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July Newsletter

Welcome Word!

Dear members and partners,

Before the summer break, we are happy to share with you the latest news on Women on Board.

The number of nominations is our highlight of the yearly General Assembly as well as the inspiring speech by Federica Mogherini in the iconic Skyhall. You can read the names and appointments further in this Newsletter. Warm congratulations and good luck to all of them! Let’s continue to develop new board journeys and make boards stronger!

Our agenda for Q3 is also being prepared and below we offer already 2 events. 

If you have news for us and wish it published feel free to send us a mail. 

We hope you will celebrate a beautiful summer

With warm regards,
Françoise Roels and Trees Paelinck

The Numbers

303 ‘Talent Pool’ members 

We welcome in the talent pool new members: 
Loesje Carron, Chris Juliam, Vivian Sajet, Chantal Veevaete,
Ann Veraverbeke, Ann Viaene
62 Supportive members & 16 Women on Track 

General Assembly

On June 7th we were proud to have our General assembly at the BAC (Brussels Airport Company) offering the iconic building at Brussels Airport, now fully and sustainably renovated as a truly unique event location.

Sylvie van den Eynde talked us through the sustainability actions that are taking place at our National airport and this was followed by our General Assembly result/actions and finances. (ppt below).

Our Guest Speaker: Ms Federica Mogherini Rector of the College of Europe, and previously High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission told of her growth into politics, her appreciation of Belgium, now considered also her home, the steps into the European Commission and now the travels to be Rector. In the Q&A, honest and personal answers were given to the questions on Europe in the war situation, the Economy as a diplomatic partner and educating the youngsters to understand what Europe does and means to society.

The networking drink was a huge success with delicious finger food offered by BAC and catered by the Sheraton. 

Thank you all for attending. It was great to see you all in such spirit and colour. Also to our Corporate partners that were there as well as some of the Executive Search companies. Networking is indeed very important in this day and age. 

More photos of the event can be found HERE

Presentation GA 2022

News About Our Members

We are proud of all your new nominations since June 2021. Below is the list of all the nominations, you sent us. This was presented at the General Assembly on June 7th.


Deborah Dhauwer
Festival van Vlaanderen Brussel onafhankelijke bestuurder.

Xior welcomes Colette Dierick and Conny Vandendriessche as new board directors

Read More


Past Events

10 Minutes a Day a Day sitting in Silence, No thank you!



On April 21st we were happy to have our first physical meet-up and were welcomed by the Capgemini team members Deborah D’Hauwer and Robert van der Eijk in their offices in Diegem.

More than 30 people enjoyed the session given by Karin Laverge author “word CEO van je brein” & member of Women on Board. With a few exercise examples, she taught us how to take control of our breathing and distance ourselves of our daily thoughts. 

This was followed by a warm interview between Karin and Heidi Rakels, ex-Olympic judo bronze winner. Heidi has been doing meditation for several years. It took a lot of focus but after a 10-day course, she now meditates 2h a day.  Her life is now more under control, she seems to be able to use her time more efficiently and is less tired.

Some pictures from this event.


Events to Come (see our website)

12 September 2022
17:00 – 20:00The New Way of Working
PwC Campus in Brussels : Opening the door to the future. A new landmark for all talent

In the new Experience Center @PwC, Sandy Aers will present the new way of working in the sustainable PwC building, the changes in mobility and activity-based working… 
There will be a guided tour around the building and we’ll close with a networking moment. 
More information here



20 September 2022
17:30 – 19:00 (Webinar)Future of Work: Leadership for Tomorrow


  • Nathalie Vandaele; Human Capital leader Deloitte Belgium & NSE Board Member Sustainable Business Leadership 
  • Sara Vermeir; Practice Leader of Global Development at RRA Russel Reynolds
  • Jacque van Rijckevorsel (Chairman of the board Clinique Universitaire Saint Luc, Cofinimmo, Capricorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund)

More information here

Next Admissions Committee:
21 September 2022

Do you know some colleague-board members or other ladies who wish to become a member of Women on Board? Then send a short email with candidate details to trees.paelinck@womenonboard.be so we can invite them to fill in the online application. Or you can direct them to the online page of our website: how to become a member. We wish to have all the new candidates’ entries by August 20th 2021.


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