Polaris Foundation Newsletter 

The Cosmos

August 2021

Dear Friend,

Often, less is more. What "it" means is in the eye - in the mindset, in the attitude, in the response - of the beholder. Also, what "less" and "more" mean. Less distractions, more focus. Less outside noise, more inward looking. Less doing, more being. More listening to the birds singing, more observing what happens around, what happens inside. More smiling at the sky, more breathing with gratitude, more attention to what matters... Less "complicated", less "later", less worrying. More passion, more initiative, more fun! More joy!

What do you CHOOSE less of? What do you CHOOSE more of?

Carpe diem!

Julia Jelińska
Head of Strategy & Transformation
Member of the Board of Polaris Foundation

#TogetherWeShine #Polaris #PolarisFoundation

Polaris Recommends
As the Summer Olympics 2021 officially opened on July the 23rd, here’s a reading list of 11 books written by inspiring Olympic athletes. Our favorite is In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir by the gold medalist Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard who speaks on mental health, disastrous love affairs and the pressure to stay thin in this honest account of being in the spotlight.
11 books by Olympic Athletes
  1. Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas 
  2. On the Line by Serena Williams 
  3. Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu 
  4. In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir by Amanda Beard
  5. No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps 
  6. When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd 
  7. Greater than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption by David Boudia 
  8. Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach 
  9. Letters to a Young Athlete by: Chris Bosh 
  10. I Know This to be True: Simone Biles by Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobway
  11. Olympic Pride, American Prejudice by Deborah Riley Draper 
To learn more about each book and to check out the full list, click the link here.
Vacancies & Opportunities 

We are always looking for volunteers to be part of the Polaris community. In addition to having a chance to impact the world, we financially reward our volunteers and empower them to take ownership of their projects, learn, and grow. If you're interested and would like to know more or just start tomorrow, send us an e-mail to: and let's talk! 
Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities

If you or your company would like to support the Polaris Foundation in a form of a sponsorship or partnership, get in touch with us, and let's talk! You can send us an email to: 
Event calendar 
 How to Master the Unwritten Rules to Advance in Your Career

Thursday, August 26, 2021, 7:30PM - 9:00PM CEST  
In this workshop, we will give tips and share insights on how to act around the sometimes not visible elements that influence your career advancement. Having insights in how to act around three important processes – recruitment, development, and appointment – in companies. And know how to break down the 7 barriers that you might impose on yourself can make a difference.Next to sharing tips for you as a designer of your own career, we also touch upon information for managers on how to create an inclusive culture in teams and for HR professionals, how to make the 3 processes more diversity proof. To sign up for this event, you can register here. Early bird tickets will come to a close on August 19!  
 Polaris Leadership Series: "Boost Your Mindset for Change"

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 8:00PM - 9:00PM CEST  
Join our latest Polaris leadership series where our Founder Ingrid Veling will be providing you with practical tools to solving misunderstandings, conflicts, and, help you address change in a positive way. You can register and learn more about this event here
At Polaris, we are always looking for interesting and challenging topics for discussion. What drives you these days? What makes you concerned? Is there a subject where you could use some help from a bunch of like-minded ladies (and guys too)? Let us know about the topics that interest you and we'll make sure we add them to our autumn agenda! 
Missed out on past events? Subscribe to our Youtube channel!
We're all having a busy summer and sometimes it's hard to make it to an online event. In case you missed out on some of our talks, you can find them on our Youtube channel here.
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:

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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