POWER. PRESENCE. POTENTIAL.
Build your Executive Presence & negotiate your way to the top
Studies have shown that promoting women to management and leadership positions increases the output and profitability of companies. Why then is there still a very low percentage of women in top leadership positions globally?
Women face unique challenges when climbing the leadership ladder and navigating corporate dynamics. These challenges range from limiting beliefs and conscious bias to lack of visible role models and sponsors. Even when companies are open to promoting women, these challenges have made it difficult to retain women at top-level positions.
Rise and Lead Women empowers women for leadership and impact. Our Leadership Retreat – Power. Presence. Potential. – has been specifically designed to address these issues and to create a safe space to share experiences and seek non-judgmental insights. With sessions delivered by leadership experts and
Hosted in the beautiful city of The Hague, the Rise and Lead Women Leadership Retreat will be filled with high-performance workshops, facilitated mentoring circle conversations and opportunities to practice new skills. By sharing wisdom and knowledge about real-life challenges and providing practical solutions, our leaders will be sharing information we believe is crucial for the advancement of women in leadership.
Join our tribe of women who are ready to transform their leadership and expand their influence and impact.
What will you experience at Rise and Lead Women Leadership Retreat?
In addition to hearing from an inspiring line up of speakers and sharing your experience with a group of like-minded professionals, you will gain skills to:
- Improve your Power of Self – visibility, executive presence and confidence
- Learn the Art of Strategic communication: how to present your ideas more confidently and gain the support of others
- Understand your leadership style – and how you impact your stakeholders
- Lead in a male-dominated environment, without losing yourself in the process
- Authentically connect with people and develop networks that will assist in reaching your leadership goals
- Navigate the political environment – advocate for yourself and others
- Challenge your mindset – to relearn, reformat, and re-energise its thinking in a rapidly changing business landscape
- Build and nurture your Social Capital, inside and outside of your organisation
- Negotiate fairly with a straightforward win-win approach
Participants will leave with immediately applicable skills and a framework for leading teams and forming strategic alliances and unleashing their full leadership potential.
What will we cover?
- Strategic leadership & the differentiating styles of women in leadership
- Power and influence – mindfulness & observing ethics in leadership
- Articulating your leadership stepladder
- Decision making and
- Closing the confidence gap and learning to show up
- Communication & the art of delegation
- Steps to becoming a thought leader and building your personal brand as an expert in your field
- Crafting your step-ladder to leadership
- Presence and personal branding
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About The Program Chairs
Founder/CEO at Forum for Women In Leadership – WILL Forum, India and Co-Founder of Rise and Lead Women
Poonam Barua is an accomplished business leader, economist, Independent Board Director, CEO of WILL Forum India, and Founding Chairman of the Forum for Women in Leadership, based in New Delhi. She is also the author of the renowned book, Leadership by Proxy: The Story of Women in Corporate India, published by Bloomsbury, December 2015.
Presently, WILL Forum India has over 6000 women (and men) participating from across 250 leading companies and multinationals, and 800 WILL Mentees. She has authored 15 Research Reports including the best-selling “50 Best Practices for Women in the Workplace” and “Balanced Boards for Good Governance.”
She has been awarded the Ford Fellowship for Women in Security Studies, at School of International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (Wash DC); Visiting Fellowship at Henry L. Stimson Center; Fellow at Salzburg Global Seminar, (Austria), and the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School.
Ms. Barua is also Chairing the “WILL Women on Corporate Boards: Series” that is mentoring a robust pipeline of women executives — and certifying more than 500 “board capable and board informed” women executives for corporate board positions, since 2015
Founder, Rise and Lead Women Forum, CEO, Ataro Foods and Ebere Akadiri Consulting
Ebere Akadiri is an internationally recognised business executive, educator and a visionary leader. She has spent over 19+ years creating and launching successful businesses, teaching entrepreneurial concepts, and mentoring purpose-driven business leaders.
Ebere Akadiri is the founder/CEO of Ataro Foods and Rise and Lead Women. After starting her career at an oil servicing company, she went on to launch her dream business – a successful restaurant –with two branches, five sales outlets and 56 team members.
Ebere holds a B. Tech in Food Tech and Master’s degree in Management and Leadership. Her education, combined with her years of success as a business owner, helps her to teach business leaders to create strong visions of growth for themselves and their companies.
She is passionate about leadership development with a strong focus on women leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, digital transformation, and business strategy.
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The Guest Expert
Ingrid Veling-de Block
Founder of Ignite coaching & consultancy – interim professional – Co-founder of Polaris and International coach
Ingrid has held senior HR positions in the international financial services sector
and in the IT sector, at a.o. NN Group & ING Group and RIPE NCC. In her roles
as HR Director, Head of Leadership & Development and Head of Talent
Management, she had the privilege to work with, and coach talented leaders
and high potentials from various countries and cultures. Additionally, she
developed a passion for supporting women in reaching key business positions.
During this exciting
multi-cultural perspective on ‘Work Culture’, Talent Agility and Leadership
In this capacity she experienced periods of growth, mergers, managing during
executive & (female) talent coach, a diversity & inclusion consultant, a trainer,
speaker and ad-interim HR manager.
She is the co-founder and Board Member of Polaris (https://polaris.community/), a
professional female network that helps women advance towards positions with
impact and to fulfill their dreams. The group consists of men and women of
different nationalities and different industries/sectors, all working in the
One of the achievements of the network is an annual mentor program of more
than 60 mentor/mentee couples.
What drives Ingrid is creating movement in people and teams and focus on
equal opportunities for people to apply their talents.
Recent speaking engagements:
- Beirut – ITU Conference on women in Tech – speech: why women hesitate
- Marseille – Women in Tech lunch at
RIPEannual meeting – speech: why we need female Role Models and what is a Role Model
- Amsterdam – Panel discussion sponsored by Netflix – how can we increase male sponsorship
- Rotterdam – LEAD conference – the incredible power of role models
President of LeadershipSDG16s Foundation
Quick learner & fast thinker, able to connect the dots & come up with new concepts. Like thinking out of the box. My driving force: tangible results & generating impact. Extensive experience in complex national / intern. environments. Love to work at intersection public-private-non governmental sectors. Believer in social impact & sustainability as co-drivers of future business & sustainable socioeconomic development. Strong at corporate & thematic positioning & visibility, internationalization and building the right networks in the right way. Proponent of diverse leadership teams. If you just want to keep a ship floating, don’t knock on my door. I always cause movement, future oriented change, innovation & results. Like team work & fun.
Agenda2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs represent an inspirational, all encompassing agenda with the potential to drive global transformation. To get the job done, however, we need different – more inclusive, effective, accountable, just & inspirational – (political) leadership & politics: Leadership4SDGs
At present: member Council on SDG16 World Government Summit Dubai, Pres @UNANL (UN Association of The Netherlands; Supervisory Board Netherlands-African Bus. Council @NABC; Recomm. Cie @HollandDance & SIB Groningen; Board Nansen Dialogue Center, North Macedonia; Studiegezelschap Econ. Politiek / SEP
Previously a.o.: ED NIMD, CEO @Cordaid, Dutch Ambassador Macedonia, CG Miami (for Southeastern US & Dutch Caribbean), Head Women’s Rights Dep @DutchMFA (#SGD5, SRHR, 1325, VAW, FGM), Vice-President Board EPD (European Partnership for Democracy); Board GPMD (Global Partnership for Multi-Party Democracy, Member National Board (International Secretary, voluntarism) Dutch political Party D66 – @D66, multiple Board memberships & other voluntary work.
Professor of Webster University - Leiden
Professor Andreas Rambow was born and raised in Germany where he began his career as a soldier. He trained in Cologne and later worked at the German embassy in Washington DC before he turned his attention to academia.
“I was 27 when I went to college,” he said. “That’s an age when most other people already have a degree and a career going for them. I started over from scratch.”
Professor Rambow first attended Northern Virginia Community College and went on to major in Finance at George Mason University. He later earned his MBA from Marymount University. Along the way, he met his wife and they returned to Europe to live in Brussels. Since then, Professor Rambow has taught at several colleges including the University of Maryland via their European military program. He’s also currently working towards his
Professor Rambow began working at Webster Leiden in the autumn of 2016 and he teaches around four courses each academic year. One of his current classes is Basic Finance for Managers in the Management and Leadership program.
“It’s often the toughest class that my students take,” he said. “I make that very clear from the outset. We do financial statement analysis and bookkeeping so they learn how the numbers come about in a business’ annual report. As a leader in any organization, even a non-profit, you’ve got to be able to manage financial resources. That’s the whole purpose of the class.”
Another one of Professor Rambow’s courses is Organizational Behavior where students get to explore issues that they might encounter as leaders or managers during their careers. Rather than delve too far into theory, he prefers to focus on scenarios that are often common in the workplace.
“Leadership theory can be very abstract,” he said. “My primary message with this class is that it all comes down to the situation. To be a good leader, you’ve got to assess the situation and take appropriate action. It’s not always just caring about an employee. Sometimes you have to do difficult things like fire someone or kick them in the behind to motivate them to perform better.”
Over the past several decades, Professor Rambow has taught students and others how to improve their leadership skills so they can succeed in business, education, and other areas.
His advice to anyone about to begin their first or an entirely new career was this:
“Never assume that you know everything after you graduate from college. Learning is a lifelong process and you need to be open to new ideas and challenges. If you don’t, you won’t be successful. Follow your heart and don’t allow yourself to be pushed into anything. Do what you’ve always wanted to do and give it your best shot.”
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This program is open for female professionals, mid-managers, managers, senior-level executives, business founders and co-founders, and women entreprenuers
Venue: The Hague Tech
Anna van Hanoverstraat 4
Date: September 16 & 17
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Price: €550 €450
Is there a scholarship to attend this program?
We’ll be awarding three all-access passes to deserving women leaders who do not have the means to participate. To check your eligibility, send your letter of motivation to email@example.com.
Can I sponsor someone to attend?
Yes, you can sponsor your colleagues, employees or your loved ones to attend.
I am a business owner, is this program of any benefit to growing my business?
At Rise and Lead, we believe that as your business grows, your level of leadership grows. Understanding and making room for your business growth is equally important.
Is there a group discount?
Yes, when you register up to 5 people, you will receive a 10% group discount. For corporate
I’m a man, can I attend the leadership retreat?
Absolutely yes. At Rise and Lead, we believe in balanced leadership and inclusion.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PAYMENTS MADE ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
About WILL Forum
The “Forum for Women in Leadership”, WILL Forum India– is a unique and deeply committed mandate that will bring together senior women executives in leadership positions from across corporate India for an open dialogue on their aspirations, opportunities, nurturing mind-sets, mentoring and harnessing the rewards of collective thinking for improving the workplace in the coming years.