Not a dull moment with WBII this autumn! Find out what we have in store.
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And suddenly it's autumn! After weeks of glorious, atypical Dutch sunshine, the weather has turned - just as we all start getting back into the swing of work, networking, kids to school and all those other things that keep us busy.

WBII has some really exciting developments to share with you this month, the first of which is a new feature called Charlene's Bubble - a look behind the WBII scenes by Charlene Lambert. She will highlight the less visible areas of work that WBII is involved in, some of direct interest to us as entrepreneurs, some that promote the credibility and prestige of WBII. Read Charlene's first Bubble below.

Rise & Lead Women Summit 2018
The cooler days and evenings will only make it that much easier to concentrate once more on our businesses and give them all the attention they need. And WBII has got some great events lined up this autumn, starting with our own regular networking event which will look a bit different this month. We've teamed up with Rise & Lead to bring you the Rise & Lead Women Summit 2018 - read the details below and register - this is a not-to-miss event!

Start Your Own Business

On 15 November, WBII once again joins forces with The World Trade Centre The Hague (WTC) to organise the Start Your Own Business Seminar. With three 45 minute seminars in one workshop, the SYOB is the event for internationals who want to set up business in the Netherlands.

I am not a tourist Expat Fair


WBII is once more involved in the I am not a tourist Expat Fair  in Amsterdam. Held on 7 October in the Beurs van Berlage near Amsterdam Central Station, this fair is the biggest event for internationals living, working, studying or setting up a business in the Netherlands.

WBII will have a stand at the fair and you can join in by meeting and talking to visitors. Want to know more? See the item on the WBII website.

WBII Festive Lunch - save the date

Christmas? That's not for ages, surely! True, but it's never to soon to get started. So get your diaries out and add the WBII Festive Lunch - no risk of a double-booking! This year the lunch will be held on Thursday, 6 December in Restaurant Milu. The menu and registration will be available very soon!

September network event - 27 September 2018

Instead of our usual networking event at the Carlton Ambassador, in September we are collaborating with Rise & Lead to bring you the Rise & Lead Women Summit 2018!

This one-day business leadership event at the World Trade Center (WTC) The Hague, will focus on visibility and female empowerment. Keynote speakers will share their stories and expertise on subjects ranging from personal branding and corporate storytelling, to negotiation strategy, executive presence and self-confidence.

WBII members get a €10 discount on the entrance price!

Register now!

Location: World Trade Center (WTO) The Hague
Time: 9:00-17:00

Did you miss our last networking event in August by Heleniq Argyrou on Ultimate Peak Performance? Not to worry, you can read this great review by Deborah Valentine on the WBII website.

Charlene's Bubble

What more can do to we help women fulfil their dream of becoming their own boss? What other organisations are out there? What are they doing and how can we connect with them? Are there programmes and partnerships that could support WBII and its members?

These are just some of the questions that I’ve been asking myself over the past few months. As one of WBII's longest-standing members and its current Interim President, I want to work with you to make our organisation the very best it can be – representing your needs and those of women’s entrepreneurship.

Finding the answers to these questions has not always been easy but it has certainly been inspiring. In the coming months I’ll use my ‘Bubble’ to exchange ideas with you about what I’ve found out and why I think women's entrepreneurship is so special.
Join me in my ‘Bubble’!


Welcome Christy Aikhorin and Karen Shaw

This month we welcome two new members, Christy Aikhorin and Karen Shaw.

Christy Aikhorin runs UnikBlends offering sustainable styles and zero-waste gift items.

Karen Shaw is a graphic designer, web designer and text writer.

Member Events & Notices

Friends of India & IIW Inspiring Indian WOMEN are hosting Garba Night

All age groups of internationals from The Hague and surrounding area and from all parts of Europe are invited to enjoy a memorable night of authentic Garba dance (with a professional group from UK), live music, Indian food, mehndi, face painting and much much more.

Garba is a form of dance which originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the  Sanskrit term Garbha ("womb") and Deep ("a small earthenware lamp").

When and where
DATE: 13th October 2018
TIME: 5 PM to 10 PM
PLACE: Sportcomplex de Fluit, Fluitpolderplein 3, 2262 ED Leidschendam
TICKET PRICE: €7 (Adults), €5 (Students), €5 (Groups), €5 (Children 5-12 years), Free (Children 0-4 years)

Want to join in?
Want to attend or help on the WBII stand? Please contact me, Darina Veen 06 104 98856 email:

Shoden seminar - Reiki level 1

On 15 and 16 September I'll be holding a Shoden seminar on this Japanese healing technique.

During this introduction to Reiki, you will learn how to treat yourself, the members of your family, your pet, and just about anything you touch with your loving hands.

By the end of the first day, you will already be able to feel the energy flowing, by the second day you will have mastered the technique and will be able to call yourself a Reiki practitioner: you will receive a Shoden certificate issued by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan, in addition to a Jikiden Reiki handbook.

What is Reiki?

This Natural Healing Technique leads to your personal transformation, empowering you while healing you at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Reiki helps you keep your body healthy and your mind balanced: in short, it brings happiness into your life.

From a business point of view, Reiki can complement coaching treatments. It is a hands-on technique, carried out in silence, that stimulates the natural healing power of your body, mind and soul.

Want to know more?

I will conduct this seminar in English and in the future I would like to conduct it in Spanish and in French, so please let me know if you are interested in learning it in any of these languages, and we can organise a group, just 2 people is enough! 

Contact me if you're interested in this weekend seminar or in future seminars.


3 Welcome events from Access
  • Welcome to The Hague region - on Friday 14 September - ‘Welcome to The Hague’ information mornings are hosted by the City of The Hague and ACCESS to welcome new international arrivals to The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg and Rijswijk.
  • Welcome to Delft - on Friday 28 September - informative morning hosted by the City of Delft, Delft University of  Technology (TU Delft) and ACCESS to welcome new international arrivals to Delft.
  • Talent Event Utrecht  - on Saturday 15 September - Access will be speaking and hosting a workshop.

Upcoming Business & Networking Events

12 September - Haagsche Business Club netwerk borrel - Brouwerij De Prael, The Hague
14 September 2018 - Connecting Women networking event - Vascobelo, The Hague
17 September 2018 - BitterBallenBorrel Rotterdam - RoomMateBruno, Rotterdam
27 September 2018 - BitterBallenBorrel Den Haag - Op Zee, The Hague
2 October 2018 - Connecting Women gathering - BLOOM house of health, The Hague
21 November 2018 - Regional Networking event for start-ups - Zoetermeer and The Hague. WBII will participate in this event. More details in the next WISE!
21 November 2018 - 5G Workshop: Space for Societies, a workshop to showcase the impact that the integration of 5G and space can make to societies. - Noordwijk

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