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Hello, this is Monika.

I am an executive mindset coach, two-time cycling record holder, international keynote speaker and author.

With more than 15 years of experience, I help leaders and teams set and successfully pursue bold goals through confidence, purpose, courage and resilience.

As a keynote speaker, I share my experience from my work and my cycling records to showcase what it takes to go for big goals.

My book “What It Takes to Make Dreams Come True” tells my story of scary changes and failures but also courage and bold moves to create my own path.

Previously, I have worked for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and IBM. Originally from Germany, I have lived in the USA, Australia and Spain and now reside in Bern, Switzerland.


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My story in a book

I had my good share on bold and non-standard decisions.

I quit a career-aspiring job at the World Bank to see if I could become a professional cyclist. I failed multiple times to make my passion for cycling to my job. I started to believe that a job you love does not exist. With 30 years, I left my management consulting job and moved with nothing but my bike to the other side of the world. I had no plan but a one-hotel night stay and a six-week car rental. My mission? To find my purpose in life. And one year later I set a seemingly impossible record.

Every success outwits many doubts, obstacles and failures. Most people don’t talk about it. I do. In my book, I talk about the anxiety, fear of failure and the conflicts with traditions and “what you are supposed to do” mindsets. But I also talk about how to make dreams come true. What it takes. And how everyone can do it too. This book is about that “normal” people can achieve extraordinary things, if they allow themselves to do them.

If you have a unrealized dream or a seemingly impossible goal, this book is for you.

My life is marked by bold decisions. I am scared, anxious and worried like everyone else. But why I do it anyway, that is what I share in this book, in my talks and workshops while coaching others through bold steps and pushing limits.

In the SRF Focus podcast

Monika Sattler: «Sich selber kennen ist das Wichtigste»

Die Frau hat Energie ohne Ende. Monika Sattler ist zurück von ihrer jüngsten Challenge: Alle 124 Schweizer Alpenpässe hat sie mit dem Velo abgefahren, und das in einem Monat. Mit Anita Richner spricht sie über ihre Motivation, persönliche Krisen und die Bedeutung von Mut.

Mit 30 Jahren stand Monika Sattler an einem Tiefpunkt. Sie hatte zwei Masterabschlüsse von renommierten amerikanischen Universitäten in der Tasche und Karriereerfahrung bei IMF, Weltbank und IBM gesammelt. Glücklich wurde sie dabei nicht. In «Focus» erzählt sie, wie sie ihr Leben radikal umkrempelte, welche Rolle der Sport dabei spielte und warum es so wichtig ist, die inneren Leidenschaften zu verfolgen.

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Success Stories

Monika Sattler’s keynote inspired and touched in equal measure: her passion for her project and her work was very well received by the security-interested audience.
Miro Schecker, Chief Strategy Offer, SWISS INFOSEC!
“Monika’s coaching showed me how to use my true passions and skills for my career and thus integrate a job into a true part of my life. The coaching was super efficient and absolutely out of the box and individualized to my personal needs. I changed my job while the coaching was still taking place. Monika is an exceptionally inspiring and free personality for whom boundaries do not exist and anything is possible. Above all, she is very emphatic and recognizes the abilities of others. She is hard working, very experienced, passionate, honest and a true role model.”
Alexandra B.Head of Ecosystem Coordination
“Monika is an enthusiastic, energetic speaker whose accounts and experiences bring relevant lessons to the corporate environment. She has spoken at two of our Ciena EMEA events now, specifically on partnering, collaboration and the value of teamwork to achieve the improbable. She is very good to work with in developing content and delivery for the presentations, attentive to addressing the objectives of the speaking assignment. Her enthusiasm is infectious and passion for achieving is inspirational, highly recommended as a speaker for events and cycling activities.”
Mark GilmorSenior Advisor – Ciena
“I am so glad we invited Monika to do a workshop for our leasing teams. Her presentation and energy was fabulous! She motivated, encouraged and assisted our teams in building their confidence to achieve their goals. She provided them with the invaluable tools to overcome failures. In our industry, we deal with people from all walks of life – she was able to relate her workshop to our industry and target the areas that would be most beneficial in their professional and personal lives. I would highly recommend Monika’s workshop!”
Likica GrcevaRegional Property Manager at Corcoran Jennison
“The group had a discussion on your adventurous mindset presentation and the feedback was really positive. They found the session to be thought-provoking and we had further discussions on how this could be implemented within their businesses.”
Geordie HogarthVistage Chair
I’ve had Monika as my coach during my career transition and her guidance on the proper steps to take was crucial. Her methodology made me stay very focused on my goals and was successful. She has a very positive mindset and is very pleasant to work with. I totally recommend her!
Ana Soares, Head of Revenue Operations