The half-day event, held at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, was hosted by IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) along with NBA (Koninklijke Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants), the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants. IMA Director of European Operations Alain Mulder and NBA Director Harm Mannak provided introductory remarks.

The opening session featured writer, columnist, and media entrepreneur Marianne Zwagerman, (above), who discussed how to navigate your career with confidence. She encouraged women to “hang out” with other professionals in informal settings. “Real decisions are never made in official meetings,” she said.

In “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces,” Marieke van den Brink, a professor of gender and diversity at Radboud University, discussed how to identify and manage diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs that spark “meaningful transformation.”

And a panel titled “Breakthrough Performance: Leaders and the Bottom Line” (above), featured Fatema El-Wakeel, senior finance leader—Big Data Analytics at Jaguar Land Rover; Terence Guiamo, head of D&I at PwC Nederland; and Annemieke Roest, group controller at ABM AMRO Bank N.V. They shared stories about their own career paths and leadership strategies.

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