Learning and networking sessions

Learning and networking sessions

For this part of the day, we offer a variety of sessions to inspire you, give you new knowledge, and give you the opportunity to learn from and network with your peers.

You can choose any two sessions or just take the time to catch up with friends.

Session A
Power of Presence

Session B
Machine Learning & Digital Marketing

Session C
Alumni Spotlight

Session D
Gender-balanced Leadership

Session E
21st Century Leadership

Session F

Back to your MBA masterclasses

Re-experience that feeling of being in an MBA class! Become inspired, learn something new, or just enjoy the expertise of our top RSM speakers and faculty members.

Session A: Power of Presence

​​​​​​You might have great ideas, perspectives and methods, but you could lose your effectiveness if you don’t know how you come across to others. What happens if you don’t embody intention in your message, or if your verbal message is incongruent with your non-verbal message? In fact, 70 - 90 per cent of our communication is non-verbal. So much communication is in the tone of our voices and in our body language. Antonie Knoppers will show you how to boost your non-verbal communication skills, how to inspire and motivate others, instil trust, and communicate your message with confidence by focusing on your body language.

Antonie Knoppers is an actor, facilitator, and coach. His goal in executive education is to bring out the leader in everyone, by creating presence and a centred mind and body. He has a passion for acting as well as for guiding leaders to reach their full potential, and he has worked with a variety of corporate clients. He coaches and teaches participants how to present themselves, and perform effectively under pressure in the business environment. Presence can be taught and with practice, embodied. Knoppers’ experience and business school education enable him to approach corporate challenges with a pragmatic, goal-oriented style.

Session B: Machine Learning & Digital Marketing 

Thanks to machine-learning platforms, large-scale consumer-centricity is finally becoming a reality. Machine learning allows for a much deeper understanding of consumers, which means managers can obtain richer insights for new products, detect emerging issues early, and better predict consumer needs.

In this master class, we will discuss the most recent and relevant advances in machine learning. We will first understand how and why machine learning became widely available to companies, and how you can use it to dramatically change the way your company relates with your consumers and website visitors. We will discuss how you can design and learn from online experiments on your website, and how to use machine learning and cognitive styles to deliver real-time personalization. Finally, we will discuss the ethical boundaries and limitations of using machine learning and consumer data. 

Gui Liberali is a professor of digital marketing at RSM. He has successfully developed methods for customizing digital products and adaptive online experimentation methods to online display advertising and website design. He has presented his research in the world's top universities and Internet companies. He is the founder of the Erasmus Centre for Optimization of Digital Experiments at Erasmus University (www.erim.nl/ecode), and was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management for several years. Gui is also the co-founder of a high-tech startup with two of his MIT co-authors. He holds a Doctorate in Marketing, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science. 

Alumni in the Spotlight

Session C: Alumni in the Spotlight

We selected three of your classmates to deliver a TED style talk on their adventures after the MBA.

Our journey after the MBA is different for everyone, but there are many stories that can resonate with us. These three stories share some sincere reflections on where life has taken them after RSM, with all its ups and downs.

Joost de Wit

Morgane Rollando

Karen Gartside

Joost, an MBA 1999 alumnus, will tell you about his time managing Vitesse FC, and the successes and lessons in several European competitions, leading to their KNVB Cup win.

Morgane, an EMBA 2004 alumna, will talk about her journey to structure Augment, an Augmented Reality startup, from raising millions with the fund Sales Force Venture to survive receivership and rebounce. She used hard and soft skills at the same time, to navigate through obstacles and convince all stakeholders to follow her vision in this fast paced environment.

Karen, an MBA 1994 alumna, will speak about the transformation she had through Equine Assisted Leadership, helping her become a more compassionate and humane leader while sharing her insights on the journey.


Session D: Transforming business for gender-balanced leadership

The global imbalance of women leaders – and the implicit loss of talent – is holding society back. Elements such as gender bias; self-help and helping others to be heard; and bystander engagement and sisterhood are part of the interactive masterclass, which is built on Prof. Dianne Bevelander’s extensive experience and research into gender diversity and the issues surrounding women in leadership. Learn a higher level of self-awareness, try new behaviour, and become flexible so you can change along with your environment.

Dianne Bevelander is executive director of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) at RSM. She is also professor of management education with a focus on women in management. Previously, Dianne was the associate dean of MBA programmes at RSM. She has held several successful strategic leadership and management positions, and is an expert on diversity and inclusion. She teaches personal leadership development to MBA students at RSM and other business schools internationally. She also runs in-company masterclasses for women and is often asked to speak on diversity for companies and many international organisations.  

Session E: 21st Century Leadership: developing leaders to become a force for positive change

It is often difficult to tell the difference between how to develop leadership skills based on facts from evidence, and those carefully crafted stories that appeal to the crowds. Dr Hannes Leroy will share the latest research on leadership development and explain what works, what doesn’t, and why. He will introduce you to the recently launched Erasmus Centre for Leadership, which supports the development of leaders that are a force for positive change. You will gain a holistic view of being an effective leader – and how you can enhance your own leadership capabilities.

Hannes Leroy is an associate professor at RSM, and academic director of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership. His expertise is in authentic and inclusive leadership, and how to develop it. His talent is facilitating personal development by bringing people out of their comfort zones. He has published research on effective leadership in organisations, particularly on how to develop leaders. A particular interest is authenticity and the development of authentic leadership, a leadership style that is anchored in the unique identity of each leader. He taught at Johnson School of Business, Cornell University, and has a PhD in applied economics and organisational leadership from the University of Leuven in Belgium.


Session F: Networking workshop

Mix with alumni who graduating in a different year to you – how are you different? And how are you the same? Dr Julija Mell will facilitate your networking with some novel and interesting ideas and exercises. Come and try and remember to bring your business cards!

Dr Julija Mell is an assistant professor of organisational behaviour at RSM. She obtained her PhD in Organisational Behaviour from RSM in 2015, and now researches how teams can effectively bring together diverse knowledge and perspectives to make better decisions. She also explores interteam collaborations and social networks in organisations.