THERESA SIGILLITO HOLLEMA | Senior Consultant

Theresa joined the Crust Young team in 2013 as a Senior Consultant, specializing as a cultural consultant and team coach/facilitator.  As a business professional with over 25 years of international businesses experience, she focuses on the key business drivers for her customers within their specific context. 

Theresa believes in the potential of people to create together, and the missed opportunities when teams are not performing well.  Theresa’s work is focused on uncovering assumptions, expanding cross-cultural understanding, and facilitating personal connections.  She began specializing in intercultural dynamics and high performance teams after a career leading post-merger integration programs in Central and Eastern Europe.  She focused on her passion by becoming a cultural consultant with Trompenaars Hampden-Turner in Amsterdam.  Since then she has worked across the globe helping senior executives to understand and integrate the human elements of working together beyond the everyday tasks, projects plans and strategy aims.  Theresa’s strength lies in her ability to translate holistic, theoretical ideas into a practical, business-oriented approach.

Within an organization, Theresa works with teams as the sources of change, transformation and innovation.   She customizes workshops and learning sessions to best fit the needs of the participants, and always with the intention for creating a space for dialogue, reflection and development.  Given her expertise and experience, Theresa often works with international teams, including virtual ones.

In addition to working in an organizational context, Theresa also offers a variety of services to support managers and leaders on their journey to developing cultural competence.  This may include speaking engagements, workshops within corporate academies or one-off workshops for a new international initiative within an organization or between partners.

Theresa received her MBA with high distinction from University of Michigan focused on finance and international studies.  She is an American who has lived and worked in Europe for over 15 years, and currently resides in the Netherlands.  In addition, Theresa is a Certified Team Coach.  Theresa’s clients include Generali, ING, Philips, Riwal, Ericsson, Prudential, NSN, DSM and many other global organizations.