PWI WS: From Bricks to Air

  • 19 Mar 2015
  • 18:30 - 21:30
  • VIP Offices, 47 Bd Saint Michel, 1040 Brussels


PWI Workshop:

From Bricks to Air
How I finally made my dream job more aerodynamic

Julie Anne Gilleland-Verbeelen has lived in Brussels for over 14 years and for that entire time she has pursued a dream of creating a business in Design for Education. She is a strong advocate for children voices in the process of designing and redefining education and especially learning and thinking at their level, which she says is higher than the level we set.
Eight years ago she started a for profit with her husband and after 7,5 years she found herself with a company and two non-profits and a building of 630 m2, running creative workshops, designing for large museums and providing recycled materials to the community. This sounds wonderful, but it was heavy. In order to finally realise her dream and reach her potential she had to shed all the bricks and embrace the wide open air, which is so much bigger than Brussels. As of July, she is the CEO of an EdTech start up, making waves in Education worldwide.

Come listen to her journey, which is not all ups and be inspired to make your own leap into the wider world and dream and live a little bigger.

More about our speaker...

Julie Anne Gilleland-Verbeelen

Julie Anne is founder of Turtlewings and REcircle Creative Reuse Centre and newly CEO of Think with Things, LTD, which was just awarded by the commission as one of the top 7 innovative EDtech start ups in Europe in 2014.
She grew up in Southwest Iowa, not exactly on a farm, but practically. Studied graphic design in Springfield, Missouri with only European professors. She moved to Germany in 1996 to live with her sister and after a year moved to Helsinki, Finland working on her masters in Product and strategic design at Aalto University. While in Helsinki, she met her Belgian husband and they moved back 14 years ago and now have three boys.

Participation & how to reserve

The workshop is open to members and non-members. 

Drinks and some finger food will be provided. 

DATE: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TIME: 18:30-21:30

VENUE:  VIP Offices, 47  Saint Michel, 1040 Brussels


Members: €15 
Non-members:  €30

Fees covers a part of the logistic costs. 

Pre-registration and pre-payment (preferably via PayPal) compulsory before 15 March 2015:

KBC: IBAN BE87 7310 3399 1094 EUR - BIC KREDBEBB

No-shows or cancellations after registration deadline will be invoiced - cancellations should be sent to (

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