Dr Maria Kordowicz FRSA is a Chartered Psychologist, academic and business owner. She is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning at the University of Nottingham and Founder of the research consultancy, www.respeo.com.
She lives in beautiful rural Lincolnshire with her children, partner and two dogs, having grown up in North London after emigrating from Poland aged 8.
In this interview, Maria talks about her struggles with alopecia, her professional life as a psychologist and academic and her passion to create an equitable society.
Maria emanates her zestful personality. She believes that life happens for you and not to you, and we can all create a life that allows life to happen for us.
She believes that life is short, and making choices is the best gift we can give ourselves.
Early on in her career, Maria would always say ‘yes’ to offers and opportunities. She would get excited with new projects and the wonderful experiences they offered.
As she has grown in her career, she has become more discerning, learning to say ‘no’ more often and manage expectations whilst still having the best experiences.
Maria also talks about her journey with alopecia which began during her divorce – this was her body’s response to stress – and how it has led her to take better care of herself.
She looks forward to the comfort and joy of having loved ones accompanying her in the next chapter of her life. To Maria, being curious brings something new everyday that makes life so interesting and engaging.
You don’t want to miss:
How Maria deals with having alopecia
Where does her ‘zest for life’ comes from
How she practises discernment and has learnt to “eat the meat and leave the bones”
How she went from feeling disempowered to being empowered
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