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Benefits of an international life

Amsterdam just hosted the “I am not a tourist fair” in the stunning ‘Beurs van Berlage’. During the fair, internationals were able to explore many aspects of living in the Netherlands, from finding a job to meeting people. To feel really at home in a foreign country, one should ideally feel a sense of belonging. […]

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WBII Annual Report 2014

Although the end of the year isn’t quite with us, we would like to share our Annual Report for this year so that you can see the achievements and events that we have enjoyed. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support!  

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Summer is knocking on the door – time for reflection and planning ahead

What an amazing year the City of The Hague has been going through! Last November, we celebrated the 200-year anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We had President Obama in front of the “Boogie Woogie” – the famous painting of Mondrian at the Gemeentemuseum – when he was here to attend the Nucleair Summit. […]

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Breaking records

The Olympic Games are going on in full swing, and all kinds of records are being broken. The good news is that the WBII is also breaking records! Never before have so many of you pre-registered in early February for the International Women’s Day dinner on March 8th.  The way registrations are going so far, we […]

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Happy 2014!

What is on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2014? We are now two weeks into the New Year, and I sincerely hope you have been able to stick to your plans! On my own list of resolutions is building stronger relationships with the members of the WBII. We are now half way through […]

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Festive Greetings

We go into Christmas and the New Year with a positive message from the WBII. “In this world the optimists have it, not because they are always right, but because they are positive. Even when wrong they are positive, and that is the way of achievement, correction, improvement and success. Educated, eyes-open optimism pays; pessimism […]

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A big thank you

“There is no method, just watch the relationship” – Sheila McNamee With the start of the holiday season, it’s time to reflect back on the year that has passed by so quickly. It is also time to thank our friends. First of all I would like to thank all our members, for being there, supporting each […]

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Administration – the basis for your business, with Karin van Leersum

The first thing I did this morning was to go to the office supply store and get myself a red file for my important business papers. But there was more to learn from Karin van Leersum’s presentation at our last network event – the need to get organised, to separate your invoices from bills, etc. and of […]

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The expedition of King Willem 1st

This coming 30 November, on Scheveningen beach, 700 actors will replay the historic arrival of King Willem 1st in 1813. It will be the start of the 200 years celebration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I am just wondering what King Willem’s thoughts must have been 200 years ago, while standing on that ship with […]

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WBII Networking Event November

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Akkie Okma along with Cora Reijerse, an ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ (AI) expert will introduce us all to this strength based positive approach to bring about change and improvement in your business. The evening will be interactive and walk you through the Appreciative Inquiry steps to help you identify and share your business strengths, dreams and hopes.

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