Speaker Feature: Marianne Lefever

In this speaker feature, we introduce you to one of Talk Boutique’s Keynote Speakers, Marianne Lefever. Marianne is an innovation and sustainability strategist with nearly 10 years of experience in climate mitigation and sustainable design in the urban environment. She is the Founder of Reshape Innovation, an innovation facilitation company that is on a mission to spread real change and innovation in organizations and contribute actively to a new world.

Learn more about Marianne:

What is the role that conversation plays in your life?

I live for a good conversation as it challenges my perspective and helps me structure my thoughts, no matter the topic or the conversation partner. There is always something to learn. My work is a process of ongoing insight that I develop largely through conversation.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words or less?

Critical – open minded – loving.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time/what are your hobbies?

My biggest passion is researching how the world is changing. but I’ve turned that into my job! Beside that, I’m passionate about food and cooking and I love traveling and hiking in nature to calm my mind and recharge my batteries.

What is your personal philosophy?

“It is what it is.” – meaning I don’t dwell on things that have happened or decisions I’ve made. I try to live in the moment and rather act and iterate than overthink things and don’t act at all.

What is something you can’t live without?

Great food! My husband recently pointed out to me that I always do a little dance when there’s a nice meal in front of me. Kind of says it all… Great food comforts me, encourages me, let’s me celebrate, etc. It just makes me genuinely happy!

What is your favourite TED/TEDx talk and why?

The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown without a doubt! Because she brings her message from her own vulnerability with so much humor and strength and it totally proves her point. It’s very down to earth and relatable… . Impressive!

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of how I’ve managed to free myself from societal or cultural expectations and build my own path. It’s been hard work and it still is but it has been so rewarding! I wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it all over again.

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