How can women’s professional associations contribute for a better future? -21 june 2012

  • 21 Jun 2012
  • 18:30 - 20:30
  • IBM Headoffice Avenue Bourget 42 1130 Brussels


Registration is closed

“The future of work …”
How can women’s professional associations contribute for a better future?

 As PWI we are proud to announce and organize this joint event between IBM/ European Women Council, Intesa San Paolo/ Valore-D and PWI Brussels. 

Thanks to Christel Verschaeren this PWI event will be hosted at the IBM premises. 

In addition to Christel Verschaeren’s speech on the future of work, this event will be also an opportunity to meet two successful ladies 

Christel Verschaeren and Alessandra Perrazzelli, who lead two female professional networks on top of their roles in their relevant companies. 


  • Christel Verschaeren - from IBM  will give her insights about how work is evolving, a very hot topic nowadays in the current economic crisis. 
    Christel will then introduce the goals and activities of the “Women Leadership Council”, of which she is Co-chair for Europe.
  • Alessandra Perrazzelli - from Intesa San Paolo (please see her attached bio) will introduce “Valore-D” (“valore” stands for  value and the "d" for donne/ women), of which she is the President. 
    Valore-D is an association of member companies in Italy promoting initiatives to increase the number of women in high-level management positions. 
  • PWI will moderate the Q&A session with Christel Verschaeren and Alessandra Perrazzelli.

Our Speakers:

Christel Verschaeren, IBM:

Director Europe Integration & Org Change Management –CIO Organization
and Co-Chair Women Leadership Council IBM Europe

After having studied Economics Christel started working for IBM as Systems Engineer in the technical area.
She works for IBM 25 years now and has worked in different technical positions as well as commercial & management positions. In 1999 she was asked to become the Assistant of the General Manager of IBM Belgium/Luxembourg, a unique jumpstart position.
In 2000 she was promoted to lead the Sales Operations department in Belgium/Luxembourg.
Since 7 years she works in our internal CIO organization. She is responsible for the European countries and manages the CIO projects locally. She is also globally responsible for building change management capabilities in the CIO organization.
Gender diversity always has been her passion. She has led the IBM Belgium/Luxembourg Women Leadership Council for 3 years next to her day to day job and since 7 years she is Co-chair of the IBM’s Women Council in Europe. She also spends a lot of attention to mentoring of other women and manages a cross company mentoring program between IBM and other companies.
She won the ‘2011 AXA Wo_Men@Work award’ for driving and promoting gender balance and equality.
She has a daughter of 20 years old who she raised as single mother.. 

Alessandra Perrazzelli:

Head of International Regulatory and Antitrust Affairs at Intesa Sanpaolo and the CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo Eurodesk. President of Valore-D in Italy.

Alessandra Perrazzelli is the Head of International Regulatory and Antitrust Affairs at Intesa Sanpaolo and the CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo Eurodesk, reporting directly to the CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo. Intesa Sanpaolo is one of the largest Italian and European banking groups. Based in New York, Brussels and Milan for the last 25 years, Ms Perrazzelli works with the European Institutions on the application of EU banking and financial services law to the internal market. Ms Perrazzelli is also in charge of the Antitrust Compliance at Group level. As the head of Intesa Sanpaolo Eurodesk, a company of the Group, she assists corporate clients to access EU funding in the fields of research, SMEs, education and infrastructures. In 2007, Ms Perrazzelli was put in charge of the Project Gemma, aimed at promoting programs and activities to enhance women’s carriers and talents within the Bank and to develop new banking products to tailor women in the banking and financial services market.
Previously, Ms Perrazzelli was a partner in the Brussels-based firm O’Connor and Company, where she was responsible for the telecom, postal and public utilities practices. She began practising law in a top Wall Street law firm in New York, mainly in the fields of merger and acquisitions and banking law. She practised in the telecoms, energy, postal and banking sectors. In telecoms, her work focused on the liberalisation of the European market and she advised major mobile and fixed telecoms operators in relation to EC and national telecoms, competition law and regulation. She won a number of postal and telecoms competition cases that influenced European postal and telecoms liberalisation. In these sectors, Ms Perrazzelli has filed landmark complaints and notifications before the European courts, the European Commission and national courts, and competition/regulatory authorities in many European countries. 
Ms Perrazzelli received her Law Degree Cum Laude at the University of Genoa and an LLM degree at the New York University School of Law, in the field of Corporate Law. She is admitted to the Bar in Italy and in the New York State. She is an IBA and ABA member.
Ms Perrazzelli is a regular speaker at international conferences and has published several articles on the application of competition law to the network industries and on financial regulation. She has been mentioned among the top 100 women lawyers in competition law by the Global Competition Review in 2009 and 2004. In 2007, she won the “Premio Bellisario” in the Communication Sector, for her activity promoting Italian interests at EU and International level. Since July 2010, Ms Perrazzelli is the president of Valore D, an association of companies aimed at fostering and empowering women in companies and organizations.
Ms Perrazzelli is fluent in English and French in addition to her native Italian. Ms Perrazzelli plays the piano and likes to sing, plays several sports, and loves to spend time at the seaside in her native Liguria. She is the proud mother of Samuele and Margherita.


Participation & how to reserve

The event is open to members only , IBMers and Guests, men and women.


 Thursday, 21 June 2012


18:30- 20:30

IBM Headoffice,
Avenue Bourget 42
B-1130 Brussels
(click for map)
Customer Parking available 

By public transportation:

Bus 65 :from  Place de Brouckère via l'OTAN/BLS

Bus 471: from North train station

By Train: closest station is Diegem

Pre-registration  compulsory before 20 June 2012
Place limited, register as soon as possible!

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