Dare to Glow. The name was enticing. It spoke of defiance, of beauty and of glamour. It had a je ne sais quoi that made it full of promises. So I confirmed my attendance.

I first met Samiel Carolina at an event organized by the Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT). Samiel was part of a panel whose theme was “How to manage transitions”. I had a job that I loved and was not thinking of changing course. But somehow I made the time to attend. I was immediately wooed by Carolina’s charm, energy and convincing approach to her mission: helping professional women use their body wisdom and spirituality to align with a deeper purpose and make a bigger contribution to the world. Carolina’s methods sounded holistic and all encompassing. She dared going beyond seeing us as “fragments” of ourselves to talk about the body and the soul.

Not your usual life coach talk in business gatherings. I was intrigued.

Since then I have had the privilege to interact with Carolina on a one to one basis, in social gatherings, and at the women circles and gratitude dinners that she used to organize in her loft in downtown Geneva. She has played a role in re-awakening in me a longstanding desire to integrate my left brain, the basis of my career as an economist, and my right brain, the creative side, exemplified by my passion for literature. She helped me in my quest to be whole. She has also guided me through key readings and practices that have increased, dare I say, my spiritual intelligence.  

I believe that Carolina’s work is essential for those of us who yearn for authentic leadership.

Samiel acts as a catalyst that allows us to dare to lean in and bring to the table our real and powerful selves. With all this in mind, I recently invited Samiel Carolina to speak at the UN as part of a series of talks of our UNCTAD Women’s Network. She was just back from a trip to Guatemala where she had taken a group of women on the iconic IXBE journey of beauty, creativity and female wisdom.

Samiel Carolina spoke about tuning in our bodies to find the essence of the feminine and on how to use it in our quest for a better world. She highlighted a number of practical tools and graced the audience with her generous sharing of her personal journey to finding her purpose and staying true to it. The interactive session that followed was lively and the feedback very positive.

As she often says, the first step is the most important one, and it is to dare to be your glowing self. The question is, would you dare ? I wholeheartedly I recommend you do.