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Elke Jeurissen

Entrepreneur, Community Builder (Inclusive Leaders Connect, Straffe Madammen, 72Hours Reload), co-author of 2 books, (step)mum of 5.

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Speaker, Workshops, Consultant

Dutch, French, English

Diversity & Inclusion, Inclusive leadership


In her vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Elke encapsulates her philosophy succinctly: "Don’t fix the people, fix the culture." She believes that inclusive leaders play a pivotal role in making diversity work within organizations. They view diversity as a growth opportunity for the company, embracing challenges posed by differing perspectives and actively seeking diversity within their teams. Understanding that inclusion is not solely an individual responsibility but a collective endeavor, Elke has developed a model comprising five drivers, initially introduced in 2019 as part of her INSEAD Gender Diversity Program. In her podcast, she elaborates on her recipe for cultivating truly inclusive workplaces.

Having shared her vision on inclusion through over 150 keynote talks and leadership workshops, Elke has assisted numerous companies in identifying their next best steps. In 2024, she launched the Dutch podcast Bindstof, featuring interviews with inclusive leaders across society, focusing on fostering connections beyond differences.

Elke emphasizes the importance of creating awareness throughout organizations, identifying and transforming barriers for diverse talents into accelerators, and holding leaders accountable for change. Drawing from global best practices and the real-life experiences of hundreds of leaders, her solutions for inclusive leadership are rooted in tangible successes.

Recognizing persistent barriers faced by women in non-inclusive workplaces, Elke founded Fierce Ladies in 2012, a platform where women support each other's growth. Through initiatives like role model talks, growth academies, and international retreats, Fierce Ladies aims to dismantle systemic barriers and empower women across sectors and generations.

With a rich professional background spanning stakeholder engagement, corporate communications, public relations, and public affairs, Elke has collaborated with leaders in various spheres, including Microsoft, HP, and SBS media group. She has shared her insights on numerous conference stages and is a co-author of the book "Who run the world, the power of female leadership." As of April 2022, Elke serves as President of the Board at VDAB, the Flemish agency for employment, driving initiatives for an inclusive job market.

At home with her husband Jo, Elke endeavors to foster inclusivity within their blended family of five children aged between 18 and 30, with the excitement of welcoming their first granddaughter soon. They believe that respecting and embracing the diversity of personalities and talents around their dinner table is fundamental to their children's growth. For Elke and her family, inclusivity is an ongoing journey of learning, with each day presenting new opportunities to cultivate inclusiveness.


Polarisation or (re)connection? It's your call

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Going beyond what divides us and finding what connects us, at the kitchen table, in the workplace and in society.

You are not the norm

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How to create a more inclusive workplace going beyond diversity?

The journey to inclusive leadership

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Why diversity is not a problem, but a growth opportunity for your organization.

How to fix the blind spots for more diversity in your company

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Five drivers for a more inclusive company culture (with 30 + examples of tactics that really work)

Elke really really kick-started the conversation on diversity & inclusion in our firm with her dialogue. She is clearly used to the C-level and knows how to deal with our top-level partners, in an open, constructive way. And with humor.  

Crowell & Morning

It is common sense to me to work on a more inclusive culture. But that is clearly not the case for all my team members. Elke's keynote talk gave us insights into thinking patterns about inclusive cultures and made us realize we also need to talk about the why & the benefits. We need to activate the silent majority to take on an active role. 


Jan Goossens, CEO

Thank you coach Elke Jeurissen 👍 for helping us develop a balanced diversity plan. Thanks also to the #peopleofdelaware who took part in the diversity & inclusion workshop yesterday 🤝 . Great energy & commitment. Let's continue to build (and roll out) our plan together! 


Ruth Ameye

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