5 things 5 years (in Brussels) have taught me

When I arrived in this city, I never imagined I’d be here long enough to be in the eye cream market, or to afford eye cream for that matter. I certainly never imagined I’d have to make decisions like do I buy the night one or the day one or both? So in light of this major rite of passage, I feel it is time to share some of the collected wisdom the five year journey to eye cream has brought me. Some of it might be useful. Most is probably not.

Arise to Lead Winter 2015

This month Leadarise reached the milestone of piloting our first peer training weekend in Brussels. 14 arising leaders from public administration, engineering, the private and the NGO sectors  joined our Brussels team to experience the fun that comes from doing something for the first time with inspiring and upbeat people. The weekend focused on leadership,…

Let’s talk about sex [in politics] – Making history with her story

When Hillary Clinton announced she would run again for president of the United States, the world began to talk about sex. About Clinton’s sex – the fact that she was a woman seeking one of the most powerful jobs in the world. American newspaper and magazine editor Donna Ladd said it would be “cool” to…

Insights from Kosovo’s First Woman Mayor on Career and Leadership

Ms. Mimoza Kusari-Lila, Mayor of the Municipality of Gjakova since 2013, is the first and only woman to be elected to the position of mayor in Kosovo to date. She previously served for over two years as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry in the Government of Kosovo. In a society…

Can we escape from the dinosaurs of EUrassic World?

In the week that dino-thriller Jurassic World has broken box office records, Politico Europe published a story about a group of dinosaurs running riot in another institution, the European Union. In a front-page article, Politico discusses the exploits of “the most exclusive dining club in Brussels”. Dubbed “the G5”, the dining club consists of Commission…

CSR: Why It Matters and the Role of Women

On Tuesday, June 2nd, Leadarise NYC hosted a fireside chat at Wix Lounge on CSR and The Future of Innovation in CSR with Susan McPherson. Susan defines CSR as simply, “Doing the right thing for your people and your planet” and explained that more and more companies are thinking of CSR as a core part…

The Power of Humor

“For reasons that are unfair, women have a bigger mountain to climb in terms of humor in the work place. A guy can still say an inappropriate joke at work and get a laugh. A women tells the same joke and not only is it inappropriate, it’s shocking!” Hosted in the beautiful surroundings of the…

Exploring Leadership with Ash Bowland

Earlier this week we were lucky enough to have local artist and our April Young Woman to Watch Ash Bowland host a workshop in Brussels, delving into the art of “feminist” photography. Ash is a young artist with a passion for the female perspective in self-portrait photography. In 2014 she had a major breakthrough when…

Why ‘Networking’ Should really be called ‘Relationship Building’

By Emily Pease I recently attended a networking seminar organized by my friends at our mutual alma mater, the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. As the President of our alumni association and one of the core organizers on the Leadarise NYC team, I like to think that I am a seasoned networker. I’d…

Did you #AskWomenInPolitics? Yeah you did!

Leadarise London enjoyed a landmark event in Westminster Parliament last night. Over a hundred people joined a packed – and stunning – committee room to put their questions to a cross-section of female MPs, Sky News’ Anushka Asthana, the Fawcett Society and Leadarise. Leadarisers from all over the world joined in. Below are some of…

Leading future generations through personal care

What could be more inspiring than working with the creation of new life? Our February Young Woman to Watch, Milie Nwoye, has travelled far. She moved with her family from her childhood home in Nigeria to the USA where she studied Obstetrics and Gynecology. She finally followed her heart to Brussels where she is working…