The team

The team

Dianne Bevelander MBA, PhD

Professor of Management Education Executive Director of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations

Prof. Dianne Bevelander is Executive Director of the newly created Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations and Professor of Management Education at RSM. Dianne teaches personal leadership development at several business schools internationally. Her primary research interests relate to management education, social network theory and the development of human capital with an emphasis on the career development of professional women. She is also on a number of international educational boards and is constantly included in conferences, keynote speeches and plenary talks. She has an MBA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a PhD from the University of Lulea in Sweden.

Wiley Davi, PhD

Women in Leadership programme facilitator

Wiley Davi is an award-winning professor and Chair of the English and Media Studies Department at Bentley University, a premier business university near Boston, Mass. In addition to providing strategic planning for and oversight of a 60+-person department, she also provides diversity training for faculty and staff across the university and as a consultant to other educational institutions, specifically addressing gender, race, and LGBT issues. Her teaching and research interests span the fields of writing, diversity, gender studies, leadership, and service-learning.  She has published many articles and delivered international conference presentations on the intersections of race, gender, leadership and teaching. Wiley’s interest in metacognition and leadership led her to co-design an intensive leadership course in Bentley’s innovative MBA program, which she has co-taught for the past three years. Wiley holds a Ph.D. from Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Karen A. Stephenson, PhD

The DNA of Networks programme facilitator

Dr Karen Stephenson began as a quantum chemist and ended as a classically trained Harvard anthropologist. She wandered through Saharan deserts and the jungles of Mesoamerica before stumbling into corporate jungles. She was appointed the H. Smith Richardson Fellow by the Center for Creative Leadership in 2013. She was hailed in Business 2.0 as “The Organization Woman”. Malcolm Gladwell featured her in The New Yorker for her innovative research on the workplace and corporate office. With more than two decades of teaching at UCLA and Harvard, she now lectures at Yale University and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Joana Vassiliopoulou, PhD

Negotiating for women facilitator

Joana is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in HRM at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. Her research focuses on gender and race equality at work, diversity management and talent management. She has published in edited collections and journals such as the European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Business Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. As a certified trainer in Managing Gender and Diversity and HRM, she has developed and delivered trainings for a number of organisations in various countries, such as Germany, France and the UAE; some of them for women only. Joana is also an Academic Associate at the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD), UK



David Bond, MSC, MA, MSocSci

Courageous Conversations facilitator

David Bond is an adjunct faculty member of the Erasmus Centre for Women in Organisations (ECWO) at RSM, part of the DukeCE Global Network and guest faculty at a number of top international business schools. David has over 20 years’ global experience promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace. He regularly contributes to Women in Leadership programs in Europe and Africa and is the co-presenter of a novel ‘Leading Across Differences’ program in the USA. David is particularly interested in navigating and overcoming the hidden assumptions, biases and blocks which create immunity to change. His work combines mindfulness, courageous conversations and storytelling for change. He is skilled at working with the complex relational aspects of leadership, generating fresh perspectives and leveraging diversity. David is a highly regarded international facilitator, executive coach and retreat leader, who enjoys working as a catalyst for substantive change with executives, leadership teams and organisations in transition.

Hanneke Takkenberg, PhD

Women in Leadership programme facilitator, Erasmus Centre for Women & Organisations

Professor Hanneke Takkenberg is an active promoter of female leadership, particularly in academic medicine. She is a professor of clinical decision-making in cardio-thoracic interventions at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. She founded VENA, the Erasmus MC women's network of academics, in 2007, and has been the chair of the Erasmus University Network for Female Professors (ENVH) board since 2014. She often is often invited to share her experiences and expertise during in company lectures, and joins panels about gender diversity. She has played an active role within ECWO since 2014 as one of the facilitators of the Women in Leadership programme and as an Advisory Board member. She was appointed as the chief diversity officer by Erasmus University’s Executive board in 2015. In this role, Takkenberg leads efforts to increase diversity within the university as an organisation, and ensures that attention is given to diversity in education and research.

Dorothy Grandia, MA

Associate Director of the RSM Career Development Centre

Dorothy Grandia combines experience in politics, theatrical performing, communications training, and coaching/mentoring to bring about personal development in communication and career for professional women in a variety of industries. As Associate Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Faculty of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations, she has developed and delivered programming  for thousands of post-experience students with specific development goals. In communications workshops for companies, she tailors programming to specific organisational challenges. As cross-cultural coach, she has also helped clients at companies such as Unilever and Heineken understand and develop strategies to bridge communication gaps which arise from cultural difference.

Hetty Brand-Boswijk, CPCC, ACC

Executive, Leadership & Team Coach

Hetty has a comprehensive background in enhancing corporate and personal performance based on all aspects of human resource development. As part of RSM’s leadership team, she contributed significantly to the School’s growth from a relatively unknown business school to an internationally acclaimed and highly ranked business school. Hetty is a personal and leadership coach at RSM as well as various business schools internationally, specifically focusing on personal and career development for women. Travelling extensively, she promotes diversity and inclusion, supporting people in maximising their personal and professional performance.