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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Inclusive Leadership Roundtable at ESMT Berlin

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The Inclusive Leadership Roundtable (ILRT) at ESMT Berlin is an effort of its students, staff, faculty, and administrators to prioritize the values and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school and to champion the same in academia and the business community.
  • The ILRT seeks to right what is wrong in the underrepresentation of women and marginalized groups in positions of socioeconomic power and to build paths to equity and equality as an influencer and collaborator on the global stage.

  • All goals, strategies, projects, and output of the ILRT, where not legally mandated as confidential, will be open and transparent to all internal and external stakeholders of ESMT.


  • Curriculum diversification

    The importance of diversity and inclusion is being increasingly acknowledged in courses and policies of the most prestigious business schools around the world, with the wider goal of making students from all backgrounds feel welcome. However, these efforts should be combined to the use of multicultural course materials in business school curriculums to be able to break the status quo of cases studies that perpetuate the idea that traditional business leaders are primarily both male and white. With this project, ESMT students and school staff aim to get the attention of the professors and leadership team on the importance to renew class material, to encompass case studies from companies outside of Europe/America, bringing to students' attention key market players and valuable trends.

  • Blended diversity and inclusion course

    A group of ESMT students and staff have been working since November 2020 to develop a blended-delivery Diversity and Inclusion training program. The training, which aims to introduce the topics of Diversity and Inclusion from practical, academic, and strategic levels, will be mandatory for all ESMT students going forward, and we plan to deliver it beginning in Fall 2021. By emphasizing the importance of Diversity and Inclusion at ESMT and cultivating sensitivity and knowledge about these topics, we will make ESMT a more welcoming place and prepare students for both their studies and their careers as future business leaders.


  • Disability support and service (Students)

    ESMT is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities can fully participate in the programs, activities, events, and services offered by the university and its partners. We stand ready to reduce barriers to access, whether the need for support arises from a visible or invisible disability, a chronic or long-term illness, or a physical or mental impairment.

    Reasonable and appropriate accommodation is the tool; equity in access is the goal. Current and prospective students are encouraged to direct questions or concerns related to disability, equity, and inclusion at ESMT to the Student Services Office via

    ESMT students may access additional resources, such as information on medical compensation, information about mobility on campus, and qualification for state benefits (i.e., “Inklusionsleistungen”) on their learning platform (“Moodle” or “The Hub”)

    ESMT employees and job applicants, please direct your questions regarding disability accommodation to the Human Resources department at

  • ESMT Code of Conduct

    The Code of Conduct (CoC) defines and describes the behaviors prohibited between members of the ESMT community, namely discrimination, sexual and sexualized harassment, bullying, and stalking. In addition to the principles by which we stand and the measures to prevent these situations, the CoC contains the school’s responsibilities and procedures related to the violation of this regulation, as well as the resources available to those affected. 

    The school is committed to developing and maintaining a violence-free environment where social interactions are characterized by mutual appreciation and respect.

  • Staff training

    We want all members of the ESMT community to feel that they belong and are acknowledged at ESMT - it is therefore important and necessary to train all staff on how they can contribute to creating an inclusive campus culture for students and employees alike. Starting 2022  staff training was implemented.

    This diversity training gives staff at ESMT the opportunity to reach a better understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will talk about significant concepts and terms like unconscious bias, discrimination or micro aggression. While we will touch aspects on the organizational level like regulations and policies, our focus will be on challenges for staff in their everyday work.


    • Raising awareness for diversity at ESMT
    • Having a good understanding of crucial terms and concepts
    • Feeling more secure in dealing with diversity topics in everyday work

What's on


Past events


LGBTIQ+ Campus Index

June 2, 2021 | Proudr
ESMT Berlin achieves the fifth-highest score in Germany and the highest in Berlin/Brandenburg in UHLALA's LGBTIQ+ Campus Index.

"A diverse class isn’t enough to change the culture of today’s business"

March 19, 2021 | ESMT Blog
ESMT MIM students Fernanda Aguiar, Mohamed Al-Mokhtar, Marta Jevtic, and Radhika Rajvanshi explore the importance of multicultural course materials in business school curriculums.

"Neuer Stiftungslehrstuhl für Diversity in Berlin"

February 5, 2021 | Haufe
Gender parity and diversity in leadership positions are increasingly the focus of management. ESMT Berlin and Volkswagen are responding with a new endowed chair to expand research on diversity in leadership positions.

Steering committee

As the ambassador to the internal stakeholders of ESMT, the ILRT Steering Group will contribute to the development of diversity and inclusion goals and collaborate to ensure that all programs, policies, output, and operations of the school are designed, implemented, and evaluated accordingly. This includes affirmative action for the recruitment and retention of women and marginalized groups in ESMT leadership, faculty, and student bodies.

As an ambassador to external stakeholders, the ILRT Steering Group will identify leaders in cultural and institutional change efforts, draw from their expertise, collaborate in these efforts, and ensure that ESMT contributes visible and measurable resources and leadership. This includes engagement with and active promotion of the women and marginalized groups of these initiatives in ESMT seminars, conferences, and formal collaborations.

  • Reggie Woronowicz, Steering Committee Member, ILRT and Student, Part-time MBA 2020-2022

  • Friederike Kreßner, Gender Equality Officer; Executive Education Program Manager; ILRT Steering Committee Member

  • Hakon Petermann, Steering Committee Member, ILRT and Student, MIM 2020-2022

Get involved!

Membership in the ILRT is currently open to all ESMT degree students, alumni, and faculty and staff, whose representatives serve as the ILRT Steering Group. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The agenda and past meeting minutes are available to members in MS Teams group under General/Minutes.

Diversity of age, sex and gender representation, race, ethnicity, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation will be honored in ILRT composition and recruitment.

If you would like to get involved, please go to the MS Teams app:

  • Click on "Join or create a team" located in the bottom left corner,
  • Select "Join a team with a code", and
  • Paste in this code: m3v7wv2. This code only works for ESMT community members who have an ESMT email address ending in "".

This should provide you with direct access to the ILRT Team! From here, please review the channel "-New ILRT team members" for further information. If you have any problems, please email: ILRT with an explanation of your issue.

Inception timeline

Encouraged by a student-led initiative, the then Executive Management Committee (EMC) of ESMT Berlin proposed the creation of the Inclusive Leadership Roundtable (ILRT) at its meeting in 2017. The EMC subsequently formalized the role of the ILRT as an advisory body to the EMC in 2020. With this, the ILRT assumed the mandate to provide, propose, and pursue methods and approaches for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at ESMT within the framework of its official charter and its ongoing strategic planning and with the approval, cooperation, and financial and administrative supports of the Management Committee and additional ESMT leadership.

  • Formation of ILRT and Steering Group: March 21, 2017

  • Creation and adoption of final Charter for the ILRT: January 14, 2019

  • Presentation of recommendations to ESMT Executive Management Committee: July 7, 2020

  • Mandate as advisory body to ESMT Management Committee: October 6, 2020