Purpose of the Executive Board
The Executive Board is comprised of committed members, each taking specific responsibilities to support the WBII.
The Board members give their time free of charge, for an average of 4 hours per week. We meet regularly, on the first Tuesday of the month, to establish, review and implement the business strategy of the WBII, ensuring that the organisation is on track and sustainable. We aim to have between 6 to 8 members on the Board, each bringing in specific skills.
Related: Joining the Executive Board
WBII Executive Board Members
Julie Kennedy – President
Julie is British, brought up in France, a serial expat, mostly through Africa and Europe; now enjoying her third tour in Holland.
Julie is originally a management consultant with a BA in Business Studies whose expat life led her to branch out into development work, PR, Marketing and more before retraining as Life Coach.
In 2009 she founded Kennedy Personal Coaching and Consultancy: motivational coaching in 5 languages, workshops and also teaches, reports and co presents on Dutchbuzz, and more…
“Joining WBII March 2013 was a milestone for me. I focused on the business I had been neglecting and found a stimulating and supportive network which was crucial in helping me navigate some bumpy passages in the last few years. I am thrilled and honored to be the President of such a dynamic, inspired and driven group of women.”
Charlene Lambert – Vice Chairwomen
Charlene Lambert is an Adjunct Professor in International Business and Marketing at Webster University in The Netherlands.
Charlene was instrumental in setting up the Women’s Business Initiative International.
Sophie Bonavero – Treasurer
Sophie is French, grew up in London, moved to Paris to find her roots and ended up in The Hague twelve years ago…
After graduating from the London School of Economics, she started her career as a management consultant before working as project manager for Siemens. Sophie then decided to use her experience to manage her own small business which she set up in 2011. Clever Clogs is a small, client-focused retail business with customers from all over the globe, which provides school shoes to the expat community.
The WBII was instrumental in helping her get Clever Clogs off the ground, and she hopes to help others launch their own entrepreneurial initiatives.
Nira Satguru – Executive Board Member
In 2008, Nira achieved one of her dreams of raising funds for SOS orphans charity while trekking up Mt Kilimanjaro to 5000m.
Nira has her MBA from the University of Liverpool, where she was inspired to engage in diverse entrepreneurial and social entrepreneurial ventures creating further opportunities with people and for people. These have enabled her to finance the Future of Learning Home and travel widely.
In 2010 Nira attended the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education and was inspired to establish her own FOL Centre/Home which she did in 2014.
The inspiration drawn from spending time with such leading academics as Howard Gardner and David Perkins keeps her educational research interests at the forefront, and has added to the momentum to create further projects and undertake educational research that can shape the future leaders and be a change agent.
“As a part time educator at Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest International School, I have the opportunity to pursue my passion of making a difference in little ways. Joining WBII and meeting like-minded entrepreneurs keeps my entrepreneurial spirit alive! It is an honour to be part of the WBII Board. I look forward to working with all members and the Board to expand on the vision created by the founder, Suzy.”
Lucy Bosscher – Executive Board Member
With a degree in languages (she is fluent in eight), Lucy Bosscher had an eclectic career that spans over 25 years with international organisations, in development, creative industries and executive education. She has lived and worked in a dozen countries across three continents.
Her expertise lies in PR , marketing and communication, particularly when it comes to defining identity and distilling the message to position a brand.
In 2014, following changes in her personal life, Lucy decided to leave her job with The Hague Executive Campus and translate her long time passion for Pilates into business. She set up Aspire Pilates, a boutique studio that caters to the discerning.
Ever a communicator and connector, she now empowers her clients by teaching them how to achieve that elusive body-mind connection.
Vassia Sarantopoulou – Executive Board Member
“Ι decided to join the WBII as an inevitable decision to make: I greatly enjoy being within this group of (super)women, where everyone supports and learns from each other in every possible way, and all together they form an immensely dynamic group of entrepreneurs.
Seeing all this potential and the positive vibe circulating within WBII, I couldn’t help accepting the invitation for becoming one of the board members.
As a psychologist, it is important for me to be among people who respect each other, who give and take, and who keep the channels of communication open, and this is what I am proud of for WBII. I promise to do my best for this network!”
Suzy Ogé – Executive Board Member
Suzy Ogé is the Founder of The Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII). In 2007, she subsequently launched Your Future Today, a Career Empowerment Program for young women entering the workforce.
Suzy has extensive business operations experience in the U.S., Europe, and now Asia. She initially came to Europe in 1998 for the start up of Ben Nederland B.V. (now T-Mobile) and then became Director of European Operations for SBC Communications (now AT&T) based in Brussels.
Suzy is Founder and Managing Partner at The Dendrite Group; a dynamic, multi-disciplined and globally experienced consultancy. Suzy works with entrepreneurs, corporate teams and individuals to infuse the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation into their work. Now based in Indonesia, Suzy Leads the Business Development and Program Management activities in Asia, with a special interest in the sectors driving development and growth in the region. The Dendrite Group is currently working with clients on the acceleration of renewable energy and sustainable development.
Suzy has taught Entrepreneurship, Business and Communication courses at several Universities in the Netherlands, mentored student run start-ups, and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at other universities, organizations and corporations on the topics of Entrepreneurship, Success, Women in Business, Cross-cultural Management, and Communication.
Executive Board meetings are also joined by:
Liliana González – WBII Office Manager
See: Office Manager
Joining the Executive Board
Members are informed of Board Member vacancies at the AGM (in March), via The Wise monthly newsletter, our members-only Facebook group, and at our networking events.
Members interested in joining the Board can contact the Office Manager or an existing Board member at any time to indicate their interest. You may be requested to submit a motivation statement outlining your contributing skills. Members are then personally invited to join the board by current Board members.
- Requires a commitment of 2 years, with an average contribution of 4 hours per week.
- Select roles require registration at the KvK.
- The President is elected from within the Board for a minimum term of 1 year.
- Ideally one Board member should be proficient in Dutch.
- Changeover happens in September.
- Attendance at an orientation meeting prior to the first Executive Board meeting
- Attendance at Executive Board Meetings (first Tuesday of the month)
- Focus Area Lead (or Co-Lead)
- Keep up-to-date with communications
- Support and participate in WBII events
Selfless dedication and commitment are a must, as is the ability to work independently on the tasks assigned and report back to the Board in the time frame agreed upon.
Benefits of joining the Board
- Increase your visibility within the entrepreneurial and international communities.
- Opportunities to grow your network, connect with members and with The Hague on a different level.
- Opportunities to enhance professional skills, work in a dynamic and inspirational team, as well as to make a difference to the WBII and to women worldwide.
- Bring guests to the networking events at the member price. Please notify the Office Manager in advance by email.
- Voluntary positions at this level, especially in this area, are valued by employers and will also enhance your LinkedIn profile.
- At the end of your commitment, you will receive a recommendation on LinkedIn for your contribution to WBII.
- On a personal level, though we work hard it is a fun team, and you get to learn a lot about yourself, and about others.