Simoon – educated as a welfare manager and human resource developer – has always been intrigued by the question of how to unfold human potential. You may call her a pathological optimist or simply a creative mind always focusing on what is the best possible solution or answer given certain circumstances.
She worked for 12 years in government as a career consultant and later on as an innovation manager. She initiated and lead the first Future Center for government. She started her own business as a consultant in 2007, supporting organizations in change processes, offering leadership programs and coaching. Her international career started when she became director of community development for Global Leadership TV in 2010. By that time John P. Milton was her teacher; nature and spirituality became more and more significant in her life. She used Theory U as a change model and framework and succeeded in creating impact in a number of organizations and sectors. Theory U also gave her the language to introduce concepts such as awareness-based systems change and mindfulness in the workplace.. In 2016 she started working for the Presencing Institute. For 2 years, she was project manager of u.lab, and it’s Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) of 185.000 change makers from about 200 countries. She still coordinates the global community of “Hub Hosts.” From this experience, her fascination for the power of community started to grow. Intrigued by Margaret (Meg) Wheatley’s work for many years, she entered The Berkana Institute's Warrior of the Human Spirit training in 2018, and now works there as Program Coordinator for the trainings in Europe, and community builder for the international Warrior community. She also continues to work on international change projects in Europe.
Simoon lives in the Netherlands, on a small farm in the South, surrounded by her family – including all animals. Her work with horses keeps her grounded, the connection with nature is what keeps her going on. Her farm functions as her Island of Sanity, with a door always open to the community of Warriors.