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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.

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Women working together.

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Learning goals

By participating in this course 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 within personal and organisational contexts.  
  • 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

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Your roles

  • Woman who has the potential to take on more senior roles
  • Work in a variety of organisations, including private and public companies and non-profit organisations
  • Various levels of management

Your responsibilities

  • Supporting others in their aim to achieve individual and organisational goals

Your challenges

  • Breaking through the glass ceiling
  • Improving your leadership, communication and presentation skills

Read what previous participants say about this programme

Aggie Cooper

Group Leader, PDU at Aramco Europe

“My journey with RSM's Women in Leadership programme was second to none. It provided unparalleled insights into women's career progression and challenges. Choosing RSM was easy due to their consistent excellence in teaching. Highlights included discussions on 'tropes' and confronting internalised concerns. Key learnings emphasised inclusivity, mutual support, and advocacy. Despite setbacks, perseverance led to impactful initiatives like a Coaching & Mentoring for Talent programme. Moving forward, I am committed to empowering women in the workplace and fostering harmony through collaboration between genders. RSM's programme has equipped me to effect positive change and champion women's voices in the workplace and beyond.”

Debby Kasbergen

Senior Customer Journey Expert at ING

“Participating in RSM's Women in Leadership programme was a transformative and motivational journey which has equipped me with the tools and inspiration to embrace leadership with purpose and conviction. Choosing RSM came naturally to me, given the school’s commitment to fostering mentorship and support among women. The programme went beyond addressing gender biases to explore diverse leadership styles, offering valuable insights for personal and professional growth. Key learnings emphasised the transition from expert to leader, highlighting the importance of delegation and trust within teams. Armed with newfound confidence and a supportive network, I’m well positioned to drive positive change in the workplace.”

Dr Verena Schmittmann

Researcher and data scientist

"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."

Isabellita Lie Fong-Terhorst

Manager billing and collection at LeasePlan

"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."

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

Programme dates

23 - 24 September 2024

3 - 4 March 2025


Programme fee

€1,950 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.


15% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM

A programme for your entire team

All of our short courses can also be delivered as personalised in-company training to groups of employees from the same organisation. This enables us to develop a comprehensive programme that focuses on your organisation’s own unique situation and issues. 

Frequently asked questions

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers a dynamic learning environment for professionals looking for new skills and knowledge in business and management education. 

  • RSM is consistently ranked among Europe’s top business schools.
  • World-class professors and a globally oriented faculty deliver business leaders with an innovative mindset.
  • A prestigious Triple Crown accreditation puts RSM among the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
  • With our no-nonsense approach, RSM's goal is to give you the tools to put your new skills and knowledge directly into practice, for real impact.
  • It’s about you: during your programme you can discuss your specific business challenges and receive personal coaching.
  • You will meet a new network of peers in an RSM programme: extend your network, share experiences and become inspired by your fellow participants.

This programme takes place in Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, just 15 minutes by public transport from Rotterdam city centre. Our modern and lively campus has innovative study facilities, sustainable design, and calming green spaces.

Most programmes start at 09:00. Finishing times are different for each programme. There’s also an approximate schedule in each programme’s brochure and on its webpages. When you register for a programme you will be given access to Canvas, our online learning system, and the full schedule is in Canvas. Your programme manager will hand out a detailed schedule on the first day of your programme.

Class sizes are usually between 12 to 24 people, but it does depend on the programme. We aim for a balance between allowing capacity to guarantee individual attention, and achieving a good group dynamic and networking opportunities.

Yes. Alumni from RSM and Erasmus University Rotterdam receive a 25 per cent discount. RSM alumni are those who have completed either a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, PhD or at least one executive education programme of more than 40 hours duration. Participants of open programmes of less than 40 hours do not receive a discount. Companies sponsoring several participants may also be offered a special price.

These programmes are excluded from this alumni discount:

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Programme
  • Leadership Challenges with Data Analytics
  • Urban Digital Innovation Executive Leadership for a Green Deal
  • Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance
  • Business Valuation
  • Port Executive Leadership Circle
  • Corporate Communication programmes
  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship programmes
  • RSM Customised Programmes
  • Programmes offered outside RSM Executive Education

Programme fees include tuition, programme materials, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the programme. Hotel accommodation is not included, unless mentioned otherwise in the programme information.

If you require hotel accommodation, we recommend the Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel and the Bilderberg Park Hotel. Both hotels are located in Rotterdam, accessible to the university, and participants can benefit from special rates.

Please note that due to high demand, we advise you to book your hotel stay for any program as early as possible with a flexible rate.

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.

If you have more general questions, we recommend you explore our more in-depth FAQs page. If you are looking for personal advice, then please contact one of our advisors using the contact form below.

Rianne van Reeuwijk

Programme Advisor

It's my priority to help you identify how you can meet your professional objectives, so reach out and let's make a plan for your personal development.

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