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I grew up in the business world working for companies of different sizes, ranging from Cisco, Seagate and Siemens to Polycom and startups. I have built and led teams, designed organizations and processes, ran strategic planning, dreamed up initiatives, and then created business cases to get funding and resources. I have started many things from the ground up on shoestring budgets, orchestrated high-profile global programs and navigated through large, complex organizations. I’ve been there, lived it and walked in those shoes as an individual contributor, manager and as an executive.

But most importantly, I have mentored team members and challenged them to grow in every possible way. And I’ve done the same for myself. That’s how I found myself behind a school desk one day studying alternative medicine. “There must be other ways to thrive in our demanding society without going crazy or sacrificing our well-being!”, I thought to myself after my close encounter with the “crash and burn” phenomenon. I have spent several years learning about health, and examining the relationship between performance and health so I could mold these ideas into what Red Pantz is today: the marriage between leadership, performance and health.

It’s my passion to bring together my unique background in management and alternative medicine, and offer services that help people and organizations thrive in healthy and sustainable ways.

I am a business veteran with an MBA and a master’s degree in Ayurvedic medicine; a certified Ayurvedic medicine practitioner, a yoga teacher and an explorer. I am a contributor to Social Media Today, CureJoy, FierceCMO and Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling on leadership and health topics.

Petra
High-tech marketing executive, MBA
Masters degree in Ayurvedic Medicine
Certified ayurvedic health practitioner, NAMA
Certified yoga instructor

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The Red Pantz Story

There I was in a foreign country, less than 3 weeks into my new job as Director of Communications with a gigantic multinational corporation. I made the transatlantic red-eye to attend a high-profile company conference and was ready to meet my new colleagues. But things didn’t quite go as planned. I arrived, but my luggage didn’t, and when I went to check in to the hotel, I learned that they didn’t have a room for me due to some mix-up in reservations.

All I had on me was some basic necessities, an extra pair of socks and the clothes I was traveling in – my red yoga pants. I looked like I was going for a Sunday morning stroll in the park rather than to an event where people were dressed to a tee. Showing off my red yoga pants on the first day was a good icebreaker but I certainly didn’t expect to be wearing them during the entire conference. (For reasons I’d like to skip here, I wasn’t able to buy new pants).

I figured freaking out and going off at the customer service rep on the phone wasn’t going to get me my luggage any faster. Instead, I took comfort in knowing that my red yoga pants – a piece of clothing I often practice my “om” in at home – were with me. They reminded me of the lesson I heard over and over: “take the peace you’ve found on the mat with you off the mat”. So I chose to make peace with the chaos, concern myself only with the things I had control over and trust that everything would work out.

My red yoga pants are now a visual reminder to stay focused on what matters, return to calmness in the midst of mayhem and not to take myself too seriously. And that’s what I’d like to bring to you.

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