FQ Global Pack Spotlight: Carine de Meyere
Meet Carine de Meyere, this week’s FQ Global Pack Spotlight and Founder and President of Women of the World. Carine recently joined us to host two virtual dinners — one with women of the Netherlands and one with the women of Costa Rica. Get to know more about Carine below!
Describe yourself in a few words.
Down-to-earth, integrity, energetic, passionate, curious, and open-minded.
What do you wish more people knew about life in the Netherlands and in Costa Rica?
Freedom in the broadest sense of the word is a human right. In the Netherlands, we take care of one another with our social system and high taxes. The world’s first IPO was in the Netherlands — the Dutch East India Company (VOC) held its ‘initial public offering’ (IPO) in August 1602. It was the first of its kind in world history and therefore a key event in financial history, and the history of the capitalist world.
Costa Rica contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica has no army. Costa Rica generates more than 99% of its electricity using renewable energy.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t take anything personally! Everything people say and do is a reflection of the way they look at the outside world and how they see you in that world.
What headlines would you want to read about women in the Netherlands and in Costa Rica?
Women in both the Netherlands and Costa Rica collaborate and support one another so that gender parity will be a given for generations to come. Know your numbers and you will advance in business with natural ease! Look for sponsors — they are more important than mentors for your career!
What book/podcast/tv show would you recommend?
One of the best books to read is Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.
The FQ Global Pack is uniting women around the world. We believe in the power of community, and the potential of a single connection. As we travel around the globe bringing 150,000 women to the table in 100 countries, we are united in a shared belief that a woman alone has power, but collectively we have impact. Learn more here.