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Dear members,
Dear partners,

This time we want to bring you three messages from the board. Before we do this, we want to send you a warm, virtual hug to acknowledge the work you do in these special times.

  1. This decade will be the critical decade of action to rethink and reset the future in a sustainable way. Boards have to show leadership to decrease carbon emission this decade to bring it to zero in 2050, according to the Greendeal. Research of Women on Board and its Partner Profacts has shown that organisations with gender-diverse boards are believed to generate more added value on strong long-term vision, sustainability and considering the impact of the climate. Women on Board has the ambition to support its members to strengthen the board they are serving with this engagement. We organise events around the theme, together with our Corporate Partners. But we want to do more, like organise a two-yearly training program, become a member of The Shift, etc… We want to install a working group to work out Women on Board’s engagement for a sustainable future. If you are interested let it know to trees.paelinck@womenonboard.be.
  2. The core values of Women on Board are our members and the service we offer to boards looking for new board members to contact boardable women. Concretely these contacts are taken based on the member’s profile in our database. It is of utmost importance to keep your personal data up to date. So, fill in your recent board mandates and update your professional qualifications and relevant competencies. The best board members are investing in lifelong learning. We know many of you are, so please let this be known to the companies and search offices that consult the member’s database.
  3. The board installed a Nomination Committee to prepare a call for candidates for new board members for the board of Women on Board. The board decided to run an open hiring process, for two female and two male board members. The call will be launched in the next months.

Wishing more strength to all of you and a nice spring season,
Françoise Roels and Trees Paelinck

The Numbers

300 ‘Talent Pool’ members 

We welcome in the talent pool new members: 
Françoise Burlet, Caroline Van Cauwelaert, Jo De Cock, Leen Zwaenenpoel, Chrisitine Chantrain

60 Supportive members & 15 Women on Track 

Opinie Stuk door Henri Jacobs

Na het recente nieuws rond Mithra, Spark central, Let’s go urban, zonder met de vinger te wijzen heeft Henri Jacobs een opiniestuk geschreven in bijlage voor founders/ondernemers om zich te behoeden voor deugdelijk bestuur. 

GDPR adaptations to Website and Documents

After several months of hard work together with Inge Basteleurs, WoB has added a Privacy Charter to their GDPR requirements.
We wish to thank Inge Basteleurs@Calexin, who is a specialist in this domain, for her patience and efforts to help WoB become GDPR compliant. 
Adaptations have been made to: 
  • The cookies policy on the website
  • The Charter signed by members and partners
  • Privacy statement (pdf) 
You are not requested to do anything unless you disagree with any of the adaptations.

Past Events

The Social Enterprise at Work: Paradox as a Path Forward


In a series of 4 planned webinars under the title: The Purpose-led Organization, New Times are Coming we welcomed as speakers:

“Human Capital Trends” Liesbeth Van Malderghem, Partner Deloitte
“Talent @Deloitte” Piet Vandendriessche, CEO  Deloitte
“Inspire” Stefaan de Clerck, Chair of the Board of Directors Proximus
“New World of Work @BAC” Sylvie Van den Eynde, Chief HR & Corporate Affairs Officer at Brussels Airport Company and Member of the Board of Women on Board

The Wes session was well attended and the Q&A offered good insights into the thoughts of our members.

Women on Track

The theme of the session was the book “Advice to my dear daughter” “Advies aan mijn lieve dochter” by Marianne Hamilton. 
Marianne and her colleague Annika Berglund lead the session.
What followed was an interactive and interesting workgroup together with Annika and Marianne.

Ringing the Bell: Together with Women in finance


On March 8th the UN celebrates International Women’s Day. It has become a tradition that Women on Board joins Women in Finance to open the stock exchange Euronext on this day. 
Again many of you attended. Let’s keep up this tradition.

Events to Come (also see our website)

Skills for the Green Economy

21/4/2021 17:00-18:00


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

Thanks to: Adecco Group

Deloitte Sustainability and the Green Deal

18/5/2021 17:00 – 18:30

In a series of 4 planned webinars under the title: The Purpose-led Organization, New Times are Coming we organise the 3rd session.

This next webinar will dive-into the subject of sustainability and more specifically The European Green Deal and its impact on Board members. 


  • Introduction: Françoise Roels, Chair of Women on Board
  • The European Green Deal: context & building blocks: Eline Brugman, Director Sustainability, Deloitte
  • The European Green Deal: Key strategic objectives European commission + regulatory expectations:  Jos Delbeke
  • Testimonial 1: Sustainable finance 
  • Testimonial 2: Innovation & sustainability + family business context 
  • Q&A  – Claire Van Bergen, Chief Ethics Officer, Deloitte 
  • Concluding remarks: Dirk Luyten, member of the Board of Women on Board

Save the Date coming soon!

Thanks to our Partner:


SAVE THE DATE: General Assembly Women on Board

8/6/2021 17:00 – 19:00

We will give you an update of the workings within Women on Board and this session will be followed by a wine tasting moment. Kathleen Van den Bergh will talk about her BIO vineyard, how as an entrepreneur she manages her business with sustainability in mind. 

You will get the chance to order the wine, for the tasting session, beforehand when registering. 

More information to follow

News About Our Members

Astrid Pieron: Board member at Herstal Group

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Kathleen Van den Berghe: Board member @ IDEA Consult


“We waren al een hele tijd op zoek naar een nieuwe vrouwelijke bestuurder en dankzij Women on Board hebben we op korte tijd de ideale match gevonden”

Wim Van der Beken
Senior expert – managing director @ IDEA Consult

Conny Vandendriessche: Board member at Ardo


Nicoline Spruijt: Board member at ACA-IT


Next Admissions Committee:
9th June 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 May 20th 2021.

Showing your support to Women on Board

It is great to read that Patrick Van Lijsebetten: CEO at Rialto Executive Search promotes the values and the quality of members and our partnership
Working together in their search Rialto Executive Search also aims to achieve the gender balance in the diverse advisory boards and board rooms.


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