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Message from the WBII board

June is turning out to be a very busy month with new organisations and collaborations to keep us busy as we move towards summer.

An important collaboration we want to highlight is our partnership with Rise and Lead Women and the Rise and Lead Summit. Taking place on 19-20 September 2019, this second summit will provide a platform for women in leadership and companies who are actively advancing women’s roles in their respective organisations.

The Rise and Lead Summit 2019 is about building dynamic and inclusive economies, where everyone is given an equal opportunity to create wealth for themselves, their families, and the society they are part of. The Summit is about global communities reaching their highest potential and building a sustainable future, for ALL.

WBII members can make use of a 10% Early Bird discount on the ticket price. This opportunity is on offer until 30 June and tickets are running out fast! See the post on the WBII FB group.

In the context of our link to The Hague International Centre, we'd like to let you know about this housing survey for internationals that the Municipality of The Hague has launched with the Municipal Housing Department.

The Municipality recognises that it is getting more difficult to find a home in The Hague region and wants to find out how internationals view the housing market. It hopes that the survey will enable it to identify bottlenecks, housing shortages and developments in the international community. The results will influence policy making and contribute to improvements in housing in the region.

Participate in the survey.

Another international organisation that WBII members may be interested in is English Speaking Network Netherlands.

This business/social network enables businesses to increase their exposure to other like-minded businesses, gain exclusive knowledge ingredients to put into their own business and enhances networking skills to ensure more business success.

Charlene's Bubble
In her Bubble this month, Charlene adds to this impressive list of collaborations, describing some of the new ventures WBII is involved in that will help us all grow and develop our businesses. And, as ever, at the bottom of this newsletter you will find a list of upcoming networking events in the area.

So plenty to keep us busy and some great opportunities for WBII members to expand their networks, get involved in the local community and expand their knowledge.

We hope you enjoy this WISE!

April network event 27 June

Could it be time to follow your heart? with Susan de Vriend.
How to get out of your head and into your heart to find a new direction in your career and life.

In this workshop, the focus is getting out of the head and more into your heart.

Register now!

Location: Carlton Ambassador Hotel, The Hague
Doors open: 19:00
Presentation starts: 19:30 and plenty of time to network afterwards. 

Did you miss our last networking event, on Storytelling in Business with Natali Drake?
Storytelling in business with Natali Drake

Read this review by Lisa Hall and Ana Ghiban from WIL (which collaborated with WBII to organise this event).

Member 10-minute highlight

A new feature to the WBII is a “10-minute highlight” of a member at every networking meeting where one member gets to talk about themselves, their work, and upcoming projects in more detail.

If you would like to be highlighted in future meetings please contact

Member Events and Notices

Christy Aikhorin of UnikBlends is organising SheSustains - Storytelling, Impact Workshops, Handmade Market and Networking - on Saturday 15 June from 14:00-17:00.

The event is taking place at Zandvliet College, Bezuidenhoutseweg 40 in The Hague. Tickets cost 30 euros can be bought on the UnikBlends website.
Natalie Carstens would like to share this interview she conducted with WBII member Johanne Bade.

In this audio interview we can listen in to their conversation about Johanne's work, what brings her joy and energy, some surprising facts, as well as some really valuable tips for (relatively) new mums.

Discover the delicate balance between stress, fitness and food for optimal weigh(-loss) and energy!

Charlene's Bubble

Reaching Out
Our own members in our WBII community are our most important focus, but our wider community also means a lot to us. This year, we have placed a particular focus on developing stronger ties and collaboration with our local partners, with the view to reach out and participate together, and to raise our profile and that of our members. This news Bubble highlights events with our partners at Webster University Leiden, Google, Rise & Lead, and the NVR, and the benefits that are realized.

15 participants and 5 speakers joined together on May 9 for our Start Your Own Business Seminar (SYOB), which was held for the first time in collaboration with Webster University Leiden campus. A huge thank-you to Webster, and to our speakers and trainers, at least 4 of whom are WBII members, including Sinead Hewson (, Nira Satguru (TASTE), Bieneke Braat ( and myself (, with the delicious catering provided by TASTE.
WBII believes that the SYOB seminars are an important programme for women and men in the international community who may be looking for employment. As the first combined Webster-WBII SYOB, we trust that this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. Having Webster on board means that we could also tap into the support of Webster students, who were a key success factor to the event, as they worked behind the scenes on the organisation, event management, and photography. The fact that the seminar was held in the historic Webster premises in Leiden made the evening even more pleasant! Our next SYOB is planned in November.
Photography by Lara Al-Mufleh and Andi Yurdi

Mark your agendas for Wednesday, June 26! Following our successful collaboration for the ‘Move It Forward Female Digital Starters Week-end’ last November, Google, Webster and WBII are coming together again to host a full day of Google Digital Marketing Training on June 26, in Leiden. The following classes will be offered:
  • An introduction to online marketing strategy
  • Set up your (mobile) website for conversion
  • An introduction to Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • An introduction to online advertising: display, Search Engine Advertising (SEA) and remarketing
  • An introduction to Google analytics
  • IamRemarkable workshop, a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.
Google trainers will be in Leiden all week, and as part of this initiative, Google, WBII, and Webster are organizing this special English-language training day on the 26th especially for our members. Webster is also graciously opening its doors to invite us into the Webster University premises for this personalized English-language Google training.

The exact programme schedule is still being finalized, and training courses will be running all day long. We will shortly be posting more information about the programme and registration, and a group of seats has been reserved exclusively for WBII members. Limited space is available so please register early to reserve your place in the classes. This is a fantastic opportunity to update your digital skills!

Connect2Grow Mentoring Circles  

A mentoring circle is a group that meets on a regular basis to guide and support each other, and WBII is so pleased and proud to be able to offer this outstanding programme in collaboration with our member Ebere Akadiri (Rise & Lead). Our first of 4 meetings this year for a group of 8 participants was held in our newly refreshed WBII offices.

The goal of these mentoring circles is to support women entrepreneurs with the mindset, skills and business know-how to achieve their goals. It is a fantastic programme for women who are looking to start, revive, and grow their businesses. We all have homework to do and will be meeting again in July for the next part of the programme, and to share and exchange how we are doing. Watch our website for an announcement about the next series.

WBII is a proud member of the 120-year old NVR (The Dutch Council of Women), and the leading women’s organisation in the Netherlands. The NVR has more than 50 member organisations and together they reach an estimated number of one million women.
Every year in September, around the time of Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day speech from the throne), the NVR and Vrouwenpodium hold their own ‘Pricessendag’ (Princesses Day), in collaboration with more than 80 women’s organisations. The purpose of this event is to underscore the position of women in work and their future, and to formulate and present concrete recommendations for government policy makers.
This year in particular will be of special interest to WBII and our members, as the main topic will have to do with ‘ZZPers’ (Sole Traders). More and more women are choosing this form of work, often voluntarily, sometimes out of necessity, when other alternatives to work appear to be unavailable. Some of the questions that will be discussed include: What are the risks, bottlenecks and conditions for the success of the economic independence of female freelancers? The keynote speaker is Jacqueline Zuidweg (Zuidweg & Partners) who specializes in supporting sole traders with financial questions.
This event, which will be held in Dutch, will take place on Monday, September 9, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the International Press Centre Nieuwpoort in downtown The Hague. Dymphna and I will be attending, and invite you to join us to reflect on the pro’s and con’s of being a sole trader in the Netherlands. For additional information, and to register for Prinsessendag, please visit:

Reaching out has many advantages, and together we are certainly stronger. We are also grateful for the collaboration of all of our partners who have offered WBII and our members access to training and information that we could not have provided on our own! If you have suggestions for future partnerships, please let us know. In the meantime, enjoy the start of a summer filled with networking and collaboration opportunities!

This month's TopTip is from Karine-Kayitesi Ponting:

For all of you right-brain entrepreneurs struggling to have a clear plan for your business or for this new project you have in mind, I highly recommend this book: 'The Right Brain Business Plan' by Jennifer Lee, it is a fun, informal and creative way to get clear on where you are, where you are heading and what you need to get there.

Good luck with it! 

Got a top business tip you'd like to share?
Drop me a line at and I'll include it in the next WISE.

Upcoming Business & Networking Events

12 June - Professional Women's Network Amsterdam, Speeddate Networking event - Amsterdam
19 June - Amsterdam American Business Club, Networking event - Amsterdam
20 June - BitterBallenBorrel - Rotterdam
22 June - International Women's Networking Group Rotterdam, Summer Recharge - Rotterdam
27 June - BitterBallenBorrel - The Hague
27 June - Haagse Vrouwenzaken, Network meeting - The Hague
27 June - Haags Ondernemers Huis, Ondernemers High Tea - The Hague
4 July - Haagsche Business Club, Network BBQ - The Hague

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