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Women in Academia: personal & career development

The aim of the programme is to enable each of the participants to discover more about themselves through interacting with other highly talented female academics in a challenging but pleasant environment and build their networks.

Key topics of the programme are: leadership, effective communicating, leveraging your networks, and navigating the political playing field. During the programme participants will explore best practices, share insights, learn about the latest research, compare experiences, and discuss their ideas and challenges with each other.

Since the programme is highly practical, participants can put what they have learned into practice immediately. During the programme guest speakers from within Erasmus University board level will be invited to share ideas and get into discussion with the participants. Speed meetings with Erasmus Professors will be an important part of the programme to broaden the participant’s network.

The outcomes of the programme will facilitate highly talented women to:

  • Navigate the academic playing field, not only from a general perspective
  • Move into (senior) leadership positions – career progression
  • Help address issues around gender climate
  • Make connections and alliances with other female assistant professors at EUR

Practical information


This course will be offered again in June 2020. Interested? Make sure to enrol!

The training will take place during three consecutive days.*


To be announced

(Hotel in the area of Rotterdam, overnight stays are included in the price.)

Teachers: The teachers are connected to the Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations
Target audience:

Assistant/associate professors from EUR

Fee:The fee to participate is EUR 500. You can either ask your department to fund your participation or use your Personal Career Budget to pay for this. 
Registration:Contrary to the previous CDP-programme, there is no selection procedure.
Registration is on first come first serve basis.     

*To get the full experience of the programme your attendance is mandatory for all sessions. Please make arrangements beforehand so that you can attend the complete programme. Overnight stays on the course location premises are highly recommended.

  • To encourage diversity in leadership positions there is a special offer for female participants who want to join the Academic Leadership course with the Women in Academia (WiA) program. WiA focuses on supporting female talent to higher leadership positions by addressing questions around gender climate and leadership, and teaches the participants to skillfully navigate the academic arena. Please indicate this in your registration for Academic leadership course.

    • 09.00

      Introduction and opening of the programme
      Women in Academic Leadership

      • Prof. Dianne Bevelander, Professor of Management Education, Executive Director Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations  
      • Prof. Hanneke Takkenberg, Professor of Clinical Decision Making in Cardio-Thoracic Interventions, Executive Director Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations
      • Prof. Semiha Denktas, Chief Diversity Officer Erasmus University 

      10.30Coffee/tea break

      Women in Leadership - Hanneke Takkenburg

      • Gender - does it matter?
      12.30Lunch break

      Communicating with power and impact - Dory Grandia

      • Communicating vision and leadership
      14.30Coffee/tea break

      Communicating with power and impact - continued

      • Delivery (with feedback) of leadership vision with influence
      18.00Dinner with speaker
    • 09.00Understanding the Power of Networks - Karen Stephenson
      10.30Coffee/tea break
      10.45Understanding the Power of Networks - continued
      12.30Lunch break
      I Will photoshoot
      13.30Using emotions productively - Stephanie Mitrano
      14.30Coffee/tea break
      14.45Using emotions productively - continued
      18.00Dinner buffet

      Speed meetings with female professors

      Professors will be invited to join dinner, and will receive instructions on the set up of the speed meetings

    • 09.00Navigating the political playing field - Mike Page
      10.30Coffee/tea break
      10.45Navigating the political playing field - continued
      12.30Lunch break
      13.30Women in Leadership - Rector Magnificus Rutger Engels
      14.30Coffee/tea break

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