Webinar: the role of choices in women’s professional journeys

Why is it important to distinguish between saying ‘yes’ and saying ‘no’ as women move through their professional journey? Learn from examples and life experiences of Professor Nicola Kleyn, Dean of Executive Education at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in a free webinar on Thursday 28 January 2021.



“What ultimately defines you as an individual is what you say no to – not what you say yes to,” says Prof. Kleyn. “And it’s not just what you say no to strategically but, more importantly, what you say no to when it comes to your values.”

As a powerful storyteller, Prof. Kleyn will talk about the choices women make in their professional journey. The webinar will include an interactive session and will be hosted by Professor Hanneke Takkenberg, co-Executive Director of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations.

The webinar ‘What we say yes and no to’ will take place on Thursday 28 January 2021.

About Nicola Kleyn

Professor Nicola Kleyn was appointed Dean of Executive Education at RSM in September 2020. She previously served as Dean of the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before that joining GIBS as a faculty member from the School’s inception in 2000, Prof. Kleyn headed leadership and development for Investec Bank. Prior to this she was a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Department of Business Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

About ECWO

Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) focuses on gender research, leadership and training at RSM. ECWO is committed to women’s continued advancement into leadership positions across multiple sectors – from multinationals and start-ups to not-for-profit organisations. ECWO supports gender-balanced leadership through its management educationresearch and events about gender equality, and by coaching female business leaders. Its strong network leads to women empowerment and gender equality to the benefit of business and society. 

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked 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. www.rsm.nl

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