Keeping you up to date with the latest news and developments in women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment


4th November IamExpat Fair at the Grote Kerk

At this free, one-day event at the Grote Kerk in The Hague, visitors browsed stands covering every aspect of expat life: from career, housing and education to family, health and leisure. The Fair included a series of workshops presented by experts in their fields, a kids’ area where families could play games together and, of course, all kind of interesting stands. The WBII’s stand was very well visited and created a lot of interest. Thanks to our volunteers who joined on this Saturday to help out and make the event a great success. This IamExpat Fair turned out to be a fun and informative day for all, and for the women of the WBII in particular.

More information about the IamExpat Fair


Start Your Own Business Seminar the Freelancing edition at Webster University

On 21 November the Business Club and the WBII held yet another successful SYOB event at Webster University’s Leiden Campus. The event provided invaluable insights to aspiring entrepreneurs, covering crucial aspects of business, including marketing, taxes, administration and fundraising. This was the first time that the focus was on freelancing, as most students start their careers this way. Our chair, Charlene Lambert, hosted the evening and introduced the speakers. Amongst the speakers were a couple of WBII members: Caroline Orthlieb spoke about the Dutch tax system, Anna Molnar on the pros & cons of entrepreneurship and Sinead Hewson about the entrepreneurial mindset.

SYOB is organised twice a year, usually in April and November.

Find more information about the SYOB seminar on our website


WBII hosted two brainstorming sessions at the Impact Fest

The eighth edition of Impact Fest was held on 7 November at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. This time the WBII had the privilege of hosting two roundabout sessions: Sinead Hewson hosted a table on ‘Joining the circular economy with your small business’ and Anna Molnar guided the roundtable on ‘Using sustainable resources to create a healthy work-life balance’. Both sessions were fully booked and created a lively discussion. Creating huge mind maps was a wonderful way to engage with the participants and come up with concrete action steps for the future. Charlene Lambert, our chair, was a great support in both workshops, informing the participants about the WBII and what it can offer.

Read more about the Impact Fest


Nederlandse Vrouwenraad celebrated its 125th anniversary with TedX Amsterdam Women

On 29 November the Women’s Council Netherlands (NVR) celebrated its’ 125th anniversary in collaboration with TedX Amsterdam Women at the Theatre Amsterdam. After an introduction on women’s health and a presentation by Lidewij Edelkoort on Godesses as archetypes, NVR members joined TedX Amsterdam Women’s programme on Decoding the Future. We wish the NVR a very bright future and many milestones for womankind!

NVR is a collective of organisations concerned with improving the position of all women in the Netherlands. The council was founded in 1898 and since then it has collectively worked towards a society in which women and men are equal.

Find out more about the Women’s Council

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