Who are Eleonora & Mariette?
And why do we organise these events?
We have known each other since we were 18, but truly met each other when we discovered that we were walking around with the same questions about life. Who are we, why are we here, why do we live in ways that don't make sense and why do we feel like something is missing? Gradually we started organizing meetings for women at Eleonora's kitchen table in Amsterdam. Many meetings and events followed, and now we also organize webinars.
We both love to bring people together, to connect with them and talk about what is really going on in everyone's lives. By starting the conversation, we learn from each other, there is more understanding and awareness, and we can be reflected to make different choices.
There is a lot going on in the world and within the four walls of our homes, workplaces and schools. Many people, young and old, feel lost and under pressure, and not met for who they truly are. We often hear people ask: Is this it? They feel they are missing something and look outside themselves, just like we did for a long time. There is so much information out there, and we are bombarded daily with opinions, advice, ideal images and 'what's right' and 'what's normal'. But does this feel true for you?
E&M Talks hosts interactive and enriching conversations, online and offline, for which we invite different conversation partners each time. We talk about relationships, health, work, education, parenting, women's wellbeing, aging, youth, and everything else about life. Topics we all have to deal with, but for which often too little time is made to really start the conversation about. Do you have a topic you would like to talk about? Let us know.
Eleonora about Mariette
"Light - sharp - sees every situation as a fresh one - confirms people for who they are - married to the beautiful Alexander - cuts through and stops the bullshit - writes transparently about her life and learnings - stands for truth - always willing to learn and grow –stunning and smashing - besties with dog Saar - gives empowering coaching sessions - lightens up the village of Wortel in Belgium, actually lightens up the whole of Belgium - humor - loves people no matter what their behavior- absolute joy to work and be with."
"Honest - so much joy to work with - living with 4 housemates: husband and three teenagers, who all four are her biggest teachers - enormous love for people - does not hold back when something needs to be said - great at organizing events because she makes it about people, connection, appreciation and the quality that everything is done in - asks questions that can be uncomfortable - should write a book about parenting - black or white, there is no grey - hates gossip - real, no bullshit - stunning beautiful - flexible, always attending to what is needed - a solid powerful lighthouse who stands for what is true."