Simone das Dores

Simone das Dores is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience. Currently working at OpenUp, Simone not only interacts with clients daily but also plays a crucial role as the ‘praktijkopleider’. This position allows her to mentor psychologists during their postdoctoral training, ensuring that they receive hands-on experience and guidance. Further, she designs training programs and offers supervision to all affiliated psychologists from OpenUp. For Simone, imparting knowledge and supervising the next generation of professionals is a deeply held value.

Simone’s approach as a psychologist and supervisor is distinctly solution-focused and positive, aligning seamlessly with the ethos of OpenUp. Rather than delving excessively into problems, she emphasises clients’ and psychologist’s resilience and potential. This constructive methodology has also led her to serve enthusiastically as a board member for the ‘Positive CBT’ section of the Netherlands Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy.

Jort Verhage

Have you ever met a court jester? Entrepreneur, Jort Verhage, has made it his profession. Under the banner of “De Hofnar®,” Jort instigates cultural and leadership transitions in Dutch companies, government offices, and educational institutions. How? Simply put, by speaking the truth. He stands outside the hierarchy, serving as a confidant, and operates entirely independently without conflicting interests. As a result, employees dare to express what they truly think and feel to the court jester, which they might not voice internally. Subsequently, the court jester makes subjects discussable from his inviolable role by holding up mirrors to both management and employees. The outcome? Increased work happiness, development, and decisiveness. Achieved through enhanced connection, openness, efficiency, mutual understanding, and trust. AFAS Software, Europe’s top Dutch employer, has embraced and experienced the ideology. “Every company deserves a court jester, someone who, without judgment, brings out the real story in a courteous, approachable, and refreshing manner. This empowers the organization to better harness employees’ strengths, address blind spots and unconsciously incompetent areas, and encourage everyone to speak their minds. This way, everyone becomes a bit of a court jester themselves, and the court jester can move on to the next court.

Generations in the workplace
As a court jester, Jort engages with thousands of employees from various generations across different workplaces. In doing so, he leverages his perspective as a young entrepreneur, philosophy student, and speaker to reflect on societal challenges. CHRO Day centers around the concept of time. Jort has penned down a few thoughts on how differences in age can pose challenges, but more importantly, he offers solutions.
“What are generations? In simplified terms, they refer to birth cohorts that separate from each other in a biological rhythm of approximately 15 years, thus sharing distinct life histories. The tinted circumstances of such a birth cohort are generally defined by cultural aspects like music, language, clothing, science, and societal discourse. One might say that different generations in the workplace speak a different ‘language.’ Just as French and Dutch individuals must study and learn each other’s language before engaging in meaningful conversation, the same applies to different generations seeking to connect. How does one learn the language of another generation? It starts with curiosity. Be inquisitive, ask questions, take turns shadowing each other, delve into each other’s histories, and, during this process, minimize your own filter. How do you bring generations together in the workplace? The answer lies within the very question. The act of asking the question demonstrates an interest in finding common ground between each other, with ‘each other’ being the operative phrase. No generation is inherently right or knows ‘it’ better. Thus, it’s not about older generations understanding younger ones in order to keep up with the times. No, it’s a two-way street. Younger generations also have an obligation to understand older ones. This is where mutual understanding occurs, leading everyone to the realization that the connection between young and old is truly valuable!”

Hilary Richters

Hilary Richters is a Director at Deloitte and leads the Deloitte Digital Ethics team she set up. The Digital Ethics team supports private and public organizations with (ethical) issues surrounding digital transformations, data-driven working and algorithmic systems. To ensure that organizations have the tools to follow their moral compass and do good, she and the team develop various solutions to understand public values in a practical way and to embed them in working methods and organizational cultures.

In the workplace and in her spare time, Hilary is also a passionate advocate of the power and importance of inclusion and diversity, as well as increasing digital literacy both in education and the wider society.

Masterclass: Harmonizing Time and Digitalization

Welcome to the world where time and digitalization intertwine in a mesmerizing dance of transformation. Time dictates the pace of digitalization, while digitalization, in turn, leads time to new rhythms.
Their harmony or discordance shape our daily lives.

In this grand orchestra of time, each person is different, each march to their own beat and experiences the passage of time differently.
As leaders, you hold the conductor’s baton to orchestrate this into a harmonious symphony.

Learn how to embrace innovation ethically and without being outdated. Because whether you make time or not, digitalization does not wait.


Steffen Morrison

Steffen Morrison, the talented soul singer from Suriname, has enchanted festivals and clubs with his tribute to musical legends like Otis Redding and James Brown. His irresistible music has reached a wide audience.

After his EP “Just Another Man” in 2016, Morrison quickly rose to fame with performances on national TV and radio. His single “Old Enough to Know Better” was crowned Top Song on NPO Radio 2. The albums “Movin’ On” (2018) and “Soul Revolution” (2020) received acclaim from the Dutch press, and he left an impression with shows in Spain.

In 2023, the fascinating NPO documentary “The Soul of Steffen Morrison” was released, in which he shares his personal life story, including the influence of his grandmother in Suriname, his mother’s dedication, and his discovery of music as an outlet. The new album “Self-made” is scheduled to be released in May 2023, featuring promising singles like “Stand Up” and “Days of Confusion.”

On CHRO Day 2023, Steffen Morrison will be providing the music throughout the day, promising to be a fantastic experience for the audience who will enjoy his unmistakable talent and captivating performances.

Frank van Kasteren

Frank van Kasteren is a multi-talented musician, composer, and singer-songwriter. He co-founded the indie label Silence du Monde and performs in bands like Wooden Saints, Orlando, and Elijah. He collaborates with artists like Cato van Dijck (My Baby) and Tessa Douwstra (Luwten). Frank is also involved in theatre. He is a permanent member of theatre companies Circus Treurdier and De Orde van de Dag. In 2019, he created two shows with Laura van Dolron. In addition he is also co-founder of We Are Sun City, where they create art (music, podcasts, perfomances) about our possible future. He writes (Dutch) songs, released the “De Elias EP’s,” and has albums with Altstad and Kafka.

Masterclass: Rhythm & empathy

Time is the unit of movement, and the unit of time is rhythm. Fixed quantities of time that repeat: Seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, centuries. We experience the rhythmic changes of the seasons, hormonal cycles, the tides. Everything around us moves in rhythms, in circles, repetitively. It is a fundamental aspect of human experience, present in music, speech, and movement. Rhythm has a unique way of resonating with people on an emotional level. Rhythm serves as a catalyst for empathy, creating a sense of emotional bonding and social cohesion when we connect with it. When we listen to music, our brains synchronize with rhythmic beats, leading to increased emotional engagement and shared experiences with the music and potentially those around us. Rhythm and empathy are intertwined through the emotional resonance of rhythm, its role in non-verbal communication and shared experiences, and its ability to foster connections and understanding among individuals. In this Masterclass Frank van Kasteren will dive into the world of rhythm, music and empathy with musical examples. Can music help us in building a stronger sense of togetherness and mutual understanding?

Margriet Sitskoorn

Prof. Dr. Margriet Sitskoorn is a professor of clinical neuropsychology at Tilburg University and a registered clinical neuropsychologist (BIG). She is also the head of the Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology at Tilburg University. Her research focuses on the relationship between the brain and behavior, specifically examining how behavior and the environment influence the brain, and how this knowledge can be used to influence and optimize emotions, skills, and behavior in both healthy individuals and patients. Her latest book, “Tijd tekort, tijd genoeg” (Shortage of Time, Plenty of Time), unravels our struggle with time and teaches us to have enough time.

Koen Haegens

Koen Haegens (1980) is an economics editor and columnist at De Groene Amsterdammer. In 2012, he published his debut book, “Neem de tijd. Overleven in de to go-maatschappij” (Take Your Time: Surviving in the To-Go Society). In this work, he observed the rise of a society consumed by haste, where people run faster, sleep less, and even speak more quickly than before. But that’s not the whole story. Prompted by a life-threatening event that nearly cost him his life, he delves into the ‘Great Time Paradox’ in his new book, “Op zoek naar de verstrooide tijd” (In Search of Scattered Time). How is it that we complain about busyness, yearn to savor every moment, yet mindlessly squander hours with endless swiping and scrolling, as if we were immortal?