Q&A with Alicia Partee
Founder @ Global Counseling Solutions AS
What are your plans for the future?
Our immediate plan is to rebrand and launch the B2B offering. We are looking to create a scalable platform that is affordable and customizable with premium content for international employees and their families. Also, we will connect and partner with other organizations to become a "hub" of information, courses, etc. specifically for the global citizen.
Why did you become an entrepreneur?
I am an entrepreneur by nature. After working over 20 years for Fortune 500 and start up companies in Silicon Valley, I have a desire to use my experience to build a global company. I am always looking for ways to grow and improve both personally and in business.
Aside from achieving commercial success, what do you see as your startup’s mission?
I would like to see resources tailored for the Global Citizen that goes beyond helping them manage the logistics in a new country, to access to relevant resources (prevention) and culturally informed, licensed counselors globally.
Describe your perfect day at work.
My perfect day includes impacting the life of someone. Helping them overcome an obstacle to reach a goal, improving performance or creating a greater appreciation for people and culture. A day that what I create, changes lives daily. Lastly, a day that ends with me eating a piece of Norwegian chocolate!
What is your best advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
Do not skip the leg work. Surround yourself with people who believe and what you do. Self care, self care, self care. You can't give someone a glass of water if your glass is empty.