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Rise and Lead Summit


You are invited to join us for the 3rd annual Rise and Lead Summit, where you will learn to advance your leadership & impact on September 24th and 25th, 2020.
The Rise and Lead Summit brings together industry leaders, corporate executives, professionals, entrepreneurs, startups, young leaders, change-makers, and organisations to share best practices, learn new skills and drive the change towards real diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Join the #RiseandLead movement!

  Leadership. Inclusion. Equity.
The theme for this year is ‘Take a Stand for Inclusion’

This is a live virtual event (not pre-recorded). A few people will be joining in-person in The Hague, while the majority of our attendees will be joining us via Hopin.

Check out our line up of speakers here:

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Join the #RiseandLead movement! #Takeastand4Inclusion

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· Networking
Opening Reception and Networking
Day 1 Welcome Reception and Networking
· Sessions
Opening Group Networking/Mentoring Circle
Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle
Unzela Haider
· Stage
Welcome Speech
Welcome speech by Ebere Akadiri: Leadership Development as a Tool for Achieving Real Inclusion
Ebere Akadiri
· Stage
Leadership Conversation
Opening Conversation with Ebere Akadiri and Sheila Gemin
Ebere Akadiri Sheila Gemin
· Stage
Rise and Lead Media
Rise and Lead Journey (Video)
· Stage
Opening Keynote
Leading an Inclusive Organization in Today’s Business Climate with Irine Gaasbeek – Country Managing Director Accenture Netherlands.
Irine Gaasbeek
· Stage
Panel Session 1: Leadership Conversation with Audience Participation
Senior Leaders Role in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion with Irine Gaasbeek, Hanneke Spryut-Panbakker, Cristina Falcone and Jennifer Eversen
Irine Gaasbeek Cristina Falcone Hanneke Spruyt-Panbakker Jennifer Eversen
· Sessions
Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle - Day 1
Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle - Day 1
Unzela Haider
· Networking
Networking Break
One -to-One Networking
· Sessions
Workshop 1: Career, Leadership & Professional Development Track
Virtual Visibility in the Workplace: How to get Key Stakeholders to Recognise your Achievements while Working Remotely with Dr. April Ripley
April Ripley
· Sessions
C-Level Roundtable Discussion
Why are we still talking about Closing the gender gap in the workplace? Alvine Tremoulet, Melissa Raczak, Thijs Glasz, Stefan Tonnon, Carine de Meyere
Stefan  Tonnon Carine de Meyere Alvine Tremoulet Ebere Akadiri Melissa Raczak Thijs Glasz Sheila Gemin
· Sessions
Workshop 1: Entrepreneurship and Startup Track
Micro Launch Formula with Maggie Giele
Maggie Giele
· Sessions
Workshop 2: Entrepreneurship and Startup Track
Branding for Business Growth with Yustine Alvares
Yustine Alvares
· Sessions
Workshop 2: Career, Leadership & Professional Development Track
Introduction to Negotiating Your Career – Pitfalls and Opportunities for Women to Ask for What They Want, Need and Deserve with Wies Bratby
Wies Bratby
· Networking
One -to - One Networking Session
One-To-One Networking
· Sessions
Networking Session
Group Networking/Facilitated Mentoring Circle
Oluwabusayo Bamigbola
· Sessions
Going Beyond Diversity - Concurrent Panel Session
It’s time to Push for Inclusion and Equity in the workplace and marketplace Filip De Groeve, Ghislaine Prins, Natascha Chamuleau, Ana Monforte
Natascha Chamuleau Ana Monforte Filip De Groeve Ghislaine Prins
· Stage
Representation matters:Closing the Gender Leadership Gap:
What can women do to get a seat at the table and become the role models we seek? Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, Rhonda A. Ocha, Jeroen Van Vliet, Sheila Gemin
Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen Rhonda Ocha Jeroen van Vliet Sheila Gemin
· Sessions
Executive Roundtable Discussion For African Leaders -Concurrent Session:
How to Advance Women And Girls in Leadership, Governance and Tech. Tomi Adepoju, Angela Emuwa, Marjorie Esemowei, Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu, Adebola Salako- Kupoluyi
Tomi Adepoju Angela Emuwa Marjorie Esomowei  Adebola  Kupoluyi Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu
· Stage
Day 1 Closing Panel Session : The Workforce of The Future
How can leaders build an inclusive workforce where everyone thrives? With Linda Aiello, Ingrid Gonzalez, Stefan Tonnon, Tola Odeyemi, Sheila Gemin
Linda Aiello Stefan  Tonnon Omotola Odeyemi Ingrid Gonzalez Sheila Gemin
· Networking
Closing Speech/ Networking
Ebere Akadiri
· Sessions
Day 2 Opens: Group Networking Session
Group Networking
Barbara Piper-Roelofs
· Networking
Day 2 Opening
One-To-One Networking
· Stage
Day 2 Opening Announcement
Ebere Akadiri
· Stage
Opening Keynote
Dealing with Unconscious Bias with Claudia De Castro Caldeirinha
Claudia De Castro Caldeirinha
· Stage
Panel Session1: Prioritising our Mental Health
Prioritising our Mental Health and Building Resilience as Leaders: Aylin Bumin,Jennifer Eversen, Olga Fedorova, Barbara Piper
Olga Fedorova Aylin  Bumin Barbara Piper-Roelofs Jennifer Eversen
· Sessions
Founder Table Chat with Ebere Akadiri & Guests
Spotlight Interview: Building resilience to prepare for the unknown: How can small businesses survive in the face of covid19.
Ann Ekwueme Sukai Ceesay Ana Monforte Ari Weinzweig Ebere Akadiri
· Sessions
Eye on Africa: Concurrent Session
Eye on Africa: Investing in African Tech Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Oluwabusayo Bamigbola Dr. Etido Akpan Uche Aniche Temitope  Omotolani Sherifat Balogun
· Stage
Inclusion Corner: Executive Roundtable Discussion
The State of Gender Inclusion in Workplaces
Eleni Gkiola  Lencola Sullivan-Verseveldt Elena Gentili Aylin  Bumin Emily Graham Melissa Romero
· Sessions
Day 2: Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle
Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle
Barbara Piper-Roelofs
· Networking
Networking Break
On-To One Networking
· Sessions
Marketing and Business Growth Track
How to get more clients by being featured in the media
Simone Sauter
· Sessions
Leadership and Professional Development Track
Stand Out with A Strong Personal Brand
Emeka Nwarulor
· Sessions
Entrepreneurship Track
Global Attraction Secrets: 3 Keys to Attract your Ideal Clients and Impact Thousands Globally
Francine Beleyi
· Sessions
Professional Development Track : Using Mentoring as a Professional Dev Strategy
Using Mentoring as a Professional Development Strategy.
Estelle Roux-Stevens
· Stage
Professional Marketing Track
Buddies, Balls & Boobs: the 5 golden rules
Mariëtta Robbé Groskamp Boris Helleman
· Sessions
Professional Development Track 2
Three ways to survive as a young woman in technology.
Marloes de Ruiter
· Sessions
The State of Female Entrepreneurship Post Covid-19 and The Way Forward
Secrets of Scaling a Service-Based Business with Eleanor Beaton and Baking Social Justice Into Your Small Business with Kelly Diels. Moderated by Ana Monforte
Ana Monforte Ebere Akadiri Eleanor  Beaton Kelly Diels
· Stage
Panel Session: Building an Equitable workplace Culture
How to Build An Equitable Culture in Workplaces and Society; Creating An Equal Opportunity for All.
Vivian Acquah Rhonda Ocha Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor Marian Spier
· Networking
Networking Break
One -to-One Networking
· Sessions
Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle
Facilitated Group Networking/Mentoring Circle
· Stage
Closing Panel
#TakingAStandForInclusion: Going from a commitment to actions: Building an inclusive society where everyone thrives
Claudia De Castro Caldeirinha Cristina Falcone Jennifer Eversen Rhonda Ocha Sheila Gemin Marian Spier
· Stage
Closing Vote of Thanks + Networking chat
Thank You for Coming: Rise and Lead!
Ebere Akadiri
· Sessions
Closing Networking
Goodbyes and virtual hugs
Eniola Idowu


Dr. Etido Akpan

Professor at Webster University, USA

Eniola Idowu

Risk Consultant at KPMG

Linda Aiello

EVP, Employee Success BP (HR) at Salesforce

Stefan Tonnon

VP HR EMEA Insight, Europe

Carine de Meyere

CCO Women in Tech

Oluwabusayo Bamigbola


Joost Ravoo

Global Director Marketing

Vivian Acquah

Founder Viva la Vive

Estelle Roux-Stevens

Founder of Stellar People

Uche Aniche

Founder/CEO, Havillah Hills

Kemo Kamara

Founder of European Women Payments Network

Eleni Gkiola

Co-founder of Find Out Why

Elena Gentili

Staff Relations and Welfare Officer at Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Olga Fedorova

Knowledge Representation Specialist, Elsevier

Claudia De Castro Caldeirinha

Founder and Executive Director of Redscope Consulting

Barbara Piper-Roelofs

International MentorCoach and Compassion Entrepreneur

Ingrid Gonzalez

Head of Sales at Google Cloud New York

Ana Monforte

Founder of Grapekeeper

Natascha Chamuleau

Chief Advertising Officer at WeTransfer

Alvine Tremoulet

EU Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Pfizer

Unzela Haider

Founder of Thrive Qube

Sukai Ceesay

CEO, Royal Blue and Orange Intl’l

Ann Ekwueme

CEO, Zibbahbyannekwueme

Sherifat Balogun

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce Industry and Cooperatives, Lagos State, Nigeria

Akwasi Opong-Fosu

President of Africa Growth Solutions

Temitope Omotolani

Managing Director, Crowdyvest

Ari Weinzweig

CEO/Co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, USA

Omotola Odeyemi

Head of Public Policy, West Africa at Uber

Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu

Regional Adviser on Gender and Human Rights with the United Nations (OHCHR

April Ripley

President and CEO, The Premiere Image Inc, USA

Yustine Alvares

Marketing and (personal) Branding Strategist

Lencola Sullivan-Verseveldt

D& I Facilitator, Office Manager Tax at Shell Netherlands

Adebola Kupoluyi

Senior Manager, ATC Nigeria Wireless Infrastructure Limited | Country Ambassador, Rise and Lead Africa

Marjorie Esomowei

Founder, Wisdom For Women International, UK

Angela Emuwa

Chairman, Punch Newspaper

Tomi Adepoju

Partner and Head, Board Advisory Services, KPMG Nigeria

Irine Gaasbeek

Country Managing Director Accenture Netherlands

Marian Spier

Founder of TEDxAmsterdamWomen and FEM-START

Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor

Regional Representative of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) EARO

Simone Filippini

Leadership4SDGSs Foundation, Global Council SDG16

Kelly Diels

Founder & Feminist Marketing Consultant, #WeAreTheCultureMakers

Eleanor Beaton

Internationally-recognised authority in women’s leadership | CEO, SafiMedia

Francine Beleyi

Digital Strategist, Change Consultant, Educator, Speaker and Podcaster

Marloes de Ruiter

Owner of WeProcess

Simone Sauter

PR & Publicity Expert

Boris Helleman

Marketing Manager T-Mobile Netherlands

Mariëtta Robbé Groskamp

Country Director Netherlands & Entrepreneur

Emeka Nwarulor

Founder of Big Brand Academy

Melissa Romero

Founder & Chair Lean In | Netherlands

Emily Graham

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, FleishmanHillard

Aylin Bumin

District Marketing Manager, UPS West Europe

Ghislaine Prins

Global Digital Marketing Director of Randstad

Filip De Groeve

Marketing Director of Coloplast, The Netherlands

Maggie Giele

Head Geek, Business & Marketing Strategist | Founder of Bosses in Europe:

Wies Bratby

Founder Women In Negotiation

Sheila Gemin

Client Executive Partner Banking and Insurance at Atos | Co-President PWN Global

Jeroen van Vliet

Director Field Sales, Coca-Cola European Partners Netherlands (CCEP NL) and member of the Dutch Board

Rhonda Ocha

Director Market Delivery Europe of Mastercard

Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen

Chairman of the Executive Board, Aon Holdings & Global CMO Aon Inpoint

Thijs Glasz

Vice-President, Human Resources EMEA & Asia of Össur

Melissa Raczak

Partner at Deloitte Consulting

Jennifer Eversen

Senior Director Professional Services, Benelux-Salesforce

Hanneke Spruyt-Panbakker

Country Leader P&G NL

Anita de Werd

Head of Marketing and Business Development Maersk Africa

Cristina Falcone

VP Public Affairs UPS Europe

Ebere Akadiri

Founder Rise and Lead

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