About &Connect

&Connect is a management consultancy firm that facilitates and develops the dialogue within organizations and teams. We help out our customers in challenging times to increase mutual trust, create clarity, achieve conversations and increase their performance.

We have a firm belief

We have a firm belief that the solution to many challenges can be found in the dialogue. It is a belief that is based on our years of experience in leadership roles, leadership development and team development in business and in professional sports (sailing).

We are in good company; internationally leading thinkers in the field of organizational development such as Patrick Lencioni and Simon Sinek share our conviction.

To discuss what is needed to move forward – it can be that simple, and at the same time that difficult.

A bundling of expertise

&Connect combines the professional networks, talents and years of experience of Marchien Bertens-Kuik: a seasoned, independent, “straightforward” organizational consultant and team coach, Lucas Schroder: an energetic and fearless but also people-oriented ocean sailor and Marlies Knijnenberg: an inspired , pragmatic HR director and enthusiastic executive coach..

It makes us an unusual combination. While our conviction about the importance of dialogue binds us, in practice our view and approach often differ. But we have a solid foundation of great mutual trust and the ability to keep in touch with each other. It helps us to use our differences as strength instead of our differences holding us back.

Born in the eye of the storm

&Connect originated in the eye of the storm, in the heart of the Corona pandemic. We have laid the foundation for &Connect. Working remotely showed the importance of dialogue for the performance and well-being of teams and organisations. As a first aid for managers in this crisis, we have launched the “secretly-miss-I-office” concept. It was a special collaboration with activation agency Enterprising Guests, brand strategist Jesse Moerkerk and “office columnist” Japke-d Bouma. In 3 months we reached more than 100 managers and 1000 employees and we helped them to keep in touch with each other online. 

Our success brought us new clients, both in the Netherlands and abroad, asking for our expertise with team development and performance, leadership challenges, cultural change and organizational development.

Would you also like to know how we can improve the dialogue within your organization and what this can mean for your organisation? Then contact us!



Ready to perform better? Give us a call!

+31 624 096 978

 Lucas Schröder
 Partner &Connect