Team of Blackbird experts and coaches
Our experts are people with extensive personal and professional experience. The coaches of Blackbird used to live and work in counties like Bangladesh, India, the UK, the US and Germany. Thus, they know what it is like to find oneself in a culturally different reality and what one needs to succeed in international environment. Throughout their careers, they visited tens of different countries. They speak several languages and they are fascinated by effective intercultural communication in business. Meet some of them:
Zofia Barańska – coach, trainer and facilitator of Open Space Technology. Manager at Blackbird and specialist in effective communication. Since 2007 has been designing and running trainings for business. Within last 10 years Zofia has been to more than 25 countries worldwide including Ecuador, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh. Lived and worked also in Ireland and India. Graduated in cultural studies at SWPS University, completed courses of Art & Science of Coaching organised by Wszechnica UJ in collaboration with Erickson College in Canada and many other coaching schemes. Member of KIT Intercultural Professionals Network. Regular speaker at INFOMEET conferences for IT industry.
Marta Kołkowicz – co-founder of Blackbird, entrepreneur, trainer of communication for foreigners, coach. For 9 years has been running communication and cross-cultural trainings for foreigners at many companies. Graduate of the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw School of Economics SGH. Marta completed a number of courses in the field of “non-violent communication” by Marshal Rosenberg and courses of Needs-Based Coaching in Bristol. Since 2013 has been dividing her time between Warsaw and London. Her activities in the UK included consulting for Visa Europe during which Marta worked with partners from 13 countries. She is married to a British.
Vesna Lorenc – certified coach of groups and individuals, trainer of personal development, consultant and HR specialist. A Serbian living for many years in Poland. Professionally, for 18 years has been active in business, being specialist in communication. Vesna designed and executed PR campaigns for companies like Procter & Gamble, Henkel, Masterfoods and Groupon. Worked on CSR campaigns addressing issues of equality and activation of socially excluded people. Vesna has vast experience in dealing with different environments and professional groups, including management staff, PR and marketing departments, sales departments of international corporations, SMEs, organisations supporting women’s entrepreneurship and NGOs. Graduate of renown TROP Academy. Runs workshops, trainings, team coaching, action learning sessions and facilitations. And speaks 5 languages.
Irek Zyzański – consultant, coach, mentor and trainer. Specialist in managing intercultural teams. Irek has 25 years of experience in managing international teams of HR and sales departments at Phillip Morris, including his position as Director of HR for Development of Commercial Organisation in Asia. Worked in Poland, Libya, Ukraine, Dubai, China, Indonesia and Hong Kong under bosses of 14 different nationalities. Having graduated in Arabic studies, Irek also speaks English, Russian and basic Indonesian. Has extensive corporate experience in fields of coaching, mentoring, assessment / development centres and talent management. Irek also completed Coachwise coaching courses. Author of a series of articles entitled “Intercultural freeride”.
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