Gender Equality Events


Gender in Finance: why diversity matters

To become better companies, it is essential that men and women cooperate to promote an inclusive culture and to help female talent thrive. This event aims to unite financial organisations to tackle gender diversity and share best practices. To encourage this cooperation, the Belgian financial sector and different institutions joined forces and created Women in Finance Belgium. This resulted in a charter, which the members will sign during the event.


01.00 p.m. Registration and coffee
01.30 p.m. Introductory speeches by Jean Hilgers, Director NBB, President of the Belgian Financial Forum and Christine Van Rijsseghem, President of Women in Finance.
02.00 p.m. Speech by Dirk Van Gerven, Managing Partner at NautaDutilh Brussels, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the FSMA and Author of the book “Alle mensen zijn gelijk, ook vrouwen” (“All people are equal, so are women”).
Focus on the topic in relation to professional careers, illustrated with examples and anecdotes.
02.20 p.m. Speech by Trees Paelinck, General Manager Women on Board. An overview of facts and figures, including a comparison with the general situation/attitudes in other business sectors.
02.40 p.m. Els Deboutte, Coach, Trainer, Author and Founding Partner of Make me Fly!: A dynamic/interactive intervention on gender diversity
03.00 p.m. Coffee Break
03.20 p.m. Panel discussion, moderated by Isabella Lenarduzzi, Founder and Managing Director of JUMP, with the following panel members:

  • Ann Caluwaerts, Chief Corporate Affairs at Telenet
  • Marcia De Wachter, Founder and Managing Director of Brain@Trust
  • Claire Godding, Senior Counsel Diversity, Inclusion and Societal Needs at Febelfin
  • Guy Janssens, Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investments at BNP Paribas Fortis
04.00 p.m. Signing Ceremony ‘Gender Diversity in Finance Charter’: Women in Finance drafted a charter for gender diversity. Several organizations and companies within the financial sector already signed this charter and others will follow their example.
04.15 p.m. Speech by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation.
05.00 p.m. Drinks and networking