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…

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…

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…

Strength, entrepreneurship and changing the world of innovation

Our November Young Woman To Watch Edlira Kasaj is a true inspiration for young women everywhere. A hugely determined entrepreneurial spirit, who had already set up several small businesses during her Computer Science studies at the University of Tirana. She holds an MBA from Lancaster Management School (UK) with a focus on Strategic Management which,…

Why community building is the answer to just about everything

Leadarise Cofounder and Chief EU Laura Hemmati presented the importance of community building at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre in Brussels this evening as part of an event showcasing young pioneers in Brussels who are trying to get Europe back on track. This was the first event of the new Centre for European Progression, organised by…

Bigger and Better Things

After her sterling performance at #EUdebate2014, we asked Jenny de Nijs a little more about herself and how she handles being often the only woman, let alone young person, speaking on expert panels. Prepare yourselves for some very useful tips from this Brussels Young Woman to Watch who certainly gets our vote! How did you develop…

Young Women in Online Startups: The Takeaways

For Leadarise Dublin’s first panel discussion we invited three young women in online startups to share their experiences with us: Catríona Barry is the co-founding CEO of Trakax.com, which provides consumers with the tools to create original videos. They currently operate products on PC and Android, which are tailored for beginners, allowing them to take…

Four Lessons on Cross-Cultural Communication and Democracy

Today, at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, a selection of 15 lucky Leadarisers enjoyed an intimate lunchtime discussion on cross-cultural negotiation, dispute resolution and cultural bridge building with leading public diplomacy and international relations expert Akram R. Elias. Leadarise participants represented the public, political, security, hospitality and communications sectors leading to a…

Live by your own rules

In January 2014 Leadarise Brussels were delighted to bring together two very special things: a workshop on communication, motivation, and negotiation with Montis Training and Consultancy founder Elizabeth Van den Bergh, in the calm and creative surrounds of Brussels’ best coworking space the Library. A few months ago, this workshop was just an idea, or…