Edith Nordmann

Edith Nordmann was born in Switzerland.She moved to Amsterdam The Netherlands at the age of 20 when getting married. After her three children were born she went to Law school in Amsterdam.


Edith Nordmann was born in Switzerland.She moved to Amsterdam The Netherlands at the age of 20 when getting married. After her three children were born she went to Law school in Amsterdam. Being a mother of 3 young children and studying law at the same time worked out very well. Within 3 years she obtained her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degree whereas she would fully take care of the children herself together with her husband.

She then became an attorney-at-law and worked part-time at an Amsterdam law firm.

After the children had grown she intensified her work and her commitment for others as member of various boards. She is a seasoned corporate and commercial lawyer and litigator.

Her clients range from multinational corporations, privately held companies, to small- and medium-scale businesses. Over the years, Edith has developed an exemplary knowledge of business law, and is consistently following and analyzing current trends as well as legislative and regulatory developments. She is familiar with corporate and business law in other jurisdictions where her clients have operations or are looking to invest. She is fluent in German (native speaker and head of the German desk for 15 years), English, Dutch, French and Italian, which allows her to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue and to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. This is vitally important in negotiations. Edith is ambitious, thrives on challenges and relentlessly pursues her clients’ goals, while remaining mindful of their reputations and the risks. Next to her professional career she engages in many charities using her professional expertise, not only helping others, but also empowering them in their endeavors.

Empowered people appreciate their own potential, take responsibility for their development, foster an entrepreneurial mindset, strive for innovation, and collaborate on the basis of trust, so they can become leaders and help develop work methods that are beneficial to people and nature.



1.What is your definition of women empowerment?

To encourage women and girls to develop themselves to the fullest of their potential

2.What motivated you to get involved in being inspirational for change?

I felt extremely privileged to be able to get a good education and work as a lawyer where I could use my professional knowledge to help others. This gave me a strong urge to pay it forward by using my professional knowledge and experience and invest my time and expertise to help others.

3.What are some key characteristics of an empowered person?

They feel the urge to live to the fullest of their potential
They are extremely grateful
They truly want to help others to grow
They want to pay this empowered feeling forward to others

4.What can leaders or individuals interested in advocacy do to facilitate empowerment?

They can usually see the abilities of young promising lawyers. What they should do is encourage these young people to grow and not just use them as labour force for the work to be performed at a cheaper rate. They should coach them and encourage them to engage in social projects and help them empower interns and student as well. That way we can cultivate an empowering culture in the whole sector.

5.What advice would you give to those who want to give up due to a lack of empowered feeling, thinking and action? (e.g. What is an important first step)

Never give up. You can do it! No one else can do it for you. Believe in yourself. You have those gifts – it is your obligation to develop them to the fullest of your potential. Be the best version of yourself – and try not to feel sorry for yourself. There are millions of people in the world who are in a far more terrible situation than you are. You can do it! Go for it!

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