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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

    I believe that a diverse, inclusive professional world stimulates innovation, performance, personal growth and talent. I breathe this every day. I embrace all initiatives - academic, political, economic, media and social - that serve my purpose.

    One of the keys to success is leadership and developing an inclusive corporate culture. Given my strategic and hands on expertise, I like to contribute by engaging with leaders in all disciplines who share the same ambition, continue to question themselves - like me - are fascinated by the power of diversity in all its aspects and want to move the business world forward with me. Every day a diverse step forward, together. ​

    ​I can help you with keynotes, workshops, strategy journeys & communities.

    My solutions for inclusive leadership are based on best practices around the globe and the real life experience of hundreds of leaders. I never stop learning. Recently I succeeded the INSEAD Gender Diversity Program. I am co-author of the book 'Who run the world, the power of female leadership' and frequently share my expertise in different media. Women develop their full potential in my Fierce Ladies Tribe. I am Co-Founder of 72Hours Reload, unique experiences & encounters & Founder of the Straffe Madammen network. Throughout my professional career in stakeholder engagement, corporate communications, public relations and public affairs, I had the pleasure to work with many leaders in the political, media, academic and business arena. I shared my vision on more than 100 conference stages.

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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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