How to Get A Career You Love and Negotiate the Heck Out of It- Wies Bratby

How to Get A Career You Love and Negotiate the Heck Out of It- Wies Bratby

In May, we welcomed Wies Bratby to the EMEA Podcast with our founder, Paul Toms. In the podcast, Wies outlined how it is her life mission to help women negotiate their worth, and gave an overview of her current programme, Women In Negotiation (WIN).

Wies’ longterm passion for negotiation led her to begin her career as a lawyer in the Netherlands, before moving on to become a HR Director, setting up human resources across the globe.

Upon moving to Switzerland, Wies recognised that women around the world were struggling to find their dream jobs and negotiate fitting salaries for their hard work.

As a result, she launched WIN, which helps women across the world realise their worth, communicate it and get them the positions and salaries they want. WIN is consistently successful, with an average salary increase of 49.1% for promotions or new roles.

Following on from the inspirational podcast, on Friday, 5th June, EMEA once again partnered with Wies to host her ‘How to Get A Career You Love and Negotiate the Heck Out of It’ webinar session with a multitude of women from our Swiss network. 

In the webinar, Wies shared tips and insights into how our guests could transform their careers by finding their dream ‘unicorn’ job and negotiating a salary which truly reflects their hard work.

Primarily, the workshop explained in depth 5 key pieces of advice that any woman should take on board in order to find a job that they truly love:

  • View the current pandemic crisis as an opportunity
  • Raise your expectations
  • Being a woman is an advantage
  • Don’t focus on getting the job
  • Invest in training

EMEA Recruitment would like to place on record our thanks to Wies Bratby for hosting a fantastic, empowering workshop, and if you’re interested in finding out more about how Women In Negotiation can help you, follow this link.

If you have any ideas of further virtual workshops or events youd like to see us run in future, dont hesitate to contact Paul or any of our consultants through our Meet The Team page.

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In early March, we posted a series of posts celebrating International Women’s Day 2020. These included a summary of the events and activities EMEA have carried out to support women’s equality and a roundtable discussion between our Managing Director, Richard Bailey, and 3 of our senior consultants, who shared their experiences regarding attitudes towards women in the workplace. 

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Shake up the Workplace

Shake up the Workplace

We are excited to be a Network Partner to The Future of Work Unconference, “SHAKE UP THE WORKPLACE”, which will be taking place on 9th March 2020, at the Kunsthaus Zurich. This will be an unconference-style event where human-centric leaders, the C-suite, entrepreneurs, NGOs, the government, start-ups and academia meet, sit at the same table and leave with an action plan.

EMEA Recruitment, as a Network Partner of the event, can offer a 15% discount on tickets. Contact Keeley Cunningham to obtain the discount code.

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CFO Roundtable Event in Morges

CFO Roundtable Event in Morges

Further to the success of our “Finance of the Future” programme of events, we are pleased to continue the theme, with a CFO Roundtable event coming up in Morges on 20th February 2020.

Accounting may not traditionally be considered a hotbed for innovation – but why shouldn’t it be? At its base, innovation is about solving problems and continuous improvement. In a profession dominated by spreadsheets and manual tasks, the opportunities for change seem endless. 

Our event will be co-hosted with Salesforce and will be targeted towards CFOs and Senior Finance Leaders, looking to learn from peers and discuss advances in this arena. 

We will hear from Stéphane Jacottet, EMEA & LATAM Financial Controller at Salesforce, discussing finance process digitalisation and the use of collaborative tools. Also, Luca Raffaelli, Head of Group Controlling and Risk Management at BOBST will be sharing experiences and demonstrations of smart automation, descriptive analytics and advanced analytics (modelling) using open-source tools, and explaining the ‘real-life’ impact on the controlling processes at BOBST. 
If you are interested to learn more please click below to contact John Bower.

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"Empower with Diverse Talent" Event - co-hosted with Mercer

With an internal CSR committee in place, we are excited to be embarking on various projects to make a positive social impact, including steps to reduce damage to the environment and support refugees and victims of human trafficking.

We are proud to support She Matters, a social enterprise recruitment agency, based in the Netherlands, which matches refugee women with companies seeking highly skilled talent. The organisation focuses on refugee women seeking employment opportunities aligned with their advanced education and skillsets.

On 12th February, EMEA Recruitment will co-host an event with Mercer in London, to promote the mission of She Matters, with Global Senior HR Leaders and Talent Acquisition Managers in attendance. Contact us for more details if you are interested in attending.

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Empowerment through Diversity & Inclusion - co-hosted with Stryker

Empowerment through Diversity & Inclusion - co-hosted with Stryker

Every organisation has a vision as to what will create a better, more productive working environment. A better world. Yet, while focusing on our strategic goals and direction, how many of us celebrate diversity as a core organisational value, recognising and utilising the full richness of all segments of society?

To be highly effective, organisations must also link diversity to inclusiveness and empowerment.

Empowerment represents the ability of individuals to be the best they can be and to participate fully with the freedom to do so, allowing them to achieve their full potential and control their own destinies.

On Thursday 21st November at 5.30pm, EMEA Recruitment are delighted to co-host an event with Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. The event will be held at Stryker’s offices in Amsterdam, where we hear from multi-national leaders on the topic of “Empowerment through Diversity & Inclusion”, sharing best practices, thoughts and ideas.

Speakers will include:

  • Melissa Muirhead, Global HR Director – Finance at HEINEKEN
  • Robert Abbott - VP, Chief Legal Council at Stryker
  • Shana Laurie de Hernandez - Partner at PwC
  • Liz Tunley - Senior Sales Training Manager at Stryker

If you would like further details or would like to register your interest in attending, please contact Jenny Callum.

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'Equality in Business - Best Practice in Diversity & Inclusion' - Event in Zurich

'Equality in Business - Best Practice in Diversity & Inclusion' - Event in Zurich

Huge thanks to all who attended our event 'Equality in Business - Best Practice in Diversity & Inclusion’ event last week in Zurich.

The event was co-hosted with EF Education First and held at their wonderful offices, the old Swiss stock exchange building - an amazing setting.

Many thanks to our inspiring speakers Liz Johnson, Paralympian Gold Medallist, Heidi Robertson, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at ABB, Alkistis Petropaki, General Manager of Advance, Gender Equality in Business, and Marc Secretan, Partner and Inclusion and Diversity Leader at PwC Switzerland.

Liz Johnson shared some quotes which really struck a chord:

“Why should we choose to be great at work OR great at home.”


“Being different is a strength.”

What a privilege to follow on from our Equality in Finance event with HEINEKEN in Amsterdam, held towards the end of last year.

This event in Zurich was attended by contacts from our network of mid to senior management professionals across Finance, BI & Data, Human Resources, Procurement & Supply Chain and Operations.

The large number of attendees was representative of the level of interest in this topic. Discussion, both during the event and throughout networking afterwards, was thought-provoking and heartfelt, and we hope that all attendees were able to take something away - from both the breadth of presentation content and the personal interactions.

If you are interested in attending future events or are perhaps working for a business which could be interested in co-hosting with us, then please don't hesitate to contact Jenny Callum, Associate Director – Manager Finance Netherlands, at: jenny.callum@emearecruitment.com

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