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Living By Design, Not By Default – Organised by the Factory Berlin Women’s Circle

A new year often starts with new goals and reflections on what has happened in your life so far.

We often set up ambitious goals for a “new me” that easily gets lost throughout the year. Maybe you already made some very ambitious new year’s resolutions or maybe you didn’t want to make any at all. With the first women’s circle brunch of 2019 we want to take a moment to review what it is we actually want to accomplish and how we can make goals that we stick to?

We’ll be joined by a variety of speakers with expertise on mindfulness, goal-setting, and the psychology behind setting goals. They will discuss how we can make conscious decisions and do what is essential for us as individuals in order to take ownership of our own lives and time. A concept from the book ‘Essentialism’, we will unpack this idea and find a way to integrate it into all corners of our daily existence.


10:00 – 10:10am: Welcome by Helleke Heikkinen (moderator) and Factory Berlin

10:10 – 10:30am: How does conscious awareness give you the insights on what you actually want to accomplish in 2019? with Cari Merriam

10:30 -10:50am: How to start journaling to better understand yourself with Jonathan Najarian

10:50 – 11:10am: How do I set my goals so that I can reach them? 90 day goal setting – an analytical structure to get things done in 2019 with Amelie Mettenheimer

11:10 – 11:30am: The psychology behind goal setting – what kind of behavior is needed for me to keep my intentions? with Dr. Yana Heussen

11:30 – 11:55am: Stay present – a Neck and shoulder chair yoga session to relieve tension with Cari Merriam

11:55 – 12:00pm: Thank you & Recap with Helleke Heikkinen


About the speakers

Helleke Heikkinen

Helleke Heikkinen is an entrepreneur and independent business consultant from Finland. She has worked with several promising tech startups as well as business angels and is a very passionate advocate of #womenintech and equality. She is an experienced event moderator who want to bring the Nordic holistic perspective on work culture, well-being, and work-life balance to Berlin. She currently works with bringing new ideas in tech recruiting to Berlin with Talented – an agency for developers and designers who want to scrap past ways of recruiting.

Cari Merriam

Cari Merriam is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, and corporate strategist who teaches teams the tools they need to be connected, creative, and performing at their peak so their organizations can thrive. Over the past 10 years, Cari has facilitated live workshops across Estonia, Germany, America, Egypt, Indonesia, and Thailand.

As an expert breath, healing, lifestyle + fitness guide, Cari is on a mission to increase global happiness by increasing global consciousness. She is the Founder of Strength and Surrender and the Embodied Enlightenment Institute supporting souls through transformation online and in person journeys through mind, body, soul teachings.

Today, Cari uses her leadership, operational, and growth skills along with her background in yoga, meditation, and workplace wellness to help high-growth companies create an environment of peak productivity through on-site workshops, and custom consulting.Cari, also the founder of her own personal wellness brand.


Jonathan Najarian

Jonathan Najarian is Founder and CEO of a journaling application called Scribe, a self-therapy application which helps you better understand yourself through journaling. While currently training to become a life coach, Jonathan is freelancing to bootstrap his company and pushing his limits in a lot of areas, even trying standup in New York.

5 things that have changed his life thus far: Therapy, Journaling, Community, The Law of Attraction and Self-love. These things helped him realize his purpose in life and to then use these tools to help people see their potential, understand themselves better and go after the future that they want.

Through Scribe and Coaching, he’s aiming to help positively improve the mental clarity of 76 million people before he leaves the planet.


Amelie Mettenheimer

Amelie Mettenheimer is the creator of JustAskAmelie.com and is on a mission to help new coaches and entrepreneurs go from no clue to in the know through mastering technology in order to create more freedom and ease.

Having grown up (and still living) in Europe, the US and South Africa she is uniquely in tune with the needs of the modern female entrepreneur. Amelie created Just Ask Amelie to provide a source for new coaches to find useable and actionable answers for their blocks in a beautiful and fun way without huge expense. She is also a certified breathwork facilitator supporting those who are looking to release trauma and stuck energy to feel more connected to themselves, their creativity and life energy.

Amelie works with passionate women all around the world through her workshops and programs, teaching you how to have more freedom and ease in your life while making those business dreams come true. She has been featured on WFTV, BeFit and ZoneOne Radio among others. With her loving yet no nonsense approach, Amelie inspires talented individuals to take charge of their life, success, and happiness by boosting their self-confidence, dropping the BS excuses and infusing huge amounts of fun into each day.

Dr. Yana Heussen

Dr. Yana Heussen is an executive coach and consultant with the passion to help businesses meet their goals by creating a culture that supports each employee to thrive.

In this digitalised and globalised world of pressure and continuous interruptions she facilitates that1. Individuals increase performance and well- being, stay calm, focused and positive.2. Team members bond and achieve goals in an efficient manner.3. The company culture changes towards integrity, inner strength and innovation.

She draws on her expertise in Neuropsychology and experience as a consultant managing multimillion and multinational projects in science and the corporate world. Soon she will be a certified teacher for the world-renowed program “Search Inside Yourself”, a mindfulness based emotional intelligence program developed and tested at google and rolled out at SAP, Procter & Gamble and Siemens.

She believes, that – with strong mindfulness based emotional intelligence and the right tools – we are able to be at our best. We thrive as human beings, as leaders, and can change the world.

//Please note that this is a member only event



January 23, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


1st Floor, Schönholz (Big Room), Factory Berlin Mitte


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