“I have worked with Lara on numerous occasions to guide my colleagues and myself through multi-stakeholder dialogue, thematic training and complex analysis. Lara easily and professionally connects with different people throughout the organisation, from junior to management board level. She also has an elaborate network that she skilfully and generously puts to work when necessary. Lara is an empathic, intelligent and forward thinking personality that I highly value and wholeheartedly recommend.”

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“Early in my career I began questioning what was important to me. I took a sabbatical to realise the dream of sailing across the Atlantic. During this journey, I reconsidered that I did not need to see a separation between my career and what I found important. I was able to reframe my professional context as a place to bring forward my ideas around sustainability, returning to the corporate world as a social intrapreneur, and finding it more fulfilling to combine professional experience with authenticity and purpose.”

With a 10+ year background working in large financial institutions (JPMorgan, ABN AMRO) in graduate recruitment, organisational development and sustainability, Lara applies her skills for organisational development and employee engagement to help organisations become truly sustainable. Her facilitation and consulting engagements include Staples, FMO, NIBC, ABN AMRO and IDH. Lara is a host of learning groups and communities of practice across companies to support change agents in achieving results. Lara co-founded the Nyenrode executive education program “CSR in Action”, now in its fourth year and is a regular guest speaker in other business schools. Lara is an experienced practitioner of social technologies including Open Space, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry and Deep Democracy and holds a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.

Lara is based in the Netherlands.

SPECIALITIES & PASSIONS

  • Applying an integral approach for embedding sustainability into business
  • Developing and coaching social intrapreneurs, by building platforms for change agents to learn and collaborate within and across organisations
  • Designing initiatives that build engagement and facilitate organisational conditions that support innovation

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 10 years + working at the intersection of HR and CSR, with expertise in engagement, change management, facilitation, strategy and policy
  • Previous work with JPMorgan and ABN AMRO, with recent consulting clients including Staples, FMO, NIBC, ABN AMRO and IDH
  • Guest speaker at ESADE, WBCSD, EABIS, University of Amsterdam, Tias Nimbas

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Co-founder of the Nyenrode executive education program “CSR in Action”, now in its fourth year
  • Msc in Responsibility and Business Practice; BA in Development Studies
  • Experienced practitioner of social technologies including: Open Space, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry and Deep Democracy
  • Alumni of JPMorgan graduate training programme

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