Imagine you could get away from it all for 72 hours. 

Go to a beautiful place where you connect with people just like you, passionate about what they do. Women who like to be challenged in their thinking, are eager to develop themselves by confronting ideas, appreciate some exercise and good food in a unique setting… just like you.

That is exactly what we aim for with 72HOURS RELOADThe first edition held in Sagres, Portugal on April 21st-24nd 2016 turned out as a wonderful experience of connection, learning, inspiring, laughing, reloading. Just a few of the comments shared by our participants.

‘Ik ben 72 min 20 jaar oud en dit is het allereerste netwerkevent dat ik leuk vind.’ Vera Smets, Financieel expert

‘Ik heb echt genoten en in geen tijden niet zo veel gelachen. Super reload !’ Anouk van Oordt, Out Of Office

‘Ongelooflijk hoe zoveel diversiteit toch zoveel common mindset inhield… is dat iets vrouwelijks of is het de magic touch van Elke en Veerle? Bijzonder sterke organisatie, net doordat al het traditionele in vraag werd gesteld en jullie kozen voor aanbod, vrijheid, connecting… dit moeten nog heel veel vrouwen meemaken.’ Nancy Kegelaers, Marketing Manager



A big thank you to partner in crime Veerle Pappaert to develop the idea during our walks in nature and to make it happen. A big thank you to our keynote speakers Anouk Van Oordt and Sihame El Kaouakibi and 10 other participants that shared their professional experience in a workshop or speech.

A big thank you to our local guide Isabella De Waele Perreira that brought us to unique hide away spots for biking, surfing, enjoying some great local food and aperos. A big thank you to Inge Wachtelaer for the beautiful pictures.

A big thank you to all the 50 unique ladies that were part of this very first edition, with many more to come. From marketeer to lawyer, from international corporate manager to coach, from social entrepreneur to HR expert, from startup coach to personal branding expert, from politician to finance manager, from magazine editor to professor in molecular biology… you certainly were a wild and diverse bunch of professionals that hardly needed any introduction.


Feel like you missed something? Well, you did. There was so much to share and talk about! We brought the decibel meter over 80 from the moment we boarded the plane to Portugal until the moment we gathered our bags on Sunday in Zaventem to go home again. See you all next year !

Dames, dikke merci voor jullie warmte en believe. Er is een scharniermoment aangebroken. Dat voel ik langs alle kanten. Net zoals er een sterke wil is over gemeenschappen heen. Samen zijn we relevant en enkel samen zullen we erin slagen om te werken aan een betere legacy voor die nieuwe generaties. Onze kinderen. Geniet van de reload en de inspiratie. Elke & Veerle Pappaert thx for the invite ❤👊 Sihame El Kaouakibi, Let’s go Urban

Have a look at some more great images on the 72HOURS RELOAD FACEBOOK PAGE.

And Save the date for our next edition to New York in October 2016!

Elke Jeurissen

Founder Straffe Madammen Club, Co-organiser 72HOURS RELOAD, Entrepeneur GLASSROOTS