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Merry holidays! Click on the photo above for our festive video.

Welcome Word!

Dear members,
Dear partners,

May 2021 be the year in which you can hug your elderly, enjoy diner and drinks with family and friends, speak, sing, make music and dance together in the same room, have physical board meetings, enjoy a good restaurant, admire an art exhibition, visit the theatre and most importantly be safe  ….  and foremost enjoy the company of our members of WOB.
WOB wishes you and your family a heartful Christmas with a warm ending to 2020!

Yours sincerely,
Françoise Roels

The Numbers

313 ‘Talent Pool’ members 

We welcome in the talent pool, 6 new members: 
Catherine Bendayan, Ann Celen, Elizabeth Gay, Nathalie Schubert,
Marie Theunissen, Caroline Vlerick

61 Supportive members & 15 Women on Track 

Profacts Survey Inclusive Panels

A while back we supported Claire Godding in her project for inclusive panels with our Diamond Partner Profacts in a survey. The aim of the project is to see no more homogeneous panels on tv, at academic and other events. In 2021 a communication campaign will be launched in that sense and the survey will be part of it. Many of you responded to this survey. Our thanks for this. 
Here are some highlights that came out of the survey:

  1. People want to recognise themselves and society
    … in the panels, they listen to. This translates in the demand for more balanced panels, not only in terms of gender but also in terms of age and origin. They want to see the world in which they live reflected. Society is diverse and therefore panels should be a familiar, recognizable reflection of it.
  2. A mismatch between the current and the desired composition of panels
    Belgians have a clear preference for gender-balanced panels. However, when they are watching panels on tv or listening to them at professional congresses or webinars, they mostly see an overrepresentation of men in those panels. While speakers and organisers are aiming for gender-balanced panels.
  3. Preference for gender-balanced panels is both implicit and explicit
    Both via implicit and explicit methods Belgians attribute all suggested benefits to a gender-balanced panel. Moreover, a panel exclusively exciting out of one of both genders is always seen as unrepresentative.
    For more information on this please contact Claire Godding.

Women on Track Mentoring Program

These times are not the best to start a new mentoring program. In the meantime, we brought together 6 Women on Track and 6 PWC Directors to work together. The first session took place on 9 December on Personal Branding, with Women on Board member Nicoline Spruijt as speaker and facilitator. The second session is planned on 29 January 2021, with Annika Berglund and Marianne Hamilton, author of ‘Advice to My Dear Daughter’, a book plenty of personal advice for women and men who want to better understand the challenges of each other and work better together


Webinar: How to raise 1M€ during a crisis?
How to move to digital reporting habits for companies? (13/10/2020)

Thanks to Gaelle Helsmoortel (member WoB), Hervé Comot and Alexandre Simon we learned about the story of her tech company. How to transform a high-tech product into a business and raise 1M€ in the middle of an international crisis. Simon Alexandre, General Manager and Partner of The Faktory SA (the private tech startup seed investment fund of Pierre Lhoest, founder of EVS Broadcast), gave testimony on why they keep investing in dgenious during the pandemic.
A special focus was made on the importance of smart reporting for board members with Hervé Comot, CEO of Sequoia Bio Natural Market and Chairman of the Board. 

Webinar: Are you ready for the next normal? New Boardroom challenges! (9/11/2020)

In a series of 4 planned webinars under the title: The Purpose-led Organization, New Times are Coming we launched the first session: New Challenges for the Board Room.

The purpose-led organization is gaining purpose. Today more than ever, the purpose of a company is expanding extensively to include all stakeholders, communities that serve the organization and even society at large. To thrive in the next normal, organisations will need to embed purpose into their core. In this webinar, the experts and Chairs shared their insights and views on what a purpose-led organization looks like in their view and what questions need to be raised and discussed in the Boardroom to address this new normal.

Festive Webinar with our members: Every Cloud has a Silver Lining (17/12/2020)

We were so happy to see so many faces get together for our festive webinar drink. The board members of Women on Board gave a positive speech to elevate the spirits although you were all in good cheer. Your anecdotes and memories of 2020 were inspiring and motivational. Thank You.

For those who could not attend but want to see the intro video with all the photos that were sent in, please follow the link on the photo at the top of this newsletter.

Events to Come (see also our website)

Webinar: The Purpose-led Organization Future of Work (18/1/2020 )

The Social Enterprise at work: Paradox as a path forward

How can organizations remain distinctly human in a technology-driven world? This year’s Deloitte Human Capital Trends report calls upon organizations to embrace three attributes—purpose, potential, and perspective—that characterize what it means to fuse people and technology to perform as a social enterprise at work.


  • Piet Vandendriessche, CEO at Deloitte Belgium
  • Liesbeth Van Malderghem, Partner Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting
  • Sylvie Van den Eynde, Chief HR & Corporate Affairs Officer at Brussels Airport Company and Member of the Board of Women on Board

February Webinar: A workshop about a governance dashboard for your board meeting

DiliTrust offers the «DiliTrust Governance» software suite comprising various complementary modules to automate the processes of your legal department as well as your governance bodies in a secure way. Digitalizing your board and committee meetings is quick and easy with the «Board Portal» module of the DiliTrust Governance suite. It has been developed by administrators for administrators in order to increase the efficiency of your board or committee meetings and free you from any paper pack.
We suggest a workshop for sharing best practices in the management of board meetings in times of Covid-19.
The idea is to learn from 2020 experiences to improve practices in 2021 depending on the current status of legislation in relation to hybrid and virtual General Meetings.

We will be sending out an invite for this workshop in January. The places will be limited.

News About Our Members

KPI on board mandates

At every board meeting, we keep the mood of our association, by keeping three numbers: the number of members, the vacancies communicated to the members and the number of corporate partners.

We are happy to share with you that we have since mid-2020 shared 21 vacancies with the members. Many of you make themselves known as candidates to these companies and organisations and eventually we are informed of many fine appointments of members.

If you are informed that there is a vacancy on the board you are serving, please let us know so that we can communicate the call for candidates to the members. 

Ilse Tant, Lien Callens & Mimi Lamote: members of the board @ Watergroep

We are pleased that 3 positions for new board members at the Watergroep were assigned to 3 WoB members. Well done ladies and success with your mandate.
This mandate was shared with us via Stella-P (thank you Conny Vandendriessche)

Hilde De Jonge Vlaming in de Wereld

“Ik mocht zonet goed nieuws ontvangen : ik werd gisteren benoemd tot bestuurder bij Vlamingen in de Wereld.
Omdat ik Women On Board ontzettend dankbaar ben – deze vacature mocht ik via jullie binnenkrijgen – wens ik ook jullie beiden als eerste te informeren hierover.”

We wensen je ook veel succes to Hilde!

She Goes ICT

We are proud that 2 of our members: Gaelle Helsmoortel and Tine Vandenbreeden are both nominated for the ICT Woman of the Year. 
Please go out and vote (online)

Next Admissions Committee:
10th March

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 February 2021.

Our Corporate Partners

We are pleased with our 2 new Gold Partners NN Insurance and Deloitte. 

NN Insurance wants to support our mission and show this by becoming our partner. NN has already achieved results in positioning women at the top within their organisation, 40% of leadership is female. They are looking forward to networking with our members in 2021.

Deloitte Belgium is proud to officially announce its new partnership with Women On Board. Since our first successful gathering in November 2017, we have been exploring ways in which to collaborate even further with this initiative. As 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of Women on Board, it is the perfect time to announce our exciting new partnership.
Deloitte is an equal opportunities firm and this collaboration with WOB reflects our commitment to supporting females in the firm by offering a platform for them to network, discuss shared visions and values while delivering important content.

Through this signature partnership, Deloitte Belgium has established a series of four webinars under the theme:

The purpose-led organisation: new times are coming
A variety of topics will be discussed including purpose, the future of the workforce, sustainability and sustainable corporate governance.

We are looking forward to being even more connected with this unique organisation and sharing content and contacts virtually for the time being, and hopefully in-person quite soon.

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