Russell was born in the Philippines and spent her early years living in Iran, until she and her family were forced to flee the country when the Iranian Revolution broke out. Her family returned to the Philippines. As a young adult, Russell spent several months volunteering and traveling in India and Latin America. Having completed her Bachelors in Accountancy, Russell worked at a high-end hotel in Manila as a VIP guest manager. For a period of time she co-managed her family’s clothing boutique’s business. Later she moved to Israel, where she worked as a paralegal. There she met her Eastern-European husband. Invited to work at a University, Russell and her husband moved to Bolivia where Russell worked as the manager-administrator of the Universities’ international development unit. Later she accepted a position as a teacher at a local private middle-high school.
Russell left Bolivia to pursue further opportunities in the United States. There she completed her Master’s in Public Policy. She worked as an assistant to a former U.S. Senator on the co-development and facilitation of a Women’s Leadership Development Program for women holding public office. She also worked for the State’s Office of Management and Budget evaluating the State of Delaware. Having completed their education, Russell and family moved to the Netherlands where she dedicated most of her time caring for her young children. On the side she co-founded SCMLi.com, a network of professionals dedicated to organizational and leadership consultancy and PEPTalktraining.nl, a public speaking and personality development methodology for junior youth. Russell moved to Spain in 2016 where she decided to dedicate all her energy and time to contributing to the advancement of women. So, SILK Mentoring was born.
Russell’s experience as an educator and trainer is reinforced by her magnetic personality and positive outlook on life and others. She speaks fluent English, some Persian, Dutch and Spanish. Her no-nonsense approach to things is second only to her soft approach in dealing with others’ individual needs and perspectives. Russell enjoys learning, having a good time and being joyful. She adores travel and interesting experiences and deeply cares for her family. She strives for balance, and it is this set of qualities which she brings to her engagements via SILK Mentoring.
What a privilege & an opportunity for me to have participated in the 10-Sunday Empowerment Cycle of SILKMentoring for the Asia Pacific group.
I gained a lot of knowledge and more life experiences through interaction with the 12 other ladies belonging to different walks of life, of varied calibre & capabilities, who had surmounted unprecedented challenges & difficulties, who selflessly shared with each one of us lessons for us to grow, move on & feel secured with the moral, emotional & spiritual support so magnanimously given in this social & safe space for interaction. Fear, vacillation or feeling of insecurity were discarded by partaking of the virtues & spiritual qualities provided by the SILKMentoring conceptual framework.
Having benefited much from this sharing, it is now my social obligation & personal goal to extend this women empowerment to other ladies in my social circle, for them to partake & be personally transformed – to make life worth living. It’s never too late to start one’s journey to happiness.
Thank you, Russell, for this life-saving, confidence-building & individual transformation of us, empowered ladies in the community! 💖