Training: Jobhunting 101: application and interviewing tips from insiders

October 19, 2020

Join our online training 'Jobhunting 101: application and interviewing tips from insiders' on Tuesday, 20 October from 12:30-14:00. 


Regardless of whether you are a first-time job hunter, an experienced professional, or someone going back into the job market after a hiatus, this webinar will serve as a practical refresher of the steps in a typical selection process, offering real-life tips on how to best prepare – online and offline!  


The webinar will walk you through the application process (analyzing vacancies against your skills, drafting the CV and cover letter) while providing guidance on how to prepare in order to perform better at the interview (key messaging, video interviewing tips, mock questions).  


During this 1.5-hour session, Katja and Liliana will share their top tips from their experience recruiting and interviewing in the private and public sectors. The session will be informal, interactive and include plenty of time for Q&A.  



Liliana Pao and Katja Paltiel work at the European Commission in the area of HR Strategy, Talent Management and Staff Engagement. They have a combined experience of over 35 years helping people prepare CVs, cover letters, and interviews. They jointly created this training session in 2015 as part of a new internal Career Week initiative, and have been offering it regularly across the Commission ever since. Katja has extensive background in the area of Human Resources and worked as a senior HR consultant in a top international consultancy, with clients all around the EMEA region, prior to joining the Commission in 2010. Liliana's expertise focuses on Talent Management and Communications. Before joining the Commission in 2010, she managed multinational accounts on crisis, corporate and internal communications in one of the world's leading PR agencies.  


Sign up now by emailing us at Please note that this event is for members only. If you’re not a member yet, join our community and become a new member of WIIS Brussels. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.    


Stay tuned for our other upcoming trainings:  

'Boost your self-confidence' on 17 November 


We'd love to hear from you! Let us know how WIIS can best support you in these challenging times! 

Looking forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime, stay well and take good care of yourself. 

Leverage your personal leadership through EQ! Online interactive workshop with Nadja El Fertasi

May 31, 2020

Life was complicated and filled with stress and competing demands already before the pandemic broke out. Navigating these times of uncertainty and juggling our personal and professional lives at the same time requires different ways of thinking and acting which is not "a one-size fits all" approach. 

During a two hour interactive workshop, you will not suffer from death by powerpoint! Numerous studies show people learn best by DOING! You will learn about:

- what emotional intelligence is and how it affects your habit of behaviour and thinking;
- how you can leverage emotional intelligence to exercise personal leadership and feel in the driver seat of your life;
- how to relieve stress through developing new ways of thinking and a large dose of humor;
- how to build personal resilience so you can bounce back from adversity much faster and thrive in life. 

You will be divided in break-out groups of max. 5 persons where you are going to simulate a real-life scenario through role play. As you step outside of your map of the world, you will learn to adopt new and different perspectives which will help you develop new habits to navigate life challenges with higher levels of well-being and optimism!

If you would like to learn more about Personal Leadership, you can read Nadja's paper on how to develop Personal Leadership in the Face of Disruption through this link.

To sign up for Nadja’s workshop (max. 25 participants), click on the button below. Please note that the workshop is for WIIS Brussels members only.

Online Leadership Workshop with Isabelle Francois

May 05, 2020

The world is shifting. Has your leadership changed with it? 

This training is an opportunity to investigate the leadership style that corresponds best to you, and to be the leader that you have always wanted to be. You will be guided through a number of questions and ultimately come to a greater awareness of where you can best contribute to your environment.

Join on Wednesday, May 6th from 18:00-19:00h Brussels time on Zoom.


The ‘Leadership in Crisis Time’ workshop is limited to 10 participants. Sign up now by emailing us at Please note that this event is for members only. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.  

About Isabelle François

Isabelle Francois is the President of WIIS Brussels, a leadership coach, and an expert in international security with 30 years professional experience from the Canadian government to international organizations, NGOs, as well as academia and think tanks.

Online Resilience Workshop with Daria Nashat- The Women’s Sanctuary Circle : A resilience game for women who want to thrive!

April 08, 2020

Are you looking for ways to stay resilient and well in uncertain times? Do you want to nourish body, mind, and soul? Are you looking for a supportive community of women who lift each other up? Are you longing for more playfulness in your life? 

Join other women for an inspiring experience that will boost your wellbeing and energy. Invest 90 minutes of your time and connect with your natural wisdom, power and wholeness. Join the Sanctuary Circle to find community and to build resilience!

Join on Thursday, 9 April from 18:00-19:30 Brussels time on Zoom.

The Women’s Sanctuary Circle is limited to 12 participants. Sign up now by emailing us at info (at) Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.  

About Daria Nashat
Daria is a resilience and leadership trainer, speaker, and founder of the Women’s Sanctuary Circle, as well as WIIS Brussels' newest Steering Committee member. Her resilient leadership formula combines insights and practical tools on body intelligence, value alignment, healthy boundaries, and peer coaching. She is trained in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Co-active Coaching Fundamentals, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). 

Want to know more? Visit Daria’s website:

POSTPONED - Happy Hour on the Occasion of International Women's Day

March 10, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak this event has been postponed.


On the occasion of International Women´s Day on March 8, WIIS Brussels is delighted to invite you to our next Happy Hour. It will take place on Wednesday 11 March from 18.30 to 20.00 at the Chemin des Vignes, Rue d'Idalie 27.


This year´s motto of International Women´s Day is: “An equal world is an enabled world”. This vision fits very well with the mission of WIIS, which is to enhance women's influence and increase awareness of gender-related issues in the field of international affairs.

The Happy Hour will be a great opportunity for our members and any interested non-members to gather in an informal atmosphere, and to discuss these and other topics. We will also organise an insightful and fun “International Women´s Day”-themed pub quiz.

This event is free for WIIS Brussels members. Non-members are equally welcome and will be charged EUR 10 at the door. WIIS Brussels will offer snacks and one glass of wine per person. 

Women of South Yemen: Securing Peace and Stability

March 09, 2020

Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels and Independent Diplomat cordially invite you to a special panel discussion on 'Women of South Yemen: Securing Peace and Stability'. The event will be held on Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 09h30 - 11h30.


Moderator & Opening Remarks

  • Laura Semmler, Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels (Member of the Steering Committee) 


  • Sanaa Mubarak is paediatrician by profession, and a member of the Southern Transitional Council and a founding member of the Academic Forum Muhammed Ali Luqman (think tank organisation).

  • Nadia Hafedh is from the South Yemen Women’s Forum which seeks to increase women’s political participation, connecting grassroots activity to the advocacy efforts in Europe.

  • Sophia Baras is a cultural and linguistic mediator, and a member of the Southern Women Association in Europe, one of the leading Southern Yemeni diaspora networks.

To mark International Women’s Day, the panel discussion will explore the vital role South Yemeni women play in Yemen’s quest for peace, and the challenges ahead for advancing women’s participation in the political process. 

All are welcome to this public event. 

Venue:  Independent Diplomat, Rue de la Science, 14b, 1000 Brussels

Professional Development Workshop: 'Master Your Money Mindset' with Blanca Vergara

February 03, 2020

WIIS Brussels was excited to hold our first professional development workshop of 2020: ‘Master Your Money Mindset’ with award winning Blanca Vergara on Tuesday 4 February.
When was the last time you asked for a raise? A promotion? Are you settling for less than you are worth? The workshop allowed participants to discover their self-sabotaging beliefs and actions, and most importantly what do to about them to start generating better results. 

We were very fortunate to welcome Blanca Vergara, Money Mindset Mentor from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is the author of several books among others ‘Unstoppable You’ and ‘Women Work Wonders’. Blanca has over 25 years of international business experience and degrees in Information Technology, Coaching and an MBA.

Roundtable on Gender Equality in the EU's Foreign and Security Policy

January 26, 2020

WIIS Brussels had the pleasure to co-organize with the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) an expert roundtable in support of two Members of the European Parliament, Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA/Germany) and Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA/Spain), brainstorming on their input to an upcoming European Parliament report on “Gender Equality in the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy”.


The expert roundtable took place on 27 January 2020, at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and was attended by approximately 20 experts in the fields of gender equality, International Security, and EU Foreign and Security Policy, with key stakeholders from the EU institutions, NATO, OSCE, the EU Member States, as well as civil society organizations.


Participants offered their perspectives and the benefit of their experiences in an effort to take stock of past achievements and consider possible recommendations towards an EU feminist foreign and security policy.

Image credit: EEAS

POSTPONED - Towards a common European strategic culture: La Fabrique Défense

December 10, 2019

This event has been postponed due to strikes in France. We are working on a new date and will confirm as soon as possible: 


The European defence project has made unprecedented progress since 2016, yet many still lament a lack of a common strategic culture as a key remaining obstacle to further achievements. PESCO, the future European Defence Fund, and the European Commission’s upcoming DG Defence all herald a new era of cooperation. Europe’s armed forces have shown that operational cooperation works, so how can a shared strategic culture be fostered among European policymakers?


French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly recently launched an initiative,  La Fabrique Défense, with two key objectives: to strengthen the link between Armed Forces and the nation, with a special focus on young people, and to build a common European strategic culture. 


Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and CEIS invite you to a roundtable focused on how a common strategic culture could enable the full realisation of European defence cooperation.


The event will feature:

  • Welcome by Major General Lugart Claes, Commander of the Belgian Royal Military Academy

  • Introductory remarks by General Luc de Rancourt, Deputy Director of Strategy at the French Ministry of Armed Forces

  • Testimonials from young professionals in defence

    • Captain Pieter Balcaen, Military Teaching Assistant at the Belgian Royal Military Academy

    • Fleur Richard-Tixier, consultant at CEIS 

    • Kévin Martin, intern at the French Military Representation to the EU

  • Reactions by 

    • Nathalie Loiseau, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament

    • General Karl Heinz Krieb, Senior Political Military Advisor at the German Permanent Representation to the EU

    • General Jean-Paul Paloméros, senior advisor at CEIS and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. 


Debates will be moderated by Pauline Massart, Deputy Head of Office of CEIS’s European Office, and Vice President of WIIS Brussels.

Christmas Happy Hour

December 04, 2019

With the holiday season and the end of the year approaching fast, WIIS Brussels was delighted to welcome members for our Christmas Happy Hour on Thursday 5th December 2019.


Providing for a cosy and festive atmosphere, this informal gathering was a great opportunity for our members and any interested non-members to reflect on the activities that WIIS Brussels has undertaken throughout the year, and to explore and discuss potential future initiatives.

All attendees were invited to share their personal thoughts, suggestions and expectations in view of the planned activities of WIIS Brussels for a successful year of 2020.

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