About us

EWMD has a strong connection to Brussels. EWMD was founded in 1984 in the Belgium capital by women working in business schools, universities and entrepreneurs’ associations across Europe. The major goal was to promote women into management by launching studies on the contributions and experiences of women in management and by disseminating best practice among European corporations and business schools. 

The birth of EWMD was strongly supported by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels. EFMD members in corporations and business schools recognised that companies in Europe were not drawing well enough on the knowledge and skills of women in management and there were too few young women enrolled in business schools in Europe in the 1980s.

Over the last 30 years the EWMD network was going strong across several European countries while EWMD in the Benelux countries was less visible in recent years. 2014 EWMD celebrated the 30th Anniversary in Brussels honouring former EU Commissioner Viviane Reding with the "She made a Difference" Award (see the video of the event under http://www.ewmd.org/30-years-ewmd). As equality remains a core European goal yet, EWMD will increase its presence in Brussels in 2016.

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