18:30 - 21:30, Mechelen

Be inspired by the Young ICT Lady 2018, Laurence Schuurman

Dare to dream: the incredible journey of the Young ICT Lady 2018!

What was that famous saying again? "Save the best 'til last"? We're not claiming that this session topped every single one of our great events in the past year, but those present agreed that Laurence Schuurman made sure that this was a memorable closing of another great year at ADM.

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Yorick Van Hoeymissen (Community Manager Y-ADM), had the honour of doing the introduction for this session. He quickly made way for Laurence Schuurman, though, so she could share her incredible story that landed her the title of Young ICT Lady 2018.

Want to learn more on how Laurence became the Young ICT Lady 2018? Check out this great article by Datanews.

During her presentation Laurence told us the story of how she grew into the right hand of the top management of Capgemini. A feat that is impressive in and of itself, but the route to that achievement is even more impressive, starting at the very roots on her parents farm in her hometown. There she learned that hard work, strong principles and the will to push through. If you can dream it, you can do it!

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A few examples of her amazing journey:
she spent 2 years working in Rotterdam perfecting her Dutch (she speaks five languages by the way: French (native), Dutch, English, German and Spanish), She's a citizen of the world: studying in Spain and Denmark, 2 years working in New York, now she's working in Paris (again) and that's just the beginning of the list; she has set up and led her own team of interns, she's a diversity advocate for women (e.g. she took on a mentor role for teams of women in IT in India, visiting them, sharing insights & experiences etc.).  She has even had such positive impact that her employers have decided to work on bringing in even more young high potentials. She is both a mentor and a coach to these new joiners! 
The list of impressive accomplishments just goes on and on!

After her presentation Laurence took the time to answer all the questions of our members & partners, inspiring them in doing so.
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Welcome & registration


Introduction by ADM


"Dare to dream" - the inspiring story by Laurence Schuurman, Young ICT Lady 2018


Q & A


Networking BBQ



Kasteel Tivoli

Antwerpsesteenweg 92
2800 Mechelen

Parking is available at Kasteel Tivoli (reachable via Antwerpsesteenweg - follow the signs). Please don't leave any valuables in your car!

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