Saskia Krijger wins Athena Prize for promoting female talent

‘Ensured everything runs like clockwork’, ‘a personal coach’: Saskia Krijger, an EUR Holding B.V consultant, is this year’s winner of the ENVH Athena Prize for the employee who has made exceptional efforts for advancing female talent. The Athena Prize will be presented during the 103rd Dies Natalis of Erasmus University Rotterdam, on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. 

On the recommendation of a committee chaired by Chief Diversity Officer Hanneke Takkenberg, the Executive Board decided to award the Athena Prize to Saskia Krijger. According to the jury, Krijger, first in the position of external consultant and later as Head of HRM/Personnel & Organisation with Erasmus School of Economics, has always advocated for increased diversity among personnel and students. “She has shown her commitment in encouraging women to develop their careers according to their own wishes by acting as a personal coach”, the jury says. 

Krijger was one of the initiators of the Mature Talent project, a unique and innovative initiative to attract more women within Erasmus School of Economics. Since 2015, she has been working as a consultant at EUR Holding and here she has also made extraordinary efforts for advancing the position of women and encouraging diversity in talent. 

The jury especially appreciates how Saskia Krijger often worked behind the scenes for others and made an enormous effort to create opportunities for women and encourage women to take advantage of these opportunities. “She ensured everything ran like clockwork and is a true professional.” 

For her work at Erasmus School of Economics Saskia Krijger received the ‘Desiderius’ in 2012, an award from the Executive Board for outstanding achievements for the Erasmus University Rotterdam and / or society.

About the ENVH Athena Prize
Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Erasmus Network of Female Professors (ENVH) aim to achieve a proportional representation of female employees. To facilitate this, ENVH has initiated the Athena Prize to recognise employees who have made exceptional efforts to advance female talent, and by doing so, provide an exemplary role for colleagues. Last year’s winner of the Athena Prize was Professor Maria Grever. Read more about the award here

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