Insight_4th Edition

Renate Strelau Historical Researcher, Artist Reseda, CA renate-strelau Supported by more than 40 years of professional excellence, Renate Strelau serves as a historical researcher and artist, participating in one-woman shows all over the country, including Cafe Espresso in Berkeley, California, and Riggs Bank in Arlington, Virginia. For noteworthy collaborations, she has traveled all over the world, including Morocco, Italy and Mexico; she exhibited her work at the International Art Exhibit in India and her drawing of a rose is housed at the American University Museum in Washington. Earlier in her career, she worked as a research assistant for the Iranian Embassy in Washington. Additionally, at scholarly conferences in Annapolis, Maryland, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ms. Strelau presented path-breaking historical research raising the role of art in the flow of international relations. More recently, in 2017, she competed in international Chinese martial arts tournaments in the United States, including Santa Monica, California, Boston, Massachusetts, and Chicago, Illinois, performing either Shaolin kung fu or wushu as taught by highly distinguished world champions. How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? We all have many choices as to what life path to follow. I have always known that the choices I made are true to who I am. That is a great feeling when a setback happens, or when there is any type of slowing of momentum and wonderment as to what might be next, or how I should assess what is happening. Thankfully, I am very clear about the work I do. What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? Curiosity marks many, if not all individuals. It is wonderful to feel curious about many individuals and thoughts. I think it is also about being respectful of other points of view to see the beauty in others and to try to respect whatever it is I am curious about. I love to take my time to understand fascinating or interesting things, and even if something is mind-boggling – our world is many times – the respect for differences is really the other side of the coin of curiosity. Photo by: Shifu Sean Wang