Building Your Business - Planning Your Future

Date & Time: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 13:30 to 18:00

Aegonplein 50
2591 TV, The Hague

  • Accenture logo
  • AEGON logo
  • WEConnect International logo

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Building Your Business - Planning Your Future

Accenture, Aegon and WEConnect International are joining forces to bring you an interesting and inspiring afternoon that will definitely help you on your entrepreneurial journey to grow your business and to take care of your future!

Women and Retirement
For many years, Aegon and its sister organisation, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, have been conducting research to help educate the public about the latest issues and trends surrounding saving and planning for a financially secure retirement. Preparing for retirement is an important topic for everyone and it’s an issue that entrepreneurs and the self-employed have to think about as they build their business.

  • Catherine Collinson
  • Vera Hek-Weghorst

Catherine Collinson (left), President of the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, will share with you the results of Aegon’s recent study: Women; balancing family, career and financial security. Catherine's slides can be found here. Vera Hek-Weghorst (right) from Aegon’s advisory group, Adfis, and will talk more specifically about the Dutch pension market and the options open to entrepreneurs compared to people working for companies. Vera's slides can be found here.

You asked, we listened!

After previous WEConnect International events in the Netherlands, we asked what you would like to see at future meetings. Hearing from other (successful) entrepreneurs was top of your list. So for the second part of the afternoon, we have organised a panel discussion with successful Dutch female entrepreneurs who have a fantastic track record of supporting others in becoming successful.

The panel members will be Annemarie van Gaal, Mariëlle van der Keur and Heleen van Oord:

Annemarie van Gaal:
Annemarie van Gaal
From single mother to succesful businesswoman, first in Russia then in the Netherlands, Annemarie is the founder of Van Gaal & Company, a communication and publishing company based in Amsterdam. She is also a bestselling author of several books including “Success” and “Ambitie”. Annemarie has also featured on several TV programmes as a financial and budget expert and she has had a successful career as a real estate investor.

Mariëlle van der Keur:
Marielle van der Keur
Since 2003, Mariëlle has owned and successfully run the Tender Services Group, a company that won an entrepreneurship start-up award in its first year of operation. Tender Services Group helps and supports entrepreneurs in doing business with government clients. Mariëlle’s specialty is (European) tenders. She also functions as regional ambassador in The Hague for MKB Nederland. Mariëlle’s expertise and experience on working with large clients, procurement processes and great track record of excellent entrepreneurship makes her a valuable source of knowledge.

Heleen van Oord:
Dutch business woman of the year 2013, Heleen van Oord owns and runs the very successful international digital marketing company DQ&A Media Group and is co-founder and partner in investment group Peak Capital. Heleen also demonstrates her passion for entrepreneurship through her involvement in several organisations supporting entrepreneurship in the Netherlands and around the world and as jury member of the Accenture Innovation Awards.

The panel will also be joined by Irine Gaasbeek, Managing Director, Financial Services at Accenture and the discussion will be moderated by Judith Blijdenstein, Accenture Netherlands HR Director.

The afternoon will be very interactive so start thinking now about the questions you would like to ask. Of course, there will be the opportunity to ask them at the event but if you share them with us when you sign up for the event, we can make sure our moderator will ask them during the session.

Please note, the sessions will mainly be presented in Dutch.


Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to gain great insights and valuable advice on your immediate and long term business future. Sign up today – we have 70 spots available offered on a first come, first served basis.

The event is free to attend but you must register for a place online ahead of time here:

Full Agenda

1:30 to 2.00 - Registration, welcome and coffee
2:00 to 2:15 - Opening and introduction by Claudia Goossen from Aegon
2:15 to 2:45 - Catherine Collinson will present the findings of the Women in Retirement Study
2:45 to 3:15 - Vera Hek-Weghorst will present about the Dutch pension market and the options open to entrepreneurs
3:15 to 3:45 - Coffee and a break for networking
3:45 to 4:15 - Annemarie van Gaal will speak about entrepreneurship and the importance of taking care of your financial future
4:15 to 5:00 - Panel discussion: Judith Blijdenstein, Accenture Netherlands HR Director will moderate a discussion with Annemarie van Gaal, Mariëlle van der Keur, Heleen van Oord and Irine Gaasbeek, Managing Director, Financial Services at Accenture
5:00 to 6.00 - Networking drinks reception

Date: Thursday 5th March 2015
Time: 13:30 - 18:00
Venue: Aegon Auditorium, Aegonplein 50, 2591 TV Den Haag
Cost: Free of charge
Register by: Wednesday 25th February 2015

Register For The Event Here!

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