CHALLENGING PEOPLE’S STATUS QUO FOR THE BETTER
Programme: MSc in Global Business & Stakeholder Management, 2005
Currently: Founder and owner of Ki2
Nominated by: Gabi Helfert, Project Manager digital marketing and communications
Living up to her I WILL statement – “I WILL challenge my and other people's status quo to create a positive change" – Kiki Vreeling founded Ki2, a consultancy that focuses on coaching for management and leadership development. Kiki pairs her entrepreneurial spirit with the clear goal of helping others develop themselves in a professional, yet warm and personal way.
Among other things, Kiki developed an effective series of workshops to make participants more aware of their own perceptions, communication, and behavioural patterns. For example, 40 RSM employees experienced this first-hand during the past school year by participating in the InFocus@RSM class she taught on campus. “Many of the exercises we performed in the workshop were real eye-openers for me and the other participants,” says Kiki’s nominator Gabi Helfert. “The training was extremely valuable for making us aware of biased perceptions and ineffective communication patterns and provided impulse to change our behaviour and become more effective in our day-to-day work.”
Kiki doesn’t make a career on the shoulders of others, but creates her own career by providing support to those who need help acquiring instruments to develop their own careers. Before opening her own consultancy, Kiki worked as a policy advisor for Scala Rotterdam, and as a communications manager for organisations such as Port Project Services, OVG Real Estate, and Rebel Media Creators.
In addition to her roles as communicator and teacher, Kiki is the chair of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), section Rotterdam. JCI is an international networking organisation for young entrepreneurs with more than 170,000 employees in 116 countries.
Finding happiness in the small things of life, Kiki is eager to experience as much as she can. She says RSM helped her grow in many ways. “I learned that good results don’t come easy,” she says, adding that she especially liked opportunities RSM offered such as mentoring first-year students, setting up the international volunteering committee and working with international students through RSM’s buddy programme.
Kiki’s role models are people close to her heart, such as her direct family, friends, people she has worked with, and the street children in the Philippines. “I see how people around me operate and how they deal with life events,” she says. “There is a role model in almost every person.”