Who Are We?

Sharing what we've learned

Between us we have over 200 years of combined experience in business and life. We have all lived and worked in multiple countries and cultures. It is that experience that we share with you through our podcast.

We came together on this project when we were discussing how valuable the lessons that we now know would have been to our younger selves.

We asked some of the sages and gurus that we know in our network if they would be willing to pass on their lessons to the world through our interviews and it was no surprise that they all readily agreed.

So we embarked on this journey of interviewing and documenting important lessons from these leaders of industry, academics, celebrities and run of the mill successful people so that their wisdom can be shared with you.

We know that there are somethings with which you will agree with and some that you will not. After all isn’t that what life is all about?

Meet the team​

We’re dedicated to finding the most interesting people around and asking them to share what they have learned with you.

Our background means that we know which lessons are wisdom and which ones are grandma’s platitudes.

We will ensure that it is the former that you get to hear.

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Diana White

Host

Diana White has over 30 years in sales and retail experience, leading stores with revenues of over 10 million and a staff of 200. Consumer psychology, marketing, operations, and leadership are just a few of her skillsets. Seeing a need for startup and operations assistance within the local business community, Diana established D.E.W. Business Solutions, LLC, to provide consulting to small businesses. Diana was appointed as CEO of Chandler Innovations, a technology incubator funded by the City of Chandler, Arizona.Diana obtained a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Administration from Northern Arizona University, holds a green belt in Lean Six Sigma, and is a certified Agile Scrum Master. She is committed to helping businesses and non-profits as well as the community at large.

Siebe Van Der Zee

Siebe Van Der Zee

Host

Siebe is President of Vanderzee & Associates, Executive Search & Coaching. He has served as an international management consultant for over 25 years. For 28 years, Siebe has served as Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Arizona. He holds a Master's Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and he is a current member of the International Leadership Council at GPEC (Greater Phoenix Economic Council).

Dr Duff Watkins

Host

Dispensing sound career advice for 25+ years. Duff is a former group psychotherapist who's run an executive search firm for many years. He's past President of the Yale Club in Australia, a long-time Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. He hosted the international podcast "How Business Really Works" and is a founder of this podcast, 10 Lessons It Took Me 50 Years to Learn

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Jeffery Wang

Host / Producer

Jeffery is the founder of Professional Development Forum, an organisation dedicated to help young professionals find fulfilment in the modern Australian workplace for more than 13 years. Since its inception, the forum has hosted multitudes of successful, remarkable, and inspiring leaders. Through this journey, Jeffery developed a passion for empowering culturally diverse talent and unlocking their leadership potential. Jeffery is a passionate advocate of genuine diversity, servant leadership and mentorship and engages actively both as a mentor and mentee. Jeffery has almost 20 years of experience working as a sales and strategy professional in the IT Industry looking after enterprise and government customers. He has lived in Taiwan and New Zealand before migrating to Sydney where he currently lives with his wife and two boys.

Robert Hossary

Robert Hossary

Host / Executive Producer

Robert has been involved in international business for the past two decades. Since 2011 - 2018, Robert was the General Manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) and helped advise many Australian and US companies about their international expansion requirements. Prior to that, Robert was Regional Vice President for the Americas for a technology manufacturer. He has also worked in Taiwan with responsibility for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. With a background in Technology, Transport, Fashion and Healthcare, Robert has a wealth of experience to share.

Yi Wang

Yi Wang

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Yi is passionate about applying a risk lens and toolkit to a business challenge, making it meaningful to stakeholders so to make better decisions and achieve their success. Having lived the life of a 1st-generation migrant in Australia, Yi completed a hybrid education in accounting and IT and worked in professional service and many digital-first industries. Yi received countless support and advice generously given by others so he is a strong believer in mentorship and its power to help young professionals to realise their potential. Outside of his professional life, Yi enjoys playtime with his family, reading and is studying towards professional qualifications in mental health and counselling. Since joining the #10lessonslearned team, Yi has re-energised the team and helped refine a marketing strategy to amplify the outreach of the wisdom we aspire to share.

Robert Hossary

Robert Hossary

Host / Producer

Robert has been involved in international business for the past two decades. Since 2011 - 2018, Robert was the General Manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) and helped advise many Australian and US companies about their international expansion requirements.

Prior to that, Robert was Regional Vice President for the Americas for a technology manufacturer. He has also worked in Taiwan with responsibility for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

With a background in Technology, Transport, Fashion and Healthcare, Robert has a wealth of experience to share.

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Rader Antwi

Video Editor

Rader is a working student, also volunteering with The Professional Development Forum, alongside Jeffery and the rest of its team. Having been transformed by an experiential learning experience in her early years with a NFP organisation called The Helmsman Project, an organisation working with young people to help them realise their potential and become leaders of their own life. Rader developed an enthusiastic curiosity for personal development leading her to work with The Helmsman as an Administrative Assistant, The Professional Development Forum and now with us at 10 Lessons it Took Me 50 Years to Learn. Our YouTube Channel will be launching soon.

Rader Antwi

Rader Antwi

Video Editor

Rader is a working student, also volunteering with The Professional Development Forum, alongside Jeffery and the rest of its team.
Having been transformed by an experiential learning experience in her early years with a NFP organisation called The Helmsman Project, an organisation working with young people to help them realise their potential and become leaders of their own life. Rader developed an enthusiastic curiosity for personal development leading her to work with The Helmsman as an Administrative Assistant, The Professional Development Forum and now with us at 10 Lessons it Took Me 50 Years to Learn. Our YouTube Channel will be launching soon.

Rader Antwi

Video Editor

Rader is a working student, also volunteering with The Professional Development Forum, alongside Jeffery and the rest of its team. Having been transformed by an experiential learning experience in her early years with a NFP organisation called The Helmsman Project, an organisation working with young people to help them realise their potential and become leaders of their own life. Rader developed an enthusiastic curiosity for personal development leading her to work with The Helmsman as an Administrative Assistant, The Professional Development Forum and now with us at 10 Lessons it Took Me 50 Years to Learn. Our YouTube Channel will be launching soon.