Last week 50 female professionals joined us for the first edition of our 72Hours Reload program* in Sagres, Portugal.

The initial aim of the program was to bring together businesswomen away from their daily routine, challenge their thinking, develop themselves by confronting ideas and refresh their body and soul. All in 72 hours. All in the unique scenery of Sagres, Southern Portugal.


Challenge – Inspire – Develop

During the first edition, the dynamic group of female professionals connected with inspirational speakers such as Sihame El Kaouabiki (Let’s go Urban) and Anouk Van Oordt (Out Of Office) but also 10 of the participants pitched their own breakthrough story at the Speak Easy corner. A fascinating variety of topics were presented, including social entrepreneurship, the future of work, leadership, finance and science. On top we also invited some Portuguese female entrepreneurs to share their stories.

The eagerness to listen to each other stories

To reset body & soul, Sagres is a wonderful place! Morning runs or yoga classes, afternoon surf lessons or a bike ride or just some relaxing me-time as alternative option.

What bonded all this women? Definitely the eagerness to listen to each others stories, the willingness to share knowledge, but last but not least humor…, lots of humor!

Since the group is back, we are overwhelmed by the fact that these female professionals help each other in uplifting their business and connect with each other for concrete projects, recommendations and personal support.

Want to join our next edition of 72HOURS RELOAD in Portugal from April 27th till April 30th 2017? Registrations are open as of now, just click here.

*72HoursReload is a concept from Elke Jeurissen (Straffe Madammen & Glassroots) and Veerle Pappaert (ThinkTalent)

 “Ongelooflijk hoe zoveel diversiteit toch zoveel common mindset inhield. Is dat iets vrouwelijks of is het de magic touch van Elke Jeurissen en Veerle Pappaert? Bijzonder sterke organisatie, net doordat al het traditionele in vraag werd gesteld en jullie kozen voor aanbod, vrijheid, connecting. Dit moeten nog heel veel vrouwen meemaken. “ – Nancy Kegelaers, marketing professional

 “Dankjewel aan Elke Jeurissen, Veerle Pappaert en de andere 50 superstraffe madammen die ik mocht leren kennen. Wat ik vooral fijn vond, was dat iedereen oprecht zichzelf was. Geen show, geen stoef. Gewoon 50 vrouwen met een verhaal. Waarin zowel successen als mindere momenten zaten. Dit alles overgoten met een dikke saus girl power humor. Kortom, it was magic!“ – Vera Smets, financial expert.