Who is Nathalie Arteel?
Nathalie is a passionate entrepreneur who is convinced that organisations that focus on a positive company culture will have a significant competitive advantage in todays’ world. She believes that ‘love’ and ‘high performance’ can all go hand in hand.
She calls for increasing the moments of emotional connection at work and believes that happiness in relationships, good health and a successful career can all be combined.
According to Nathalie, success has little to do with your background or luck. The best proof of this is the path that she has personally followed. Despite a tough and problematic youth, she has managed to achieve success in the face of many difficulties. This has helped her to become a CEO and thought leader who, besides her family and work, also has time to run an average of 50km per week, take her dog for daily walks in the countryside and support social goals.
In 2010 and 2012, Nathalie was nominated for the Belgian Womed Award. In 2011, she was one of 10 female ambassadors of Enterprise selected by the European Commission. In 2013, she was the only Belgian woman to be nominated for the Woman in Sales Award in London, and wrote a book entitled Durf, leef & onderneem (Dare, Live & Be Entrepreneurial) in 2016.
Her company, Arteel Recognition Solutions, which she leads together with her husband, has become the European market leader in recognition solutions. In 2020, they founded a company in the UK.
In 2021, Arteel reached 250,000 people with its appreciation programmes. The Leuven-based company also received the SME Laureate prize in Vlaams-Brabant for its innovative technological developments and appeared in the media a number of times, three of which in De Tijd, an important Belgian newspaper that mainly focuses on business and economics.
“It took me a long time to build a positive culture in my own organisation. That was until we decided to completely change course around 20 years ago. We now help other companies to build a positive culture 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 her organisation and that many top employers have decided to collaborate with Arteel.
I first met Nathalie on the Vlerick HR Day in 2017, where she gave one of her speeches.
Nathalie has a natural flair when it comes to addressing her audience. By honestly bringing her own personal story, she puts herself in a vulnerable position – something which, in the end, makes the message she wants to put across all the more authentic and powerful! Nathalie is a strong woman who has accomplished a lot in her life. But she is not hesitant to make it very clear that the road to success can sometimes be a rocky one, requiring persistence and perseverance. Listening to Nathalie is a true delight: both her story and the way in which she brings it, give you the energy to start chasing your own dreams too.
Associate Partner ’The Bayard Partnership’
I not only know Nathalie as a fantastic entrepreneur, but also as a gifted speaker. She masters the art of fascinating, animating and involving the audience. She was thus the ideal person to introduce our ‘Daikin Blue Stars’ intern Recognition Program to all colleagues during the kick-off event. Considering the many positive reactions, her performance was a great success!
Ceo Daikin Belgium
I am pleased to hear that you also received positive reactions from the students. The colleagues I spoke to were also pleased, and were particularly impressed by how your personal approach managed to silence the whole room.
Veerle De Grauwe
KUL Decanaat | Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences
Dare, Live and Be Entrepreneurial. That is the message that Nathalie Arteel shared with everyone who participated in Women In Finance on 21/9. She talked passionately about her life, the obstacles that she managed to overcome and how every woman can learn to be happy in the roles that she personally chooses – whether that involves being a mother, partner, manager or employee. About how everyone on the planet can have a positive impact on the people around them. An inspirational keynote by an inspirational woman.
I would hereby like to thank you once again for a fantastic lecture.
I have heard nothing but positive reactions.
Leen Van Acoleyen