Annemarie Jorritsma and Leo Houwen have been asked by initiators Jet Bussemaker (former Minister of Education, Culture and Science) and Hans de Boer (Chair of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, VNO-NCW) to act as coordinators for the programme ‘Vrouwen naar de Top’ [Women to the Top]. They draw the attention of companies and organisations to the database, to create the conditions needed to help more women reach the top more quickly.

Did you know that our board members and coordinators are available for talks, round-table meetings, conferences and other events? For more information, you can contact Caroline Holtgrefe, director of

  • 'In this day and age, it's unthinkable to have a top management with only men. When I see how slowly progress is being made on the issue of top women, I do start to tend towards a quota.'
  • 'For me, the database stands for commitment and the importance of women at the top. And above all it's about getting active: for people actually to use the database.'
  • 'It's great that we can do our bit to help change the mindset in the Netherlands, that together we demonstrate that women in the boardrooms of the Netherlands bring much of value with them.'