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Gerry

Gerry

‘This is really unique: unexpected know-how, professional and very entertaining!’
Languages : English, Dutch, German

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  • How to inspire and motivate
  • Dare to choose. Workshop: No, you can’t!®
  • Participation and involvement within organizations
  • Poverty and loneliness in our society
  • Current politics: How to become a populist?
  • Breaking through the glass ceiling
  • Men, women and organizations
  • Diversity in organizations: a law of nature
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Inspiratrice Gerry, or ‘Ms. Gerry’ as she is called abroad, is internationally appreciated for her sharp know-how and surprising performances. She gives inspiring lectures, is a fine chairwoman and moderator and has been the face of several campaigns.

As a former Dutch businesswoman she knows what’s for sale in this world. She is an expert in different topics. An important one is making sustainability a reality and organizing stable support for it. She is an international

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Inspiratrice Gerry, or ‘Ms. Gerry’ as she is called abroad, is internationally appreciated for her sharp know-how and surprising performances. She gives inspiring lectures, is a fine chairwoman and moderator and has been the face of several campaigns.

As a former Dutch businesswoman she knows what’s for sale in this world. She is an expert in different topics. An important one is making sustainability a reality and organizing stable support for it. She is an international ambassadrice for fair supply chains. She believes that this is the most effective way to fight poverty and to realize the Millennium Goals. As has been said: ‘We have Al Gore for Climate Change; we have Ms. Gerry for Fair Chains’. In 2010 she was invited to Ireland to officially open the Fair Trade campaign as a successor to Sir Bob Geldof. She also brought her own video production team from Holland and together they made several campaign films with well know Irish celebrities.

Gerry stimulates each link in the product chain and also the consumers to take responsibility. As an expert in Corporate Social Responsibility she knows how to build bridges between NGO’s, governments, institutions and companies. She wants the whole supply chain to get moving. And that’s what she did with for instance cocoa, tea, coffee, mobile phones, computers/ICT, tax policy, flowers, natural stone and more.

There is nobody like Ms. Gerry and that is why she is so challenging. People want to put her in a box… but when they understand that Gerry doesn’t fit anywhere except in their hearts, people are confronted with their own prejudices. After that, only vulnerability prevails. People drop their guard, get together and become one. This is the work of the true inspiratrice.

Gerry is the example of a ‘self made woman’. She knows how to appreciate diversity. Nature teaches us over and over again: diversity is the strategy to survive. Therefore Ms. Gerry thinks that clever companies and organizations should take this subject serious. But it has to be more than realizing % targets of shares of immigrants, women, youth, disabled people, etc. In the end it is about the culture of an organization. Together with the Dutch Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), Division North Sea, Gerry developed a policy for diversity. They were nominated for the 2009 multicultural governmental award (MNR). Gerry gives lectures about this, about differences between men and women and she has clear ideas about how to break through the different glass ceilings in our society.

Gerry is active on municipal child care and family support centers. She is involved in fighting poverty and loneliness in the Netherlands. Additionally she is politically active behind the scenes and has ambitions… In an era of growing populism, Ms. Gerry introduces herself as the one and only real populist. She enjoys commenting on current politics.

Ms. Gerry is a creation of Stephan Steverink. He is an economist and sociologist at Wageningen University & Research Centre. He is experienced as a project leader with NGO’s, worked in government departments and as an independent consultant. He also works as an artist. A real out-of-the-box-thinker!

A consultant with artistic gifts. An artist with know-how

 

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Lodewijk de Waal, Director Humanitas

 

Ms. Gerry is a remarkable chairwoman who listens carefully to what moves the people in the audience. She knows how to make a conference dynamic, insert a nice dose of humor and at the same time she is well able to summarize the discussion. Respect, I recommend her. And I really mean this.”


David Norris, Senator and candidate President of Republic of Ireland

 

“Just a quick note to say how delighted I was to meet up with you. You do remarkable work and you are a warm and delightful person.”


Ginney Liu, Projectmanager MakeITfair Youth Round Table

 

“First of all, an amazing amount of 'thank you's' for having been such an excellent host of the makeITfair international Youth Roundtable! I have to admit, when I first heard about you I was hesitant. But after our first meeting I was completely convinced. And rightly so: I have received nothing but raving reviews about your performance from all the European youth! A roundtable with an important but highly complex subject matter: the environmental and human rights issues that are involved in the production of our electronic gadgets such as phones, laptops and mp3 players. Your natural charisma, sincere engagement and knowledge on fair trade issues and high level of professionalism (without ever losing the personal Gerry-touch) is what really makes you stand out of the crowd. You did not just limit yourself to "your part": in the weeks before the Roundtable, you went out of your way to help brainstorming about how we could achieve the best results. I really enjoyed working with you and very much appreciate all the work you did during the preparations and the actual event. I could not have wished for a better and more engaged host of the conference than you.”


Nanko G. van Buuren, Diretor Executivo IBISS, Brazilian development-organization

The ABN-AMRO Bank asked me to give a presentation about my work as director of the Brazilian development-organization IBISS. Mayra accompanied me. She is a young girl from one of our IBISS-projects and in December 2008 she received the International Children's Peace Prize. This Prize is connected to the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and so Bishop Desmond Tutu gave Mayra the Prize. Mayra and I wanted to tell the audience a lot about the fight of IBISS against social exclusion, the fight of Mayra for peace and access to education for children and young people from the extremely violent favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. A good journalist or moderator is always needed because we want to put it all in the spotlights. Somebody who asks concrete questions and stimulates the audience to participate in the discussion. That is why we were so happy that Ms. Gerry was moderating. Gerry was well prepared and knew about the topic, knew which subjects were interesting to start upon and provoked in a light way a valuable discussion. Inspiratrice Gerry is in a way a very Brazilian person. We know a lot 'transformistas' in Brasil. IBISS even works together with two of them in our AIDS-prevention projects and they all are smooth talkers!
Ms. Gerry ensured that the work of IBISS and Mayra was transparent and accessible for the audience. A real pleasure to work with her! I sincerely recommend Gerry for other organizations and conferences. Gerry, thank you very much for your serious commitment as ambassadrice to our work in Brasil. Beijão.”

 


René Kars, manager Municipal child care and family support center, Amsterdam, district South

 

“Ms. Gerry as the presenter and trainer of our group of 70 professionals functioned surprisingly well! The participants get out of their daily patterns and ways of thinking which makes one more open to focus on the real issues. Partly this is caused by Gerry being a novelty, but even more because of her skills. Ms. Gerry has the know-how, is not afraid to addressdifficult issues, knows how to involve everybody and takes strong control of the meeting but at the same time there is a little wink. Unique!”


Farah Karimi and Adrie Papma, Oxfam International / Novib

“Two days of talking about sustainability in tea, coffee, and cocoa production chains with all kinds of stakeholders. Just add Ms. Gerry as a speaker and moderator and she connects with everyone and knows how to interconnect all participants. She opens up what people don’t dare to express and she even sang a beautiful song. As well Ms. Gerry took up her role as ambassadrice for fair supply chains and made everyone wear her campaign-button. People from all parts of our world, with different world visions, were proud to wear this button. Respect Gerry! A refreshing input at a conference about an important subject as sustainability.”


Bibilotte Duyvesteyn

Expect to get something special when inviting Gerry! She knows how to stir things up, inviting people to come out of their comfort zone and step into a world of “serious fun”. During processes of organizational and personal change this can be a great support. What I appreciate very much about Gerry is that she has a keen understanding of how organizations work and what makes the people within them tick. She is able to combine this knowledge with a creative, artistic and humoristic approach that is very unique.

Global Program Manager and Chief of Staff Corporate Communications, Royal Philips Electronics 


Stijn Otten

On behalf of the Dutch Youth Council I want to thank you for your contribution and devotion as a host and inspiratrice on the makeITfair Youth Roundtable in March 2009. You gave this event 'Schwung' which created an atmosphere of solidarity and motivation among the participants out of 40 different countries. Again, praise!

Member of NJR 

Start of the 2010 Fair Trade campaign of Ireland
Start of the 2010 Fair Trade campaign of Ireland
A bite into 'Apple' - official trailer
A bite into 'Apple' - official trailer
Ms. Gerry on the road with Senator Norris
Ms. Gerry on the road with Senator Norris
Ms. Gerry and students cause a Shake-Up Call
Ms. Gerry and students cause a Shake-Up Call
Ms. Gerry knocks out three Irish businessmen
Ms. Gerry knocks out three Irish businessmen