Lesson from Ukraine: Empathy, Forgivenes, Gratitude and Action E16
How do we stay connected to some kind of sanity when our country is being invaded by another one? Says Yaryna Klyuchkovska, a senior communications expert, living in Kyiv: “As a country we are surviving because we’ve learned who we are.
Yaryna shares that war has taught her more of what she is truly made of. She acts on what she truly values, even if it means losing relationships, and a prestigious job. “It’s not a value if it doesn’t have a cost,” reflects Yaryna. And, practicing forgiveness, she accepts that everyone makes their own choices. Olena Sergeeva, a seasoned facilitator and coach from Ukraine who has moved to the US has found herself in search for meaning and what her true core is. “It’s difficult not to be sucked into bigger emotions and be blown with the wind,” says Olena adding that she finds inner stability through empathy with self and others, meditation, exercise, and by facing head on old patterns that no longer serve her.
Both draw inspiration from Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” and practice gratitude. Listen to this episode of Rooted & Unwavering and discover more of your inner wherewithal to work with crises.
A communications professional with 20+ years of experience, Yaryna Klyuchkovska works as strategic communication consultant in Kyiv, Ukraine. She specializes in strategic communications, crisis communications, and communicating change. As a communications advisor and media trainer, Yaryna has helped dozens of senior executives, government officials and politicians.
Most recently, Yaryna worked as Corporate Communications Director for ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, the largest foreign investor in Ukraine. She revamped the company’s approach to communication as a strategic function, transformed its relationships with the media and influencers, and successfully managed communication for a series of crises, including a major litigation case with the government and the first six months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier, she worked as communication consultant and advisor for clients including the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, the Minister of Finance, the National Health Service and a number of businesses and NGOs. She led communications departments at large Ukrainian and international companies, including Microsoft Ukraine, Group DF, UMC (now Vodafone), and Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine. She also spent a year with Benjamin Group / BSMG Worldwide, a leading technology PR agency in Silicon Valley (now part of Weber Shandwick).
Yaryna holds master’s degrees from University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine) and San José State University (Calif., USA). Since 2001, Yaryna has developed and taught public relations and business communication courses at Ukraine’s leading business schools. She co-founded the Ukrainian Association of Public Relations and chaired its Board in 2007-2008. In 2011, she was named one of Ukraine’s best PR Directors by Marketing Media Review magazine. In 2014, she helped create the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, a civic initiative to help Ukraine manage its international visibility during the ongoing military crisis.
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Olena Sergeeva is a coach, facilitator, and consultant working with organisational change and leadership development projects, executive coaching, and team alignment.
Olena’s vast professional background encompasses 15 years of senior management experience and 12 years in business education and consulting. For a decade, she headed Mary Kay in Ukraine & Moldova as a General Manager and was listed among Ukraine’s Top 100 Managers.
Olena was also one of the founders of Ukrainian Direct Selling Association and served as a Chairperson for its Board. As a consultant on leadership as well as an MBA lecturer at Edinburgh Business School Eastern Europe and Kyiv School of Economics, Olena has worked with generations of leaders across industries and non-profit sector to help them grow and transform their organisations.
Olena has a Master of Education degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, and a Master of Arts in Philology degree from National Shevchenko University of Kyiv. She is a Certified Coach with Coach Training Alliance, USA and a Certified Senior Professional in HR International with Human Resource Certification Institute, USA.
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