Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha
My friend and a Real Wonder Woman
Claudia is the founder of REDSCOPE Consulting, a global expert, author, coach, and public speaker. Also, a mother, a wife, an artist, and a true-blue Wonder Woman. We first met through a mutual friend in Brussels, while she was working on her Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence and I was working at the Search for Common Ground.
I remember our conversation after my three-month vacation in Brazil, following the end of my tenure with Search for Common Ground. I told her that I had an epiphany and that I want to be a therapist. She said: “Well if you want to be a therapist, you need to do your therapy first.”
I greatly admire Claudia’s emotional intelligence, her sensitivity and her ability to be present with emotions regardless of what they are. This emotional presence feeds and informs her artistic sensibility as a photographer. My first ever photoshoot was with Claudia and I was amazed by the acuity of her ability to see the beauty in this world and her desire to create beauty.
Claudia was the person who nurtured me back to health when I came down with burn-out and malaria after working at the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire. She showered me with love, comfort, and care, and supported me like a real true sister. Such a demonstration of generous devotion bonded me to her for life.
I have the utmost respect for her brilliant intellect, excellent judgment and analytical abilities that enable her to see beyond appearances. Like the mythical phoenix, she is the epitome of metamorphosis, transformation, and adjustment to new realities.
My darling Claudia, I love and admire you with all my heart!