30th anniversary of the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome

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Last night the Board of the NRBC was largely represented at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome. Special speaker of the evening was Mrs. Marry de Gaay Fortman, Partner of the known law firm Houthoff, President of the Dutch association “Stichting Topvrouwen” and author of the book “Verdrink geen dooie eend”.  The subject of her talk was: “De Kunst van de Beminnelijke Doeltreffendheid” (The Art of Amiable Effectiveness). Marry spoke about her career as a woman in a men’s world. The most important suggestions were: don’t waste energy on negative situations or sleepers – “dead ducks” – and never underestimate the power of amiability.

Marry de Gaay Fortman


As said, the Dutch Praatcafé is celebrating its 30th birthday this month, so it was also a very festive evening. Certain persons received a Praatcafé award, such as NRBC Treasurer Claudia de Regt for all she has done for the Praatcafé and the Dutch community in Rome.

Mr. Marius de Gaay Fortman and Mrs. Claudia de Regt

We thank the organiser of the Dutch Praatcafé, Marius de Gaay Fortman (and also his wife Sonneke), for the kind invitation and for a great and inspiring evening, which was also the perfect occasion for meeting new people and catching up with old friends! 

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