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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Be the architect of your own future

A new year has started and it’s time to review what we have achieved in 2014 and set goals for our new adventures. Our January Young Woman to Watch most definitely has a long list of achievements to be proud of and we can’t wait to see what shooting star architect Nasma Salhi has in…

How to moderate an interesting event (seriously)

Time is precious in Brussels. We work long hours and most of us plan our days meticulously. In the beginning, when you first start out, probably as an intern, you spend a lot of time attending evening discussions and networking events. To meet people yes, but also because the topic or the speaker is of…

Servant Leadership

Last week, on Tuesday evening (25 November 2014), in Brussels, we were delighted to welcome a group of young women (and a man) to our workshop: Awareness, understanding and application of servant-leadership. Hosted by the co-founders of The Greanleaf Center for Servant Leadership Brussels at the cosy venue of The Library Europe, the two-hour session aimed…

Career advice for women in the digital age

Our latest Young Woman to Watch, digital communications guru Aurelie Valtat joined Leadarise for an inspirational evening to tell us about how she became the woman to go to for online crisis management and strategy and what she sees on the horizon. Aurelie is driving the digital communication strategy of the Council of the EU…