Sieglinde Van Damme is an economist, an internationally exhibiting and award-winning artist, creative entrepreneur and (former) business communications strategist.
As a holistic left-brain/right-brain thinker, she achieves superior results by consistently infusing analytical reasoning with creative thinking skills. And vice versa, grounding creative concepts into realistic possibilities.
She became a published author in 2019 with "Jumpstart your New Reality," a model formula for her signature creative coaching process.
Sieglinde holds an MS Economics degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a Master's in Fine Art from SJSU (USA).
She taught at San Jose State University and worked with startups and entrepreneurs across Silicon Valley, CA.
Her work and writings have been published in various catalogs and media publications both in the US and in Europe. Her art is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including Sotheby’s Realty in France - Monaco.
My story and how it relates to my work, and to you.
I went from being an insecure newly-wed with a conservative MS Economics degree in Europe to an internationally exhibiting and award-winning artist based in California. And after obtaining a second Master Degree (in art), I went from a restrictive 9-5 to fully unleash my creative and intellectual potential as a successful entrepreneur.
What's the secret sauce behind this transformational story?
In the safe confinement of my artwork, I create rather dreamy, veiled and layered images that may resemble a true to life scene, but ultimately serve to construct a new idea of what could also be real. In other words: what else is possible? It is an open invitation for you to define and re-define what is in front of you. Not just what you see, but how you feel as well.
In the end, it is all about defining NEW REALITIES, and new identities. Not in the sense of "who are you," but rather "WHO CAN YOU BE?"
The art explorations were a mirror of my life ...
Truth is I never gave the idea of “identity” - let alone my own identity – much thought until I migrated from Europe to the US and my most official source of identification became an alien registration number. Quite sobering, though easy enough to laugh away when put into its due bureaucratic perspective.
Much more poignant was the fact that I arrived here with a firmly rooted background, including a good sense of who I was and what I stood for, or so I thought. It didn’t take long for me to realize I was not able to fully transplant Sieglinde in Europe, to Sieglinde in the US.
I had to adapt to a new society and RE-IMAGINE who I was along the way ... including whom I wanted—or could be—on this side of the ocean while staying genuine, authentic, and REAL.
This experience was such a gift because it made me realize we all have way more CHOICES than we think we have. I quickly learned that a choice is an opportunity and I embraced those OPPORTUNITIES with both hands.
If I can do this, so can you!
Imagine the powerful catalyst I can be on YOUR highway to personal empowerment, fulfillment and SUCCESS.