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.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
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.
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. A staff training will be implemented by 2022, at the latest.
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 email@example.com.
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 HR@esmt.org.
- July 20 (12:30-13:30)
Monthly ILRT meeting (The ILRT meets on the third Tuesday of each month.)
Please see below "Get involved!" if you are interested in joining the ILRT.)
- November 1-5
Women in Leadership Week
- December 8-10
Women's Leadership Excellence (Course)
- May 18, 2021
ESMT Berlin Diversity Day (Link to YouTube recording.)
- May 26, 2020
ESMT Berlin Diversity Day
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, Steering Committee Member, ILRT, Gender Equality Officer (EQUAL4EUROPE), and Executive Education Program Manager
Hakon Petermann, Steering Committee Member, ILRT and Student, MIM 2020-2022
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 "@esmt.org".
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.
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