“Through expertise in impact development and feminine leadership, I unlock transformation of individuals to find their authentic voice & flow, teams to fulfil their mission via emotionally intelligent collaboration, and organisations to walk the talk of inclusion and well-being. Let’s explore this possibility.
Hello beautiful soul!
I am Lucia. I have a feeling you have been guided here to explore if we would be a good fit in getting you unstuck on your journey of creating a life that feels healthy, wealthy and excitingly meaningful. Maybe you wonder why a civil servant would embark on a journey of campaigning, podcasting or freelance coaching. Maybe there are commonalities in our paths. Maybe you are curious how I went about re-designing my unique signature? Welcome and read on.
Who am I, really?
After an exciting reinvention journey, I am now all about empowering other change makers and elevating consciousness of teams they are part of. No longer working on innovative tech policy, but loving the “technology of transformation” of people. Overtime it blended into careers in tech, European policy making, campaigning, Brexit negotiations and comms. Plus there was always an extra dose of intrapreneurialism and activism in all things HR, L&D, diversity, empowerment… Today I catalyse this exciting game of personal development for others who had enough of feeling disengaged, cynical and exhausted, and courageously design their own recipe for joy and impact as effective agents of change. I do this as a burnout and women empowerment coach, impact mentor, speaker & facilitator.
Born in post-communist Czechoslovakia…
I grew up together with democracy around me – in a society formatted by decades of absence of free expression and values-based leadership. Integration was THE cool subject back in the 90s. I went to study international relations and European affairs, and started accumulating countless internships in business, administration and diplomacy. Selling ice cream and washing public bathrooms on the American East Coast taught me a lot about managing multiple jobs and building one’s dream bottom up. EU-funded exchange programs like Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci internships unleashed my European soul and never let it get squeezed back into the Slovak-only box.
LSE to surf on the interface of public and business worlds
After my first job was at a boutique consultancy providing market-entry advisory for the Central European markets, I saw myself growing into a mediator between the worlds of public and private business. My masters in Public Management at the London School of Economics was a tailor-made prep for my desire to help simplify lives of business owners in Europe so that nothing stands in the way of their impact.
IT careers = springboard to e-gov & education activism
Driving corporate social responsibility agenda on the back of developing e-government projects, I became the voice of the Slovak tech employers in the debate about linking education and labour markets. I found my recipe for productivity, flow and self-expression; and co-shapes career choices of thousands of students. Somewhere between designing a smartphone-enabled authentication solution for e-elections and campaigning for the rights of teachers during one of their biggest strikes, my career took another turn. After a two-years long lasting selection process, I was called to move to Brussels.
Since 2013, policy-shaping from the European Commission
- Advancing skills and digital transformation in the tourism sector
- Driving implementation of e-procurement
- Supporting the first Slovak presidency in the Council of the EU
- Advising the European Commission’s senior management about industrial policy – from Brexit negotiations through smarter use of data, to diversity & inclusion
- Making sure that equality is properly reflected in our the industrial policy policies, as a member of the Equality Task Force of Commissioner Helena Dalli.
In and out of office, I stand for advancing feminine leadership
As a coach, mentor, speaker and facilitator, I support women’s self-expression in the worlds of politics, policy, social impact business and activism. Powered by collaboration with the Global Institute for Evolving Women, I believe in the transformation of humanity through aligned power of evolving women – if we learn how and dare to work, live and communicate with feminine principles at heart.
In 2019, 14.896 Slovaks gave me their personal votes in the European Parliament elections
Yes, it’s rather unusual for a bureaucrat to run as a political candidate. Yet, for me, it was the only place that felt right at the time of Slovakia’s lowest turnout rates in the European elections, massive rise of far-right extremism, years of working on the Brexit process… It was a priceless lesson in leadership, management, communication, fundraising, product development, PR and much more. Get in touch if you’re called to explore how I can support you – either as a political candidate or as a female change maker in any other domain:
Podcasting about humans of the Brussels bubble
Lights on Europe shines on the passions and career hacks of Brussels-based leaders, policy experts, lobbyists, activists or even politicians like Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. Check out my YouTube channel and see if your outlook on how we create public impact shifts.
Today I empower burnout hero(in)es to become radiant, energised and impactful
It is our inner work that makes massive outer impact possible. After years of experiencing various healing modalities, I passionately share these gifts with people seeking more flow, authenticity and productivity. My coaching attracts those who identify as
- young professionals in EU/global policy,
- women seeking to rediscover their feminine side,
- mothers wondering how to have it all in their own way,
- bureaucrats wanting to add their soul signature back into their impact,
- change agents looking to avoid (another) burnout while continuing their passion – in collab with INNU.
Let’s speak. You know there is a way to an authentic flow
They say I’m good at building bridges between disconnected worlds; mediating between communities that feel misunderstood; unleashing the talent that would otherwise remain unseen; converting ideas into roadmaps. Without a fear of failure, lack of resources, embarrassment or burnout. Book a call with me if this resonates and you’re looking for a mentor who will reignite your sparkle and strategic clarity.