For expats who want to:
DoSo! offers the following:
"We hired Dorota to help us find a common corporate identity in a company of ten staff with eight different cultural backgrounds. Her seminar was informative and the information presented immediately actionable. A job well done!"
~ Paul W. Bieniawski, CEO
Zechstein Energy Storage
The Hague, March 2013
"Dorota Klop-Sowinska is a wonderful coach; her style is very professional as well as personal; her method effective and target oriented.
Springer has benefitted from her coaching sessions and I fully endorse her skills and methods."
~ Paul Roos, Editorial Director
Springer STM publishing house
Dordrecht, January 2013
"Dorota supported us in a relocation project, she offered coaching for expat partners who were searching for a job. We received positive feedback and are happy to hear that some of the partners succeeded in finding a job in the Netherlands."
~ Sophie Admiraal, HR Department
Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
Amsterdam, July 2012
"Dorota led a customized workshop for Polish entrepreneurs in The Netherlands called “Leaders in Business”, organized by the Trade an Investment Promotion Section of The Polish Embassy in the Hague together with the Association of Polish-Dutch Entrepreneurs VPNO (Vereniging Pools-Nederlandse Ondernemers www.vpno.nl). Workshop was a great success thanks to Dorota’s excellent coaching skills, creativity, sensitivity and professionalism! Through exciting and fun group exercises for enhancing leadership skills, carried out in amazing, comfortable atmosphere, participants gained more self-awareness, self-confidence and knowledge how to maximize their full potential as business leaders. It was a remarkable and inspiring experience to all of the participants. We hope for future cooperation with Dorota in organizing trainings for directors, owners and managers of Polish companies on the Dutch market. Thumbs up!”
~ Kamila Krystkiewicz, May 2012
Embassy of The Republic of Poland
Trade and Investment Promotion Section
"Dorota helped me to find my passion! She was a great coach. I felt that she has a great insight into the minds of women in career transition."
~ Hope, The Hague, May 2012
"Dorota provided a structured and open environment where I explored my career goals. The choices I have are more clear now and the way to achieve career happiness seems more attainable"
~ Anna, The Hague, May 2012
"Amazing to analyse myself in this workshop. I feel much more motivated myself. I recommend it to everyone. Dorota is really helping you to understand yourself and find out your career."
~ P.P., The Hague, May 2012
"I had an eye opening experience during this workshop. Dorota, thank you for becoming a coach because you have helped me to change my career path!"
~ C.H. , The Hague, October 2012
"Dorota's plan is a great guide to concrete plans, it helps you to identify what are you looking for & gives you tools to actively pursuit it with realistic plans. Great for boosting your self confidence and accelerate the process of taking action."
~ D.S., The Hague, October 2012
JOB SEARCH COACHING
"Dorota's sessions helped me hugely with both building my confidence and providing valuable insights and tips for interview techniques .
Her input and advice for putting together my cv was crucial - she enabled me to identify my strengths and key achievements and to put together my cv in a manner that efficiently demonstrates this. After eleven years out of the work place, I was offered the position in the first and second job interview I attended."
~ Emma, Amsterdam, February 2013
"Very efficient support for the job search. The focus during the sessions was always on for the moment the most important points. It has short-cutted the whole job search and was very successful. I can recommend the job search coaching services."
~ Klaus, Amsterdam, May 2012
“Coaching made me aware of the impact my behavior had on my direct colleagues and customers. This awareness—coupled with Dorota’s compassion, empathy, and insightfulness—allowed me toidentify and address the core issues that contributed to the behavior I sought to change. The DoSo! coaching experience was a very positive one. I highly recommend it to those looking for self-improvement techniques to cope and achieve success in an ever changing world.”
~ T.A.M. Moerland-Torpey, January 2013
"My coaching relationship with Dorota has been very worthwhile. Having never worked with a coach, I wasn't sure what to expect. From the first emails, she was a consummate professional -- warm, encouraging, yet focused on helping me achieve my professional goals. Through our sessions over a year, I explored my strengths through some very insightful and interesting exercises and developed steps and plans to make progress. I got re-connected with the core of what drives me -- an altogether rewarding experience."
~ E.S., Director of Human Resources, global energy company
Amsterdam, September 2012
"Dorota has helped me more than I thought when I began the coaching process. I expected to work out the next steps of my professional future, which I did, but coaching with her also helped me a lot in my process of assimilation in the Netherlands. She has taught me important lessons and led me to understand how the answer is always inside me and how I can listen better. Thanks to her, along the way I discovered what my contributions can be (not always exactly what I thought!), what is a “must” for me if I am to be happy at a job, and how I can be more assertive and stand up for what I think is right for me. The future has still to reveal itself, but I feel that I now have essential tools, which make me ready to build that for myself."
~ Yolí (Mexico), Amsterdam, June 2012
"Dorota’s great methods and techniques have made me focus on what I really want to accomplish personally and professionally. She has helped me to make my decisions in pursuing what really makes me happy and thanks to her skillful support and resources, my own business plans are now real. Her coaching is definitely results-oriented!"
~ M.S., Amsterdam, May 2012
"Dorota is a wonderful coach - she is a great listener and she asked me all the questions that had to be answered for me to move on, but I was too afraid to approach myself. She helped me through a 6 month journey of self re-discovery, which was tailored to my needs at any particular time. This process had helped me to build my self confidence and define where I want to be in the future. It's been a hugely positive and enriching experience."
~ Katya, Marketing Manager, May 2012
"Working with Dorota has been an absolute pleasure. She listened closely to my needs and developed a program that helped come closer to reaching my career goals. I learned a lot about what drives me to be successful. I recommend her services to anyone seeking insight about themselves and their career motivations."~ Lauren (USA), Amsterdam, March 2012
LIFE / EXPAT COACHING
"As a successful professional, everybody thinks you don’t need help to make the right choices, identify your opportunities, overcome insecurities. However, no matter how capable and successful you can be, every once in a while, you’ll encounter difficulties that don’t necessarily lead you to a psychological therapy, but require advice from an objective point of view.
Coaching sessions with Dorota were exactly that. Her knowledge and emotional skills provided me with a personal space to express insecurities and doubts and find great answers for them.
I completely recommend people to try coaching. It’s the quickest way to discover your potential."
~ Dalya, The Hague, May 2012
"In case you want a wonderful, warm-hearted coach to give you a hand to settle in:
Dorota should be your first choice.
Her flexiblity, sensivity, practical and psychological advise have brought me on the right track and were a surivival guarantee during the first very tough times in the Netherlands. Thanks so much, it was great.:-)"
~ Rafael , Amsterdam, April 2012
"The strength of Dorota's coaching lies, in my opinion, in her ability to adapt her techniques and exercises to the client. I work in a creative industry and am constantly faced with the challenge of finding a balance between income-earning projects and making space for more creative, dreamy ventures that may not have immediate financial benefits but are key to who I am. Dorota understood that perfectly and adapted our sessions to be both playful and serious.
I felt at ease discussing all manner of topics with Dorota – sometimes personal traits or stumbling blocks did come up – and I felt supported throughout the process, both in our sessions and outside of them.
Dorota also gave me the courage to honestly explore my financial expectations of my career. A month after identifying my financial target, I managed to reach it...
Probably the greatest gift Dorota gave me was to challenge my preconceptions and thinking patterns. I was opened to new ways of seeing myself and my career in the world. I find I now operate with greater confidence."
~ Renata Harper / The Global Writer
South African freelance writer, sub-editor and author assistant
"Through an individual Quick-Fix Expat Coaching Program Dorota helped me build resilience to the challenges of being an expat and loosing a job abroad. I gained an insight into what type of career is most suitable for me, and a vision on how to start my own business. Most valuable, however, was to learn how to overcome the disconnect between personal and professional success, how to harmonize my work
competences and personality traits.
Dorota’s sessions are very engaging. She puts you at ease discussing important life topics and keeps you on the right pace to assure you achieve your objectives. She is truly genuine and inspiring coach!"
~ Iliana (USA), Utrecht September 2011
"Insightful, direct, and constructive. Dorota reveals how to override your automatic pilot and become more effective professionally, and simply a better dad, partner and friend. Make time for it. "
~ Company Director, Utrecht September 2011
"We chose to kick-off 2012 with the workshop "What are my talents" for our Elsevier Women's Network members. It was highly received as a good start to get the priorities aligned in personal and professional talents and Dorota was well prepared. The members were highly enthusiastic with the interactive exercise how one is perceived by peers. It was an all-round informative as well as interactive session."
~ Elsevier Women's Network, January 2012
" Dorota's workshop about cultural differences was interesting, useful, and a lot of fun. We learned how cultures differ from each other through theory, excercises and discussions. Dorota really got the group engaged, and everyone felt encouraged to share their opinions and experiences with the group. It was a fun afternoon, where we all learned to understand each other a little better."
~ Martine, Quality Centre for Refugee Women, October 2011
"Dorota’s Portable Career Workshop highlighted for me the most meaningful aspects of the jobs I’ve held in the past, what was missing, and provided valuable guidance on how to incorporate my natural talents into my next job or new career. After the workshop you will see ‘being an expat’ not as an obstacle in your career, but as an opportunity for career growth or change."
~ Iliana (USA), Utrecht July 2011
"Joining the Portable Career workshop was an inspiring and productive experience. Through 3 hours working together with Dorota, myself and two other expat women could share our life experiences and learn more about our talents and meaningful factors of work. By understanding and filtering the ones that are most important for us we could think about what our mission in life is and how we could use this to have a ‘portable’ career. All of this was possible because we were challenged by Dorota with the right questions and happy with her warmness and empathy.
The portable career workshop has definitely had an impact on my way of thinking. Last but not least, luckily, I have become good friends with the other participants of the workshop."
~ Adriana M.T. de Andrade (Brazil), Amsterdam June 2011
"At Outpost the Hague we were pleased with the response to Dorota’s, DoSo! Coaching and Counseling workshop - “What do I want to achieve in my career?” A diverse range of participants fully engaged with the well designed, thought provoking exercises presented at the workshop and appreciated Dorota’s warm, insightful facilitation of the session. Feedback from participants at the workshop was positive and accordingly we would recommend this workshop to others."
~ Shell Outpost the Hague, February 2011
"In the portable career workshop I had the chance to gain certainty about things I had only intuited before regarding what I really want and what I'm good for. This gave me clarity and with clarity came a sense of relief and new energy."
~Lilia (Mexico), Amsterdam, June 2011
"Having been intrigued by the title "My New Self", I took the risk and came to this workshop, although I was not really sure what I could get from this abstract title on practice. However, what I did get from it went far beyond my expectations.
With the help of various exercises, professionally selected by Dorota, I experienced something which I unconsciously needed to reconcile myself with the "past" life and establish firm emotional and psychological ground to succeed in my "new" life. Diving deep into myself, touching sensitive identity and relationship strings as well as becoming aware of other people's perceptions of me, I obtained a comprehensive picture of the transformation of my "self" which necessarily occurred when I moved to another country.
I would like to sincerely thank Dorota for her support, openness and ability to create such an atmosphere in a group that everyone feels confident and willing to explore new horizons of his/her personality".
~Evgenia (Russia), The Hague, May 2011
"After moving to another country and being unemployed for the first time, I have lost track of my natural strengths and talents. Through a series of exercises that flowed well together and thinking deeply about questions Dorota asked, I was able to rediscover my talents. Dorota has a natural ability (her own talents) to show compassion, make others feel comfortable around her, and ask questions that make you dive deeper into your conscious. With her help I left the Talent workshop feeling confident in my talents and who I am."
~ Heather (USA), Amsterdam April 2011
"I went to the workshop "Portable Career" with many expectations and could experience during a few hours a really in-depth coaching. I felt I could trust Dorota with my feelings and thoughts, even though we had just met. The exercises were very helpful. I left the workshop feeling motivated and with a clearer idea of what I want in my professional life."
~ Patricia Sall, Amsterdam 2010
"I recently attended a series of three inspirational, small group workshops for expat women facilitated by certified counselor/coach Dorota Klop-Sowinska. In the first workshop, we vocalized our short and long term life goals and used cleverly created exercises to actualize the realization of the goals, eliminating any non-essential pathways. In the second workshop we analyzed our family history, personality traits, and values to see who we are and how we can use this information to achieve our goals. In the third workshop, my personal favorite, we refocused on our life goals and turned hesitance and negativity into positive steps toward achievement. As a follow-up we reviewed cultural difference aspects of our home country to the country of our expat experience so we could visualize how we can fit in, contribute, and grow.
Dorota's keen ability to keep the workshops moving forward using innovative exercises, focused questioning, and excellent listening skills made for a very enjoyable and beneficial experience. I met interesting people, and I left each workshop feeling elated and confident about my new expat life."
~ Jean Griffith (USA), Sao Paulo 2010