Empowering Women In Business for Leadership and Impact

DATE: September 27, 2018

TIME: 9 AM – 5 PM

LOCATION: NH Hotel, WTC, The Hague

The Hague’s first RISE AND LEAD SUMMIT for women in business takes place on SEPTEMBER 27th, 2018

On September 27th, Rise and Lead Netherlands will host their 1st annual summit at the NH-Hotel, located at the World Trade Centre in The Hague, Netherlands. The event will bring together professionals, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, government officials and thought-leaders to champion the best practices in empowering women for leadership and impact. The theme for the event is ‘Rising through partnerships and visibility’.


The Rise & Lead Summit is for the entrepreneurial woman, or professional who wants to advance in her leadership journey and career, grow personally and professionally, and become the change she wants to see.The summit will focus on visibility, negotiation and networking strategies required for leadership and impact.


At the end of the one-day event, participants will walk away with:

  • Strategies, tactics and tools for professional leadership advancement and business growth
  • Connect and receive mentorships from business leaders and executives
  • An opportunity to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships with quality business contacts, enabling you to grow future collaboration and partnerships
  • The confidence to lead, and ready to advance into leadership roles within your organisations.

At our expert panel sessions, you will learn new skills, contribute to the leadership and visibility conversations and receive answers to your burning questions.

During the Power session, which is divided into two sessions, professionals will learn how to grow their personal brands and navigate through the barriers to executive positions while entrepreneurs will learn how to use the right marketing and sales strategies to grow their business.

Meet our 2018 speakers

Poonam Barua

Forum For Women In Leadership, India

Martin Wörsdörfer

Member of The Dutch Parliament

Melonie Dodaro

Social Selling and Linkedin Influencer

Snezana Zivcevska-Stalpers

Manager of Tech and Innovation, IBM

Stephanie Ward

Business & Marketing Mentor

Emmy McCarthy

Community Builder and Systems Strategist

Barbara Rogoski

TEdx and Executive Speaker Coach

Manuela Damant

Open The Door Leadership

Natali Drake

Author and Storyteller

Elienne Oei

Investor and Financial Advisor

Renee Veldman-Tentori

Social Media and Digital Communication Strategist

Sheila Gemin

Executive Coach, Entrepreneur and Engineer

Ebere Akadiri

Founder of Ataro Foods

Hannah Huber

Amsterdam Academy & Founder of Spark Women

Julia Jelinska

Compliance Product Integrity Manager

About Rise And Lead Women Summit

A full-day summit ticket includes:

Full summit access

Goodie bag

All day refreshments

Healthy lunch and snacks

The summit provides the added opportunity to network and collaborate with the right business partners.


NH Hotel, WTC, The Hague




Registration Open



Welcome Coffee



Opening Speech by Ebere Akadiri and Hannah Huber – Collaborative Leadership



Keynote 1

The Power of Presence: Rise and Lead by Poonam Barua



Networking Coffee Break



Panel Discussion

How Can More Women Rise Up to Become Effective Leaders in the Workplace and Marketplace?

Panellists: Poonam Barua, Julia Jelinska, and Hannah Huber

Moderator: Ebere Akadiri

20 minute Q&A for the audience.



Networking Lunch & Word from the Main Sponsor



Keynote 2

Empowering Women in Business by Martin Wörsdörfer



Breakout Session

Breakout session for entrepreneurs

Room 1. Blue Room

  • Strategic Partnerships that can Help Scale Your Business – Stephanie Ward (1.30 – 1.50 PM)
  • Different Ways to Fund Your Business Growth – Elianne Oei (1.55 – 2.15 PM)

Room 2.  Yellow Room

  • Power of Storytelling to Communicate Your Personal Brand   Natalie Drake (1.30 – 1.50 PM)
  • Inspiring Stories by Two Entrepreneurs

Leadership Roundtable Discussion for Professionals: Led by Poonam Barua

Room 3.  Green Room

  • Theme: The Context of Leadership for Corporate women
  • Negotiation Strategies: Negotiate your way to the top – Understanding the value you bring to the table and learn to ask for what you’re worth – Poonam Barua
  • Communicate with Confidence and Impact: Find Your Feminine Strength to speak Up – Barbara Rogosky
  • What it Means To be a Digital Female Leader – Snezana Zivcevska-Stalpers


Networking Break



Panel Discussion: Q & A

Personal Branding and Visibility Strategies to Stand Out in the Marketplace

Panelists: Stephanie Ward, Manuela Damant, and Renée Veldman-Tentori.

Moderator: Emmy McCarthy



Keynote 3

Turn Your Linkedin Profile Into A Client Attraction Magnet by Melonie Dodaro



Next Steps: Charting the Course for Women in Leadership

Panelists: Ebere Akadiri, Poonam Barua, and Hannah Huber

Moderator: Sheila Gemin



Closing Remark and Thank You Note by Ebere Akadiri



Networking Borrel

Ends at 6.00 pm


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