients include USAID, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Dutch Whiplash Foundation (WSN), law firms and companies working in the creative, cultural, fmgc and retail sectors. Her clients work in marketing, finance, e-commerce, sales, I(C)T, HR, legal, consultancy, journalism, as a teacher, among others.
She associates with the "Landelijk Centrum Stressmanagement" - the National Centre Stressmanagement - an occupational health company, providing activities to activate selfregulation, selfregulation by heartcoherence, selfregulation of emotions and selfmanagement of stress.
“When I approached Stella it was for me the first time to seek career coach advice and I did not really know what to expect. I must admit I was also a bit pessimistic – had this idea in my mind that career coaching would be all some bla bla that you can reason yourself. Well on one side – it is true – you do find the reasons and path yourself but it is the “push” you need to get into the right direction, which does the trick. Stella is at first a great, very welcoming and easy to deal with person. It is just very easy to open up with her and share. She has excellent sense of humor and creates a relaxed atmosphere. She uses good methods to make you think and create a direction in your feelings and thoughts and by means of actually easy exercises and general open questions she manages creating the basis for the process. I was very happy to have used Stella’s help and even though for myself it turned that I am actually quite happy with where I am, she definitely helped me overcome my doubts. I recommend her to anyone who is on a crossroad of his/her career or faces this “identity crisis” we sometimes go through at a certain age.”
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“My problem, as a working mom of two kids, was to get my priorities straight. As a perfectionist and ‘love it all’-type I had to make choices without losing my own self. With a well though-out plan Stella goes to work. It isn’t about talking, it’s about creating your own insights and face your own difficulties. Sometimes I had to come out of my comfort zone, what I wouldn’t had done by myself. All of the time it was inspiring. I was faced with the fact you can learn by doing, and at the end: you have to do it yourself. And Stella gives you a push in the right direction. Each session I left full of positive energy. It is great working with Stella!”
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“I got to know Stella as a very good listener who asks the right questions. Stella is result-driven and a true optimist: a hands-on coach who combines professionalism with warmth, humour and enthusiasm. For expats in Amsterdam looking for that extra push in their career: call Stella!”
Top Qualities: Personable, Good Value, High Integrity
C. van Thessen
I contacted Stella to help me with the challenge of changing careers abroad and it was the best decision I could have made. When I met Stella for the first time, I was impressed by her genuine keenness to help. She served as a fantastic sparring partner and posed the tough, thought-provoking questions that encourage you break with your habitual ways of thinking. Her methods and material are helpful, as is her network! I would highly recommend Stella!
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Stella is well organized, knows how to make an action plan and make you stick to it and she is also a great listener and motivator. If you are an expat partner, she knows how to make the right recommendations and help you understand the Dutch business environment. I definitely recommend her!
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