This year’s event was held on 14th – 15th April 2018 in Hotel Bilderberg Résidence Groot Heideborgh in Garderen, and it marked the 30th anniversary of Finnish Women’s Day NL. The event is an annual weekend event full of fun, friendship, learning, networking and relaxing. This year this very special edition gathered together 120 Finnish women living mainly in the Netherlands, but we also had participants who traveled all the way from Belgium and Finland to connect with old and new friends. For me this was the 6th time I attended and had a wonderful time, as expected!
Here is our group photo. I am happy to report that nobody fell in the pond during the photo shoot! The red goodie bags full of amazing surprises (including a discount voucher from I on Image) were sponsored by Jaatinen L6S Consulting.
Photo credits: Mervi Lepistö for Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands
My company I on Image was, 3rd year in a row, a proud sponsor of the event and donated 3 gift vouchers in the immensely popular raffle. The raffle tickets were selling like hot cakes! These envelopes that I am holding contain each a gift voucher for a 45 minute online image scan with I on Image. Congratulations to the lucky winners! The beautiful program booklet is designed by graphic designer Päivi Kärkkäinen who has also helped I on Image with flyer designs in the past.
Our Saturday afternoon program contained a hilarious theater show “Rosa Liksom’s Women”, “Rosa Liksomin Naisia”, written by Finnish author Rosa Liksom and performed by Finnish actors Mira Kivilä and Marja-Leena Kouki. I am a huge fan of Liksom and read many of her books so I knew a little bit what to expect. This play was a compilation of short stories spiced up with dark humor and dialect of the northern Finland. I thought it was just priceless!
Rosa Liksomin Naisia. Photo credits and bookings: www.meebu.fi
After the theater it was time for the first round of workshops. I hosted a workshop “Colourful Life”, “Värikäs elämä”, during which I helped the participants to choose their best colours that make them radiate, to select optimal accent colours and metal colour that flatters their complexion the most. I challenged the popularity of an all-black wardrobe, which of course is practical and always stylish, but may feel a bit boring after years and years of wear. Especially in the spring even I as a neutral-addict really love to see a pop of colour. Life is short and style should be also fun! Each participant went home with a little colour booklet that will help them to plan their outfits and to shop for new items.
In the evening we had a delicious dinner at the hotel and after that we headed to the 30th birthday party of the event where Finnish musician Tom Eklund performed with his band Liivit Boys. Eklund is famous from 2015 Voice of Finland and now tours around Finland performing his own music and covers. It was a great gig! The party was heaps of fun and we danced with a DJ well past midnight. The closing song was of course Finnish singer Paula Koivuniemi‘s epic “Aikuinen Nainen”, an ode to the adult woman, that we all sang together shoulder to shoulder.
Curious fact: The night before, 13th April, Tom Eklund performed in Martinlaakso, Vantaa with Neumann who was the star of our last year’s event. Coincidence?
Tänään Neumann & Tomppa @barnr1vantaa klo 23 ! Liput 7e ! Tervetuloa ! 😎👍 #neumann #neumannduo #nipaneumann…
Geplaatst door Tom Eklund op vrijdag 13 april 2018
On Sunday we enjoyed an energizing breakfast and after the morning program had another round of workshops. This time I could participate myself and chose a career workshop hosted by business coach Mari Tasanto, director of HRM Partners. During the workshop we learned about the latest work trends, how they affect us, what opportunities they can offer to us and what skills are needed in order to adapt. All in all a very informative package that sparked some good thoughts and lively debate.
That was my report from the 30th anniversary event of Finnish Women’s Day NL. Hope you enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to the next year’s event already!
You can see more fun photos from the weekend on I on Image’s Instagram page or follow #SNPaivat. You can also read my reports from previous years: 2016 in Zutphen and 2017 in Garderen.
Congratulations again to the lucky winners of I on Image’s gift vouchers and a massive thank you for all the participants and volunteer organizers for the memorable weekend!
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