After graduating with multiple honours in Psychology in Vienna, Antonija Pacek earned a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Cambridge.
She started her career in 1997 as a consultant at Hewitt Associates in Vienna. She was a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) People Value division. In her consulting capacity she worked daily with multinational corporations providing advice and workshops on the following key “soft skills” topics: leadership skills, motivation, managing change, performance management, interpersonal communications, stress management and emotional intelligence in business.
Between 2004 and 2011 she was a Vienna-based representative for the Centre for Creative Leadership focusing on leadership projects for clients who had responsibility for EMEA markets. From 2008 to 2012 Antonija was an educator at the “Die Erste Academy” providing seminars and workshops in areas such as Managing Across Cultures, Presentational Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Selling Idea Internally, Resilience and Stress Management, Train the Trainer Workshop, Team Building.
Since 2011 she has been working in a family business with her husband (Global Success Advisors and CEEMEA Business Group that currently advise over 500 multinationals), training a series of leadership programs focusing on creativity, innovation and soft skills. In this capacity, she created an assessment tool IMAGINO®, a globally unique tool that measures individual creativity and corporate innovation climate in one go. The tool helps identify creativity and innovation strengths and gaps within organizations, and then Antonija provides comprehensive, tailored training sessions on how companies can boost their individual creativity and corporate innovation.
During creativity/innovation sessions with clients, Antonija sometimes plays her self-composed, contemporary piano music to demonstrate how participants can better tap into their own creativity and divergent thinking. She released five albums of neoclassical piano music, titled “Soul Colours”, “Life Stories”, “IL MARE”, “Forever”, and “Seasons of Life” one of which was signed with Warner Chappell, the publishing arm of Warner Music. As a neoclassical composer and performer, she was touring Italy in 2018 and 2019. Antonija played concerts in Italy, Croatia, Austria, Germany and the Emirates, and performed at the prestigious Auditorium parco della musica in Rome.
Since 1997 Antonija Pacek has also been an adjunct University Professor teaching various courses at two private Universities in Austria. She has taught Industrial Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Theories, History and Systems of Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, Psychology and Film, Personal Development, Leadership Development, Learning Strategies. On several occasions she was invited to co-lecture with the legendary Dr. Phil Zimbardo during his guest lectures in Vienna. They were co-teaching the course on Exploring Human Nature. Since March 2018 she started lecturing for Duke Corporate Education, the world’s number one ranked provider of corporate education.
In her free time, she enjoys composing piano music, painting and swimming. Antonija resides in Vienna. She is married with three daughters.
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