Monique was born in 1966 in Switzerland; and prior to the start of her kindergarden
year, Monique and her family moved
from the French part to Zurich, the Swiss German part. At the age of sweet 20, graduated with a Master Degree in Business
and Administration, she began worldwide traveling. Her first destination to Australia included
working for Adilam Electronics
in Melbourne followed by an unforgettable journey to the breathtaking underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef
deserted sands of the Northern Territory where she spent several weeks with Indigenous Australians and learned all
about living off the
land, in harmony and in balance with the environment.
In 1998 Monique went to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu to get her English proficiency
diploma in academic speeches.
Although the diploma was very important, surfing became her new passion & the
Aloha spirit tremendously inspired her lifestyle
and future artworks. She later worked several years for
Swissair where she gained valuable experience in human resources and
office management. Besides her official job she took flight lessons and also joined the
Swissair Emergency Care Teamas a volunteer - first aid & disaster relief caregiver to support families who
lost their beloved ones in plane crashes
other tragic incidents. She got deployed to Halifax in 1998 after the plane crash incident; to New York after
and was sent to Thailand after
the Tsunami hit in 2004. Monique supported staff & families during the mass-dismissal
within SAirGroup-Swissair and
during its dissolution in 2001 and
After Swissair was closed
down she took a sabbatical and traveled one more time to Australia and Hawaii with a
stopover in California
and Mexico. When she returned to Switzerland she was offered the position of executive assistant,
human resources- and
office manager at Moneyline Telerate; responsible for Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France & Hungary.
In 2005 Moneyline Telerate was then taken over by Reuters and that was the moment Monique decided to
go abroad. Monique moved to Miami
Beach and started working as personal assistant for the rich & famous and then started her own business
'The Etiquette Expert' in Miami and trained and coached potential personal executive assistants in corporate tasks:
How to assist professionally VIPs and C-level managers, prioritizing projects, budgeting & accounting; supervising
household staff, butlers, nannies, landscapers and vendors. The workshop also included table manners, dress for success and how to apply a perfect, natural
looking makeup. 'A well-dressed professional doesn’t mean you need to look like you walked off a magazine photo shoot
but you need to make smart decisions about what you wear for work depending on the industry.
She studied Taoism &
Feng Shui and the 'ancient chinese art of placement' guided her into the world of interior design. In 2007,
as interior designer from the Institut of Interior Design New York.
In September 2007 she packed her belongings and drove from Miami
Beach to Los Angeles, crossed eight States and attended vocational training in film editing and motion graphics at Video
Symphony in Burbank (Los Angeles); and learned also the craft of old age- and prosthetics makeup for film and video. Besides
classes she kept on coaching young personal executive assistants.
Monique registered her film treatment 'Mahalo Sunrise'
with the Writer's Guild of America West, Los Angeles on
December 31st, 2008. (Registration No: 1322103)
A month later she was spotlighted
in the January 2009 edition of the film maker's magazine Los Angeles as newcomer screenwriter (page 49), featured with
'The Wrestler' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' screenwriters.
Monique published in 2009 her book 'Mahalo Sunrise' in German and English. A true story - She got involved
with the largest FBI stingray operation in Hawaii's history. Please find the synopsis and order details on page: Mahalo
Sunrise E - and - on page: Mahalo Sunrise D.
In May 2011, Monique got honored with the International Book Award in Los Angeles for her book 'Mahalo
Sunrise' - in the category 'true story / non-fiction.
NEWS: End of October 2017 her new book 'M.I.A. P3 - Albtraum
im Doppelpack' in German will be published - Stay tuned!