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Monday, December 7

09:00 CET

Don’t Burn the Boats: Avoid Stress and Burnout
Finding balance and creating mindful strategies to build positive wellbeing and avoid stress and burnout.

When someone is ambitiously navigating their career they inevitability deal with a certain level of stress and demand on their time as they are surrounded by a swirling sea of 24/7 connectivity, making it difficult to navigate balance in their professional and personal lives. How can we protect ourselves from drowning in the turbulent waters of stress and anxiety? In this session participants will learn tips and techniques to help weather the storm and create a more balanced life by creating boundaries and developing their own self-care as a priority to set themselves up to thrive.

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Laticia Diane Carter

Founder/Chief Healer, Strategist & Coach, The Art of Waking

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Cheryl Braam

IT Vendor and Contract Manager, BLawt
B.LAWT and be heard! Connector between IT, legal and people is looking for new opportunities. Also come find me if you are looking for tips regarding the workplace
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Wonny Tjon

Innovator in Conscious Leadership, Spirited@Work
Innovator in Conscious Leadership - Developing Tech Models for Sustainability and Design for WellbeingWonny works at the intersection of Business, Science, Technology, Spirituality and Wellbeing.She integrates her work experience for many international profit, non-government and government... Read More →
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Ariënne van der Hilst

marketing and innovation strategist, Arienne van der Hilst
Ariënne van der Hilst is a marketing and innovation strategist who helps entrepreneurs to structure their vision and ideas into a business model and marketing strategy. Her approach bridges multiple disciplines. Her passion for personal development and expertise in design thinking... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 09:00 - 10:30 CET

17:00 CET

Combatting Imposter Syndrome
Does this sound familiar? “You’re not good enough.” “It is only a matter of time until they find you out.”  “You don’t know what you’re doing.” “You’ll never be as good as her/him/them.” “You don’t belong here.”  “You don’t deserve this.” 

This ugly voice is the saboteur inside your head. The one that fuels our Imposter Syndrome. The sad truth is that nearly EVERYONE has this voice in their heads. The even sadder truth is that we still believe it is only us. Don’t believe the hype! After this session you will be able to better identify your imposter syndrome/saboteur voice and learn ways to build your confidence, validate your efforts, and finally truly believe you belong.

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Gina Fresquez

Founder / Speaker / Author / Coach, Gina Fresquez International / Lodima Leadership Collective
Hi, I'm Gina, best selling author, keynote speaker, and success and leadership coach with a commitment to support women in male-dominated industries (STEM) and female founders to get out of their own way by overcoming self-doubt and gain more confidence to succeed in all areas of... Read More →

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Ashwini Uthrapathi Shakila

People Analytics Specialist, Beat
Ashwini is a problem solver, committed to reducing inequalities in the tech sector. An Engineer by education, she has worked across several cultures in India, Singapore, Japan, and the Netherlands. She is passionate about People Analytics and using data to uncover biases and inequalities... Read More →
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Nazlina Quadir

Lecturer, Hague University of Applied Sciences
Winner of Marie Claire's Amazing Women 2018 award, Nazlina is the perfect combination of an experienced integrated marketing communications (IMC) strategist, an engaging speaker and community builder. With more than 16 years of experience in strategic marketing communications and... Read More →
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Emily Mattaka

Storytelling Trainer, Marketing is a Love Story
Emily Mattaka is a self-proclaimed online art director, and she’s heavy on the storytelling. She plays around with these tools in her new brand Marketing is a Love Story. She helps entrepreneurs and small business owners with their online visibility. She ensembles a team of creatives... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 17:00 - 18:30 CET

19:00 CET

MotherSHIP event - Hack the Regatta & Connection Cafe
Join our kick off MotherSHIP event - Hack the Regatta & Connection Cafe. Set your intentions for the next week, and connect with like minded attendees. We'll show you why we believe that "relationships are true currency" and how to manifest your dream of walking out of this year's conference with your new best friend or new boss!

Monday December 7, 2020 19:00 - 20:00 CET
Tuesday, December 8

12:30 CET

The Rise of Women in Thought Leadership - Supported by Deloitte
Thought leaders are the opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They’re trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and show how to replicate their success. Who are the women leaders hugely inspiring men and the world today, and how are they doing it? How can we raise up many more women as thought leaders?

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Marissa Shaffer

Technical Writer, ServiceNow
Marissa Shaffer is a technical writer at ServiceNow, named Forbes' #1 World's Most Innovative Companies 2018. Previously, Marissa has written about software and systems, air transportation, finance, and other topics for both startups and Forbes 100 companies. Marissa has a Masters... Read More →

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Gaëlle Koutou

Founder and Podcast Host, Rosa!
Gaëlle Koutou lived in 4 countries so far (France, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands). She started her career working in Fashion in 2010 and then did a complete 180 to work in Tech. She's been employed mostly at US companies such as Apple, Google, Oracle as well as... Read More →
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Isrid van Geuns

Matchmaker and Consultant for growth in the fashion & luxury industry, ISRID fashion & luxury
Isrid van Geuns (1968) is living and working in Amsterdam. She is the founder of ISRID Agency, a concept and portal for recruitment, learning and development, serving and connecting an exclusive and high-quality portfolio of clients and talent in the fashion, lifestyle and luxury... Read More →
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Rachel Keane

Women in Data UK, Co-Founder
Rachel Keane is a veteran recruiter with over 15 years’ experience in the industry, and a co-founder of both Women in Data (WiD), and Girls in Data, initiatives that aim to achieve gender parity in the field of data science and analytics, whilst encouraging girls at the grass roots... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 12:30 - 14:00 CET

15:00 CET

Diversity by Design: Raising Up The Voices of Women of Color — Supported by Google
This panel is dedicated to women of color in our tech community. Diversity initiatives vary from company to company and can take on many shapes depending on a company's size or age. Some women exist as the sole representation at their company and others can connect with large ERGs and networks. Hear these women's stories, their hopes for the future, and their ideas of how diversity programs and leadership could truly make a difference in our organizations no matter the size.

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Pilar Quezzaire

Curriculum manager, edtech and design, International Baccalaureate
Pilar is the curriculum manager for educational technology and design at International Baccalaureate. She investigates the impact of technologies on learning, teaching and learning environment design. Her recent work has focused on the use of data artificial intelligence in learning... Read More →

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Shea Harty

Managing Director, Empower Amsterdam
Shea Harty is the Managing Director of Empowerment, a social enterprise that helps companies with their sustainable employability agendas through team building, cross-cultural communication, leadership programs, inclusion and belonging, redundancies programs, and more. Their non-profit... Read More →
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Vivian Acquah

Inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, Viva la Vive
As an inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, I advise managers on how to keep their team members engaged, energized, and safe in a sustainable, long-term way. A clear Workplace Wellness strategy & implementation will fix your hidden cost drains and missed opportunity cost because... Read More →
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Faith O.

Threat Hunter, IBM
Faith is a global citizen having been born and raised in Nairobi, studied in Moscow and currently works in Amsterdam as a Threat Hunter for IBM. She has over 10 years of diverse hands-on experience in IT and Security, the past 5 of which were specifically in Security.  Her current... Read More →
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Diana Van Roest

Sales Director, Google Netherlands B.V.
Diana van Roest, Director at Google Netherlands. Together with her teams in Amsterdam and Dublin, she aims to increase the healthy growth and digital transformation of large Dutch companies in 9 sectors. She always combines business growth with the growth of people. Member of the... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 15:00 - 16:30 CET

19:00 CET

Navigating in the room where it HAPPENS - Supported by Deloitte
Like Hamilton said, you want to be in the room where it happens!  Now that you’ve got/earned/taken your seat at the table, you’ll be influencing decisions from the top, driving the business forward, and raising the visibility of your team.
So, how do you navigate your position to advance yourself while also reaching back to lift others?

Some of the topics we’ll tackle:
  • Growing your career as a leader
  • Using strategic storytelling to elevate your visibility and impact
  • Navigating imposter syndrome without skipping a beat
  • Rising together by attracting and retaining diversity at the team level

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elan Bailey

Founder, Leadership Coach and Organization Development Consultant, UpLevel Leadership Academy
Elan's passion is developing people, teams and organizations that thrive. As a small business growth advisor with Cultivate Advisors, she works with entrepreneurs who are mission-driven, women-owned and people-focused to help take your business to the next level.She has 10 years experience... Read More →

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Franziska Schaadt

Founder & Social Selling Coach, FRANSCHA
Franziska Schaadt is a personal branding strategist, international keynote speaker, and founder of the social selling agency FRANSCHA.She consults mainly tech companies and shows them how they can leverage B2B Social media to find new business opportunities by building a professional... Read More →
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Donna Darthuizen

Director of Retail - Customer & Commerce, NN
Donna Darthuizen is born in Suriname, raised in The Netherlands. Her studies have always been focussed on International Business and management. She has an MBA from LSBU - UK.With 20 years of experience in e-business and Digital Commerce, Donna has been at the forefront of many new... Read More →
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Vanessa Engelhart

Managing Director, EQIP Consultancy
As an enthusiastic ICT-professional with a sparkling personality I have more than 10 years of experience in: management of IT engineers/IT specialists/internal and external supplier, consultancy, project and program management, (ITIL/LEAN) processes, coaching, transition-, financial... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 19:00 - 20:30 CET
Wednesday, December 9

12:30 CET

The Many Flavors of Technology Education (and school is only one of them!)
How do you prepare kids and adults for our world of constant and rapid technological innovation? What education, training and exposure to technology do we need to survive and thrive? There is no standard answer. In today's world, education comes in many flavours: from school curriculum to extracurricular activities, the stories we tell children, and the things we teach ourselves in our free time. During this panel, we'll hear from a selection of people who represent the different flavours to tech education and and prove there are many ways to tech if you just start.

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Deborah Carter

Managing Director, PreparationTech
Deborah Carter is PreparationTech's main interviewer and founder of NewTechKids, an academy In Amsterdam which teaches primary and high school students about technological innovation: computer science, programming, design, and critical thinking about technology. Deborah has combined... Read More →

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Miriam Tocino

CEO & Author, Zerus & Ona
Miriam Tocino is a software developer, coding teacher, and mum dedicated to making computers more approachable, friendly, and easy to understand. She is the author of Zerus & Ona, a book series to encourage young children to become curious about what technology is and how it work... Read More →
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Shaquille Veldboom

Solidworks Designer, Veldboom Prototyping
My Name is Shaquille Veldboom and I am a self-taught 3D designer who has carved out a career as an in-demand designer. I'm the most proud of becoming a swiss army knife in 3D design as I work with 3d scanning, 3d modeling ,3d Animating and 3d printing. I started developing my design... Read More →
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parves khan

Global Research & Insight Director, Pearson PLC
With over 20 years under my belt, I am an insight leader with a strong track record of transforming research functions into insight powerhouses. With a passion for bringing data to life, delivering high quality outputs, driving up team performance and engaging with stakeholders, I... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:30 - 14:00 CET

17:00 CET

Relationships Are The True Currency: Discover Your Treasure Chest
As the song says, Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. The core principle of the WiT Regatta is to authentically establish, build, and cultivate your relationships toward greater purpose. Meeting new people is important but, who is already in your treasure chest? During this session learn how to identify and genuinely reengage with the goldmine that is your established network.

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Lara Manqui

Growth Coach to Women Technologists and Social Justice Warrior, Flourish EMPOWERMENT coaching & consulting
Lara Manqui is an empowerment coach, multi-passionate entrepreneur, professional speaker, vlogger and holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering. After 16 years of building a career in the tech world, she resigned from corporate life to start her own business supporting... Read More →

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Stephanie Ward

Founder, Firefly Coaching
Stephanie Ward is the Business & Marketing Coach for Global Entrepreneurs who want to create a meaningful and prosperous business. Stephanie helps business owners get clear and then generate marketing ideas that are a perfect fit. She does this with one-on-one coaching, speaking... Read More →
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Karan Nijhawan

Founder, Jube
Karan Nijhawan is the Founder of Jube, where he has held over 165+ dinners/virtual events to help people create deep relationships. He currently works with companies to enhance company culture, and to build better relationships with their top clients.
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Sharon van Sprang

Business Coach, Salesguru in 1 dag
My name is Sharon van Sprang, a scaleup expert that focuses on sales, marketing, growth and revenue. The founder of SalesGurin1dag and DeTafelvan5.Business development has always been something that energized me.  Might not always have been working under this flag, but ever since... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 17:00 - 18:30 CET

19:00 CET

True Allyship: Be a Better Ally All the Time, Every Day
True Allyship is not defined by intent, but by impact. The question to ask yourself is: How do I ensure that I'm having the impact of an ally? Join us for a lively discussion about this leading question as we dive into the concept of privilege, our unconscious biases, and why intent can only go so far. Our panelists will share their experiences, the barriers they've faced and overcome while imparting valuable advice on how you can act with impact as an ally every day, in the workplace and beyond.

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Raisa Ghazi

Founder & Owner, SkillGenie
Raisa Ghazi is a political scientist and the founder of SkillGenie, an e-learning platform with courses which aim to reduce inequality in the workplace. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and is committed to the emancipation of minorities, especially in technology. She’s always on... Read More →

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Jan Kaan

EMEA Sales Manager, SkyKick
I am a passionate, energetic and cultural broker. Someone who “Gets Shit Done”, dares to challenge, who thrives in an international environment where diversity in thinking and a growth mindset is welcomed. Be the Change You Seek is one of the values I live by and inspire my team... Read More →
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Raymond Comvalius

IT Infrastructure Specialist - MVP, NEXTXPERT
Raymond Comvalius is a Microsoft MVP and works as an independent IT architect and trainer. Raymond is the author of multiple books on Windows and security. As an architect he supports organizations in IT strategy and realization of their next generation workplace infrastructure. Raymond... Read More →
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Zeman Bhunnoo

Group Head of Marketing Science & Commercial Analytics, https://www.nestle.com/
July 2020 Zee leads Advanced Analytics across the Nestlé group with particular application in commercial analytics and marketing science. Prior to this he spent 6 years in Nestlé’s Breakfast Cereal division as Head of Analytics, Media & AI and 10 years at Ebiquity where he lead... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 19:00 - 20:30 CET
Thursday, December 10

09:00 CET

Debiasing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence is often billed as the answer to debiasing decision making. Human biases are deeply anchored, most often unnoticed, and reflected in the behaviour that generates data. AI can amplify these biases and patterns, and in some cases even expand the problems in new ways. At best, AI might be able to introduce some degree of objectivity; but to do so, the people writing the code must be aware of and wrestle with biases. This panel discusses strategies and methodologies for navigating these challenges.

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Janine Khuc

Data Scientist | Co-Founder R-Ladies Amsterdam
Janine is Data Scientist with expertise within the healthcare domain. Having a background in Psychology and a devote interest in machine learning applications, she is interested in understanding the human reflection in the data and how these biases can be mitigated to leverage the... Read More →

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Maria Axente

Responsible AI & AI for Good Lead, PwC
In her role as Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC, Maria advises partners across industry, academia, governments, and internal teams, on how to harness the power of AI and data in an ethical and responsible manner. She has played a crucial part in the development and set-up of PwC’s UK AI Center of Excellence, the firm... Read More →
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Tobias Baer

Senior Advisor • Coach • Scholar, Psychology • Risk Management • Data Science
Tobias is a consultant and scholar focusing on the intersections of data science, risk management, and psychology. As an ex McKinsey Partner with over 25 years of global experience, he has been a pioneer in data science (having built McKinsey’s credit risk analytics capabilities... Read More →
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Samantha Van Der Merwe

Data Science Tech Lead, Kantar
Samantha van der Merwe is a platform owner and the Data Science Tech Lead at Kantar. She has a strong technical background having a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Statistics. Her expertise lies in helping Data Science and Analytics teams build and deploy... Read More →

Thursday December 10, 2020 09:00 - 10:30 CET

17:00 CET

How Do You Motivate Your Team? First, Lead Yourself
As Ret. Brigadier General Becky Halstead wrote, “the first person you must lead is you.” As a team leader, your people will adopt your style. What example are you setting? Self-reflection, humility, and continuous learning are necessary to continue to grow and lead successful teams. Join this panel discussion to learn how to continuously deepen your self-awareness, humbly receive feedback, and pass this knowledge on to your teams.

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Estelle Roux-Stevens

Co-Founder & Scale-up Mentor, Mentorjam
I love building stuff - Professionally that translates to teams, cultures and communities. Personally, I am deeply passionate about the Power of Mentoring and enjoy talking, teaching and training on the topic. My passion for Scale-ups can be traced back as far back as my first HR... Read More →

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Michelle Chakkalackal

Impact Strategist, Change Facilitator & Speaker
I  am a social entrepreneur turned impact business consultant, facilitator, and speaker. I help companies led systemic change.I specialize in aligning companies' value propositions, processes, leadership, teams, and business models/funds for impact. In order to build support and... Read More →
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Bernice Feller-Thijm

Inclusion Strategist & Team Performance Coach, JustB
For over 20 years, Bernice has led and facilitated teams in international settings. According to her, differences, resistance and complexity are not obstacles, but rather the fuel for sustainable change. With her company, JustB, Bernice facilitates sessions in which strategy and policy related to diversity and inclusion are translated into concrete action. For this she uses systems theory, which is based on the question 'what is needed to make the entire system better'. This applies to both the individual and the organization. By matching div... Read More →
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Eldridge Labinjo

Public Speaking, Presentation & Pitching Skills Consultant
After a successful international career as a neoclassical ballet dancer, Eldridge retrained for ten years to become both a theatre director and a Master Coach of Strategic Interventions.Based in the Netherlands he works primarily with businesses focused on social impact, Universities... Read More →

Thursday December 10, 2020 17:00 - 18:30 CET

19:00 CET

Closing Party
After an energy-filled week of connections, storytelling, mentorship and idea-sharing, it's time to take it all in and chillax! This is not the end, but rather the beginning of the next chapter for you as we hope you have gained more connections, mentors and friendships.

Thursday December 10, 2020 19:00 - 20:00 CET
Friday, December 11

18:30 CET

AROUND THE WORLD CO-STORM! (Virtually) a think tank designed to be your personal board of directors for life and work.
WHAT IS A CO-STORM?The CO-STORM™ is a think tank designed to be your personal board of directors for life and work.
The concept behind the CO-STORM is about how much we’re able to see for each other that we don’t see for ourselves.
Fresh eyes see our blind spots and filters. They also mirror back to us what’s really going on. There’s a creative back and forth energy in getting outside your own head. A CO-STORMER’S insight can clarify what steps to take next, highlight your strengths, and make you pay attention to what should happen naturally.
WHAT THE SESSION LOOKS LIKEWe start the session with an introduction to CO-STORMING, instructions, and an overview of our time together. Then we pair you off in groups of three or four. Your group will go off for a 90 minute CO-STORM session. During this session, each participant will have time for an introduction and a chance to discuss their most pressing pain point, project or idea. Your CO-STORM partners will brainstorm with you on solutions. At the end, we will gather together and recap.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?Bring your challenges, ideas, prototypes…or just an empty notebook and get ready to take the next step.
You will get new perspectives and confidence to move forward with your project, which might mean ditching plans and going in a totally different direction. No matter the outcome, I guarantee you will already be taking steps in the right direction.
I truly believe we’ve got great energy going in our community you’re not going to find anywhere else…hitch a ride on that energy!
  • Want to change careers but don’t know where to start?
  • What’s keeping you up at night?
  • I have been helping others all my life, it’s time for me now, what should i do?
  • How can I be more creative at work, when I’m not the one calling the shots?
  • How can I refine and tell my story?
  • Fleshing out a side hustle/passion project.
  • How are you unique – what sets you apart?
  • Have you hit a serious plateau?
Download the Co-Storm guide to get you started.

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Melody Biringer

Founder, WiT Regatta
Melody Biringer is a self-proclaimed “connection engineer,” a serial entrepreneur who has built a career around building communities for women to thrive. She is the founder of the acclaimed Crave Company, where she's spent more than 20 years encouraging women to have fun while... Read More →
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Shea Harty

Managing Director, Empower Amsterdam
Shea Harty is the Managing Director of Empowerment, a social enterprise that helps companies with their sustainable employability agendas through team building, cross-cultural communication, leadership programs, inclusion and belonging, redundancies programs, and more. Their non-profit... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2020 18:30 - 21:00 CET
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