On 21 March, 2019, members of the International Women’s Networking Group came together not just to socialize, but also for a Mastermind session of peer-to-peer mentoring.

Masterminding and Socializing

A benefit of having such a diverse group of women is the varied experience that comes to the table (literally!). We had marketing professionals, project managers, a graphic designer, a web developer, a dance therapist, and a baker, just to name a few professions in attendance.

The party naturally broke into two smaller groups, both of which discussed questions of self-employment, work environments, and professional growth. While most have lived in the Netherlands for less than five years, everyone was able to share experiences of culture shock and adjustment.

Some women had already completed their A1 Dutch exams, and passed along class information for others. Everyone agreed that learning Dutch is challenging where everyone speaks English. Everyone also agreed that, even when practicing, the Dutch are not very forgiving of grammatical mistakes!

About Dunya Lokanta

The restaurant is a charming Mesopotamian restaurant just north of Rotterdam Centraal. The space is small – it seemed impossible to fit a party of 12 – but there is more space downstairs in the back.

The menu appeals to all appetites and dietary choices: small dishes, platters to share, vegetarian options, fish, meat, and more. The two most popular dishes in our group were the chicken skewers (#26) and the marinated vegetables (#16). Many enjoyed multiple rounds of mint tea, while some enjoyed beer and wine.

A Successful Dinner and Looking Ahead

As Dunya Lokata closed for the night, the group chatted as they paid the bill and exchanged goodbyes. Shannon will continue to host Mastermind dinner sessions – keep an eye out on our Events page for more information!


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Sterling Schuyler
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Sterling Schuyler moved to Rotterdam in June 2018 from Bavaria, Germany, but she is originally from the United States. As a result, she has restarted her career three times, and currently works as a freelance marketing consultant. Whether you want to know more about her professional development, have questions about her own struggles, or just want to grab a coffee, she’ll be happy to hear from you.

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