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Karen de Sousa Pesse

Digital advisor at Microsoft
Karen de Sousa Pesse
  • Karen de Sousa Pesse

    Digital Advisor Microsoft | ICT Lady of the Year 2022 Nominee | Top 50 Digital Transformation Belgium | Belgium 40u40 | MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship | MSc Engineer UGent

    Karen is a Latin American businesswoman based in Brussels, Belgium, currently working for Microsoft as a Digital Advisor as well as the founder of a movement called DiversiBe. On social media, she accumulates almost 50 thousand followers on LinkedIn, posting about female representation, professional development and technology. Her posts reach from 500.000 to 3 million views and around 100 thousand people visit her profile within 90 days.

    As a Digital Advisor, Karen advises C-level on company strategy, focused on digital strategy and transformation. She is currently active in the public sector, as well as manufacturing industry. 

    Besides Microsoft, Karen is also devoted to increasing the representation of people with a migration background in top management. Through her work at DiversiBe, she has supported women transitioning to careers in tech. Her work in technology and non-profit granted her more than 20 honors and awards, including ICT Lady of the Year, Top 50 Digital Transformation and Belgium 40 under 40.

    Privately, Karen is a big fan of traveling and diving. Her goal is to become a semi-professional diver and visit every country in the world - and possibly dive there. 

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Elke Jeurissen

Inclusive leadership Expert
  • Elke Jeurissen

    Inclusive Leadership Expert - Keynotes, D&I Strategy, Trainings - Empowering women at Fierce Ladies & 72Hours Reload - Projectmanager & Expertendatabank - Author 2 books - Voorzitter VDAB

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Dominique Bergiers

Decolonizing anti-racism educator
  • Dominique Bergiers

    Decolonizing Anti-racism Educator and Afro- feminist. Learning & Development Leader and Career Coach. Unlocking potential. Growing talent. Helping people bring their best selves – and full authentic selves – to work every day!

    Dominique founded BLACK.BY.US with the initial goal of providing connection, creating networks and sparking conversations in Black & Brown communities in Europe, around racial justice, self-healing, celebrating melanin excellence, and reclaiming the narrative.

    She created WeCoachify, a unique multi-faceted development program democratizing career coaching for individuals from racial minority groups as well as supporting organizations in their DE&I Talent Development journey, for meaningful impact and cultural change.

    With a background in Talent Development and Management Consulting, Dominique is also a career coach, international speaker and seasoned facilitator. Based in Brussels, Belgium, she is a bit of a creative nerd, and proud mom of two fun and challengingly witty little boys.

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