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 and the 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.
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 severall 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 Team as a volunteer - first aid & disaster relief care-giver to
support families who lost their beloved ones in plane crashes and in other tragic
incidents. She got deployed to Halifax in 1998 after the plane crash incident; to New York after 9/11, 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
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, she graduated 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.
registered her film treatment 'Mahalo Sunrise' with the Writer's Guild of America West, Los Angeles on December 31st,
2008. (Registration No: 1322103)
month later she was spotlighted in the January 2009 edition of the film maker's magazine Los Angeles as a 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 other details on page: Mahalo Sunrise E - and - on page: Mahalo Sunrise D.