"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed"
I have learned that there is no success without failures and no learning without mistakes. I believe that all people are capable of gaining useful experience from each challenge and obstacle that they face in their professional and personal lives.
In our ever demanding business world, continuous learning and development are required to stand out from the crowd. As I realized the great need for educational services and knowledge transfer, I launched Maravilhosa in 2014 to inspire change, positive thinking and transformation.
Maravilhosa (pronounced maraviliosa) is a Portuguese word that means marvelous and the colourful design represents what Maravilhosa stands for.
Testimonial related to the Team Building workshop of CLIA-Europe:
“CLIA-Europe ‘team building’ workshop was an opportunity to gather my team members from Brussels, United Kingdom and Denmark for two consecutive days to brainstorm current challenges and define the way forward.
Muriel’s experience and knowledge into multi – National / Cultural teams gave the workshop the dynamic spin that I personally aspired for this gathering and I am really satisfied and happy that Maravilhosa was chosen.
Customarily, customized workshops are not an easy task to plan and execute but this is not the case with Muriel, as she takes time to understand the needs and challenges of the team, work with it before and during the workshop, to provide and facilitate the desired outcome. It is for this main reason that if the need arises I will work with Maravilhosa again."
Acting Secretary General, CLIA-Europe
Testimonial related to the design of a customized Performance Appraisal System:
“Due to the nature of our activity, being a heavy industry with many work specialties and important requirements in each position, a need emerged for a new and well-structured Performance Appraisal system. The new system is based on personnel development through continuing dialogue and exchange of opinions, giving the possibility to evaluated persons to express an opinion. It is an easy system, without many subject matters, focusing on the most important ones and the ones that will display the employee’s proper image, helping the evaluator to identify the evaluated person’s strengths and weaknesses, developing the former and improving the latter. This system is a project carried out with the help of Muriel Matta. In cooperation with our Managers’ team, the system is built through an exchange of opinions and respective workshops. I would like to thank Muriel for the excellent work and her innovative ideas.”
PAGONA S. LIGGOU
Chief Human Resources, H&S, Communication Officer, Vassiliko Cement Works Public Company Ltd
Testimonials related to the panel discussion "Shipping: an industry of Passion, Knowledge and Experience - Part Three":
“A very well organized event, with exceptional keynote speakers and great panel discussion. The collaboration with Maravilhosa has been amazing and we look forward to more similar future events, that only give prestige and benefit to our industry.”
DR. STYLIANOS MAVROMOUSTAKOS
Executive Director, Intercollege and Cyprus Maritime Academy
“We had the great pleasure to be sponsors of the third Shipping Panel that took place on the 17th January and would like to offer our warm congratulations to Muriel for a well organized and well attended event.
We were greatly impressed by the quality of the panel and the dialogue generated by the participants!
The location in particular was outstanding and the perfect venue for the discussion.
We look forward to being invited to sponsor the next panel!”
Managing Director Epsco Cyprus Ltd and Director Epsco Ra Security Systems
“It must be very difficult to organize such a huge event. It takes a lot of effort, time, experience and the most importantly – desire. And Muriel did everything at the highest level! I wish there could be more events throughout the world like the former Panel Discussion by Maravilhosa and also such dedicated people as Muriel. This event provided participants with the opportunity to meet with people who are not indifferent to the fate of Cyprus Shipping and also contributed to the conclusion of relations between representatives of different countries. Keep it up! Success and prosperity to you!”
HR Manager, RS Shipping Company - Ukraine
“Thank you for the fantastic organization. Extra appreciations for the location! Everything was really great and as per high standard level!”
Audit Executive, EY (Ernst & Young Cyprus)
“What makes the Cyprus maritime cluster so unique from other similar shipping clusters around the globe, is that its resident members love to come together, discussing not only their problems, but also share their visions for the future.
Maravilhosa's 3rd panel discussion gave the opportunity for the industry pioneers, Government institutions and academics to gather in such an amazing venue, combining their thoughts and sharing their prospective for the industry future.
Special thanks go to Muriel, whom without her warm hospitality and magical organizational skills, such event wouldn’t have seen the light.”
Petroleum Inspector / Superintendent, Letrina Cyprus Ltd
“Let me Congratulate you for a very, very interesting and well organized event, which attracted persons from all the Marine environment and fields!! Thank you again for inviting us!! It was a pleasure attending!”
Limassol Survey Station - Team Leader/Surveyor, RINA Classification and Certification Cyprus Limited
“Full of actionable ideas and interesting information. Superb venue by the seafront with inspiring speakers. Thank you Muriel for organizing this amazing festival - you've taken Cyprus shipping events to the next orbit. Enjoyed it thoroughly.”
CAPTAIN VS PARANI
HSSEQ Manager, Oceanic Marine Management Ltd and Author of Golden Stripes - Leadership on the High Seas
“An excellently organised event that brought the Cyprus shipping community and its stakeholders together, further cultivating the sense of community of our industry. The panel dispensed facts and ideas of great value and depth. The organizers managed to put together a very conductive environment for us to learn and interact.
Looking forward to Maravilhosa’s next event. I believe gratitude and congratulations are in order to Muriel and the sponsors.”
Fleet Manager, LMZ Shipping S.A.
“Congratulations to you, the people behind and of course to the sponsors. Warm congratulations to the panelists for their great ideas, thoughts and experience.
Well organized, it was an excellent event.
It was my pleasure to attend Maravilhosa's 2018 event.”
CAPTAIN LOIZOS VARNAVA
DPA/CSO Marine Superintendent, Star Bulk Shipmanagement Co. (Cyprus) Ltd
Testimonials related to the Facilitated Brainstorming Retreat of Cyprus-Germany Business Association:
“When I entered my office on Friday 20 October I was very skeptical about attending the brainstorming event for CGBA! How wrong I was. 24 hours after the intensive sessions facilitated by the positive and exceptional guidance of Muriel Matta I was driving home satisfied that this was a brilliant experience. It was amazing how with the right attitude and the exceptional skills of the facilitator we actually arrived at the correct conclusions (looking at the result a week later). Hopefully this will be embraced by the whole Board so that we can move forward to achieve the goals set! I will attend a similar event organized by Muriel without the slightest hesitation. Thank you for the experience.”
Managing Partner, Rödl & Partner Cyprus
“I attended the Cyprus-Germany Business Association's facilitated brainstorming retreat with great pleasure. Muriel managed very successfully to use the team members' individual strengths, leading us skillfully during the two days and facilitating the activities resourcefully. Mission accomplished: we left with our objectives achieved. The action plan that resulted from the session is put in place, enabling our association to go from strength to strength in the future. I would definitely recommend Maravilhosa's services.”
General Manager, Londa Hotel
“The Brainstorming Event on the 20th/21st of October 2017 of the CGBA was my first participation in such an event and I was very impressed by the event leader Ms. Muriel Matta who is very inspiring, professional, enthusiastic and passionate and I was very impressed by the outcome of our work together. Through this event we managed and succeeded to bring the team of the association closer together. By being interactive and exchanging ideas and experiences we succeeded to define the visions, mission, values, strategic objectives of the Association. The event was very well organised and I would recommend it anytime and gladly participate again in a Brainstorming Event with Ms. Muriel Matta. Thank you for this experience!”
Senior Corporate Administrator, Shanda Consult Ltd
Testimonial related to a Leadership Development and Cultural Transformation project:
“CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC) was established in May 2011 by Alexia Aspri and myself who had an aspiration to create a progressive commercial and corporate law firm by offering tailor made professional services by directing each client’s needs in a personal and individual way. Our vision was to create a team of young individuals to provide those personalised services to our clients. As our team grew over the years the partners of the firm felt the need of guidance in the areas of human resources and decided to engage Muriel Matta for this task.
Muriel has been a refreshing and a valuable addition to our external team of professionals. Together with the partners she dedicated her time to listen, review, understand the mission and vision of our firm and implemented this personalised need to our team and working environment. She assisted us in understanding our goals and implementing them as well as making it possible to work better as a team.
For us, the partners Muriel has worked with one to one sessions to assist us in learning and improving our leadership skills. Those have been very helpful and productive for us as well as our team.
Almost a year after we have engaged Muriel to assist us in this difficult project the positive results to our firm have been evident.”
Director, CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC)
Testimonials related to the panel discussion: "Shipping: an industry of Passion, Knowledge and Experience - Part Two"
“My deepest congratulations for a fantastic and well organized event. Very inspiring. All the best for the future.”
DR. CHRISTOS ATALIANIS
Senior Marine Surveyor, Department of Merchant Shipping
“As the theme of the panel discussion indicated, Shipping being all about Passion, Knowledge and Experience, Maravilhosa nailed it! Muriel expertly managed to combine these three aspects in a free flowing and open dialogue between the experts, the academics, the government and students by sharing real-life stories, provocative thoughts and forward thinking proposals. Muriel’s passion and enthusiasm attracted a number of participants never seen before in such events.
This is only the second panel discussion on shipping organised by Maravilhosa but it has already been established as an important event on the shipping calendar, not to be missed. It was certainly worth attending and already looking forward to the next one.”
CFO, Intership Navigation Co. Ltd
“It was with great pleasure that our office sponsored and attended this second panel discussion on shipping, organized by Maravilhosa on the 2nd of February 2017 - a fruitful and well organized event full of inspiring ideas and thoughts expressed by greatly respected shipping professionals to a really passionate audience comprising of different generations. Since every successful event is a collaboration, with Muriel’s great moderating skills, all panelists and speakers caught our strong interest sharing their real-life stories and thoughts, all of them being an excellent source of ideas on why shipping is an industry of passion, knowledge and experience. Our warmest congratulations to the organizers and supporters of this panel discussion! Looking forward to meeting you all at the next Maravilhosa event!”
Advocate, Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC
“I want to congratulate you for a well-organized event and an outstanding panel. We at CIM have been proud sponsors of this event for the first time and we are going to continue our support to the Maravilhosa Shipping Panel since we believe it contributes to the development of the shipping industry in Cyprus and bring together industry experts to discuss the latest trends and challenges.”
Deputy Director-General, Cyprus Institute of Marketing
“The conference provided a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn and build relationships with industry insiders. I found the session tremendously informative and insightful. After the conference, I feel that I have an understanding of future trends and looming opportunities. I'm pleased with the quality of the presenters and diversity of backgrounds. I look forward to future sessions. Thank you Muriel.”
Associate, EY (Ernst & Young Cyprus)
“Warm congratulations on the second panel discussion on shipping, organized by Maravilhosa on the 2nd of February 2017. A fruitful and well-organized event addressed to a great audience of different generations. Hellenic Bank Shipping have been proud sponsors of this event and looking forward to the next Maravilhosa Shipping Panel.”
Senior Relationship Manager, Transaction Banking Shipping, Hellenic Bank
“Everything was organised and conducted in an exceptionally high level of professionalism. From the idea conception, content, panellists, knowledge gained and the high level of participation. This panel discussion can only be interpreted as a great success, not only for Maravilhosa and Muriel Matta, but also for the Cyprus shipping industry in general.”
Director, Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm
“I was given the opportunity to attend this event on Shipping and it was a GREAT EXPERIENCE!
The whole flow of events, right from the high powered panel discussion which was a very good learning and sharing experience, to the participants and maritime students who all got involved and stressed out so many issues, shared their experiences…. Excellent networking opportunity and a refreshing evening! Keep the excellent work up!
I would like to SEA MORE …LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE!”
HR Supervisor, Celestyal Cruises
“I would like to congratulate you on the wonderful success of the event. I had a chat with a number of people over the cocktail and everybody was positively impressed with your professional and outstanding organisational skills - everything was so perfect! I am sincerely happy and proud of you! My best-best wishes to your further career achievements, which I am sure will be more than many!”
Deputy Head, ARETI International Group of Companies
“I want to congratulate you for an impeccably organized event in every sense of the way! I am truly proud of you! It’s been a very long time since I saw a room so packed up, especially with a younger audience, in a privately organized event such as yours. You have managed to infiltrate and pass your own enthusiasm and passion and that’s a great achievement by far!”
Deputy General Manager, Tamoil Overseas Limited
“It was a very interesting and well organised event. I believe that it well met its purpose to help people understand the challenges, the business and career opportunities as well as the prospects within the Shipping industry … not to mention an excellent networking that followed. I really look forward to the next one!”
Head of Technology & Business Solutions, OneNovation | One Group
Testimonials related to the panel discussion: "Shipping: an industry of Passion, Knowledge and Experience - Part One"
“Dear Muriel, let me congratulate and thank you for an amazing event. The panel was par excellence, our Shipping Minister stayed ALL the time and we all had great discussions and EVERYBODY went home with some thoughts about Shipping and our YOUNGSTERS.”
CAPTAIN EBERHARD KOCH
Chairman, CEO & Partner, Oesterreichischer Lloyd Shipping Group
“A great panel for young people from young people. I am sure the participants enjoyed it greatly especially the Q&A session where so many people took the floor. A great must for the Shipping community; it has to be a yearly event.”
ANDREAS I. CHRYSOSTOMOU
Former Director, Department of Merchant Shipping
“It goes without say that such an initiative can only have a very positive effect on all involved in the Maritime industry. Not only do we realize the importance of educating the younger generations but also the importance of having the opportunity to exchange ideas, listen to experiences and identify where we can improve. It was with much interest that I listened to the panellists’ stories of how they initially got involved with the Maritime industry, their dedication and sacrifices made truly impressed me as it shows the love that this industry demands. I felt the Q&A was done in such a way that allowed everyone to participate, from the Minister to the maritime students. I believe it was an opportunity to stress many issues, the major one being the need for more education on the Maritime industry.”
General Manager, Shiphold Ltd
Testimonial related to a workshop in Athens:
“Living in a country which is being disassembled economically and psychologically affecting its people and while running a developing bunker broker service company in a changing Shipping industry, I have often wanted to observe a seminar to learn how to cope under high stress and volatile life conditions. Muriel Matta covered this for me with her workshop delivered in Athens and called “Workplace Challenges”.
Very insightful with practical exercises that made us think and also have fun at the same time. Muriel is alive and kicking! She made us feel special and drew out talents we probably didn’t realize or forgot we had.
There were several exercises and the one I loved the most was the one about working in a team. The improvisation we had to do, last minute brought excitement which turned to enthusiasm and encouragement ultimately to be the best we can be. I am very happy I decided to attend Muriel’s workshop!”
Previous Vice President of WISTA HELLAS 2006
Principle of Prime Management Services, Greece
Director of Prime Petroleum Services
Founder and Chairwoman, Project Connect
Testimonials related to the workshop: "Our Teamwork"
“The workshop has been well prepared and presented. The topics included well spotted the points and issues everyone needed to listen and wonder about themselves for their daily work in order to be more efficient, organised and successful. Muriel is a very inspirational and enthusiastic person who knows very well the ways to pass on knowledge to others as well as to make them discover on their own their strengths and what makes them unique to be better. Such workshop helped on team spirit and how people should work together for the best of their company.
We are looking forward to attend the next event presented by Maravilhosa."
General Manager, Dememarine Services
“This was a very insightful experience. I have attended the mini-workshop which was very well organized but above all it was fun! I would highly recommend the Workshop to anyone who is interested in improving the relationships between their coworkers and growing their business opportunities. Would gladly attend any future events.”
“Your workshop has rejuvenated us. The enthusiasm you shared and the experience you brought was truly an inspiration.”
“Muriel did an excellent job of getting everyone involved. We have an extremely diverse team. With that in mind, I wasn't sure what kind of plan we could come up with that would be both beneficial and interesting to everyone. It seemed effortless for Muriel. From the ice-breaker to the closing, Muriel had us totally engaged.”
“This was a very good exercise for our Group as sometimes, we lose focus on the big picture, based on our daily schedules. I would recommend Maravilhosa to anyone looking for this type of workshop. Thank you Muriel for a fun as well as educational time.”
“Thank you for an amazing team building workshop which was full of fun, team bonding, challenges and will be of benefit to us all into the future. It was so well organized and kept us engaged until the end. I would have no hesitation in joining another workshop with Maravilhosa.”
“Thanks for a creative workshop. I found the workshop very useful in terms of pointing me in the right direction and I feel I now have a basis for how to move forward.”
“Worthwhile. Muriel is knowledgeable and I learned stuff about social behavior that I didn’t know. The content was engaging. It was interactive and the speaker welcomed contributions from the participants. A good session.”
Testimonial related to my speech: “Growth & Success: a 3-stage Strategy”
“Fabulous presenter. Very interesting speech with relevant information about the topic. I would certainly attend future Maravilhosa events.”
GHIWA STEPHANIE MOGHARBEL
HR & Quality Manager, Fameline Holding Group Ltd
Testimonials related to the workshop: "Understanding Personalities in Conflict"
“In the workplace, we see every day the benefits but also the challenges related with co-working of absolutely different personalities and behaviours of our colleagues. It was interesting indeed to hear about the approach which helps to better understand the specifics of each basic personality. It has been discussed that when a situation arises, an individual will handle it based upon his or her personal values, beliefs, and personality traits. These traits are developed throughout a person's lifetime and cannot be easily changed, so it is more helpful for managers and co-workers to try to understand this rather than to fight it.
It was a pleasure and good experience to attend and be a part of discussion at this workshop.”
Marketing Manager, Wise Link Holdings Ltd
“Being responsible for HR issues in an organisation is not an easy job... Things are tougher in the cases that you have a lot of other responsibilities to face at work, such as administration, evaluation procedures etc . I wanted to join the “Understanding personalities in Conflict” workshop, as I found that some colleagues were very difficult to communicate between each other and even worse, it was very difficult for me to pass the correct messages to them. The workshop had an excellent way to make you understand different personalities and how they interact in the work place, as well as understanding your own personality. As we all know “it takes two to tango”... so it’s not enough to blame other people for miscommunication if you do not use yourself judgement and self discipline as well.
Carried out in a very efficient and friendly way, the workshop really helped me to face a lot of challenges arising from different behaviours in the organisation!
Thanks Muriel for this pleasant experience that helped me understand myself and others and the reasons why we overreact sometimes! We are all different personalities but this doesn’t mean we cannot co-exist in harmony and work in a productive way and of course, learn from each other!”
HARA THEODOROU PANERA
Senior Administrative Officer, Sewerage Board of Limassol - Amathus
“Working with people in the workplace (and not only) and as much as one will try to avoid it, will occasionally lead to a situation of conflict. Understanding personalities in conflict, starting with ones self, will greatly assist in salvaging as much of any relationship as possible. We had the opportunity to study an Enneagram, explore our individual Enneagram style and more significantly try to explore the style of other individuals with whom we felt we were in conflict in an effort to understand distinct habits of thinking, feeling and behaving. Muriel and Karolina masterfully assisted in unfolding our inner wisdom and tapping into our individual potential as well as those around us. A very interactive workshop! I would gladly revisit.”
Deputy General Manager, Tamoil Overseas Limited
Testimonial related to the workshop: "The Talent of Public Speaking"
“I attended the Talent of Public Speaking workshop held by Muriel Matta, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All my life I dreaded speaking in public, until I attended Muriel’s workshop. I discovered that after only one seminar, I am now able to stand up and speak in public thanks to her excellent training, on this subject matter. Thank you Muriel, I will never forget your very interesting, interactive and inspiring workshop! You have a good training technique!”
Assistant General Secretary, Cyprus International Businesses Association (CIBA)
Testimonial related to the workshop: "Managing the Employment Relationship"
“In the absence of an in-house HR Department and as Deputy General Manager, a lot of times I am confronted with employment relationship issues. It is important to invest time to understand such issues and to try to find an amicable solution in the best interest of all concerned. The workshop has educated me with regards to latest updates on legal (both local and EU) aspects and obligations. It also provided helpful hints and ideas on how to upgrade manuals of procedure etc. Both Workshop Leaders, Muriel Matta (on the HR side) and Despo Andreou (on the Legal side) provided a vast amount of very useful information on the matter which they helped to embed using excellent audience-engaging tools and challenging group exercises. A day well spent indeed!”
Deputy General Manager, Tamoil Overseas Limited