Empowering liberal women in Europe to lead and succeed

Alumnae and Allies Summit 2023

European liberal parties agree that diversity and equal representation is the right thing and the smart thing to do. However, women in leadership and decision-making positions continue to face challenges to lead and succeed.  

The second-ever Alliance Of Her Alumnae and Allies Summit aims to address this gap, supporting liberal women to lead, succeed, survive and thrive in political life. In October, our network of over 180 alumnae and allies will meet in Amsterdam to reconnect with the network, take part in expert-led masterclasses and hear from inspiring political leaders.  

Above all, we will celebrate the success of the fast-growing Alliance Of Her community and launch new initiatives to showcase the potential of the Alliance Of Her as an exciting force in liberal politics. We’ve already confirmed an incredible line up of speakers, with more to be announced very soon. Join us!

Questions and Registration: [email protected]  



Country and class meetups (Self-organised) 


Alliance Of Her Alumnae Advisory Board Meeting  

Studio 2 



The Alliance Of Her and Rainbow Platform Event, hosted by the European Liberal Forum 

Diversity Matters: Politics and Business edition 

The Salon 


The Alliance Of Her Partners and Netherlands Alumnae evening event  

(By invitation only) 


Interactive Workshop 

Shifting cultures across society:Creating more inclusive and female-friendly parties and business 

The Salon 


Registration and Welcome reception 



Opening Plenary 


Opening remarks:  

  • Alva Finn, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum
  • Dr. Maren Jasper-Winter (Germany), Member of FNF Board of Directors 
  • Ministerial panel: Ensuring women Lead, Succeed, Survive and Thrive in political life 
  • Marie Bjerre* (Denmark)  
  • Romina Pourmokhtari (Sweden)   
  • Heidy Purga (Estonia)  
  • Bettina Stark-Watzinger (Germany)   
  • Moderated by Ian Marquardt 

Closing remarks: 

  • Catharina Rinzema MEP, VVD (Netherlands)
  • Petra Stienen, Former D66 Senator (Netherlands)
  • Kira Rudik MP (Ukraine), ALDE Party Vice-President

*video participation  


Networking Lunch  



Interactive Sessions: Round 1 

  • Topic 1 – Confronting the 10 traps of power (Studio 1) - Led by Katrien Van den Broeck 
  • Topic 2 - Personal security for women in politics - practical solutions (Studio 5) - Led by Jasmina Mršo
  • Topic 3 - Positive Psychology and coaching: popular culture trend or modern leadership weapon? (Studio 4) - Led by Naomi Williams  
  • Topic 4 – Occupying the space: Female Leadership in party politics (The Salon) - Led by Ian Marquardt and Guri Melby




Interactive Sessions: Round 2 

Optional sessions: 


Fireside chat:  

Ensuring 2024 is a ground-breaking year for liberal female political leaders, with ALDE Party Vice-Presidents Annelou van Egmond (The Netherlands) and Eva Kjer Hansen (Denmark)

The Salon 

Film screening: She Will be Heard: The Movie 

Follow three young women on their political journeys in this documentary by the Alliance Of Her. 

Councillor Aoife McCooey (Ireland)  

Studio 1 


Gala Reception 



Gala Dinner 

Host: Lousewies van der Laan, Executive Director for Transparency International Nederland, former MEP, D66 (Netherlands) 

Keynote remarks: Minister Sigrid Kaag (The Netherlands)
Women in Politics Champion of the Year award ceremony

Suggested Dress code: Creative Black Tie 


After-Summit Reception 






Confronting the 10 Traps of Power 

Join AOH Academy Core trainer Katrien Van den broeck as she leads a discussion on ten of the most common ‘traps’ women face when navigating political roles and mandates. Drawing on her extensive experience working at the highest levels in European and National politics, Katrien has assembled proven solutions for dealing with these traps to support talented female leaders to live to fight another day.  

Occupying the space: Promoting female Leadership in party politics 

What happens when women occupy top positions within parties? How important is it that liberal women pursue these roles, and how can we support more women to create positive change from within political parties? Join a conversation with Ian Marquardt about the need for more women to occupy the space within political parties. 

Positive Psychology and coaching: popular culture trend or modern leadership essential?  

This session will explore what lessons can be learned on impactful leadership from the science of optimal functioning, productivity and wellbeing. We will discuss the latest science on topics such as beating burnout and imposter syndrome. Participants will leave with a practical tool box of techniques and approaches for addressing our ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I’m not ready yet’ stories. Together, we will also explore what we can learn from coaching theory and practice to further our goals and impact? The session will also explore coaching as a critical tool for strategic and sustainable leadership, wellbeing, growth, achievement and performance. Together, participants will learn simple coaching techniques to help them identify their strengths, navigate challenges and achieve their goals. Join Naomi Williams, an expert on gender equality, leadership and wellbeing who brings her 20 years experience leading global influencing initiatives on women and girls' leadership, together with the science of Positive Psychology and Coaching.

Personal security for women in politics - practical solutions

From micro-aggressions, to relentless online misogyny, to physical violence and harassment - women in political life inevitably experience gendered abuse and discrimination as a result of unequal power relations and harmful cultural stereotypes. Recent high-profile cases suggest the situation is only getting worse. We know the problem - join this session with our alumna and board member Jasmina Mršo to get some solutions on how to confront this all too common challenge for female leaders and decision makers.


Alliance Of Her and Rainbow Platform Event, hosted by the European Liberal Forum 

Diversity Matters: Politics and Business edition 

The Salon 

Corporates and political parties are developing new approaches to encourage diversity at every level of their organisations. From encouraging women into leadership positions, developing and retaining talent and shifting our cultures to become more inclusive, we can learn from each other. This joint Alliance of Her and Rainbow Platform, hosted by the European Liberal Forum, will host a learning session with key corporate actors who have developed or who want to develop Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies with a focus on gender equality and LGBTI inclusion in the workplace.   

The event will consist of a high-level conversation with key figures from within the liberal family and diversity and inclusion leaders from the corporate world.


Emma Murphy, Mayor of South Dublin, Alliance Of Her Alumnae Advisory Board (Ireland)
Bárbara Navarro, Global Head of Research, Public Policy, and Institutional Relations at Banco Santander
María Arribas, CMO QALEON, CEO & Founder getHERtalent
Petra Stienen,Former D66 Senator (Netherlands)
Milosz Hodun, ELF Bureau Member, Nowoczesna (Poland) - Moderator


Interactive Workshop (Chatham House Rules)

Shifting cultures across society: Creating more inclusive and female friendly parties and business

The Salon 

Corporate and party colleagues share best practice tools, policies, and ideas to support women within political parties and in the world of business.   

Topics may include, impactful women's networks, quotas, motherhood in politics, being a true male ally, experience around shifting to more inclusive cultures to ensure better recruitment, retention and ultimately better futures for parties and businesses.   


Dan Barna MP, ALDE Party Vice-President, Former Deputy Prime Minister, USR (Romania)
Beáta Jurík MP, Progresívne Slovensko (Slovakia)
Sigrid Friis Frederiksen, Former Chair of Radikale Venstre Youth Wing (Denmark)
Jérôme Meyer, Leader of  ‘OUT’ and ‘Equal’ programs, Nokia
Alva Finn, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum - Moderator


For DEI Officers and Public Affairs Officials

Interested in joining the Alliance of Her Summit? This three-day event offers valuable insights, networking opportunities, and the honour of hosting prominent European politicians deeply committed to diversity and inclusion.

To join? Email [email protected] to register your place.

This is her time. And she will be heard.

Cookies on ALDE

ALDE uses functional and performance cookies that are necessary for the websites to function as well as possible. These cookies do not use any personal data and no permission is required for this. We also use marketing cookies to tailor the website to your preferences. You can give permission for this below. You can always change your settings on the Privacy Statement page in the cookies section.

Adjust preference
Accept all cookies