Catherine Dalipe

Independent Consultant | USA

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How did you start out?

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies with
language specialization in Spanish and Japanese from the Monterey Institute
of International Studies (now Middlebury Institute of International Studies),
I applied for work at two organizations: EF Education and a local
university, both in the San Francisco area. I was offered a position at both
places and accepted the job as Student Services Coordinator in 1990 with EF,
and the rest is history!

What helped you get as far as you have?

Collaborating with inspiring managers and dynamic colleagues and leading high-performing teams.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 21 year old self, what would it be?

Enjoy the ride!

Can you tell us about a particular low point in your life/and or career and how you overcame it?

In general, through any difficulty or challenges in life, I have always looked for support from family, friends and a professional network to serve as objective sounding boards. Consistently applying skills and practices
learned along the way to cultivate mental & emotional resiliency: healthy self-care practices (nutrition, exercise, breath work / meditation, good sleep hygiene) have helped me overcome difficulties.

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Resourceful.

What are you most proud of in your professional life?

Collaborating with creative colleagues in an international setting, living and working abroad, interacting with so many people from around the world and continued learning.

How old were you when you had your first paying job, and what was it?

I started working summers when I was 14 years old. My aunt was a doctor who had her medical practice and office. I had no experience, but she just let me get on with figuring out administrative assignments (intaking patients,
filing documents, filling out insurance forms, answering phones, organizing files, etc). I worked at her clinic every summer during high school through my 2 nd year at university. That job, no doubt, set the tone for my work ethic
and approach towards work.

What do you do to keep yourself centered?

Breathwork/meditation, exercise, doing art projects and playing the piano.

What is your favourite quote?

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real
work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real
journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one
that sings.”

― Wendell Berry

What would your superpower be?

Strong instincts

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