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JUMP - Forum for Active Women


11 Apr 2008


Social Europe & Jobs

Women seeking a career boost or change will find what they are looking for at the Forum JUMP. JUMP is the first event focusing on women’s professional lives and career management open to the wide public. In the space of two days, we will provide our participants with a unique blend of advice, tools and networking possibilities
Guest bestseller authors will enlighten JUMP’s participants with their acute insight on women:

o Lois Frankel: America's premier business coach and author of “Nice girls don't get the corner office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers”, “Nice girls don't get rich” and “Stop sabotaging your career”, …
o Avivah Wittenberg-Cox: CEO of 20-first and author of “Why Women mean Business: understanding the emergence of our next economy revolution”, …
o Lulu Wang: “Het lelietheater”, “Heldere maan”, …
o Paule Salomon: “La Femmes solaire”, “Gourmande sérénité” and “Les Hommes se transforment”,...
o Maryse Wolinsk: “La mère qui voulait être femme”, “Lettre ouverte aux hommes qui n'ont toujours rien compris aux femmes” and “Nous serons toujours jeunes et beaux”, …

Human Resources managers and executives will have the opportunity to reflect upon women’s career management and exchange best practices at the two seminars for HR Professionals, which will be held on 25 April:
o Woman Leadership: How can it be supported by companies?

Astrid De Lathauwer (Belgacom Group), Avivah Wittenberg-Cox(20-first and bestseller author), Dirk Stienaers (Unique), Mia Van Straelen (IBM Benelux)
o How do you recruit top level women for boards and executive positions?
Marleen Smekens (Federgon), Dr. Lois Frankel (US business coach and bestseller author), Ineke Arts (Hoffman & Associates), Annalisa Gigante (DSM), Jean Marc Verbist (Belgacom group), Eva Lauwers (Pfizer), Monique Chalude (Gender expert), Corinne Benharrosh (Selor), Peter Timmermans (FEB-VBO)

Women will be given a forum to discuss important issues related to women in the labour market and exchange their experiences therein. Four conferences will be held per day, each addressing a different facet of women’s professional experiences such as the price to pay for career ambition; dealing with challenges, pregnancies, career changes etc.; finding autonomy through entrepreneurship; or the art of negotiation. The highlight of the Conferences’ programme will be the Opening and Closing sessions!

o Opening Session: Is Gender and Economic and Business Issue?
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox (20-first and author), Belinda Pyke (European Commission), Edmée de Groeve (SNCB-NMBS & Charleroi Airport), Béatrice Delvaux (Le Soir), Béa Ercolini (ELLE), Miet Smet (Minister of State), Lois Frankel (US Business coach and bestseller author)

o Closing Session: Women are Heroes!
Leila Shahid (Palestinian Authorities), Lulu Wang (writer), Louise Harvey (BluePrint Partners) and Patricia Ceysens (Flemish Minister for Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade)

Guest Inspiring Executive Women will also share secrets, experiences, hopes, and more with participants:

o Adrienne Axler – Sodexho
o Marie Béjot – Oenobiol
o Inge Geerdens – CV Warehouse
o Mimi Lamote – UZA
o Ingrid Lieten – De Lijn
o Rosette Van Rossem – Sanoma
o …And many more…

Women will also find concrete advice and tools to reinforce their leadership skills or give a new direction to their career as well as numerous networking possibilities through 30 training workshops, several personal coaching sessions and the Professional Women’s Networking Lunch. Here is a sample of the workshops and coaching sessions available at JUMP:

o How can I use Recruitment and Selection companies to boost my career?
o Using effective negotiation skills
o Taking ownership to improve performance
o Speech coaching. The strength of a presentation is not the slides you make, it’s the story you tell!
o Coaching for who, why and how to choose the right person?
o Professional coaches meet you for free
o Individual coaching for entrepreneurs
o Individual Job coaching

More details available online on

In practise…

Where? Hotel Husa President Park, Boulevard Albert II, 1000 Brussels

When? Friday 25 April: Corporate Day, reserved to women whose participation will be covered by their employers and members of professional women’s networks.

Saturday 26 April: Open Public Day

How? From 50 € to 250 €

Languages? Simultaneous translations into English, Dutch and French will be available for every conference and training workshops will be held in all three languages.

Journalists, you are welcome to the Forum JUMP:

o All you have to do is contact Weronika Kasprzak (; +32 (0)2 626 13 51) in advance
o Moreover, if you want to interview or contact our speakers before the event, we will be glad to get you in touch with them.
o Forum JUMP 2007 pictures
o Forum JUMP logos

Press Contact: or +32 486 65 84 81