The Art – Not The Science – Of Being A Good Speaker

Leadarise had the pleasure of hosting a workshop on “Powerful Public Speaking for Women” with experienced coach Elizabeth van den Bergh on 27 March at the Library Group Brussels.   It was a full house with 27 eager participants ready to learn more about the skills that could help them stand out amongst fellow speakers. What was…

A Blackout with Barack Obama

From the moment I had received the phone call only a few days earlier, Would you like to introduce the President? I had been living outside my own body, observing the surreal series events that had led to me sitting on that plastic chair behind the blackout curtains, feeling like a human sacrifice.

Meet the politician whose purpose it is to shape a better world for girls

Meet our latest Young Women to Watch from the Leadarise Brussels community: Assita Kanko, a Belgian politician, colummnist, author, human rights activist and advocate for gender equality. Originally from Burkina Faso, where she studied journalism and started advocating for human rights, Assita migrated to Europe in 2001 where she obtained a Master‘s degree in International…

We’re still unsure about how to react

I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year. I’ve struggled with the fact that it might come across as attention seeking and I’ve struggled with the fact that these are memories that I either want to push to the back of my mind…

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…