Dare to thrive!
Hi! I am Monika. Welcome to my website. Great that you are here!
I am a talent & leadership coach, cycling record holder, keynote speaker, board member and author.
With decades of professional, athletic and personal experience of going for non-standard and seemingly impossible goals, I coach professionals, leaders and teams to create and pursue meaningful and value-based goals. I am particularly passionate about coaching professionals in their career reorientation process as well as coaching leaders to build and motivate teams to pursue daring goals successfully. You can read more here.
I am the first woman who rode the 3000 km Vuelta a España on the same day as the professionals, just hours beforehand. Get the full story here.
Currently, I am planning on setting a new record cycling all 124 Swiss Passes in 30 days this summer. This is 2000 km and over 60000 m of elevation gain. I use this challenge (like the first record) to showcase what it means to dare to pursue YOUR goals. A film documentary is produced about this challenge.
I speak frequently at conferences and I am the author of the book “Unleashing your RAD potential”. Currently, I write a gravel cycling guide that will be published with Delius Klasing in Spring 2023.
I am honored to serve as a board member for Trips for Kids, a non-profit organization that enables underserved kids to ride bikes.
A graduate from Georgetown University, I have previously worked for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and IBM. Originally from Germany, I have lived in the USA, Australia, Spain and now live in Bern, Switzerland. Read about my story here.
1 Mio + PEOPLE INSPIRED
100 + SUCCESSFUL TALKS & WORKSHOPS
10 + YEARS COACHING & CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
1 CYCLING RECORD
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“At a time in life when not much is certain, Monika has helped me to choose a path that will help me to continue my passion for knowledge while focusing on my personal happiness after college. With her insight and experiences, she has inspired me to achieve my goals and make that leap that I was previously too scared to do. She is quite enthusiastic and encouraging. I highly recommend meeting with Monika if you are in need of some motivation and expertise!”
“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.”
“Thank you very much Monika fur such and interesting and inspiring seminar on how to be best you can be. I enjoyed very much!! I wish you the best for your future. Stay healthy, be safe”
The seminar was great and the audience was very engaged. It was exactly the content we were looking for.