Quotes from women participants

Marjolein van DelftMarjolein van Delft
Indirect Tax Lead, EMEA, Shell
“What a great way to meet new people of different backgrounds but with a common goal: to learn more about NED activities. A very interactive afternoon. It was also good to hear that boards are keen to introduce new insights,backgrounds and energy into the boardroom. Let the PBF be a kick-off for that!”

Nicole KrabbenborgNicole Krabbenborg
Algemeen Directeur, Kindergarden Nederland BV
“For me, working together on a business case was
a hugely stimulating experience. The event was a perfect way to get to know each other and to learn from the experienced Chairmen and supervisory board members. The PBF is a good concept for networking
and for gaining more insight into NED roles.”

Pauline Bieringa
Managing Director Public Finance, BNG Bank
“I got my first major Non-Executive role as a direct result of participating at the Forum - the concept works!”


Paola Perotti

Partner, GO Investment Partners LLP
"It was such an interesting event. I added so many engaging women and men to my network and look forward to work with them."


Angelique Keijsers
Partner, EY
"Thank you for inviting me to join the event. I have really enjoyed being part of it. The chairman were really inspiring and I was also able to have some good discussions afterwards. Looking forward to next events."


1Emmie Habes
Global Head HR, Aegon Asset Management
"I want to compliment you with the success of the meeting; a very nice group of female leaders and a very interesting and
experienced group of NEDs. The case study format played out very well. That is so much more effective than just talking about it."


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Akkie LansbergAkkie Lansberg
Director, a.s.r. Health Insurance
“The PBF provides exposure to seasoned Non-Executives
as well as ‘out of the ordinary’ peers. It offers a unique setting to discover more about the NED role, which is done through deep diving into the collective pressure-cooker work on the boardroom business cases.”

Petra Smeets
CIO, Gasunie
“The PBF offers an unique opportunity to meet experienced Chairs, learn more about the NED role and practise together with peers on a real-life case. Joining a PBF is worthwhile for every ambitious woman
who aims for an NED position in the future.”

Janet KroesJanet Kroes
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Planning & Distribution,
LEGO Group

“The simulated board meetings are a brilliant set-up. You feel the energy
in the room as the groups put their experience and problem-solving skills to the test, encouraged by seasoned Chairs. The diversity of solutions
proposed reflects the range of contributions that all these women could bring to the boardroom!”

Dorthe Schipperheijn
Directeur Programma's, Gemeente Heerlen
"I enjoyed every minute of the Professional Boards Forum both the preparation session and the actual event. I am overwhelmed by the support and dedication you put into the meeting and our preparation before that. The meeting was amazing. Wonderful to learn from the experienced chairmen - I had great talks with many of them. And what a crowd of competent women!"

Louise van Deth
Executive Director, STOP AIDS NOW!
"Thank you so much for inviting me to the meeting. The afternoon turned out to be so relevant, lively and interesting. The tables that I were a part of had a wealth of experience - both from the board members and impressive fellow candidates. I hope the group of women you selected to be part of this will go far."


1Marlies van Elst
General Manager Market Management, Equens
"Participating at the Board Forum made me realise the networks of clever and capable women and experienced Chairmen are not linked. When the two groups are brought together great things happen; I was offered my first NED interview only 3 weeks after the PBF event - I am so pleased I was invited to join the event!"

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