Oana Moraru – Helikon School founder and one of the most well-known education experts, Radu Savopol – founder 5 to go coffee chain, Andra Pintican – founder Scoala de HR și Mihai Zant – cofounder Careershift.ro – are the speakers of the eleventh edition of FUN Bucharest.
Their career stories can be heard on Thursday, November 25th, 2021, starting at 19:00, online, on ZOOM. Event tickets are available here.
Fuckup Nights bring a constructive perspective on professional failures, encouraging learning from difficult situations, thus facilitating creativity.
“Autumn is here, so let’s take a leaf out of one another’s professional wisdom book at the eleventh edition of FUN Bucharest! Let’s inspire each other and normalize such a human thing: failure. We bring together professionals from various fields to discover different experiences, aspects that we can’t easily find in our everyday lives. This is the tangible benefit of Fuckup Nights: it reminds us that we are human and that we have the power to get through any difficult situation and, implicitly, progress”, says Diana Iosu, Fuckup Nights Bucharest organizer.
The moderator will be the radio and television journalist Julia Nagy.
“For me, ever since childhood, failure has been some sort of self-cancellation. Being good at something, not making mistakes was some kind of personal salvation, but it came with the fear to disappoint. I lived with this unconscious inclination for the longest time. Even after I became an educational entrepreneur after I had stopped being an employee and took my destiny and my financial security into my own hands. I was still afraid that I would disappoint, I still needed external confirmation that I was doing well. I only truly prospered after I became aware of the fear and the shame of making mistakes when my psyche no longer had filters and defense systems. I overcame this fear only after I failed miserably and I reached the very last bastion of appearances, one I so desperately tried to conquer. I failed on almost all levels, at one point, I reached the very end, where the only thing left for me to do was to begin again. This big and glorious fall has been my greatest opportunity because it taught me to rebuild everything with different energy and a different awareness” says Oana Moraru, Helikon School Founder.
Radu Savopol will also share his entrepreneurial journey full of different obstacles: “Entrepreneurship is a puzzle made up of positive and negative experiences alike. Over the years, the businesses I have run have had their specific challenges: starting with the lack and quality of the workforce, to the unfortunate situations that the pandemic has brought our way. We found solutions for every problem, due to an efficient management plan and our ability to see the big picture. We realized, based on the circumstances created by the pandemic, that it’s not failure standing in the way of our performance, but our fear of failure – that’s what you have to conquer.”
“It took me a while to make failure my teacher. My first contact with failure was a painful one because I would identify with my mistakes. Life has been different ever since I learned we are not the sum of our mistakes. What we are is the energy and the ambition that goes into starting again, from the beginning, after each failure. The decision is yours: do you want to live a tortured life, where failure is your executioner, or would you rather live a life of evolution, where mistakes and failure are your teachers?” says Andra Pintican, founder of Scoala de HR.
A story about professional trials will be shared by Mihai Zant: “A mentor of mine once said to me:`Mihai, only the one who does no work makes no mistakes`. Little did I know that these words would sound in my mind whenever I experienced a major professional failure. And, fortunately, I have lived through quite a few. What I have learned so far is that the most important life lessons come from failure and significant emotional turmoil. They are simply etched deeper into your memory and you feel them through your whole body. This made me take myself less seriously, hold myself accountable for my mistakes and failures, be gentler and more lenient with myself. Moreover, it made me want to learn from the failures of others.”
Oana Moraru is the founder of Helikon School in Bucharest, focusing on alternative learning programs built to follow the individual needs of children, while also considering their emotional development and the healthy interaction with the world. Oana has more than 25 years of experience in teaching and school management. She is also a speaker, a trainer, and a publicist on educational topics.
Radu Savopol is a Romanian entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the HoReCa sector, founder of 5 to go coffee chain. He successfully implemented the coffee-to-go concept in various geographical regions of the country. The chain is designed to offer good coffee at the right price, as well as provide a positive experience to the coffee consumer. Radu managed to standardize both the services and the quality of the coffee in all 250 5 to go units, relying on franchising and solid business principles.
Andra Pintican is an HR professional with an in-depth understanding of the business environment. Throughout her career, she sailed through all the HR roles until she took on the role of CEO. Andra is living her true passion: people. She founded various projects on Leadership, Organizational Wellbeing, HR Services, and Education, the most important of which is HR School. Regardless of the project type, Andra wants to help people discover their true potential and act on it.
Mihai Zant is an Executive Coach, International Trainer, and Managing Partner in HUMANISTIC, as well as co-founder of CareerShift.ro. With over 10 years of experience in managing teams and communities, he focuses his efforts on creating Learning Organisations. He is now designing Learning Journeys for corporate clients using integrated practice systems with a focus on #Self Leadership and #Future Skills. Also, he is one of the Coaches for the Executive MBA program of ESCP Europe.
Fuckup Nights Bucharest, part of the series of events that take place globally, targets equally small and big entrepreneurs, corporate people, professionals, and students. This rapidly expanding global movement promotes, through the power of the speakers’ example, the constructive conclusions drawn from professional failures.
The events are now taking place in 320 cities in 90 countries around the world. Speakers from different areas of interest such as business, culture, entertainment, sports, etc. are invited to each edition, who briefly informally tell their career stories.