Nathalie is a passionate entrepreneur, who is convinced that organizations that focus on a positive company culture will have a significant competitive advantage in today’s world. She believes that ‘love’ and ‘high performance’ can go hand in hand. She calls to increase moments of emotional connection at work, and believes that a successful career, good health and happiness in relationships can all be combined.
According to Nathalie, success has little to do with your background. Nor with luck. And if you look at the path she herself walked, you understand exactly why! Despite having experienced a tough and problematic youth, she managed to achieve success in the face of many difficulties. This helped her become a CEO and thought leader who – besides her work and family – also has the time to run an average of 50km per week, to take her dog for daily walks in the countryside and to support social goals.
In 2010 and 2012, Nathalie was nominated for the Belgian Women Award. In 2011, she was selected by the European Commission as one of 10 Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors. In 2013, she was the only Belgian woman to be nominated for the Women in Sales Awards in London. And in 2016, she wrote the book “Durf, Leef & Onderneem” – “Dare, Live & Be Entrepreneurial”.
Together with her husband, Nathalie leads Arteel Recognition Solutions – a company that has meanwhile become the European market leader in recognition solutions. In 2020, the Arteels also founded a company in the UK. And in 2021, they reached no less than 250 000 people with their appreciation programmes. The Leuven-based company also received the SME Laureate Award in Vlaams-Brabant for its innovative technological developments. As well as appearing in the media a number of times – 3 of which in De Tijd, an important Belgian newspaper that mainly focuses on business and economics.
Nathalie: “It took me a long time to build a positive culture in my own organization. That was until we decided to completely change course around 20 years ago. We now help other companies build a positive culture of their own, so that people enjoy coming to work every day. Our customer portfolio includes 82% of Belgium’s Best Employers.”
Nathalie is very thankful that she – together with her husband – has managed to create a fantastic culture within their own organization, and that many top employers have decided to collaborate with Arteel Recognition Solutions.