Back to the Roots: an Expat's Journey


Jun 21, 2023, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

How to find purpose in work and in life tapping into the history of your family, your people and your land while being an expat.

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About this event

We will hear three inspiring stories from three incredible people living in Geneva on how they found their purpose in work and in life by staying connected to their roots. 

First we will hear from our generous host Ricardo Quintero who, together with a fellow Colombian native Diego Tobon, founded Green Wheel, a coffee shop in Geneva that offers high quality coffee and non-alcoholic drinks prepared using best materials sourced in Colombia and combining in their production processes unique natural conditions, social impact, local and family traditions and cutting edge technologies to deliver not just a great product, but a product with values, history and impact. 

Then we will hear from Aysylu Yanturina Darles, an impact career coach, who, after she came to Geneva from the Republic of Bashkortostan, started working for the UN-backed Ethical Fashion Initiative helping numerous artisans around the world to upscale their business and get access to international markets. Her own uncle did a lot to preserve and develop Bashkir culture, and she later co-founded an association uniting all Bashkir people living abroad. She studied dance therapy and taught many fellow Bashkir women to use intuitive dance for self-realisaiton. Currently she helps others find career with impact and purpose. 

Jameel "WESTROK" Coleman, a Chicago native who is a Breath Synchronicity Specialist, Breakdancer and a Fitness Professional with his own signature training method. Coach Westrok strongly believes that optimal health is maintained through a healthy mentality, physical conditioning and a balanced spirit. With renewed attention to break dancing as an Olympic sport, Jameel focuses on tracing and preserving both the lineage of the breaking movement and the spiritual side of its origin and practice.

After Q&A session we will proceed to a more interactive part of the event, with:

Ricardo sharing some tips on how to spot bad coffee (attention coffee fans!:) with some degustation offered to those physically present;

Aysylu will offer some insights into the meaning of some traditional dance movements, and 

Coach Westrok will offer some demonstration of his approach to break dancing, with a chance for those physically present to try some moves out.

We will do our best to make the entire experience as engaging for our online audience as technically possible. 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM UTC


  • Natalia Bayurova


    Chapter Lead

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