Open Networks for You

We offer you a blended approach of learning activities, consisting out of offsite, onsite and online networks. Together with academics and HR leaders, we go into dialogue with you on reliable research and practical elaboration. An excellent opportunity for reflection, knowledge sharing and helping you towards an evidence-based approach. 

Our networks are open for everyone who wishes to develop their insights and capabilities in HR. 


22/05/2019: Morning Meetup: Change at Work


We are happy to invite you to our Morning Meetup on 22 May 2019.

“Ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strange.”

When David Bowie sang that line, he probably didn’t think about change at work.
But his words do emphasize the core of the change process: the human factor.

  • How do we prepare people’s minds and hearts for the unknown?
  • How do we nudge people’s actions in a new direction?
  • How do we energize people for change?

At our Morning Meetup, we’ll focus on these questions, bridging the gap between science and practice.

The Change at Work Program:

  • 8:00 – 8:30: Welcome & breakfast
  • 8:30 – 8:40: Introduction by Edward Vanhoutte [Balance HR]
  • 8:40 – 9:10: ‘The Corporate Athlete: Energizing and Stretching Individuals for Change’, Roel Lambrichts [Mentally Fit]
  • 9:10 – 9:40: ‘Towards Agile and Resilient Change’, Bram Doolaege [Streetwize, CUTESolutions, Ghent University]
  • 9:40 – 10:00: Discussion

This session is intended for HR and Change Leaders and CEOs and is limited to 25 people.

How to participate?

  1. Register using the online form.
  2. Wait for our confirmation email: you can now officially participate in our Morning Meetup.
  3. Deposit an amount of your choice on the account of the non-profit organization Mobile School° - with or without tax certificate. You’ll find all details in your confirmation email.

° Mobile School is a Belgian organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of street children by engaging with them in innovative teaching activities. Find out more at

BeCentral is the place to be

  • BeCentral, Cantersteen 10, 1000 Brussels (located in Brussels Central Station)
  • Route and parking:

In case of cancellation less than 5 days before the event, we will kindly ask you to transfer 100 euro to the account of Mobile School.

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05/12/2018: Reward & Motivation

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29/11/2018: Radically Human?


Balance HR, otolith en The Vigor Unit slaan de handen in elkaar en organiseren een eerst H-talk op 29 november 2018.

Mensen zijn belangrijk. Toch? Ook in een digitale wereld is de menselijke dimensie van ondernemen bepalend voor het succes van een strategie.

Maar waarom is dat? En hoe doe je dat? 

In deze eerste H-Talk zetten we drie lenzen op deze vraagstelling. 

Radically Human. Drie lenzen op het vak van HR. 

  • 8u00 - 8u30: Onthaal en ontbijt.
  • 8u30 - 9u00: Radically Human
    Een pleidooi voor een mensgerichte strategie
    David Ducheyne, Otolith
  • 9u00 - 9u30: Radically Evidence-Based
    Een zoektocht naar datgene wat wel werkt in HR
    Cédric Velghe, The Vigor Unit
  • 9u30 - 10u00: Radically Consistent
    Een streven naar een doorleefde en oprechte organisatiecultuur 
    Edward Vanhoutte, Balance HR
  • 10u00 - 10u30: Radically Hip? Een dialoog over de essentie van HR (allen).


  • Deelname is gratis en op uitnodiging.
  • Deze sessie is gereserveerd voor HR Managers en CEO's. Het aantal plaatsen is beperkt tot 20 personen.
  • Mensen die niet opdagen schenken 100 Euro aan een goed doel. 

Adres en parking:

  • Bij Belfius Square Gent, Kortrijksesteenweg 1070, 9051 Sint-Denijs-Westrem
  • Deelnemers ontvangen op voorhand een code voor de parking, die zich naast het gebouw bevindt.
Opgepast. Uw deelname is pas definitief na bevestiging door de organisatie.

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Exclusively for HR Managers and CEO's

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08/06/2018: Performance Management

On invitation only

Exclusively for clients and active freelancers

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28/09/2017: 3-day Course on Evidence-Based HR

Click here to download the brochure with all info.

How can we improve people-related decision making?

Over the past decade the responsibilities of the HR function have changed significantly: the HR professional now has its seat at the executive table and is in charge of solving complex organizational challenges. At the same time, traditional models and new 'cutting edge' solutions often fail to deliver on what they promise. This leaves the HR professional with a profound challenge: how can we stay away from fads and quick fixes and instead use valid and reliable evidence to support the HR function?

In response to this problem the idea of evidence-based HR has evolved, with the goal of improving the quality of people-related decision making by using critically evaluated evidence from multiple sources, such as organizational data, professional expertise, and the scientific literature.

While this sounds sensible and straightforward, gathering, understanding and using evidence is challenging in many ways and requires a set of specific skills



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Leaders Lunch

27/09/2017: Trust at Work

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the concepts of autonomy, personalisation and self-management at work. The result is a fundamental shift in the relationship between employer and employee. 

A common principle in this evolution towards less control is that it starts with trust. Trust is the basis of any relationship. Evidence shows that trust is related with a range of benefits in the workplace, such as job performance. It takes effort and know-how to build trust, but it's likely rewarding.

How can you build high-trust organizations? And how to integrate trust into your leadership- and HR practices? 

A world renowned academic innovator will go into dialogue with us about the subject. Practical insights will be given by a progressive HR leader. We will have an open discussion together on how you could incorporate trust concretely into your team meetings, career management, performance appraisals, etc.

This exclusive lunch-session takes place in a informal setting and in a closed circle. As we aim to maximize the level of interaction, the number of participants is strictly limited.


Keynote speakers:

  • Denise Rousseau (US)

    Denise Rousseau is professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business. She was the President of the Academy of Management and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. She's the Academic Chair and co-founder of the Center for Evidence-Based Management.

    Rousseau's work in the field centers upon evidence-based management and workers' impact. She developed the concept of a psychological contract to better specify how employer and employees understand their relationship. Her research also identified the often hidden but widespread phenomenon of “I-deals”, whereby individual employees bargain for employment arrangements different from their peers.
  • David Ducheyne (BE)

    As Chief People Officer of Securex, David Ducheyne is responsible for both the people and the customer experience in his organization. He is also the president of, the Belgian association of HR Professionals. Finally, he is an author and an avid blogger. 

    His areas of interest are sustainable leadership, the future of work and organization design. He shares his insights on his blog site

    "Trust is reciprocal. So leaders should focus on creating a context that builds trust and that means less control." ~ David Ducheyne


  • Elke Wambacq (Dinobusters): presentation and graphic facilitation

When? Wednesday September 27th, 11:45 – 14:30

Detailed program:

  • 11:30: doors open 
  • 11:45 - 13:45: lunch by Humphrey Restaurant, dialogue with Denise Rousseau, David Ducheyne & other participants
  • 13:45 - 14:30: coffee, tea, cake

Place to be? 

  • [CHEZ PIAS], Sint-Laurensstraat-Rue Saint Laurent 36, 1000 Brussels
  • For map click here.
  • Parking: Interparking Passage 44, Rue de l'Ommegang-Ommegangstraat 16,1000 Brussels
  • Train & metro: Gare Centrale / Centraal Station (7 min. walk)

Participation fee: 

  • 65€, excl. VAT
  • Free of charge for freelancers who work(ed) via Balance HR and for Balance HR clients
  • Registration fees are due in case of cancellation less than 10 days before the event. Replacement is possible.

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Freelance Cafe

11/05/2017: Flourishing Freelance HR Careers

How can you, as an HR freelancer, flexibly shape your career in line with your talents, ambitions and private life? In which ways can you give direction to your freelance career?  

Via a series of signposts, two experts will show you how you can build a flourishing career as a freelancer.

Practical examples, tips and interactive exercises will serve as a concrete source of inspiration to steer and craft your freelance career yourself.

WisKeys and Balance HR are happy to welcome you! All presentations will be in English.


  • Ans De Vos is a professor at Antwerp Management School and the University of Antwerp. She investigates and teaches about careers with an eye for both individual, organization and society.
  • Lesley Vanleke is psychologist and co-founder of CareerCoach®. She works as a consultant and facilitator around the theme of self-management in organizational development and career management.

Place to be?

  • Greenhouse Café, Uitbreidingsstraat 66, 2600 Berchem
  • For map click here.


  • Thursday 11 May 2017, 18:00 - 21:30


  • 18:00 - 18:50: apéro (mocktail "Greenhouse" or other) & healthy walking dinner
  • 18:50 - 19:00: welcome by Balance HR
  • 19:00 - 19:45: Ans De Vos
  • 19:45 - 20:30: Lesley Vanleke
  • 20:30 - 21:30: coffee, tea, sweets, cake

Participation fee?

  • We invite you to transfer an amount of your choice to the social-profit organization YouthStart, as support for their programs in developing the entrepreneurial skills of underprivileged youth. Account No. YouthStart: BE72 0016 9328 2116. Subject: Freelance HR Café - Balance HR & WisKeys
  • In case of no show or cancellation later than 10 days in advance, we ask you to transfer an amount of 50€ (excl. VAT) to Balance HR to reimburse the costs. Account No. Balance HR: BE21 0688 9366 8303. Subject: Freelance HR Café

Each participant receives a free copy of the latest book by Ans De Vos "Loopbanen in Beweging".

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Freelance Cafe

21/09/2016: Helping Youth Start Business

Are you an HR professional or coach? Open to share your expertise with less privileged people?

YouthStart inspires underprivileged young people towards entrepreneurship, via an eight-day training program. Thanks to partnerships with private and public organizations and volunteers, their operation is possible. 

YouthStart dreams of a follow-up path after the training courses. It wants to set up a community, consisting of students who have taken a course and mentors that can guide them through the subsequent steps.

Looking for mentors

WisKeys (HR knowledge platform) and Balance HR (sharing freelance HR network) aim to help YouthStart to build this community.

At a kick-off session at YouthStart in June we drew up a plan to support them with the expertise of our HR network. We are now looking for mentors to advice and challenge YouthStart alumni in developing their business idea and to further develop their behavioural skills. Click here for more info.

Are you interested? We will be meeting to further shape the plans and move to actions. No worry if you missed the first session. We'll catch up with you.

When? Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 18:00 - 20:30

Detailed program:

  • 18:00 - 18:30: Drinks & bites
  • 18:30 - 20:30: Dialogue with YouthStart and participants  

Place to be?

  • YouhStart, Luchthavenlaan 10, 1800 Vilvoorde (shared building with Connections)
  • Parking in the street just behind the Connections building (Jan Olieslagerslaan)
  • Route: click here for map

Participation fee? free of charge. In case of cancellation shorter than 3 days before the event, we will kindly ask you to transfer 50 euro on the account of YouthStart.

Interested to help?

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Freelance Cafe

09/06/2016: Empowering Underprivileged Youth

Are you an HR freelancer or interested in the freelance world? Do you wish to contribute more actively to society? Are you open to share your expertise with people who are less fortunate?

YouthStart inspires underprivileged youth towards entrepreneurship, via training and mentorship. Young people can take advantage of a mentor’s rich knowledge and experience to start up their own business.

Thanks to partnerships with private and public organizations and volunteers, their operation is possible. 

Balance HR and WisKeys aim to share expertise within our HR network and with the external world. Therefor we actively support YouthStart.

You are very welcome for a dialogue on how we can strengthen each other and YouthStart.

When? Thursday, June 9th 2016, 18:30 - 21:00

Detailed program:

  • 18:30 - 19:20: Drinks & bites
  • 19:20 - 19:30: Introduction by Edward Vanhoutte
  • 19:30 - 20:20: Story of YouthStart by Peter Geeroms & John Hermans
  • 20:20 - 21:00: Networking   

Place to be?

  • YouhStart, Luchthavenlaan 10, 1800 Vilvoorde (shared building with Connections)
  • Parking in the street just behind the Connections building (Jan Olieslagerslaan)
  • Route: click here for map

Participation fee? free of charge. In case of cancellation shorter than 5 days before the event, we will kindly ask you to transfer 50 euro on the account of YouthStart.

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Leaders Lunch

19/02/2016: Evidence at Work

Big data, evidence-based, predictive analytics, today these terms are all over the place. Is this just another fad or an irreversible trend? An increasing group of HR leaders relies on science, critical thinking and data analyses to make decisions.

Evidence-based HR, however, is still perceived by many as too time-consuming, narrow or impractical. Meanwhile, evidence-based practice is becoming mainstream in many other disciplines (like medicine). This is the momentum for pioneering HR leaders to seize the opportunity and make a difference with evidence. As part of an inclusive approach, valuing different perspectives.

CEBMa, The VIGOR Unit & Balance HR are happy to welcome you to gather with renowned experts and a group of 50 HR leaders around the topic. With the appreciated support of media partners WisKeys & HRMagazine.

We will enter into the dialogue about the why, the what, and most of all the how of evidence-based HR. How to get started and how to blend it with softer, less tangible HR practices? A pragmatic introduction, with realistic ambitions and openness towards other approaches.


Keynote speakers:

  • Rob Briner (UK) & Eric Barends (NL), Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa)
    "What can you do to get started with Evidence-Based HR? An interactive introduction, with practical examples"

    CEBMa is a non-profit member organization dedicated to promoting evidence-based practice in the field of management.

    Rob Briner is a founding member and vice-chair of the academic board of CEBMa. He is also a professor of organizational psychology at Bath University’s School of Management. In 2015 Rob was ranked second Most Influential UK Thinker in the HR Most Influential list.

    Eric Barends is the managing director of CEBMa. He has twenty years of management experience and advises organizations on evidence-based management. In addition he is a visiting lecturer in universities and business schools. Eric received his Ph.D. from VU University of Amsterdam. 
  • Cédric Velghe (BE), The VIGOR Unit
    Consulting the scientific literature before making a decision? A step-by-step demo based on a real HR case"

    The VIGOR Unit, a Ghent University spin-off, is an R&D and consultancy team focused on understanding, predicting and changing people’s behavior at work.

    Cédric Velghe is co-founder and managing director of The VIGOR Unit and also entrepreneur in residence at Ghent University.
  • Philippe Vandekerckhove (BE), Belgian Red Cross-Flanders
    "What can HR learn from applications in other fields? Advice from an outsider"

    Belgian Red Cross-Flanders is an independent humanitarian organization that forms part of the International Red Cross Federation.

    Philippe Vandekerckhove is the CEO of the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. He is associate professor at the Faculties of Medicine of the universities of Leuven and Ghent. Under his impulse Red-Cross Flanders has turned into a worldwide reference for evidence-based practice, both within medicine as within management. Today they are transforming towards more evidence-based HR.


  • Els Aelbrecht, Consultea: moderator
  • Frédéric Williquet, Jamstorming: visual harvesting

When? Friday February 19th, 11:45 – 14:30

Detailed program:

  • 11:30: doors open 
  • 11:45 - 12:15: buffet
  • 12:15 - 12:25: welcome by Frederik Anseel (The VIGOR Unit) and Marjolaine Gailly & Edward Vanhoutte (Balance HR)
  • 12:25 - 13:15: Rob Briner & Eric Barends
  • 13:15 - 13:30: Cédric Velghe
  • 13:30 - 14:00: Philippe Vandekerckhove
  • 14:00 - 14:30: coffee, tea, cake

Place to be? The Music Village, Rue des Pierres/Steenstraat 50, 1000 Brussels. For map and parking, see link.

Registration fees are due in case of cancellation less than 10 days before the event. Replacement is possible.

All benefits of the event go to the non-profit CEBMa.


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08/05/2015: Soul at Work

On Meaning and Purpose in the Workplace

The soul of work is about work that people find meaningful and believe is serving a higher purpose. Meaning and purpose are associated with numerous benefits, including job satisfaction, motivation and performance.

Although relatively clear in theory, the implementation of this ideal is less obvious and raises multiple questions.

  • Why can purpose really make a difference to an organization and its people?
  • How do we make work more meaningful, in real situations?
  • How do we develop a plausible model where people can make money and have fun and contribute to the community they're in?

Interested to go into dialogue around these questions, together with 4 guest speakers and 50 HR leaders? 

HRMagazine & Balance HR warmly welcome you. We'll discuss what meaning and purpose mean, from an academic, business and societal perspective. And how it can be practically implemented in big and smaller organizations.


Keynote speakers:

  • Monique Valcour (U.S.), Prof. Dr. at EDHEC Business School (Nice, France), Contributor at Harvard Business Review
  • Erik Van den Branden, HR Director at PwC Belgium
  • Phillippe Bailleur, Organization Coach at Living Systems Coaching, Author
  • Ilse Jansoone, Chief Networking Officer (aka HR Manager) at Wijs (digital agency)


  • Els Aelbrecht, Consultea

When? Friday May 8th, 11:45 - 16:30

Place to be? Ancienne Belgique (AB), Av. Anspachlaan 110, Brussels. For map and parking, see link.

Detailed programme:

  • 11:45 - 12:30: lunch buffet
  • 12:30 - 12:45: welcome by Dirk De Clippeleir (AB) & Edward Vanhoutte (Balance HR)
  • 12:45 - 13:30: Monique Valcour
  • 13:30 - 14:00: Erik Van den Branden
  • 14:00 - 14:20: break with coffee, tea, cake
  • 14:20 - 15:00: Philippe Bailleur
  • 15:00 - 15:30: Ilse Jansoone
  • 15:30 - 15:45: pannel discussion & dialogue
  • 15:45 - 16:45: afterdrink at AB Café

All participants receive the book "Architect van je Organisatie" (in Dutch) by Philippe Bailleur.

All benefits of the event go to YouthStart. A non-profit, inspiring underprivileged youth to find their professional path, through training and coaching in entrepreneurship.

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Leaders Lunch

10/12/2014: Dialogue at Work

Building on strengths, has turned into a widely spread approach within HR. With “Appreciative Inquiry” as one of the flagships. Guiding principle is to accelerate people- or organizational development, by focusing on what goes well and positive change. Ideal breeding ground is a culture of dialogue.

  • Does this mean from now on we should just ignore our weaknesses? Is an appreciative approach the one and only holy grail?
  • How can we foster a culture of transparent feedback? And what about feed forward, aiming on future behavior?
  • How to balance instrumental and inspirational talent management?
  • And how to translate all this into day to day HR, with concrete actions?

Interested to gather around these questions, together with one of the world’s most renowned professors on the topic and 50 HR Leaders?

HRMagazine & Balance HR are pleased to welcome you. You can expect activating insights both from an academic and practical perspective, plus a live experiencing.

Keynote speaker: Ron Fry


Ronald Fry is Professor and Chairman of the department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University (U.S.). Dr. Fry co-created the Appreciative Inquiry method. His founding work is widely published and creating a positive revolution in leadership, coaching and organizational effectiveness around the globe.

The dialogue will be enriched by:

  • René Bouwen, Emeritus Prof. Dr. of KU Leuven
  • Project Team Sustainable Future of UZ Gent, with a progressive case story


  • Els Aelbrecht, Coach, Trainer & Consultant at Consultea

When? Wednesday, December 10th 2014, 11:45 – 14:30

Place to be?  Zebrastraat, Gustaaf Callierlaan 232, 9000 Gent

  • Zebrastraat, built in 1906, is a completely renovated and contemporary site where housing, culture and economy are linked.
  • Map and parking (under the building): see link
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Leaders Lunch

17/10/2014: Employability at Work

Is 75 the new 65? Fact is that people will work longer in the future. But will your job still exist then? More work will be automated, redundant or totally different. A challenging stretch, causing more stress and burnouts than ever.

Nowadays the magical response for this challenge is sustainable employability. People are urged to work on their own development, in order to gain and maintain employment more swiftly. And employers are pointed on their societal responsibility.

However, for HR Leaders, this response is raising several new questions as well…

  • How to translate this rather vague term of employability into valuable actions on the work floor?
  • How to stimulate your people to drive their own career, without being too paternalistic?
  • How to actually create a culture which is age-friendly, yet agile?
  • And how to shape more purposeful work? Concretely.

HRMagazine & Balance HR are pleased to welcome you to gather with a group of 50 other HR Leaders around these questions. Both from an academic and a practical perspective. 

Key note speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Peggy De Prins, Academic Director HR & Organizational Behavior at Antwerp Management School
  • Marleen Spileers, HR Director at Bozar


  • Els Aelbrecht, Coach, Trainer & Facilitator at Consultea

When? Friday, October 17th 2014, 11:45 - 14:00

Place to be?

  • Bozar, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
  • Route & parking: click here 


Leaders Lunch

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Leaders Lunch

20/02/2014: Flexibility at Work

HR Magazine & Balance HR are pleased to invite you on their first Leaders Lunch.

Within HR, we notice a growing demand for data analytics and streamlined processes and systems. On the other hand, there is a tendency towards more trust and autonomy for the employees in order to shape more personalized, motivating and meaningful jobs.

As an HR Leader, how do you realize this growing paradox between control and freedom? What is the right balance for your organization and its employees? It requires a customized approach, reinforced by focused research and concrete company cases.

You are very welcome to gather with 50 other HR and Business Leaders around these questions. Both from an academic and a practical perspective. 

Key note speakers:

  • Sylvie Van den Eynde, SVP HR & Organisational Development, Delhaize Group
  • Prof. Dr. Frederik Anseel, Ghent University


  • Els Aelbrecht,Certified Professional Coach, Trainer & Facilitator, Consultea

When? Thursday, February 20th 2014, 11:45 - 14:00


  • Vlerick Business School, Avenue du Boulevard-Bolwerklaan 21, 1210 Brussels
  • Route: Click here for map 
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Freelance Cafe

16/01/2014: Work Better. Work Smarter. Work Together.

Are you an HR freelancer, looking for professional support from an experienced network? Do you wish to leverage your performances? Are you open to share your expertise and engagement and broaden your skills and views?

You are very welcome to discuss with us how we can reinforce each other as an entrepreneur and serve companies better. Also the idea of supporting societal initiatives is on the agenda. In an interactive and fun way.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." ~ African proverb


  • Els Aelbrecht, Certified Professional Coach, Trainer & Facilitator, Consultea

When? Thursday, January 16th 2014, 18:30 - 21:00


  • Médecins Sans Frontières/Artsen Zonder Grenzen, Rue Dupré-Dupréstraat 94, 1090 Brussels
  • Route: Click here for map.

Participation fee? Free of charge! Buffet & drinks included.

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