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Welcome Word!

Dear members, Dear partners,

Our best wishes for a happy, friendly and healthy 2022! 

Board members often ask themselves how to bring more Diversity and Inclusion to their organisation. Three eminent speakers shared their vision and experiences at the New Year webinar Women on Board organised with Deloitte on January, 10th.  Sharon Thorne, Deloitte Global Board Chair, Ilham Kadri, CEO Solvay and John Porter, CEO Telenet highlighted that a Board has a key role to play by

  • 1° monitoring scorecards on the current situation and the pipeline, “What gets measured, gets done”
  • 2° ensuring a welcoming culture like a warm house, being a role model, a sponsor, a mentor, learn and relearning is the spirit
  • 3° including D&I in variable pay for senior leaders.

No better way than this advice to work on the mission of WoB ” Better boards for a better world”. Many thanks  to the speakers and the numerous participants for their time, energy and inspiration!

To start the year we would like to draw attention to two projects under construction at Women on Board. The first one is a partnership project with Gamechangers (a group of female sports athletes) and Sport Vlaanderen to work on more gender-diverse boards for sports organisations. The second one is on the added value of Artificial Intelligence, what can AI do for your company, what can AI mean for Women on Board? Both projects can only be successful with your support, please contact us if you are ready to share ideas or offer help.

Warm regards,


With warm regards,
Françoise Roels and Trees Paelinck

The Numbers

304 ‘Talent Pool’ members 

We welcome in the talent pool new members: 
Christiane Malcorps, Marie-Théodora Vandewiele, Fabienne Duyssens, Laurence Lambert, Kaat Bulté, An Caers

64 Supportive members & 16 Women on Track 

Welcome new Admission Committee members

We wish to thank Marleen Smekens and Sophie Manigart for their dedicated time as Admission Committee members. They were on board since pretty much the beginning of Women on Board. 

In 2022 we welcome Jean and Ingrid to our admission committee!

Ingrid De Poorter

Ingrid De Poorter is Managing-Partner van het advocatenkantoor De Groote-De Man met vestigingen in Brussel, Gent, Halle en Hasselt.

Ze is tevens doctor in de rechten en Professor aan de UGent waar ze het vak ‘Juridische en beroepsnormen inzake accountancy en belastingconsultancy’ doceert in de Master in de Fiscaliteit.

Daarnaast is ze ook onafhankelijk bestuurder bij diverse ondernemingen, waaronder ING Bank NV en het wereldvermaard onderzoekscentrum voor nano-elektronica en digitale technologie, IMEC.

Omwille van haar uitgebreide ervaring is Ingrid een veelgevraagd key note speaker op tal van nationale en internationale conferenties omtrent onder meer privacy, bestuursaansprakelijkheid, financieel recht of compliance in het algemeen.

Ingrid heeft een passie voor corporate governance en is een sterke voorvechter voor diversiteit in de raden van bestuur en het topmanagement als motor voor een onderneming.

Tot slot heeft Ingrid 3 kinderen, Jasper, Roos en Robin met wie ze graag de wereld rondreist op zoek naar nieuwe avonturen en culturen

Jean Van den Eynde

Jean Van den Eynde obtained his law degree from the University of Antwerp. After his LL.M. at Harvard Law School, he graduated from the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard with an M.P.A. 

After a year in New York as a foreign associate at the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, he joined De Bandt, van Hecke, van Gerven & Lagae (now Linklaters).  
After a few years of practicing law in Brussels, Jean was recruited by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank group, moved to Washington D.C. and worked six years on project finance deals in Africa and Asia. 

Jean returned to Belgium to embark on a career in executive search and assessment. In 1992 he joined Russell Reynolds to help open their Brussels Office. He retired from Russell Reynolds last year, after having been Country Manager for Belgium, and in 2020 (ad interim) for Japan.  He served on the Executive Committee, and on the Promotions and Development Committee. Jean was the first non-US Chair of the AESC – the worldwide association of the executive search profession.  
Jean served as Chair of the Harvard Club of Belgium, and of the Fulbright Foundation for Belgium and Luxembourg. 

When the insurance company FIDEA was sold by KBC to PE owners, Jean was asked to join the board, which he did upon the condition that they also elect a woman with strong finance credentials.  For more than 10 years, Jean served on the Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee of FIDEA which went through challenging changes of control, until in 2021 the insurer was bought by Bâloise and ceased to exist as an independent company.  

Jean continues to advise family owned companies in times of transitions, to help friends and family with career choices, and started his induction with Duo for a Job.  When not travelling to meet up with, and enjoy the company of children and grandchildren who live in Costa Rica and Washington D.C. , Jean enjoys starting the day with a brisk walk to bring the only grandson who lives in Belgium, to his child care centre.  

BACA (TheShift)

The BACA calendar for 2022 reflects our eagerness to make of the coming year a fruitful one, filled with events that inspire for true climate impact. First up is an Anchor Event that outlines the basics of climate action: Why does climate matter to your organization? February 8, 2022 – 14:00 – 15:30.
Read more here

Chapter Zero Brussels/Climate Governance asbl/vzw 

Climate Zero Brussels / Climate Governance asbl/vzw are the EU and BeLux chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

They enable board directors across BeLux and the ~20 European Union countries where a national chapter does not exist yet to engage effectively in a strategic debate about the climate challenge for their businesses, and how they will contribute to achieving the EU’s target of net-zero emissions.

Their vision is to leverage on the unique position of board directors as well as the European Union leadership in the fight against climate change to help heal our planet for our children and theirs.​

For the Director Climate Journey (and other sessions) they are always looking for experienced speakers (board members) on the subject of climate. If you are interested please contact cedric.brusselmans@climatezerobrussels.eu

Experten Databank.be

Did you know only about 25 % of experts interviewed in the media are women? De expert-database  of the Flemish Government, managed by Elke Jeurissen, wants to change that number. Watch the video here.

We need you to become more visible and share your expertise with journalists.
As a board member, you are already an expert in your field of work. All of you fit the criteria of the expert-database.
So make your expertprofile today and become an expert in the media. 

How does it work?

Step 1 – go to expertendatabank.be and make an expert profile so journalists can find you, you can change your profile at any time and decide what part of your profile is visible
Step 2 – once you have an expert profile, you get immediate access to an online media training video full of interactive exercises about how to link your expertise to the news, how to prepare for an interview and how to become more visible –  you can watch the free video every time you need it
Step 3 – journalists will be able to find you on the expert database through key words, so make sure to include them in your profile! the best thing to do is to add a short CV video to your profile

Together, we can make diverse voices visible and heard. Don’t overthink this, just make your profile and share your expertise with the world. 

Past Events

Women on Track Session 1


With the community of ‘Women on Track’, members of Women on Board, directors at PwC and managers at NN and Capgemini, we had our first meeting together at the PWC Experience Centre on 5 November 2021.

At the second online meeting on 25 January 2022, we will speak with Marion Debruyne, co-author of  “Making your way, de hobbelige weg naar succes en geluk in leven en werk”. It will be a session to learn and inspire each other, to exchange insights and discuss, to grow professionally, enjoy a networking opportunity and reflect on a role as a potential future board member.




With thanks to Deloitte 

End of Year Festive Drink


Glad to have seen so many familiar and new faces at our online Zoom End of Year drink. Thank you for sharing those positive moments of 2022. 
The video will all the photos can be seen here on our website.

Events to Come (see our website)

Next Admissions Committee:
9 March 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 20 Febuary 2022.

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