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Welcome Word!

Dear members and partners,

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

  1. The number of nominations is our highlight of the yearly General Assembly. This year the number was the record holder for 5 years: 62 members communicated 106 board nominations since June last year. You can read their 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!
  2. We are proud and grateful for our collaboration with Guberna, The Shift, BoardCompanions, Women in Finance, VKW Limburg and UHasselt, De Bestuurder. These longstanding and more recent partnerships testify that the positive impact of gender-diverse boards is increasingly recognised and makes both partners stronger.
  3. On the board of Women on Board, there is one vacancy this year and three vacancies next year. Following a call for candidates, the Nominations Committee received many valuable candidacies, all testifying the association’s continuous engagement and support. However, the board decided to put the selection process on hold to further reflect and develop a more diverse board of directors.

We hope you will celebrate a beautiful summer

With warm regards,
Françoise Roels and Trees Paelinck

The Numbers

297 ‘Talent Pool’ members 

We welcome in the talent pool new members: 
Huberte Bettonville, Sarah De Greef, Els Demeester, Marijke Keters, Sandra Lodewijckx, Marie-Ange Marx, Katrien Meire

64 Supportive members & 16 Women on Track 

Expert Database

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 this video for a short introduction)

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 expert profile today and become an expert for the media. 

How does it work?

  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
  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
  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. 

Women on Track ‘final’ session

To finalize and complete the workshops with Women on Track, the working group edited the following messages for their fellow Women on Track

Past Events




We were pleased to have a very interesting session with guest speakers: 

  • Jan Dekeyser: Country Head Belgium & Luxembourg at The Adecco Group
  • Karin Reiter: Global Head of ESG/Sustainability at The Adecco Group
  • Vicky Buyse: COO (Chief Operating Officer) at BEE & member of Women on Board

All the aspect of our lives has been disrupted due to COVID. In this world, we need to adapt ourselves to this new pace. The climate has also changed and it is important to tackle this change with the right skill set within your company. The presentation was given on how to adapt your human resources to make them work for the future of the company. 


Another session (one of 4) given by Deloitte on the Green Deal and how to tackle the opportunities this creates for your organisation. With guest speakers:

  • Eline Brugman, Director Sustainability, Deloitte
  • Prof. dr. Jos Delbeke, EIB Climate Chair, School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, Firenze and Former Director-General DG Climate Action
  • Sonja Rottiers, CEO Lloyd’s Europe and Regional Director EMEA
  • Julie Lietaer, Ariadne Innovation & Co-CEO European Spinning Group (ESG)



The General Assembly was well attended.  We were able to scan through the strange year we have had and what inspiration we have achieved and yet to work further on. The many new nominations you sent us have made us proud and the list can be seen below in this newsletter
Dilitrust, our new gold partner, closed this session by giving a presentation of the possible dashboarding tool that board members can use to share and sign off documents on.  (see below in the partner section for more information).



Kathleen Van Den Berghe, a member of Women on Board also runs 2 vineyards and lodgings in the Loire. She manages these domains on a sustainable basis and ensures that the wines are bio. 
She took us to the Loire with her video and pictures explaining the soil differences, grape varieties and skills needed to ensure a fruitful year. All the while the participants tasted her red and white wine. Delicious!

Events to Come (see our website)

News About Our Members

We are proud of all your new nominations since June 2020. Below the list of all the nominations, you sent us. This was presented at the General Assembly on June 10th.

Next Admissions Committee:
15 September 2021

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.

Focus group together with UCL

Women on Board est en collaboration avec Louvain School of Management (Université Catholique de Louvain) sur la place du développement durable dans les conseils d’administration (CA) d’entreprises. 

Ayant déjà élaboré une série d’hypothèses sur le sujet, nous avons réaliser une phase de discussion afin de confronter celles-ci à des dirigeants d’entreprises et/ou administrateurs. Nous avons créer des “focus group”  afin de créer un espace propice à la récolte d’informations pertinentes sur le sujet. 

Nous sommes heureux de mentionner qu’Isabelle Chaput est membre de ce focus group.

Collaboration with The Shift

The Shift is the Belgian meeting point for sustainability. Our goal? To realise the transition towards a more sustainable society and economy, together with our members and partners.
Our method? Connect. Commit. Change.


Join a unique and diverse Belgian network of companies and non-profit organisations that share the same ambition to co-create added value for society.


Let yourself be inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and map your societal ambitions for the coming years.


Develop, together with our members and partners, innovative business models and societal projects to help solve the biggest challenges for our society.

To become a member, please go to this webpage.

Our Corporate Partners

We are pleased to announce our new Gold Partner Dilitrust. You can find more information about them on their website and in the presentation, they gave at the General Assembly on Dashboards for the Board members.

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