The FAIB is the Federation representing European and international associations established in Belgium. It supports them – on a general basis – to help establish and operate in Belgium, through the expertise of its Associate members who readily provide general information on key subjects.. It regularly organises webinars or lunch debates on these subjects, allowing members to exchange knowledge and network informally.
What inspired you to work in the international association sector? Would you recommend this career to others? Why/ why not?
Although I was retired from the cosmetics industry, I took over the daily management of the Federation some 12 years ago because I am enthusiastic about association work. I would recommend working for an association and be as fascinated by their achievements as I have been for many years.
Can you remember a time when you needed to #BreakTheBias – either your own, or that of someone else? What lessons did you learn from this experience?
I started my career a long time ago and had to struggle through many stereotypes such as this guy hiring me because I had lovely eyes (and not because am 4-lingual… of course). Lesson learnt from this experience is that if you are determined, you can push it through.
How important are diversity, equity, and inclusion for the future success of associations?
These are essential to an association if they want to survive.
What have you done to improve DEI?
We hire staff members irrespective of who they are and where they come from.
Did it work?
Because they appreciate that their competences are at stake, nothing else.