Who are we

The initiative of Women on Board is a non-profit association created by five women dedicated to promoting female access to directorship roles within Belgian enterprises (public and private). Set up in December 2009, Women on Board has now achieved its primary goals:

  • to create a pool of talented women ready to take up board positions,
  • to facilitate access to this pool for Belgian enterprises searching for female directors.

The purpose of this website is to network all parties interested in this initiative, with a view to extending its reach. Discover our corporate video!

History

Values

Our aim is for all our members to share our vision and values and to act as Women on Board ambassadors.

  • Diversity
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Empathy
  • Sharing
  • Make it happen

Diversity

  • We respect and interact with people from different backgrounds, benefiting from their skills and experience.
  • We adapt to different cultural contexts/environments and to best practices in the field of diversity.

Ethics and integrity

  • We are very much aware of professional, ethical and legal requirements and behave accordingly.
  • The way we operate is consistent with expressed principles.
  • We are transparent and honest in our dealings with others.
  • We put general interest before own interest and stand by our decisions.

Empathy

We show a deep understanding for the values and motives of others and communicate effectively and concisely, with a focus on building trust.

For us, “empathy” is a form of social awareness, important for developing a moral sense.

Sharing

  • We build commitment by regularly communicating our vision and objectives.
  • We promote initiatives aimed at sharing our vision throughout organisations.
  • We build bridges between members to exchange expertise, stimulating fertilisation.

Make it happen

  • We create a “can do” climate, demonstrating an entrepreneurial attitude by proposing initiatives and making them happen.
  • We translate ideas into workable solutions contributing to achieve our goals.
  • We consider new ideas and are willing to try out different approaches involving unconventional paths.

Mission statement

Society wants more talented women to become involved in the business world in the context of good governance practices and Women on Board is willing to contribute to a better functioning and effectiveness of decision-making and governance bodies. As unanimously recognised, good governance supports long-term value creation.

In view of the above factors, we have decided to bring together qualified women with the aim of promoting diversity in boards of directors and executive committees and to give Belgian and foreign corporations free access to a pool of highly qualified female candidates ready to take up board positions.

One of our priorities is to interact with leading business players in the fields of corporate governance and women’s participation.

Women on Board is not a political or lobby organisation, and has therefore decided not to take any position on quotas. We focus instead on our main objectives of giving greater visibility to skilled women and potential board candidates, and promoting this pool of talents in the business world.

Our Governance

The Board of Directors of ‘Women on Board’ is currently composed of eleven members: three of them are founding members, one is the Chairwomen of European Women on Board, four are associate members and three are male directors. All of them bring in their energy and experience, contribute their business insight and sound advice. All have full-time professional jobs.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of ‘Women on Board’ is currently composed of four of its five founding members and three independent directors. While the founding members bring in their energy and experience, the independent directors contribute their business insight and sound advice. All have full-time professional jobs.

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Admission Committee

The role of the Admissions Committee is to review the profile of candidate members on the basis of objective criteria and to advise the Board of Directors (“the Board”) accordingly. Committee meetings are held on a quarterly basis.

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Excom and Staff Members

Meet the team

There are many people who help realise the events, partnerships, content, communication and growth of Women on Board. Let us introduce them to you:

 

General Manager
Excom:
Selection Advisor:
Project Coorinator:

Corporate Partners

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