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WIA-E Leiden invites to AWD “Be a game-changer” event

Dear WIA-E members,

we are pleased to invite you to the Aerospace Women’s Day, taking place Tuesday 29th of May at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering in Delft.

The theme for the day is: ‘Be the game changer’. Over the last few years, a focus on women in top positions or in unexpected positions came to a rise. They were game changers, as they changed their own career and followed an unexpected path, but they also changed the game for other women.

The program will focus on stories and experiences from the aerospace industry through the inspiring talks of speakers. However, you will also be able to find out how to be a game changer yourself in one of the workshops.


  • 14:45 Registration
  • 15:15 Introduction by WD ‘Amelia’
  • 15:30 Speaker 1: Tineke Bakker-Van der Veen, Boeing
  • 16:00 Speaker 2: Will be announced later
  • 16:30 Break
  • 17:00 Workshop: ‘Group dynamics’ by Accenture or ‘Confidence has no competition’ by NLR
  • 18:00 Informal dinner with a network moment
  • 19:30 Speaker 3: Colonel Boekholt-O’Sullivan, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • 20:00 Closing drink

Tineke Bakker-Van der Veen is the managing director of Boeing Benelux and Nordics. She is responsible for all business activities in this region. Next to her managing function, she is also active as mentor for students, and as promoter for the technology and engineering sector to students of all ages.

Colonel Boekholt-O’Sullivan has worked in the Royal Netherlands Air Force since 1994, where she started in air traffic control. Later on she became responsible for the innovation centrum, after which she was appointed commander of Air Base Eindhoven in 2016. She is the first female commander of an operational Air Base in the Netherlands.

Furthermore, NLR and Accenture will both organize a workshop, the topics for these are “Confidence has no competition” which will focus on how you as a strong women can present yourself, and “Group dynamics” focusing on working and excelling together with a team.

The event is free of charge, but as seats are limited, we would like to ask you to subscribe via the following link: https://vsv.tudelft.nl/ticketshop/register/396


  • Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
  • Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft

There is a parking lot at the faculty, but the faculty can also easily be reached by public transport via Delft Central or Delft Zuid train station.

We welcome both female and male professionals! This will be a day were professionals and students can exchange experiences and advice, and be inspired to change the game. We hope to see many of you there!

With winged regards,

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