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LC | Women in Business: Diversity-Management Skills

LC women in business



Male students are encouraged to take an interest in this learning community.

Keywords such as diversity and inclusion appear in every business plan. However, current statistics demonstrate us that huge issues remain that women are not being integrated in the labour market, not being equally represented at high positions, and that dedicated women frequently drop out of PhD programmes or leading positions. The aim of this Learning Community (LC) is to foster career advancement of young women through learning about your unique potential to improve personal chances of success and through raising awareness about possible obstacles, but also to educate young men on this topic.

As a group, we will create interactive learning opportunities to stimulate dialogue and critical reflection on issues related to the gender gap and your personal responsibility of creating your career path. Additionally, we will initiate thought-provoking interactions through speaking to women in leading positions and listening to their personal success stories.

This LC will approach issues related to the gender gap in two phases. The first will focus on students’ personal professional profile. You will reflect and discuss your talents, values, experiences and challenges with the guidance of a professional coach. Your personal insights will be linked to two major psychological concepts: Self-Efficacy Theory and Conservation of Resources Theory.

In the second part of the semester, the group will focus on major difficulties of women in business. You will have the chance to translate current issues into solutions by choosing a personally relevant topic and a specific case story of women coping and being successful in the business world. Topics will evolve around issues such as female authenticity, femininity at work, networking, salary negotiations, mentoring, female management, life-work balance, developing visions, and flexibility in making career plans.


For: BSc and MSc students from all study programmes within FEB
Lecturer involved: S. (Selena) Dolderer (MSc.), Psychologist and Certified Coach and Trainer for Young Professionals
External business contacts involved: Company professionals and female managers (t.b.a.)

Main benefits

Learning outcomes:

  • Reflect on your own professional profile (employability);
  • become aware of gender issues at the workplace;
  • gain scientific knowledge about the gender gap and psychological workplace theories;
  • learn how to value and integrate individual diversity at the workplace;
  • learn through the narrative/storytelling of female workers.

Skills covered:

You will learn…

  • how to address sensitive topics at your workplace;
  • use psychological literature to underline your point;
  • how to effectively communicate your message in form of a presentation;
  • the tools to adopt healthy coping and stress management at work.

Schedule and time investment

The time investment of this learning community is estimated at about 3 to 4 hours per week (3 hour group meetings with 1 hour preparation).



Application will open soon. Keep an eye on the student portal for more information! In case you have any questions, feel free to contact Marjan van Ittersum:

An information session will be held in the first or second week of September. Selena Dolderer will be available for questions and information. Date, time and location for the information session will be announced here, as soon as possible.

Last modified:22 August 2018 3.14 p.m.