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 holds a Master's degree in Cultural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). And holds Post Graduate qualifications in: - Personal & Career Coaching - Stressmanagement - Burnout prevention, diagnose and treatment - Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) - Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback - 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. She uses a holistic approach, engaging and developing the whole person (think of different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual). She speaks fluent English. She has over 14 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.
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.
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Stella has been a great source of support in my move from London to Amsterdam, both as career and expat coach.
Stella is very good at making you stop, think and review your strengths together with your career goals with the ultimate objective to align these. She then offers practical advice and continued support to achieve these goals.
I would highly recommend Stella to anyone looking for help in managing their career, a new job and dealing with cultural changes especially if you are new to the Netherlands or Dutch job market.
She is a great sounding board, full of good ideas and importantly very easy to get on with.
Top Qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
B. HetemRead other testimonials
“My work with Stella earlier this year was a great first step to start my journey into finding a new career challenge and moving to Amsterdam. Her guidance and expertise helped me to have a clear direction and to feel very optimistic about getting a new job. Our work together was without a doubt a highlight towards finding and landing a new career challenge in Amsterdam, which I did! Thanks Stella for guiding me in this process!”
M. RiveraRead other testimonials
I had a single efficient session with Stella. Within the first 10 minutes, she pointed out what might be the root of the problem and helped me to understand the problem with models. The models that she used to explain the problem was simple but to the point. She guided me to figure out the next step toward solving the problem, rather than telling me what I must do. If you need a career coach, I highly recommend Stella.
D. LakayanRead other testimonials
“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.”
B. KirchevRead other testimonials
“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!”
A. de RaafRead other testimonials