Wonder Woman of the Week: Anne van der Giessen, Performance Coach and Mentor to Executives, Business Owners, and Professionals
Wonder Woman of the Week, Anne runs a coaching practice supporting diverse clients with their personal and professional development. Her high-touch inside-out coaching approach is designed to help high-performers get the best out of themselves, without compromising their well-being. With a focus on creating personal freedom through responsibility, her clients are stimulated to take consistent action to push past their limits and reach their next level while staying more deeply connected to themselves.
Wonder Woman of the Week: Anne’s Life Mission
Tammy: What were you put on this Earth to do? In other words, what’s your life’s purpose?
Anne: I love to help people understand themselves on a deeper level and find the thing inside of them that lights them up, in the process cutting through all the things that hold them back from embracing that “thing”.
Tammy: What role does your work play in your life? How does it embody your values?
Anne: The nature of my work supporting people in their personal development is very… personal! As such, I find it hard to truly disconnect from my work. I am always looking at the world from a place of curiosity and seeking to make new connections and build understanding. I love to have my questions answered and my answers questioned. To distill that down into values, you might say growth, exploration, and wisdom.
Wonder Woman of the Week: Words of Encouragement
Tammy: What message would you like to give to other women?
Anne: You are allowed to enjoy womanhood. It’s not a limitation – it’s an opportunity. Sometimes it won’t feel like that, but it’s your job and no one else’s to define what being a woman means for you. What might make you feel different is what people will remember you by, so avoid trying to be like others. Be you. You’ll likely have to overcome any limited view you have of yourself to realize the value of that in your heart and in your bones.
In short: Believe in your power. You have a lot of it. And the world needs it.
Tammy: Tell us about your relationship with clothing. What do you think about the act of getting dressed? What role does clothing serve for you? Does it hold a certain meaning or significance?
Anne: I am intentional about how I dress and besides style, I always consider the practical side (especially in the Netherlands!), comfort, and context. Within context, I feel it’s important to think about the people I’ll be spending time with as clothing can also be a tool to create connection. I can feel just as great in my yoga pants and hoody as my fav corporate dress, as long as I consider the rest.
Influence of Clothing
Tammy: How has your relationship with clothing changed throughout your career?
Anne: When I started my career in finance, I tried to pick clothing that would help me blend in, as that gave me a sense of belonging and with that, confidence. Over the years I discovered more and more what I liked and felt good wearing. My style has remained quite neutral and classic – I’ve never been big on following trends. But it feels like me.
Tammy: Describe an outfit of yours that makes you feel like Wonder Woman when you wear it.
Anne: Currently, a nice fitting pair of jeans, comfortable heels, a t-shirt, and a long white blazer to go over the top and dress up the look.
Tammy: Is there any other information you want to share with the readers (or just me)?
Anne: Thank you for inviting me to be part of this special series!
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