Women in business event: ‘experience-sharing on steroids’

Around 120 professionals joined an open evening at the Erasmus Centre for Women in Organisations (ECWO) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) on 28 March 2018. The event gave the professionals a taste of ECWO’s Women in Business programmes, and ample opportunity to network with like-minded business professionals.

Lieke Mulder from Liber Media says she attended the event out of curiosity. “RSM is a well-known, established and trusted brand in education and personal development for business people. I expected to meet women in senior roles, and experience an interesting dynamic and change of minds. I was not disappointed,” Mulder said. “I also realised a lot of us run into the same issues on a day-to-day basis.”

Gender diversity experts

ECWO’s open education programmes help participants build awareness and develop skills that help them tackle issues at work that affect their career – their ability to navigate the political playing field, to negotiate better, to have their contribution acknowledged and heard.

“Time and time again we notice the value women get from meeting other women and sharing their experiences and approaches. Open evenings like this are so great. It’s networking and experience-sharing on steroids!” says Dorothy Grandia, ECWO faculty member.

Participants at the open evening also had the opportunity to talk with ECWO’s gender diversity experts about supporting their company to reach its gender equality goals. The event was led by ECWO’s Professor Dianne Bevelander, Dr Joana Vassilopoulou, and Dorothy Grandia.

Negotiating for women

Christy Aikhorin, senior project engineer at Technip, said her highlight was the negotiation class. “I had never given much attention to this aspect at work, and the class gave me some insights as to how to reframe the situation and seek to negotiate. It is a skill I wish to enhance for my career and business.”

Aikhorin added she enjoyed networking with other women in business and particularly other women working in engineering. “It was an engaging and powerful evening,” she concluded.

Education programmes

Participants could choose up to two of the three masterclasses during the open evening in March. Each was an introduction to one of ECWO’s one or two-day programmes, which can help you reach your professional aspirations by boosting your leadership, negotiation and communication skills.

ECWO’s portfolio of Women in Business programmes includes:

  • Women in Leadership: this two-day programme addresses issues encountered by women in business, particularly the challenges women face when climbing the corporate ladder.
  • Negotiating for Women: one-day programme to help professionals achieve better results in your negotiations while maintaining effective social relationships.
  • Communicating with Power and Impact: one-day programme to explore communication styles to attract support, gain resources, resolve conflicts and create more impact in a variety of contexts.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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