"Moderating conversations and debates is my passion and expertise."
As political scientist I am quickly aware of what is relevant. I ask the right questions, respond to actualities and I am socially involved. You can commission me for live and online sessions/gatherings. I moderate strategic boardroom sessions, participation evenings as well as talk shows.
Next to moderating conversations, you can also ask me to be your conference host for live communication events. I confront and activate/provoke, and create bridges between the substantive subjects, the speakers, and the audience. I easily switch between Dutch and English, as well as between different topics and demographics.
I am also happy to help you as coach and psychologist. Do you want to develop your personal leadership skills? We will work on finding your power and learning how to present it. I will help you become congruent with your position and who you really are.
Because of my enthusiastic commitment, I already start my work behind the scenes. What is the conversation supposed to be about? For what demographic? How do we envision a good program? How do we make sure we keep a positive energy flowing? As strategic advisor I like to think along the substantive roadmap.
During the substantive preparation I think along at conceptual as well as strategic level. My years of experience, also as trainer and coach, have given me a widespread toolkit of interactive ways of working. I host talk shows, congresses, dialogues, debates, and webinars, for the profit as well as the non-profit industry. Live as well as online.
The past 14 years I have been actively involved with big and small dossiers pertaining to society. Because of my experience with so many different topics I am able to make surprising relations, which can offer structure, relatability, and insight to the audience.
As moderator I manage issues wherein many stakeholders and interests are involved. I have been involved with conferences concerned with the corona crisis, de housing market, child protective services, the future of the financial business, childcare allowance, the energy transition, and the future of our retirement system. Besides these commissions, I also lead conversations without an audience, such as strategic boardroom sessions and stakeholder meetings.
It is important to me to be able to add a personal touch to my work as moderator. This means I don’t shy away from confrontation. I critically enter conversations with directors, politicians, ministers and CEOs in a constructive manner. My background in politics and psychology is very useful here.
I am not sensitive to conventions, but to relationality. Are people still engaged? Do they still understand what the conversation is about? Does it need to be simplified? Do I need to keep the pace? Or do I need to slow down, make it more abstract? I relate subjects, speakers, and guests with each other with passion and compassion. I act with conviction, flair and personal attention. My incisiveness and creativity put forward an exciting experience for the audience.
As life coach I consider people in their entirety. Are you a professional who wants to break through patterns? Do you think it is time to fully connect to your power? Together we will work towards becoming confident in what you really stand for and who you really are.
My sessions are focused on your experiences. You bring your own situations to the table and together we consider how you handled and with what intention. I stimulate and confront in order to – with kindness – draw connections between you as a person and your leadership skills. Herewith I work with Transactional analysis, which is a personal development and communication model, from a systemic viewpoint. I use this method structurally as well as functionally during individual training sessions and team development processes. I use this method because it is always about your interaction with others. The unconscious bonds that tie us to different societal systems have great influence on how we function.
A personal coaching process consists, based on your needs, of 3 to 8 sessions of 1¼ hours. I work from different coaching houses in the Netherlands. Online coaching is of course also possible.
Checkout live broadcastings and webinars
This compilation shows my work in the last year.
Design Research & Innovation Festival DRIVE 2020- session on Health. About the development of a joint vision of the future by citizens and healthcare professionals, in which the human side of healthcare is safeguarded.
What do others say about me?
I studied Political Sciences and Psychology in Amsterdam. After years of employment, I started my own business in 2007. I now live in the political heart of the Netherlands together with my husband and our three young-adult children.
Besides my work I am managerial and socially active. I have researched the development of civil membership in the townships of South Africa. For Amnesty International and the Institute for Public and Politics, I have given guest lectures at high schools, and I am certified trainer in how to handle child abuse. In my earlier years I have worked on projects for sex workers in The Hague. Currently I am, among other things, active as chair of the SHOP foundation and as supervisor for the Kopwerk-Schooltij foundation.
’10 jaar a Laheij’ is about the many sides of my life as journalistic moderator and conference host.
Do you want to receive a copy?
Order ’10 jaar a Laheij’ at managmentboek.nl. (only available in Dutch)
For ‘Ministeries voor de Nieuwe Tijd’ (governments of the new times) I wrote the chapter ‘Ministerie voor Verbinding’ (Ministry for Connection) From the perspective of connection I offer five proposals for the New Times. (only available in Dutch)