Meet: Marlene Philippou
I am the founder of S.M.A.R.T. Options Educational Services. In the last 20 years I have guided some 15,000 students through career coaching and educational counseling. Responding to a need for non-traditional forms of education, I designed workshops entitled Smart Young Achievers – Build your life as you want it and offered activity summer camps abroad for teenagers.
I am a trained Life Coach: I partner with my clients to guide them in finding their own strengths and potential and to create their desired lifestyle. I often serve as a speaker or moderator in conferences, presenting on women’s empowerment, education, leadership, and the impact of war and conflict. I have also led workshops for women professionals in cooperation with institutions such as the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, BPW Cyprus nominated me for the Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, while in 2011, The European Commission appointed me as Mentor for Younger Women Entrepreneurs in Cyprus and a member of The European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs. In 2012, at the invitation of the US Department of State, I was part of the Cyprus Delegation, participating in the 1st Regional Conference Invest in the future – Women leading economic growth.
1996- present Founder & Director of S.M.A.R.T. Options Educational Services
1997- present Official Cyprus Representatives of UK Universities
2014 – 2016 Co-facilitator Connecting & Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow (CELT) for Peace
2011 – 2014 Creator & designer of Smart Young AchieversRead more...
2003 – 2014 Project Lead Developer and Director at The S.M.A.R.T. Options Summer Activity Camps for Teenagers
2000-2001 Lecturer in Office Administration at Global College, Cyprus
1998-2000 Facilitator & Seminars Designer at Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
1987-1997 Management Support Executive at United Distillers
Education & Certifications
CTI-Coaches Training Institute, Co Active® & Transformational Life Coaching (2017)
British Council, Cyprus An exams-based Certification, Education UK – Certificate for Educational Counsellors and Agents · (2008)
CIM | The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Marketing · (1986 – 1987)
The University of North London, Business Studies (Accounting & Finance) · (1978 – 1981)
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