Female Brain Power


Leadership & efficiency

Aim and Content of Training:

The training ‘Female Brain Power’ teaches the essential skills that professional women need to fully develop their female potential, enhance their power and take the lead. Based on neuroscience, this module provides effective strategies and solutions for women to significantly improve their (self-)leadership skills and strengthen their career position. It focuses on perceptions, behaviors, stereotypes, and (unconscious) destructive self-bias women uniquely face in their career development. Based on a mixture of theory and practice, the participants learn to tackle performance, power and relationships and positive influence.


The following topics will be covered through the course of 2 days:


Hack your brain?! How can you unlock your unique female potential in the digital age? Neuroscience provides answers! In this session, participants will learn what mental performance and unlocking potential in the brain truly means. Based on theory and practice, they will learn a powerful strategy that significantly boosts mental strength, performance, decision making and quality of life.


The real truth about why we do what we do! This is what you can expect in this part of the module ‘Female Brain Power’. A vast amount of our daily behaviour and decision making is influenced by the personality and basic needs that are anchored in our brain. Through theory and practice, participants will gain a profound insight into how the brain makes decisions and how this process is dominantly influenced by our personality and basic needs. Based on practice, participants will gain a better insight into the basic needs that constantly drive them and how the knowledge of their own needs and the needs of others can significantly help their leadership role in daily life. In addition, participants will learn how to use their own personality as the most important success factor in career development. Finally, we will discuss and practice how this in-depth knowledge can be used to positively influence our interactions, negotiations, discussions and general (self-)leadership skills.


Now that we have learned how to hack our female potential, how can female leaders use it to climb the career ladder in a business world that is often characterized by strong male leadership? This question will be addressed from a scientific point of view and put into action through practice. After understanding how unconscious bias are part of our decision making process, participants will gain a profound insight into the different biological set-ups that naturally result in different behavioural patterns and leadership styles for women and men. Based on this knowledge, they will work out effective solutions for the most common unconscious behavioural patterns that sabotage women in their career advancement.

Target Group:

Female PhDs and postdocs with at least two years professional experience.

Dates & Venue

17 and 18 April 2023

17 April: 09:00-17:00

18 April: 09:00-16:00

Jan Gillis, Het Pand Karolien Notebaert



Dr. Karolien Notebaert.

With a PhD in Neurosciences, she translates the most recent findings from neuroscience to leadership development trainings, impulse speeches and leadership retreats. Karolien uses her expertise in the domain of applied neurosciences to give powerful and inspiring insights into daily behavior and  decision making, with the aim to maximize the true potential of the participants and increase their agility in a world where change is the only constant.


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Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.

Course materials:

PowerPoint slides (as PDF) and home assignments.

Course Methods

Group work. At the start of the training, participants will be divided into small groups of 4 people. Participants will complete certain exercises in group. Group work takes the form of discussions and presentations.

Individual work. During the training, theory will be deepened and applied through individual exercises.

Buddy work. At the start of the training, each participant will be assigned a buddy. A buddy is another participant of the program with whom regular sparring meetings are organised. The sparring meetings can be organised in real life or online, depending on the agendas /location of the participants.

Interactive Theory. The theory that is presented during this training will be brought in an interactive way.



Number of participants

Maximum 16

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance