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Day 2

Founders Table

DAY 2 – 15 September, 2023

09:00 – 10:00 CET

Registration and Networking

10.00 – 10.10 CET

Opening Keynote

Speaker:  MEP Samira Rafaela

10.10 – 10.25 CET 


[TOPIC] Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn

Speaker: Marcel Molenaar, Country Manager and Director of Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn Benelux

10.30 – 11.00 CET

[Panel Session 1] What Do Gen Zers Really Want? How Companies Can Embrace and Nurture a Pipeline of Young Talent


  • Roberta Avelino, Methods Engineer, Audi Brussels
  • Esmée To, Senior Enterprise Architect, Workday
  • Laurence Mariello, HRBP Director UPS SCS

Moderator: Adebola Kupoluyi, Head of Operational Services for Africa, American Tower Corporation and Executive Secretary, Rise & Lead Women

11.00 – 11.30 CET

[Panel Discussion] Intersectionality: Leaving No One Behind in the Pursuit of Inclusion


  • Dr Audrey-Flore Ngomsik, CEO of Trianon Scientific Communication, President of the Brussels Binder
  • Mary Jane Roy, Advisor, Facilitator at Creating Waves.
  • Filip De Groeve, Marketing Director, Colopast.

Moderator: Manpreet Dhillon, Founder & Principal Inclusion Officer, Veza Global

Workshop Concurrent Sessions (11:30 – 12:15 CET)

Workshop 1: DEI Track

[Topic]  How to Interrupt Our Own Bias

Speaker: Unzela Haider, Founder of Thrive Qube

Workshop 2: Leadership Track

[Topic] Gender Dynamics in Negotiation: Effective Negotiation Strategies for Women

Speaker: Wies Bratby, Chief Enthusiasm Officer, Women In Negotiation

Inclusive Leaders Roundtable

(by Invitation Only & in Person)

Chair: Ebere Akadiri, Founder & Leadership Strategist, Rise & Lead Women

Workshop 3: Leadership Track

[TOPIC] Giving Constructive Feedback with Empathy

Speaker: Shola Kaye, Multi-award-winning speaker

12.00 – 13.30 CET

Networking Lunch

13. 30 – 13.45 CET

Keynote 3

[TOPIC] Bridging the Gender Gap: Advancing Women Leaders In Tech

Speaker: Sheila Gemin, Global Head Corporate Technology, ING

13.45 – 14.15 CET

[Panel Session 2] How Tech Can Help To Bridge the Gender Leadership Gap


  • Jan Allen, Senior Director, Customer Success & Renewal Sales, Nutanix
  • Aurelia Takacs, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead, Program Manager, Cisco
  • Emma MacDonald, Head of Construction Safety and Technical Vendor Mgmt at Amazon

Moderator: Rhonda Ocha, Advisory Board Member, Rise & Lead Women

14.30 – 15.00 CET

[Panel Session 3] When Women Rise: The Triumphs and Trials – Enhancing Corporate Support for Female Leadership


  • Annie Jelavic, General Counsel, Kraft Heinz Continental Europe
  • Jody Ike-Samuel, Global Brand Director, Portfolio Scotch & Gordon’s Gin, Diageo
  • Mascha Driessen, Regional Vice President, Continental Europe, Microsoft Advertising

Moderator:  Katekani Mabasa

14:15 – 14:30 CET

Tea Break

15.00 – 15.30 CET

[Closing Panel] Turning DEI Commitments to Actions


  • Aylin Bumin, Aylin Arslantas Bumin, Director of Marketing & Communications, Europe Lineage Logistics
  • Annie Jelavic, General Counsel, Kraft Heinz Continental Europe
  • Emma McDonald, Head of Construction Safety and Technical Vendor Mgmt Ops Construction
  • Sheila Gemin, Global IT Lead Corporate Technology, ING

Moderator:  Ebere Akadiri

15:30 16.00 CET

Closing Ceremony

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