Originally from Curaçao, Marleen Evertsz is an entrepreneur in the financial industry. She has extensive experience in fintech solutions, with broad knowledge of financial, operations and risk management. Marleen has led and motivated diverse, large teams towards success and was in charge of numerous high-profile projects that evolved into digitally enabled business models. Currently, she is the (co-)founder and (co-)owner of 4 companies and part of the advisory board of 2 companies. Read more about Marleen Evertsz and her insights on financial entrepreneurship.
We asked Marleen how her journey in Finance began. And for that, we need to rewind a little bit.
Soon after studying Hotel Management, Marleen decided she wanted to learn something new and discovered that a Master’s in Finance aligned with her interests and goals. She moved to the Netherlands to pursue her studies, motivated by the fact that she was pretty entrepreneurial already from a very young age. At 17 years old, she was the co-owner of 7 bars and restaurants in Curacao.
“Finance was one of the things that I was really good at – but I only discovered that while I was studying it.”
After finishing her Master’s, she started working for Deloitte. In a moment of reorientation, she then turned towards the media sector. So what drove her back into finance, despite her wish to start in the creative industries?
“While interviewing for a media company, I was asked for an interview at Optiver. We had such a good click personally and professionally and were offered the job the same day. And I thought: I might be attracted to the media sector, but what fits my personality the best? And that is how I ended up becoming a Trader at Optiver.
“In the beginning, I had a tough time. I wanted to get into the creative sector and now I’m trading – what happened?! I really did not like it and it wasn’t my thing. Only when they started giving me more responsibilities did it get more interesting.. I started to see what I can contribute to the company and the financial market.”
From her first steps toward finance to later stages in her career, Marleen Evertsz was inspired and guided by her own role models, throughout her professional development. Her dad, first of all, was an entrepreneur – he inspired her and guided her on that path. After she moved to the Netherlands, she was inspired and directed by an important banker in the Netherlands, who motivated her to persevere in her job at Optiver.
“He motivated me to stick around for at least three years, before I made my next career move. This skyrocketed my career – from an intellectual and monetary point of view. That was an important lesson for me – to stick around for a while.”