Coach, educator, serial entrepreneur & culture nerd. Born in the Netherlands in 1977, moved to the U.K. in 1989, moved back to the Netherlands in 2002, moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004*.
* before it was supposedly cool
I currently work as a Senior Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Coach & Project Manager at Energy 350.
I provided change management and operations consulting services to dozens of clients through vanZoen LLC from 2014-2018.
I have also taught at the Portland State University Center of Executive and Professional Education (CEPE), Portland Community Collage, through Lean Portland, and have been a regular speaker on systems thinking, small business operations, and local manufacturing at conferences.
I'm a cultural change-management super-nerd. I believe great leaders serve with humility; are inclusive, understand what that really means and are willing to do the work themselves and pay for others to do it; invest in their people and allow them to experiment and make mistakes; look beyond the short term gains and play the long game.
We need more abolitionist cultural influencers who support and motivate all individuals to work together for the better of all. I love to inspire any cultural change that is less racist, sexist, ableist, ageist, homophobic, and/or transphobic.
I enjoy hiking, biking, yoga, travel, science fiction (books mostly), writing, music, guitar, photography, gardening & cooking.