What’s your background? (Where you grew up, your career, how you got to Luxembourg, etc.)
I am American. I grew up in New Jersey, about 20 miles from New York City. I studied at Rutgers University, getting a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. I later studied for a master’s degree in International Relations at New York University. My career goal was to be a policy analyst in Congress.
Immediately after college, I began working for a U.S. Senator but not in policy. I got a role as a junior press coordinator. It was exciting and fun. I liked it a lot and learned that I could be good at writing. I moved to the private industry, where I began a long career in internal communications. Ultimately, I came to Europe with my then-partner, first living in Berlin and then in Amsterdam. Our relationship ended, but I had made up my mind to stay in Amsterdam. After a short return to the U.S., I sought an opportunity in The Netherlands and was hired by SES in The Hague. After about 14 months in The Hague, I was reassigned to Luxembourg, where I have been since 2019.
What are your duties as Communications Director of The NETWORK?
In my role at The NETWORK, I ensure that our organisation has visibility in Luxembourg. As Communications Director, I lead a team of enthusiastic and energetic women volunteers who advance the organisation in two key areas. We promote monthly events, focusing on our four pillars—Networking, Personal Growth, Philanthropy, and Professional Development. This includes using our social media networks and local media. My team also promotes our partnerships with other local groups.
What do you see as some areas for growth within the organisation?
We definitely have an opportunity for more members. We always welcome new members, especially young women starting their careers, women rejoining the workforce, and recent arrivals in Luxembourg. Our organisation is active and very connected to the international community in Luxembourg.
How do you appeal to new members, especially younger women, to join The NETWORK?
As I said, The NETWORK is a great place for women starting their careers as we are tapped into the local business and international communities. Additionally, we share hiring information in our Facebook group and during events. Moreover, in 2021, we piloted a very successful mentoring programme, which is quite helpful for young members.