Why we need to speak up for DUAL CAREERS by Verena Heingärtner

Verena Heingärtner, initiator and co-founder of VIE LESA, recently had the pleasure to be invited to PWN Vienna’s Linkup & Learn on “Portable Careers”.

Together with other inspiring women on the panel – Martina Koja (Language Teacher), Nora Szücs (Researcher and Lecturer Vienna University of Business and Economics), Victoria Williams (Vice President and General Manager GlaxoSmithKline), Amel Derragui (Business & Marketing Coach, Speaker, Founder of Tandem Nomads Tandem Nomads) – she had a lively discussion on the broad topic of career and expatriation and the role of the so called “trailing spouse”.

This inspiring evening and the questions she was asked, made her recap why it is so important to speak up for Dual Careers in Vienna/Austria….

Female Presidents: Verena Heingärtner, VIE LESA with Claudia Cordie, PWN Vienna

Voices & learning lessons from around the world! via Tandem Nomads (Podcast 100)

VIE LESA is featured in Tandem Nomads* 100th podcast Episode *. (For all of you who do not know Tandem Nomads yet – it is an amazing podcast show and platform designed to turn expat and military partners’ dual career challenges into great opportunities!)

To hear more about Sandra Glück-Taglieber’s, Co-President of VIE LESA, (33:20) journey on the move, the lessonss she has learned in the past year and some of her milestones and other amazing stories from all corners of the world, click here to listen: http://tandemnomads.com/tn100-voice-party-learning-lessons-around-world/


Excited to be teaming up with Here we are global

It only took few minutes over the phone for Jannie Aasted Skov-Hansen, Founder of Here we are global, and Verena Heingärtner, President of VIE LESA, to see that both networks share a similar mission – to inspire, support and connect global professionals on opportunities related to dual careers, career transition and social impact.


…expat spouse, trailing partner, accompanying person, dependant, wife of…

You name it – there are a lot of labels out there to define who we are (expected to be) in this new role. Most of these terms – never heard of before, but that’s just one of the new things we learned when going abroad.

Why Speak Up? Inspired by Peaceful Mind and Peaceful Life

We decided to start VIE Speak Up when we read the following blog post from Michelle Maros, Peaceful Mind and Peaceful Life https://peacefulmindpeacefullife.org/

The idea that started Tandem Nomads via Amel Derragui

VIE LESA loves Amel Derragui‘s story, which is truly inspiring! 

Amel is a business and marketing coach, speaker and founder of Tandem Nomads, a podcast show and platform designed to turn expat and military partners’ dual career challenges into great opportunities,

The Expat Wife and the Career Breakdown via Making here Home

…and then we moved and I was no longer a “career woman”. I had hoped to continue my job from Bangkok, but that didn’t work out. Forget “culture shock”. For me, the biggest shock was this: I didn’t have a job anymore. Work was always a big presence in my life – it was a part of who I was. And suddenly, it wasn’t. It was like losing a part of the jigsaw puzzle that made me.”

Click here to read the very touching post of Making here Home.

Thoughts on VIE LESA by a male spouse by David Adams

For six years, I was the male spouse of a foreign Government Representative at a UN agency in Canada. The agency had a spouses group and without thinking to much about it, I started to participate in the group’s activities. I was quickly surprised by a number of realities. Firstly, I was the only male that regularly turned up, even though there were three or four other male spouses at the agency.