Silent Feedback, and workshop Finding your Voice at KNAW

On June 11, 2015 the KNAW Academy organizes the event “How to grow a PhD”

a learning event on personal development topics for PhD’s of the KNAW institutes

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Global Workers Experience trainer Arielle Brouwer will offer the workshop “Finding your voice -how to be true to yourself, speak up, and be heard” and Speed coaching sessions “Silent feedback”

In the workshop Finding your voice, you will work on your professional performance through voice work, body language and embodiment techniques. By means of practical, lively and creative exercises you will learn to present yourself in a convincing and authentic way. You will experience how it is to make an impact using your voice and body, and what to do to handle your nerves. You will come to see what sort of impression you make on others, explore what impression you would like to make, and do practical exercises designed to align the two. This will allow you to work on your personal leadership skills so that you can speak up and be heard while staying true to yourself.

Speed coaching Silent feedback: In a three-minute session in which both participant and coach remain silent, the coach will give you feedback on your presence using eye-contact, posture, movement, and other nonverbal signals. The coach can serve as a witness, a mirror, an interlocutor, or another role -whatever is most appropriate at the moment and in the interaction as it arises. We ask you to embark on this session with an open mind and without any preconceptions (although you may have a question that you would like to ask yourself).

Ariëlle Brouwer coaches and develops workshops and training courses for professionals (including academics) focusing on careers, leadership and communication. She draws on her background in the theatre, martial arts training, and her extensive experience as a trainer and coach.

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Program overview

Professor Theo Mulder, the overall director of the sixteen KNAW Academy institutes, will introduce the Academy’s organisation and talk about supervising PhDs and preparing them for their future careers.

Elevator pitches

One PhD student at each Academy institute will be invited to present a one-minute elevator pitch about that institute.

Plenary session: The 5 Secrets of a Successful PhD

How can you get the most out of your PhD? This plenary morning session consists of an interactive presentation by Linda van der Wal.

Speed coaching

During lunch break participants can choose to have a speed coaching session with one of the coaches.


In the afternoon there are six different workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Socratic Dialogue: What is a PhD anyway? – Claartje van Sijl
  • Workshop 2 The Seven Sources of Happiness at Work: To enjoy work and perform well – Marjorie van der Kruijs
  • Workshop 3: Identity and how we perceive each other – Elly van de Braak
  • Workshop 4: Finding your voice: How to be true to yourself, speak up and be heard – Ariëlle Brouwer
  • Workshop 5: How to manage your supervisor – Linda van der Wal
  • Workshop 6: Managing your stress: Practice makes perfect! – Marlou Kleve

Follow up

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KNAW PhD Academy will offer one-day courses in September


Friday September 11    Presenting with Impact -by Ariëlle Brouwer

Explaining your research, taking a stand, convincing an need to be able to present your work in many different contexts. In this presentation training you will bring the essence of your message back to a number of key phrases, then play and rehearse with them in many different ways, and develop your personal presentation skills in practical exercises. You learn to present with more ease for yourself and more impact on others.

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International Conference ‘Advantages of an inclusive university’

The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) is inviting you to the 10th anniversary international conference:

‘Advantages of an inclusive university: science and gender nexus’

on Monday, April 13 2015, from 9:30 till 17:00 hrs

Venue: Vrijhof, Twente University


Keynote speaker Prof. Sandra Harding (University of California Los Angeles USA) will talk about Objectivity for Sciences from Below, followed by a discussion.

Before lunch, FFNT chair Prof. Leisyte will present the results of the 2015 FFNT survey. FFNT: “The aim of this anniversary conference is to create awareness about the importance of gender in academic science, especially in the context of an inclusive university. We especially focus on good practices and bottlenecks of science and gender nexus at technological universities.”

We are proud we can contribute to this conference with an afternoon workshop Academic leadership and gender, with a focus on the leadership skills needed in an inclusive university culture. Trainers: Arielle Brouwer & Linda van der Wal. A parallel workshop will be given on the topic Applying for research funding. The conference will round up with a panel discussion, followed by a reception.

For more information and the full program of the conference, visit the website


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Take the Next Step -get in charge of your career&ambitions

University of Twente is organizing this course for female academics and staff with the desire and ambition to take the next step in their career.

Start: 10 October 2014

This course provides you with the practical tools and support to get ahead in your career:
– Personal career plan
– Authentic presentation
– Network analysis and skills
– Strategy and influencing
– Increasing personal leadership as a female in academia
– Cultural differences and 2nd language aspects
We use evidence based theory and experience oriented exercises.

More information: Take the Next Step -get in charge of your career&ambitions

Note: a similar course will be organized in Dutch, for the staff of University of Twente.

Start: 11 september 2014

See: Take the Next Step -regisseer je eigen loopbaanambities

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FFNT Networking Dinner: feeding your career

a Networking Dinner has been planned by FFNT for female academics of the Twente University on:

June 16 2014

in Faculty Club Restaurant

The Female Faculty Network Twente invites you to the networking dinner:

“Feeding your career: tips for advancement”

on Monday 16th June, 2014

from 17:30 till 20:00 in the Faculty Club

Featuring guest speakers:

Prof. Ariana Need (MB)

Prof. Yola Giargiadou (ITC)

Hosts: Prof. Liudvika Leisyte (Chair FFNT) and Prof. Sawitri Saharso (FFNT Board member)

Facilitator: Ariëlle Brouwer

In the days of publish and perish in academia on the one hand, and the increasing departmental demands for teaching and project acquisition we often ask ourselves- how I can fulfil these multiple tasks and advance my career? Finding the balance between different demands and at the same time doing what you like in research and teaching seem crucial for the professional satisfaction. During the dinner we will discuss with prominent professors about their experiences:
1. Can you plan your career?
2. What are the success factors of becoming a professor in the Netherlands?
3. What are the major bottlenecks in career advancement and how to overcome them?

The dinner will start with the drinks at 17.30 where we meet and greet each other. The dinner will start at 18.00. During the dinner we will hear two presentations from our guest speakers and discuss the above questions. There will be ample opportunities to share your own experiences and learn from each other.

Free dinner will be provided. If interested, please register before 10 June by email: Please note your dietary preferences if any. The event is limited to 15 participants on the first come first serve basis.

In case you cancel, please inform the secretary of FFNT Ms. Edith van Eijk at to contain the costs of the event. We appreciate your understanding.

We look forward to seeing you at this exceptional opportunity to discuss your careers and learn from each other,

Liudvika Leisyte, FFNT Chair

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Workshop Effective Communication

-how to handle the challenges in academia

organized for female academics by Female Faculty Network Twente (Twente University)

May 19 2014 from 14:00 – 17:00


Do you want to know how to be heard, and how to get across your point effectively?

Do you want to learn more about the different styles of communication?

Do you want to have more influence and impact at the meeting table?

In the workshop Effective Communication you will get concrete insights and practical tips on how to deal with the challenges of communication (as a woman) in academia. We provide you with an insightful and very interactive program.

Communications theory

We start with a broad view of what communication really is and how gender and cultural aspects play their role. We focus on interaction at the meeting table: how to be heard and seen in an effective way?

Styles of communicating

During the workshop we will pay attention to different styles of communication, which you can adopt in a cross-cultural academic environment in a Dutch university, if you are a woman and want to be heard. Participants learn more about their own communication style and the styles of others, which helps to be more effective.

Applicable in work practice

After these personal insights we put the tips into practice in concrete role-play exercises. Here participants learn how to take an active role at the meeting table and to formulate an effective argument. The participants will gain insights and practice skills that will help them to use communication to solve challenges in a constructive way. To make the tips and insights practical the cases are based on situations that these female academics deal with at the workplace. For instance: getting your message across in a meeting, how to deal with miscommunication and difficult people.


After the workshop the participants will have:

>  practical tips on how to improve your communication and be more effective in the academic environment

>  insight in their own communication style and gender and cultural aspects concerning communication

To promote learning in the workplace and to further customize the program, the workshop will be supplemented with a short preparation assignment and a useful reminder a week after the workshop.

About the trainers

Arielle Brouwer and Linda van der Wal are very familiar with the workings of academia. They have been providing training at Twente University since 2005. Both trainers have extensive experience in the field of training and they are familiar with the pitfalls regarding the careers of women in academia.

Thanks to the combination of two trainers it is possible to deliver personal coaching during the exercises, which will help to connect the learning and everyday work-experiences.

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Presentation: CHE, Yin & the field of feminine energies

May 9 2014 at the Integral European Conference in Budapest

Arielle Brouwer will give a 20′ presentation about the experience-based research she is doing with a group of women, in the context of Constellation Yin, which is one of the active constellations of the Center for Human Emergence the Netherlands (CHE). The CHE will provide several workshops and presentations at this first European Integral conference.

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CHE will present the results of an integral research on all of the constellations (health, politics, yin), and one of the founders, Peter Merry, will give a workshop on energetics and on ‘volution’. For more details check the program of the conference.

For more information about the Center for Human Emergence, check the website.

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Competition and Cooperation at 3TU Conference

November 18th 2013 the annual conference of the Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) will be organized in cooperation with the female academic networks of the other Dutch technical universities, Delft and Eindhoven.

The theme of the conference is “Engineering your career -independence and cooperation”.


More information you can find on the websites of FFNT , WISE and DEWIS.

Arielle Brouwer will be the facilitator of one of the afternoon workshops ‘Competition and cooperation -how to develop your own research line and at the same time be cooperative”. The workshop aims to be interactive and experiential, and will be enlightened with the personal career path stories of two succesfull and inspiring female professors, Prof. Dr. Suzanne Hulscher and Prof. Dr. Jennifer Herek, and hosted by the chair of FFNT Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte.

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Academic Leadership workshop

On October 28 2013 a workshop on Academic Leadership will be given at Twente University, on demand of the Female Faculty Network Twente, for female professors, associate professors and researchers with ambition, by Arielle Brouwer and Linda van der Wal.


In this workshop we will explore the characteristics of leadership in academia and the different styles of leadership needed. In accordance with this, you will learn more about your own leadership style including focus on masculine and feminine qualities.

A crucial factor in effective leadership is the ability to switch according to the situation and to the level you are working at. During the workshop you will receive practical tips on how to develop and use this capability to achieve better results. Your practical situations and questions will be central to the learning in the workshop; theory will be provided to have a better understanding of situations and provide you with more perspective on how to handle workplace dilemma’s. Because of this approach the insights can be applied directly in your work environment. The workshop is custom made for the FFNT. After the workshop, participants will be offered the possibility of personal leadership coaching.

About the trainers

Ariëlle Brouwer and Linda van der Wal are two independent senior level trainers and coaches. They cooperate and combine their distinctive knowledge, talent and experience to help you reach the next level in your personal leadership. Ariëlle Brouwer uses her background in theatre to help you fully embody a leadership position and switch between different roles, while maintaining authenticity. Linda van der Wal uses her insight in organizational processes to help you navigate strategically on the different levels in academia.

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Following leadership – Leading followership (and tango)

On January 28 2013 all employees of the Human Resources Department as well as staff members of the Faculty of Humanities of the Utrecht University are being invited to participate in the workshop ‘Following leadership – Leading followership’.
Topics of the workshop are: Who’s appointed to make decisions? How aware are we, as supporting staff, of our actual influence? Can we change roles according to the situation? Imagine a leader and a follower who, in close cooperation, both feel responsible for the whole and both having influence. How to move together and keep the right balance between leading and following?
The workshop will be interactive and experiential. It will be facilitated by Arielle Brouwer who wrote a blog on ‘following leadership’ which inspired Marie-Helene de Windt (HR advisor at Utrecht University) to ask Arielle to develop this workshop, in cooperation with a tango duo. The tango dancers will illustrate particular situations of the participants, and give a demonstration of typical ‘leading’ and ‘following’ qualities and pitfalls.
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Workshop Communicating with the Dutch at Amsterdam Bright City

November 18th 2011       13:00 – 17:00 pm

For expats/global workers. Learn more about Dutch cultural values, and how they influence communication.

The focus of this masterclass is to provide you insights in the background of Dutch cultural habits and values. We will give you information to help you understand these habits and values better. Special attention is being given to themes like equality and hierarchy in the Netherlands, business mentality, communication with Dutch colleagues and managers. We will also discuss on:
´How do Dutch people perceive foreigners?´ ´What do foreigners think of Dutch people?´ ´How is Dutch social life organized?`
´Planning and organizing Dutch life´

You will share your personal experiences on these and other themes in small groups and by role-playing under guidance of the trainers. We start with your own experiences with Dutch culture and Dutch people. We will see how you can manage typical ´Dutch situations´. Then we will give you background information about Dutch life and Dutch culture. And we hope to help you to discover your personal style in dealing with Dutch life and Dutch people. As a non-Dutch you will have more insight in Dutch culture. So, non-Dutch and Dutch can meet each other in all their diversity and hopefully will understand each other better as employees and inhabitants of the Zuidas and Amsterdam.                  Read more

Date: November 18th 2011

Time: 13:00 – 17:00 pm

Venue: Amsterdam Bright City

Costs: 120 Euro

Registration: at

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