More Female Partners at the top NL law firms

More Female Partners at the top 10 lawfirms

Breaking news: finally there seems be an increase in the number of female partners at the large law firms in the Netherlands. The total number of female partners has increased at the top 10 law firms from 57 last years to 61 this year, whereas the total number of partners decreased in that top 10 from 450 to 430. These data are published in De Stand van de Advocatuur 2010. On 26 March the first copy of this document will be handed over to Saskia Stuiveling, president of the general Court of Auditors and member of the Council of recommendation of the Dutch order of lawyers.

There is also less good news for the champions of diversity: at the top 10 last year  a total of 865 female lawyers worked, this year that number has decreased to 808. Also the number of male lawyers decreased, from 1,211 to 1,168. In terms of percentage the proportion male and female lawyers now amounts to at the top 10 of offices 59.4% for 40.6%, in contrast to last year 58.9% and 41.1%.

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Riding the Whirlwind: Culture & Innovation with Fons Trompenaars

11 January 2010

Speaker: Fons Trompenaars

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A recent survey of global CEO’s found that leaders in every industry and in every part of the world are emerging from a period of retrenchment and moving towards a vision of sustained growth, and that innovation is the preferred path to achieving that growth. Innovation has regained its central place in corporate life.

Dr. Fons Trompenaars will show how a winning team is made up of individuals who can demonstrate different strengths and, in fact, if a team does not embrace these different strengths, then it will not have the important dynamic to move forward and to innovate. For twenty years Fons Trompenaars has been interviewing leaders around the world, conducting seminars and advising their companies. His conclusions demonstrate how successful leaders have developed cross-cultural competences, the ability to ride what he calls “the waves of culture” and to reconcile the dilemmas involved.

Fons Trompenaars will show how to make culture work for your business. Listed regularly as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Trompenaars is recognized internationally for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of bestsellers on culture and business. Captivating and thought-provoking in his presentation style and backed by rigorous research, Trompenaars has contributed many breakthrough ideas on the deeper understanding and reconciliation of inter and intra-cultural diversity, creativity and innovation. Participants will learn how to deal with cross-cultural challenges and dilemmas as well as how to embrace an evolving innovation culture. Leaders must adopt new approaches to make them, their teams and their business more sustainable in these ‘whirlwind’ times.

Fons Trompenaars is author of the seminal book ‘Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business’. His latest bestseller ‘Riding the Whirlwind’, is a blueprint for developing a supportive culture that reinforces creativity and innovation for long term sustainability.

Participants are welcome to network from 19:00 to 20:00. The program begins at 20:00.

Registration and Guest Policy: Registration is required for members (no charge) and guests (guests are welcome at a cost of 45 Euro or ladies can become a member for a little extra). Snacks and drinks included. Guests are allowed to attend two EuropeanPWN-Amsterdam functions per year.

Watch Fons Trompenaars on Innovation:

High Tech Heels

Electronics & Automation 2009

High Tech Heels, from design to manufacturing

Buzzing with anticipation and energy! You know that type of event, nothing has happened yet – and the room is electric. That was the sort of environment pre-existing in the Croesezaal at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht on the 29th of May. While I do experience that feeling on a regular basis at EuropeanPWN events, I don’t often come across it in my work conferences.

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Deloitte Webcast: Empower. Invest. Accelerate. The retention and advancement of women in the new global economy

I want to personally thanks Mirella Visser, our EuropeanPWN president, for participating in Deloitte’s:

International Women’s Day Webcast

16 March 2009

The March 6, 2009 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International Women’s Day (IWD) Webcast was a great success, and the recording of the event is now available at,1002,sid=108843&cid=250949,00.html?wt.mc_id=IWD.
More than 630 callers from 23 countries attended the Webcast, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Women Leading Change – Julie Gilbert, leader of the WOLF pack at Best Buy

Julie Gilbert comes as a “two-in-one”: There’s the Senior Vice President of Best Buy, who leads retail training, leadership development, and the company’s innovation engine for 140,000+ employees worldwide. And there is the founder of WOLF (Women’s Leadership Forum), through which Best Buy increased its female market share by more than USD 3.6 billion and the number of female general managers by 40 percent.

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Mass Career Customization

19 March 2009

Speaker: Vanessa Borchers

The long-predicted talent gap is upon us and the leaders of today and tomorrow are in the midst of dealing with the talent challenges. Knowledge professionals, who are in ever-decreasing supply and ever-increasing demand, will drive business growth in the early twenty-first century. And these are the same workers who are irreversibly blurring the relationship between work and life and redefining what it means to build a career. Mass Career Customization (MCC) is a wake-up call and a guide for all business leaders. It provides a refreshing approach to attracting talent and strengthening leadership pipelines while providing varied and well-balanced career journeys. The approach identified four core dimensions of a career: Pace, Workload, Location, and Role.

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