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October Newsletter

Welcome Word!

Dear members, dear supporters, dear sponsors, 

A few days ago, I was elected President of Women on Board. I am very proud to be able to take over the torch of this beautiful association. 
5 great women are behind the creation of Women on Board: Emmanuèle Attout, Marie Evrard, Sonja Rottiers, Cécile Coune and Françoise Roels. Any thanks will be too small compared to the courage and determination they have shown to bring Women on Board to where it is today, namely a strong association with a clear mission ‘to promote women onto a board’ and pool together more than 300 exceptional women. 

I would particularly like to thank Françoise Roels for her unfailing commitment. Françoise has really marked the last years of WoB. Thank you, Françoise for your confidence and your encouragement. 

WoB also has a board of directors that has recently been enriched with 4 new directors, Grégoire Dallemagne (Luminus), Claire Van Bergen (Deloitte), Thibault Georgin (Igneos) and Patricia Ceysens (WeWatt). Together we are ready to take up the new challenges of WoB and take our association even further. 

In this period of transition, we can, in addition to the founding ladies, count on a strong and stable Admission Committee. As a true guarantor of the quality level of our talent pool, the Admission Committee is a central element of our association. Thank you to them for their consistency and loyalty. 

My 3 objectives as President are to: 

  • strengthen the knowledge and credibility of our association among business leaders 
  • strengthen our pride in being part of the Women on Board network and hence inspire the younger generation. We must dare to communicate more about our expertise and that of our members. 
  • strengthen the communication of our expertise so that consulting WoB is the first choice for all business leaders and recruitment firms with director vacancies. 

Thank you all for your loyalty to Women on Board. We need you to achieve the mission and goals we have set for ourselves. I am at your disposal by email, LinkedIn message or otherwise if you wish to share your opinion and recommendations. 

Best wishes and see you soon at our next events,


The Numbers

321 ‘Talent Pool’ members 

We welcome into the talent pool new members: 
Candice Bosteels, Liesbeth Ceelen, Béatrice de Mahieu, Arlène Derbaix, Béatrice Möes, Ophélie Mortier, Romanie Peters,Sarah Robertson, Sabine Thuysbaert, Susan Dootingh, Patricia Vangheluwe, 

57 Supportive members & 18 Women on Track

Introducing our Chairperson

Gaëlle Helsmoortel is co-founder and CEO of dgenious – a retail tech startup in the field of data analytics. After graduating as a commercial engineer from ICHEC (Brussels), she pursued a successful 13 years career at L’oreal in various roles across sales, marketing and HR. In 2012, she joined the consulting company Minds&More (Brussels) where she developed a Social Selling methodology and applied it to numerous blue-chip customers including Puratos, Engie, Tractebel, Vinçotte or Orange. She joined dgenious in 2019.

The promotion of women in business and in boards has always been one of Gaelle’s main concerns and she is a member of WOB since 2017.

Board mandates: ICHEC, WOB, dgenious 

Past Events

The New Way of Working



A fantastic get-together in the new building @PwC with an interesting speech by Sandy Aers,  Partner and Chief Operating Officer at PwC Belgium, who explained the sustainability of the rebuilding, its co-working spaces and listening to the employees to create this working space. We ended with a guided tour of the facilities.
PwC is one of Women on Board’s most loyal corporate partners. For more than 10 years PwC has been supporting and contributing to the realization of the mission of Women on Board, the promotion of gender-diverse boards or ‘mixed’ boards. PwC Belgium not only supports our mission but is also a co-creator of our culture of professionalism, knowledge and exchange of experiences, all this in a friendly relationship

Future of Work: Sustainable Business Leadership



On 20 September 2022, we got together at the webinar “The future of Work: leadership for tomorrow”. This webinar is part of the collaboration with Deloitte Belgium with the overarching theme “The purpose-led organisation: new times are coming”. In the webinar, the speakers made the link between the latest trends in human capital with a specific focus on the future of work and sustainable leadership.
This topic is high on the agenda of boards as boards have a prominent role to play in this regard in terms of their own leadership role. Big thank you to Annelies Verbruggen, partner Human Capital at Deloitte, Sara Vermeir, Practice Leader of Global Development at Russell Reynolds Associates, Jacques van Rijckevorsel, Chair of the Board of Cofinimmo and of the Board of the Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc and Claire Van Bergen, Chief Ethics Officer at Deloitte and member of the board of Women on Board




A roundtable session with the chairs of a board was held on October 4 2022, from 5 to 7 pm. @ Ethias Bruxelles.

The hosts were: Françoise Roels, Myriam Van Varenbergh and Trees Paelinck.

More and more women take up the responsibility of board chairperson. During this roundtable, we got to know each other better and discussed the challenges of a chair: how you build a successful tandem with your CEO, how you create a team with your board, how you find and select new board members, how you manage your own succession, …

A follow-up of this meeting will be organised in January 2023….

What can you expect from a GUBERNA education program?


17/10/2022 17:00 – 18:00 (Online)
GUBERNA, as the Belgian Institute for directors, offers education programmes for board members and aspiring board members and everyone interested in (good) governance. In this session, the ladies of GUBERNA introduced the GUBERNA programmes and their director certification journey.
For more information on this please contact Guberna.

Events to Come (see our website)

Women Talk: Bridging the Gap by Investing and taking a seat on the Board.

8 November 2022 18:00 – 20:00

Together with BeAngels we will organise a session for interested experienced Board members who want to invest in a female start-up/scale-up led by women.

Sensitize more women to the world of investment, especially in startups; BeAngels can accompany and train them to approach their first investments, we will explain how; to bring to the startups financed and accompanied more gender diversity in their shareholding and their governance. The goal is to encourage more women to get involved in this exciting activity of Business Angels.

More information here

Women on Track 2022 – 2023
Call for participants

Women on Track moving to the top, reasons to join the program

Do you want to join the Women on Track programme?
We create a community of ‘Women on Track’, members of Women on Board, senior managers at PWC and other Corporate Partners.  Together we read the book “Making your way, de hobbelige weg naar succes en geluk in leven en werk”  by Marion Debruyne & Katleen De Stobbeleir.  We will have contacts with experienced board members of Women on Board and senior executives of the Corporate Partners.
Based on our insights and discussions,  we want to grow professionally, enjoy a networking opportunity and reflect on a role as a potential future board member.

Program: 4 workshops, exact dates to be decided

  1. November 2022 Workshop 1 live:  getting to know each other 
  2. January 2023 Workshop 2 (virtual with google meet): focus on the book
  3. April 2023 Workshop 3 (virtual with google meet ): workshop with three experienced board members, members of Women on Board
  4. June 2023 Closing workshop 4 live: personal and collective takeaways of the program


No cost for participants of corporate partners, supportive membership fee for Women on Board participants (200 €). (see the link for more advantages of becoming a supportive member)
Interested: please email us at: trees.paelinck@womeononboard.be

European Directive with EWoB & Liedekerke we will ask your participation to define a position on the implementation in Belgian law of the European directive.

The Women on Boards Directive will introduce an open and transparent procedure to reach a minimum of 40% of women on non-executive boards of EU companies by the end of June 2026 with binding measures to achieve that goal.
At the meeting of the EPSCO Council on 14 March 2022, ministers agreed on their position on the draft directive, opening the way to trilogue negotiations. Following three rounds of negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on 6 June 2022. The political agreement is now subject to formal approval by the co-legislators.
One of the key elements in the directive is that Member States shall ensure that listed companies are subject to either of the following objectives to be reached by 30 June 2026: (a) members of the under­represented sex hold at least 40% of non­executive director positions; (b) members of the under­represented sex hold at least 33% of all director positions, including both executive and non­executive directors.

Later this year we will be reaching out to you for help with this directive.
To be continued…..

Next Admissions Committee:
7 December 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 November 20th 2022.

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