Polaris Foundation Newsletter 

The Cosmos

April 2021

Dear Friend,

You might have noticed it already, but April is the month where we have started to commemorate that this is our fifth year of mentoring. We started recruiting mentors and mentees for our very first mentoring program mid 2016. We were not a foundation yet, just wanted to find out if there was an appetite for a mentoring program, that our idea would fulfill a need. And it did! We were so excited at the time and still are. #Polarismentoring

Since then, our mentoring program has helped people to receive promotions, become more visible in their organization, and to find out their best next career step. Additionally, some received support when setting up their own business, others became better at communicating with an impact and some became better leaders.  

We will share the beautiful growth stories of our mentors and mentees, having more than 30 different nationalities, in the months of April, May, and June. We hope you enjoy them. Should you get inspired, and also would like to share your story as a mentor or mentee, please contact us at

Best regards
On behalf of the Board of Polaris Foundation

#TogetherWeShine #Polaris #PolarisFoundation

What does "Leading Into the Unknown" mean to you? 
We asked you to share with us what "Leading Into the Unknown" means to you? We had some great responses and want to congratulate all the winners from December 2020 to March 2021!
Congratulations to the March winner with the winning quote: "Leading to the unknown means opening heart and mind to see changes as your friend".
We sat down with a few members of our dream team so you can see the faces behind the Polaris community 
Click on the headers to direct you to the videos 
What better way to celebrate the anniversary of our mentoring program than by sharing the testimonial of Johanna Hainz. Johanna is a Global head of retail at MAERSK and was a mentee of the Polaris Mentoring Program.
The idea of the program was initially developed and launched back in August 2016. In December 2016, we kicked off the first mentoring program.
If you are interested in learning more about our mentoring program you can find more information on our website
Below we list a few podcasts, TED(x), and other interesting talks that shine light on topics related to Leading Into The Unknown:

We have also added the podcasts to our Spotify Playlist, 'Leading into the Unknown - Polaris Recommends Podcasts'
Event calendar 
"Look to the Stars" - ⭐️Ask Me Anything Series ⭐️: Episode 7 with Viktória Pikovská

Monday, April 19 2021, 8:00 - 9:00PM CEST | Online event
In our next Ask Me Anything series with inspiring leaders we will be welcoming Viktória Pikovská. Viktória founded Victory Art: to help art collectors, art lovers, and businesses to explore new Eastern European art. Her goal is to change outdated stereotypes and build new perceptions about these markets. To learn more about Viktória and to register for this event, click here
Inspire & Impact Together - Polaris Foundation Online Summit 2021 
Monday, May 17 2021, 6:30 - 9:00PM CEST | Online event
What is your North Star, your Polaris during your personal transformation amidst the global transformation? Do you have the courage to fall in love with the unknown? The spring 2021 edition of the "Inspire & Impact Together" Polaris Foundation Conference takes you on the journey inside yourself. 
Speakers: Aithan Shapira, Joanna Chmura, & Viktória Pikovska 
To learn more about our speakers and to register for this event, click here
Personal Branding: Your Ultimate Empowerment Tool with Cristina Muntean

Part I: Saturday, May 29 2021, 8:45AM - 1:00PM 
Part II: Saturday, June 12 2021, 8:45AM - 1:00PM 

In this interactive two-part session Cristina Muntean will be giving you the ultimate tools to work on your personal branding. You will learn what unconscious beliefs prevent women from making themselves more visible and learn to develop a communication strategy plan when structuring your thoughts around your personal communications and much more. To register and learn more about this event and Cristina you can click here
Inspire & Impact Fireside Chat III - Letting go. The Importance of Grief in #Leadingintotheunknown
On March 29 we invited our Inspire & Impact speakers, Julia Jelinksa, Aithan Shapira, and Joanna Chmura, for an online fireside chat. This event focused on practicing the art of letting go and hearing their perspectives on grief and getting familiar with the unknown. You can watch this interactive session here
"Look to the Stars" - ⭐️Ask Me Anything Series ⭐️: Episode 6 with Saskia van Goelst Meijer
On March 15 we invited Saskia van Goels Meijer to join our Ask Me Anything with Inspiring Leaders series. Saskia founded the Orange Dragon Foundation after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer some years ago. To watch this inspirational session you can view it here.
Missed out on other events? Subscribe to our Youtube channel
You can find the recordings of our previous events on our Youtube channel here. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on any new videos that come out. 
Online courses for anyone working in multicultural teams & for translators
By Dorota Pawlak, Translator and Business Coach for Freelancers 

The links to the courses below include a 20% discount. 
Coupon to access all courses with 20% discount: POLARISDEAL. 

Check out the website here
Courses for translations: 

1. How to translate and localize websites - level 1 
2. How to translate and localize websites - level 2 
3. How to translate and localize mobile applications
A course for freelancers and anyone else working in a multilingual and multicultural setting: 
4. How to work and communicate with people from other cultures - in collaboration with Monika Zatylyny from Comsuo 
Study Online "Data and AI Learning" with AXVECO 
We've partnered up with AXVECO to deliver specialized data driven and technology learning paths for those who share a desire to learn new digital skills. Members of the Polaris community can enjoy a 15% discount on all AXVECO learning paths. The most relevant learning paths include:

1. Go Data Driven in three steps
This journey combines three learning paths – discover the secret of digital leadership with the data driven business fundamentals learning path, learn how to manage data for digital success and then follow one of the accredited AI learning paths – essentials or foundation.
2. Prepare yourself and your organisation to win with AI
Select either our one day Essentials or two/three day Foundation learning paths to learn what AI is and discover how AI is transforming the world
3. BI, Analytics, and Data Management 
Learn the key skills needed for a digital age with one of our learning paths focused on Basic BI and Analytics skills or on “FAIR” data management.

To find more information please start here. If you would like to take advantage of the Polaris special offer, register with this promo code: Polaris2021 and use this code as “Coupon” to enjoy a 15% discount on the list price of any AXVECO learning path (link to start - here).
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