About ECWO

About ECWO

The Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) is committed to women’s continued advancement into leadership positions across multiple sectors – in large and small private companies as well as public and private not-for-profit organisations.

Our mission is to make a meaningful contribution to management education, the gender debate, and making an impact on gender in the workplace.

We plan to achieve this by contributing to management education pedagogy and content, through actively engaging in the gender debate, and by having direct impact on gender balance in the workforce. Women are innovative, creative and intelligent, and through collaboration, shared challenges, encouragement, and empowering others, they collectively master leadership, build teams, improve communication, and make senior management diversity a reality.

Our goals are to:

  • Develop and provide education programmes for pre- and post-graduate students, and executives
  • Identify and address ongoing challenges to the progression and retention of women to the highest levels of organisations in the private and public sector
  • Undertake and facilitate collaborative high-quality applied and academic research.

Erasmus University's support

Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to provide excellent education and research that is innovative, international and socially relevant. That’s why I wholeheartedly support the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), led by Professor Dianne Bevelander. The Centre provides management education with a particular emphasis on the career development of professional women. Its goal is to help businesses understand how they can implement strategies to better utilise this untapped talent pool for the benefit of their organisations. Professor Bevelander’s strategies for encouraging gender diversity in the workplace are both simple and highly effective. Because indeed, women mean business.

Pauline van der Meer Mohr
RSM Advisory Board Member