Overview of past events IMA Netherlands :

Pillows summer event!

Date: 20 July 2023
Location: Pillows Amsterdam

What an absolutely extraordinary evening it was at the IMA Netherlands Summer event, held amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Maurits at the Park in Amsterdam! 

We were delighted to celebrate the start of the Summer (holiday) period with a truly unforgettable gathering. 

From the warm and welcoming staff to the stunning surroundings, Pillows proved to be the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening of laugther, connections, and joy.

We extend our gratitude to the hotel for hosting us and providing an exceptional experience that will be cherished by all who attended.

IMA Business Travel & Mobility event II

Date: 6 July 2023
Location: Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre Utrecht Bunnik

On July 6, 2023, for the IMA Theme event Business Travel & Mobility, IMA was invited at the recently completely renovated Postillion Utrecht Bunnik. The many possibilities of the Convention Center were explained during the tour. The speakers of this theme meeting: Jan Budel - Egencia and Edwin Poot - Bliq Mobility, both discussed the sustainability aspect of business travel and mobility from a different angle.

Many thanks to Danny Cappon, Kim Hollander - Postillion Hotels for the hospitality!


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 Kind regards,

Carla van den Berg-Brantjes


N'joy & Chat event

Date: 3 June 2023
Location: Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee

Saturday 3 June we enjoyed an N'Joy and Chat afternoon with a great workshop from Windshift! The morning program was already a success in Center Parcs De Eemhof, after which we enjoyed a delicious high tea in Restaurant Zuiderzoet.

A Meet your peers event

The event was organized begin May with an eye to Management Assistants Day, and rescheduled to the month of June.

It was a day to enjoy & chat with teambuilding elements, and a nice gift of Happy Soaps! 


Kind regards,

Fabianne Schulteis

Annual General Meeting

We held the AGM at hotel Zuiderduin, followed in the afternoon with a great workshop Psychological Safety.

Date: 3 June 2023
Location: Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee

In this workshop Margreet and Truuke would like to take you into the world of psychological safety: an important aspect within organizations, where the attention is paid to the emotional and mental well-being of employees. Creating a psychologically safe work environment means that employees can express themselves respectfully and in confidence, without fear of negative consequences for their career or reputation. This leads to greater engagement, increased productivity and a positive company culture.

Margreet Hansink and Truuke Westermann have a coaching practice together, Hansink & Westermann and got to know each other during their studies in psychology. Truuke has worked as a nurse for many years in various (managerial) positions. She has followed the training to become a professional coach (ICM, accredited by ST! R and Nobco) and has almost completed her bachelor's degree in psychology. She works as an independent coach. Margreet has been working in the recruitment and selection industry for many years, since 1997 with her own company Hansink & De Looper. Coaching has always been part of her work. In addition to various courses in the field of conversation techniques, she is a certified NLP Master and has completed the bachelor's degree in psychology. She is a registered career coach at NOLOC.

Theme meeting Business travel  I

Theme meeting " Business travel"On Tuesday March 21, the first IMA Netherlands theme meeting "Business Travel" organized in cooperation with BTMConsult, took place in Center Parcs Beach Hotel & Business Center
in Zandvoort.

Date: 21 March 2023
Location: Center Parcs Beach Hotel & Business Center

This -end of the day- event opened with a presentation by Center Parcs and the range of opportunities the various locations have to offer for meetings and events. 

Monique van der Kroft of CBIT Visa’s stressed the importance of knowing the purpose of a business trip and to double check if all the necessary travel documents are in place. She gave tips and tricks and pointed out where to find the up-to-date information you need when booking business travel so that your colleagues can travel safely and well advised. 
This was followed by a presentation by Arlette van Alteren, NS International and Merel van der Wielen, NS Business. They presented the developments around international train travel & national mobility solutions and the (new) opportunities this offers to companies and organizations. 

After these interesting presentations, it was time for networking with drinks and an elaborate buffet dinner.  

With thanks to Center Parcs for the hospitality and all attendees for your active participation. 


 Kind regards,

Carla van den Berg-Brantjes


Past events

IMA New Year  kickoff

On the 24th January we kicked off with a festive New Years event at The Pavilion of Creative Valley.

Date: 24 January 2023
Location: The Pavilion of Creative Valley

This year ​we invited members of IMA for drinks and a walking dinner. Our contact person was Anne van 't Hoog en Marianne van Heel. Chair IMA.Netherlands, Janine Maas, started to talk about the future of IMA. ​We are looking forward to start the IMA year events​ ​and we think it is really wonderful  we can do this sharing at the beginning of the year. Many of us were present​. Next, it was a very good initiative that Yvonne den Burger brought through to pitch about yourself. To answer the question: 'Tell me something about yourself'? And we all pitched about ourselves, and introduced ourselves to some of the new attendees. And of course it's exciting every time, or it is a little longer than a minute. None of that matters. With this pitch as a basis, you showed that you are motivated and passionate! That is a good way to summar​ise your skills, background and qualifications. ​In this small​ sett​ing and small ​networking event​ it was a nice way to do. We were very well received and we had a wonderful​ walking ​dinner. E​veryone received a surprise at the end of the evening, a bloom gift, a plant in a wooden ​box that you can water. It's a BloomsBox.​ 

Thank you very much www.bloomsoutofthebox.nl​​ and thank you all so much for coming to this event!

Kind regards,

Fabianne Schulteis

IMA Netherlands Annual Christmas Event

IMA Netherlands closed the year 2022 with a festive Christmas event with a seated dinner with festive elements and a party with DJ!

Date: 9 December 2022
Location: Huize Bergen

Thank you for being a part of IMA in 2022! Let us continue being motivated by each other as we move to a new year with new challenges and new events


IMA Netherlands National Training Day

On our National Training Day two interesting workshops "Tiny Habits" & "Focus AAN/UIT" are given by Aalco van den Brink and Mirjam Pels of Focus Academy. 

About Tiny Habits

The inspiration session Tiny Habits is a fun and approachable explanation of the proven method for lasting behaviour change by B.J. Fogg, professor at Stanford University. This method is used by millions of people worldwide to create new good habits, desired behaviours.

About Focus AAN/UIT

The inspiration session Focus ON/OFF is a fun and approachable way to understand the importance of focus. In interaction with the participants we discuss recent insights and research on concentration and attention and, more importantly, the challenges in this area. Participants will be introduced to the flow curve and how focus works. In a nutshell, the topics from the bestseller Focus ON/OFF will pass by. This practical session is usually offered organization-wide, so that everyone speaks the same language with regard to improving focus.

Date: 12 November 2022
Location: Hilton Hotel Amsterdam

Meet Your Peers 2022-II

This time a BBQ summer event! We were so happy to see you wishing you an amazing summer holiday!

This meeting was all about casual networking during a delicious summer BBQ on the roof terrace of B. AMSTERDAM, a dynamic environment where something is always happening. Our business is your playground.

Date: 6 July 2022
Location: B. AMSTERDAM 


The 47th Annual AGM of IMA Netherlands & workshop by Robert de Gunst 

About Robert de Gunst 
"If you have to live by etiquette, you have no life"

Good manners are important, of course, but manners are a matter of self-confidence.

If you are familiar with the - often unwritten - rules, you feel at ease and you can enjoy the occasion carefree. No boring sermon about 'how it should be' - no regurgitated rules and regulations about how to behave at a Garden Party. In his unique way, Robert will provide useful tips and useful information to ensure that you can be the perfect host or hostess. 

After 40 years in the hospitality industry, Robert de Gunst is a passionate consultant, international trainer & former PUM expert. 

Date: 11 June 2022
Location: Grand Hotel Karel V

Meet Your Peers 2022 -I

Again we are guests of Leonie Selst from Event Company but this time at their fairytale location Landgoed te Werve in Rijswijk. 

No doubt this was an amazing fairytale location!

We started with a reception in the Bar and Pond Room, welcome in the Garden Room, followed by a guided tour of the estate Landgoed Te Werve and dinner.

We have enjoyed culinary delights!

Date: 11 May 2022
Location: Landgoed Te Werve


IMA Netherlands 45th Jubilee Spring Party


After a long wait and many cancellations, the dream became reality: we were finally going to celebrate our 45th anniversary.

Our regular DJ and saxophonist was already practising and our party dress could finally come out of the mothballs.

We had a wonderful evening with drinks, dinner and a dance party because now it is important to celebrate the 45th IMA anniversary!

And this was a great party!

Date: 8 April 2022
Location: Hotel Kapellerput

Magic Moments with Microsoft webinar

We started the year with the Global Skills Matrix, You did it, and we could not be prouder of everyone who took the plunge and committed to bettering themselves. 

This month webinar we will be working on our Technical Skills in another upcoming IMA webinar. 

An enormous number of us, EA’s, Management Assistants and Support Professionals, use the world’s most popular software Microsoft Office on a daily basis. Yet only a few of us can truly call ourselves masters. We tend to use familiar features and functions and ignore the rest. Yes, we can send a group email but did you know you can also personalise each message through mail merge? Did you ever think of re-branding your presentations and documents in the exact colours of your company logo? And do we simply leave Excel of the equation because we feel it is really only for accountants? 

Microsoft Office Certified Expert Paul promises to make you love Microsoft a little more again. You will learn how to use it effectively to produce amazing professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and with the use of our breath-taking shortcuts, it needn’t take you hours!

Date: 16 March 2022
Speaker: Paul Pennant

Do you want to stay up to date with the latest fun stuff Microsoft added? Paul Pennant, the Certified Microsoft Trainer, will tell you all the secrets of Outlook, Word and Excel. He’ll show you some fresh tricks that have been added recently.


The Global Skills Matrix webinar

In this Webinar, Helen will explain how the Matrix came about, its purpose and benefits as well as how you can use it to find your own level and how to use the free resources to start the conversation in your organisation about your role and your career path opportunities

Date: 18 Januari 2022
Speaker: Helen Monument

The World Administrators Alliance launched the Global Skills Matrix on 16th September 2021 after years of research and analysis of the results of the WA-Summit survey of over 3000 Administrative Professionals around the world.

The result is a globally recognised framework for Assistants, HR Managers, Recruiters and Associations to identify five levels of work, with defined tasks and required skills for those levels, regardless of geography.

The Global Skills Matrix will change the perception of the role. It will show businesses the true value that administrative professionals add to their bottom line. It will increase clarity around performance expectations and establish a clear link between individual and organisational performance for administrative roles.

Meet Your Peers 2019

Date: 5 September 2019
Venue: Restaurant De Olifant, Breukelen

Networking is a fast, active and easily accessible way to get to know each other and expand your network. It provides unexpected encounters, refreshing ideas, hidden talents, special collaborations and a larger network.

Master your core values 2019

Date: 7 February 2019
Venue: Eindhoven, Sandton Hotel
Speaker: Mr. Stephan Ummelen.
Stephan will take you on an unexpected journey about the trends shaping the way we work.


National Training Day 2019

Influence on your own merits - and without authority

Date: 22 June 2019
Venue: Karel V, Utrecht
Speaker: Adam Fidler

In this inspiring session, Adam Fidler shares the key strategies that modern assistants must adapt if they are to influence on their own merits, lead people they don’t manage, and build an effective and respectful alliance with their Executive.

AGM IMA Netherlands 2019 & Workshop

Date: 25 May 2019
Venue: Amsterdam, Corendon hotel