Women mean business. Prepare yourself for your next career step with new knowledge. In the two-day Women in Leadership programme, you will learn how to make your voice heard, take ownership, develop and understand your network, and gain confidence in being present. Learn how to manage yourself, manage relationships, manage diversity, and manage networks

Women working together.

Become your future self

Discover the full overview of short courses

Learning objectives

By participating in this programme you will:

  • explore and understand your own leadership style and how it aligns with your leadership strategy
  • learn how to communicate effectively by investigating new perspectives on communication processes that will enhance your ability to understand and navigate complex interactions
  • develop new perspectives on the meaning, value and importance of social networks both within personal and organisational context
  • enhance your ability to support others in their aim to achieve individual and organisational goals.

Partners in empowering women

RSM Executive Education’s women in business programmes are offered in partnership with the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO). ECWO is committed to women’s continued advancement into leadership positions by contributing to management education and actively engaging in the gender debate.

For whom

See where other participants come from

All RSM’s Women in Business programmes, such as Women in Leadership, bring together a dynamic group of women who have the potential to take on senior roles in their organisations. They may be female leaders who want to break through the glass ceiling or women who want to improve their leadership, communication and presentation skills, as well as negotiation techniques. Participants seeking women empowerment come from a wide range of organisations, including private and public companies, and from various levels of management. The female leaders who complete the programme will have the skills to be more successful professionals.

Previous participants came from the following companies: Aon Hewitt - AkzoNobel – Douwe Egberts Nederland - DSM – Europol – Grant Thornton International – Philips – Port of Rotterdam – Rabobank International – Telfort Zakelijk.


Read what previous participants say about this programme

Apart from the personal gains, this programme highlighted numerous ways in which we can work together to empower other women and help advance gender equality. I just wish I could have participated in this extremely interesting workshop years ago! The programme provides a well-balanced combination of science-backed information and advice, self-reflective work, useful skills training, and all of that in an interactive and open environment.

Dr Verena Schmittmann, researcher and data scientist

It’s not about being right, but about doing the right thing. This workshop is not only about empowering women but about inspiring, energising and really executing the things we have to do to maximise our potential as women.

Isabellita Lie Fong-Terhorst, manager billing and collection, LeasePlan

What I really liked about the programme is that you join a group of women with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Together you find out that you share the same challenges and, with Dianne in the lead, you learn how to deal with them and turn these challenges into something positive. It offered me huge take-aways that I put to practice immediately.

Duna Uribe, International Business Developer and Project Leader, Port of Rotterdam Authority

This programme is brilliant. Dianne, who is a key motivator, offers a good combination of both theory and practical exercises. And because you are together with other women in powerful positions, you share experiences and empower each other to perform better in the workforce.

Kathy Teoh, Senior Project Manager, DSM Nutritional Products

Your expert faculty

During the Women in Leadership Programme you will learn from Dr Barbara Banda and Dr Natalie Cleton. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Dr Barbara Banda

Dr Barbara Banda is a visiting professor in inclusive leadership and change in RSM’s Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations. Barbara has designed and delivered several leadership programmes at RSM Executive Education. She has worked as a consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years and is passionate about connecting leadership education to the realities of daily life in organisations. She contributes to organisations that focus on women’s advancement and gender equality. Her current research is focused on interventions which promote inclusion. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and wrote The Model Black: How Black British Leaders Succeed in Organisations and Why it Matters, selected by the FT as a ‘business book must-read’.

Dr Natalie Cleton

Dr Natalie Cleton is adjunct faculty at the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) at RSM, and Team Leader in the Food Safety Research Department at Wageningen University. She is passionate about helping women recognise and develop their own leadership potential, and she develops and runs ECWO in-company workshops on networking and diversity, using her research into public health and extensive background in STEM subjects. Natalie has a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a MA in Applied Ethics from Utrecht University. She earned her PhD in Virology, with a specialisation in Veterinary Microbiology, from Erasmus University Medical Centre. 

More information


13 - 14 March 2023.This session is fully booked *
11 - 12 September 2023 > Apply now

* Please contact our programme advisor Manjeet Kaur to be placed on the waiting list. 



€ 1,890 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

25% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM.


General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

General terms and conditions


The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus

Hotel accommodation

We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel

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