Sports Leadership & Development

Gaby Dijkstra


Live a little.

As a sports leadership professional I am working in the outdoor industry and higher education. Both in the mountains, the classroom and while conducting research. Diversity in my works keeps me motivated and on a continuous learning path. Practice what I preach.

My own experiences, a moral compass, and my critical thinking, motivate me daily to try to make a change in current social constructs and fight for equal opportunities for all.

I advise (sports) organisations on their policy and visibility in regards to diversity and inclusion, and how to create a sociale safe workplace.

With a focus on inclusion, gender equality and empowerment, I develop curricula and create evidence based skill driven programs for students and young professionals.

I am a fortunate happy human, being able to have traveled all 7 continents, as a solo female, breaking some barriers. Quiting my job, leaving everything behind that society expects and start over as independent freelancer. Live a little! And to this day I am always looking for outdoor adventures, extraordinary experiences, making new connections and challenging my comfort zone.

Now I incorporate all that I’ve learned from the great outdoors, dealing with all obstacles, and many cultures, to my daily working life back in the Netherlands.


My services

I specialise in leadership development, gender equality and female empowerment. I create programs for outdoor leadership, facilitate workshops for organisations and believe in the positive change sports can bring to society.


I advise sports organisations in making their policies, activities, marketing and communication and recruitment inclusive. I encourage diversity and support in strategic thinking.

Education & Training

I am affiliated as higher education teacher in several Dutch institutions on topics related to Sports Management, Sports Development and Research skills.

Besides that I provide specialised workshops for (sports) organisations to work on creating a culture of care, and discuss how to deal with and prevent workplace harassment.
On behalf of Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations I also provide executive education workshops in the field of female leadership.

Outdoor Leadership Coach

I am a leadership development coach during outdoor expedities in Europe. Going with a group of leaders from all ranges of business, into the remote outdoors, with only a backpack with the necessities. Moving along tracks surrounded by the force of nature, create the excellent environment to work on personal leadership challenges. Out of the comfort zone is where the learning starts.

Project Management & Marketing

I have multiple years experience in project management. In particular sport events and academic conferences, student coaching and online marketing strategies, in an European and/or academic setting, which can be of value for your organisation.

Leaders develop.

My Clients

The following list is merely intended to give you an idea of my credentials. The service I have provided before as evidence of the achievements I can secure for you.


My Experience

A few of my characteristics, next to my hands-on, pragmatic and can-do mentality. It all comes with a dose of “Dutch directness” and lots of humour.

Critical thinking


International relations


Time management






Contact Me

I welcome you to contact me for more information
about any of my services or a consultation.

You can also find me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.