Polaris Foundation Newsletter 

The Cosmos

May 2021

Dear Friend,

Leading into the Unknown. It’s what we do every day, isn’t it? This dance between needing certainty and longing for excitement, the new, the discovery is what propels each one of us. It pulls and pushes us into different directions, with a different force, for everyone in their own unique way. Do we have anything in common in the way we do it then? In how we face the world every day? Can we learn from others something that could help us, that would make us feel happier? Do we have the courage to try? To follow the songs of our hearts? To listen to ourselves? What if we fall down, what if we stumble, what if we discover that “it” wasn’t “it" after all? Or: what if we never try, never reach out, never look beyond? What happens if we don’t nurture our spirit? And what can we achieve if we do? What’s in the strategies and how much our mindset, our attitude, our thoughts, and emotions can and do influence our choices? What about fear? Do you move through, around, or above? Do you let go? How do you grieve? Do you look for solutions, avoid or take on challenges? And how does leadership play into it all? How do you lead your life, yourself, your friends, your community, the world? Aren’t there just more and more questions when you start looking in?  

While writing this message to you, dear friend, I was listening to the "Leading Into The Unknown” Playlist and I felt like I was in a movie. A movie where the main character goes through my life with the soundtrack of these songs that I just played “at random”. I could see myself travel through everything that brought me to this moment. The questions you just read are the ones that I have been asking myself and I keep asking as I go ahead. 

I invite you to join each other, our incredible Team, our Guest Speakers, and myself in this quest of our lives: Leading Into The Unknown! 

Quoting Monica from “Friends”: "Welcome to real life. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!”

Sincerely yours,

Head of Strategy & Transformation
Member of the Board
Polaris Foundation

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Meet our Inspire & Impact Together Summit 2021 Speakers!
We are very excited about our summer 2021 edition Inspire & Impact summit "Leading into the Unknown"
With the event right around the corner, we wanted to give a special introduction to our speakers.
Aithan Shapira 
Aithan Shapira (MFA PhD) is an established artist, Lecturer at MIT Sloan, and founder of Tilt, a culture design and transformation firm focused on change-ability. As facilitator and coach, he draws on 20+ years of transforming creative process into cultural practice that he is applying with global leaders in organizations such as NASA, Google, and Roche. Aithan serves on McKinsey’s think tank for Advancing Adult Learning and Development and has pioneered progressive curricula at the edge of leadership and skills retraining for the future of work at MIT Sloan, Harvard iLab, Stanford, and the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. Aithan developed his research on the creative process at the Royal College of Art & Design, lived in an Australian Aboriginal community for three years to study art’s impact on cultures of survival, and continues to be a visiting critic at arts institutions internationally. He exhibits his artwork in museums and galleries in New York, London, and Miami.
Joanna Chmura
Joanna Chmura is a psychologist, PCC ICF certified coach, soft skills trainer, and sought after speaker. She works with individuals, teams, and leaders to provide coaching and training services for private and business clients. In 2014 she received the Brené Brown-Daring Way™ certification and is a part of The Dare to Lead™ Speaking Team, an incredible group of speakers who have been trained and certified in Brené Brown’s work. She is also a board member of the Polish Coaching Magazine. She has been featured in Forbes, Vogue Polska, and Harvard Business Review. Joanna resides in Warsaw, Poland, and travels the world sharing her expertise.
Viktória Pikovska
Viktória Pikovska, CEO, Victory Art, young entrepreneur dedicated to creating a more favorable market for artists. Her enthusiasm and fervid perseverance have indeed helped shed more light on emerging Eastern and Central European artists. We believe that her story will be a real inspiration.
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: 
Below we list a few podcasts, TED(x), and other interesting talks that shine light on topics related to Leading Into The Unknown:
1. Stephen M.R. Covey: The speed of trust 
We have also added the podcasts to our Spotify Playlist, 'Leading into the Unknown - Polaris Recommends Podcasts'
Event calendar 
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 have a sneak peek at previous talks with our speakers you can check out some of our Inspire & Impact fireside chats: 
Our early bird ticket sales will only be available until Friday, May 14 so be sure to register soon! 
Please note: this is a closed event in which you will have to register, to sign up click here
Leading into the Unknown: Career Change
Panel discussion co-organized by Polaris and Women Hiring Circle
Thursday, May 27 2021 | Online event
At the end of May, a panel discussion on career change will be co-organized by Polaris Foundation and Women Hiring Circle. 
More information will be posted on our social media accounts soon - be sure to keep your eye out for this event! 
Be Heard with Your Powerful Voice 

Thursday, June 3 2021 | Online event
As a female professional, you may find yourself working hard to command attention and respect, especially from your male colleagues. You may often be interrupted and not taken seriously. When you try to speak up to be heard, you notice your voice going high-pitched. Your voice has put you at a disadvantage. You can change your voice without changing who you are. In this interactive session, you'll discover the power in your voice that'll help you get heard and respected every time you speak.
Our speaker Cynthia Zhai is a Voice Coach, Professional Speaker (CSP), and Best-Selling Author. She's also a TEDx speaker. She has helped professionals from 46 countries across 6 continents to speak with a powerful voice. Cynthia has been a professional speaker and coach for the past 18 years and her engagement spans 5 continents in 18 countries.
More information will be available in the upcoming weeks regarding this event so be sure to stay tuned for further details. 
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
"Look to the Stars" - ⭐️Ask Me Anything Series ⭐️: Episode 7 with Viktória Pikovská
On May 3 we invited Viktória Pikovksá to join our Ask Me Anything with Inspiring Leaders series. Viktoriá is the founder of Victory Art, an organization that helps art collectors, art lovers, and businesses to explore new Eastern European Art. Her continuous goal is to change outdated stereotypes and build new perceptions about these markets. 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:

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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